Climate change is even worse than we expected - so is now the time for conservationists to take extreme measures to stem the extinction crisis?
The Convention on Biological Diversity aims to achieve a world “living in harmony with nature”. This won’t happen if the plan goes ahead in its current form.
Researchers found 16% of coral species have not been seen for many years. This finding is alarming, because local extinctions suggest global extinctions may be looming.
Given the scale of the problem, five years was never enough time to turn things around. Clearly, we must reflect honestly on our successes and failures so far.
If the asteroid caused the very sudden end of the dinosaurs, a new study shows that their decline had begun 10 million years earlier.
The remaining populations are threatened by a lack of genetic diversity, which makes them less likely to bounce back from new pressures such as climate change.
The lives of one in ten of Earth’s species are connected to lakes and their tributaries.
Research into fox scents suggests a complex form of ‘chemical communication’ underlies the animal’s behaviour. The findings could help improve pest control methods and protect native wildlife.
The famous deaths of moas and dodos has fed a narrative in which humans are agents of extinction for island-dwelling animals. But research suggests this only recently became the case.
There’s still a very good chance of recovery for most of these species, but only with new targeted conservation effort.
Tracking species over their lifetimes can reveal their climate adaptation secrets.
Invasive species have been invading foreign territories for centuries. By quantifying the mammoth economic impacts, we hope political leaders will start to take notice.
To get a grip on the biodiversity crisis, we’ll need to understand how wildlife is threatened in our own backyard.
In healthy populations, the song of regent honeyeaters is complex and long. But where the population is very small, the song is sadly diminished.
By only focusing on preserving the genetic purity of a species, conservationists risk the extinction of isolated populations.
As ecologists, we’ve seen first-hand how Australia’s nature laws have permitted environmental degradation and destruction to the point of extinction.
Humanity is destroying Earth’s ability to support complex life. But coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem is hard, even for experts.
Not all frogs ‘ribbit’ — some sound like a motorbike changing gears or a tennis ball being hit. This summer, keep your eyes and ears out for these Aussie frogs.
Historical photographs of bison extermination are a window into a history of relationships between humans, bison and the environment.
Evolution towards flightlessness has been much more common through history than scientists once thought.