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Three chief authors of the State of the Environment Report provide its key findings. While it’s a sobering read, there are a few bright spots.
The new paper also found some mammals are suffering due to a lack of fire.
Gilbert’s potoroo, a marsupial that may be extinct in 20 years.
Dick Walker/Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group
The hardest to save will be five reptiles, four birds, four frogs, two mammals and one fish, for which there are no recent confirmed records of their continued existence.
Labor and the Greens launched environmental policies last week. We take a close look at what was promised, and if they’re enough to tackle Australia’s extinction crisis.
New Zealand’s native wildlife and habitats are at extreme risk, but there is a dangerous disconnect between strategic aspiration and planned action.
The fate of nature underpins our economy and health. Yet in the election campaign to date, there’s been a deafening silence about it.
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In some regions, foxes kill at least 1,000 animals per square kilometre every year.
Nine mammals in Northern Australia are at risk of extinction in the next two decades – and we know little about this home-grown crisis.
By spending $2 billion each year for about 30 years, we could restore much of Australia’s severely denuded landscapes.
Many valuable scientific breakthroughs were originally published in a non-English language. New research shows more effort is needed to transcend language barriers to improve conservation science.
Wild sandalwood populations in Australia have been slowly collapsing for decades. New research found the Western Australian government has been warned repeatedly for a century.
While the prospect of reviving extinct species has long been discussed, advances in genome editing have now brought such dreams close to reality.
Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko
With targeted conservation action, we might just save many of these species before it’s too late.
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Twenty of these freshwater fish species have a 50% or greater probability of extinction within the next 20 years.
Australia is home to many new species, including wild camels found nowhere else on Earth.
Species counts drive conservation science and policy, yet a major component of biodiversity is excluded from the data: non-native species.
NASA ‘could not imagine the radical effect of seeing the Earth’ from the moon. In the face of a climate catastrophe, we all need to step back and see the Earth again.
Historical perspective can offer much in this time of ecological crisis,. Many historians are reinventing their traditional scales of space and time to tell different kinds of stories that recognise the unruly power of nature.
Supporters of Extinction Rebellion march in London.
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The conventional channels for scientists to inform and influence policy are not addressing the climate and ecological crises quickly enough.
Plant extinctions have skyrocketed, driven in large part by land clearing and climate change.
Human-driven land clearing and climate change are sending plants extinct at a rapid rate, risking a devastating biodiversity crash.
A giant guitarfish caught in West Papua is hung from a fishing boat. Guitarfish are in trouble, according to the IUCN Red List.
Conservation International/Abdy Hasan
An update of the IUCN Red List attempts to map the real extent of global biodiversity loss.
Matchstick banksia (
Banksia cuneate). There are only about 500 of these plants left in the wild at 11 different sites, with much of its habitat having been historically cleared for agriculture.
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A recent global survey found almost 600 plants have gone extinct. And this figure is likely to be an underestimate.