Non-native species tend to be better at exploiting the disturbance caused by storms, fires or droughts.
Macquarie Island isn’t just a windswept rock halfway to Antarctica. It’s a globally unique home to dozens of bird and marine mammal species, hence the government’s plans to give it greater protection.
Australia’s island destinations attract millions of visitors a year. We need a better approach to ecotourism to protect their natural assets.
This small herb hadn’t been seen on Macquarie Island since it was first recorded in 1983, despite several searches over the next 30 years.
The shock decision to close Australia’s year-round research station at Macquarie Island will make monitoring Antarctica and the Southern Ocean harder, and will force Tasmania to get creative.