Ecosystem deterioration, along with climate change, is now becoming a controversial political question.
Almost 9 in 10 Australians agree we should invest in restoring wildlife habitats and natural places.
Here are the promises and policies of the Coalition, Labor, the Greens, One Nation and more.
New research suggests that even ecologically flexible baboons could be at significant risk of habitat loss and endangerment from anthropogenic climate change.
A bumblebee sips nectar from a clover.
Wild bees pollinate trees and shrubs that feed and shelter wildlife, provide flood control, prevent soil erosion and help regulate the climate.
Sharks and rays are among the most data-deficient groups of species.
A landmark report found more than one million species at risk of extinction – but even the "safe" ones may not be so safe.
A recent poll showed seven out of ten South Australian voters are against drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
It would take 17 days to respond to an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight. And that's the best-case scenario.
Sunset at Madagascar’s avenue of the baobabs in Morondavo.
President Rajoelina's five-year term, starting in 2019, may be the last chance to avoid habitats and species from going extinct.
Edwards’s pheasants (
Lophura edwardsi) are a wild relative of domesticated chickens.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Biodiversity is in crisis. Nowhere is this more serious than among the wild species which our livestock and crops descend from.
Rufous-backed dwarf kingfisher habitat is lost when forests are cleared for oil palm plantations.
© Muhammad Syafiq Yahya
The impact of deforestation for oil palm plantations is well known – and now research has found the replanting process could be additional harm to biodiversity.
The Christmas Island pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) became extinct in 2009.
Current environment laws are manifestly failing Australian animals.
Barking Owls are one of Australia’s 1,770 threatened or endangered species.
Invasive species are the biggest single threat to Australian plants and animals.
Koalas are facing serious threats in the wild.
It's hard to say exactly how many koalas are in the wild, but there's no doubt they're in serious trouble.
The endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland is an ecological community that have shrunk to 6% of their original area.
Pete the Poet/Flickr
Tackling the extinction crisis is not just about protecting each species. It's also about preserving their home.
Feral cats kill millions of Australian animals a year.
Cats are wreaking havoc on Australia's ecosystems and non-lethal methods aren't enough.
Underwater view of waves breaking over a healthy coral reef, reducing wave energy at the shoreline that can cause flooding.
Curt Storlazzi, USGS
A new report shows that coral reefs reduce damage from floods across the United States and its trust territories by more than $1.8 billion every year – and pinpoints that value state by state.
The exploitation of the land and sea is the number one reason for biodiversity extinction, according to a new report.
The Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has some sobering news.
Zoological Society London
Coral reefs get a lot of attention, but the world has lost almost all of its vital oyster reefs in the last few centuries.
Is this dragonfly thriving, or just hanging on?
Alarm bells went off when several recent studies reported mass insect die-offs in different parts of the world. But reports of an 'insect apocalypse' have been greatly exaggerated.
Flowers of the mystical
Hildegardia australiensis. I.D. Cowie, NT Herbarium.
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With unusual inflated winged fruits growing on "sickness country", the tree flummoxed local botanists who had not seen anything like it before.
An aerial photo of Borneo shows deforestation and patches of remaining forest.
A new study lays out a road map for protecting and restoring 50% of Earth's surface, targeted to preserve biodiversity and maximize natural removal of carbon from the atmosphere.