Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko
With targeted conservation action, we might just save many of these species before it's too late.
Bush Heritage Australia / Adam Kerezsy
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.
Andrew Crawford/Threatened Species Hub
A recent global survey found almost 600 plants have gone extinct. And this figure is likely to be an underestimate.
The horned land frog (
Sphenophryne cornuta) carries babies on its back. New Guinea must be protected from the deadly chytrid fungus, or we could see around 100 frog species be wiped out.
The island of New Guinea is home to 6% of the world’s frogs, but if the deadly chytrid fungus invades it could cause a mass extinction.
A pair of blacktip reef shark neonates (Carcharhinus melanopterus) gently cruise among the roots in the mangrove forest of Surin Archipelago during high tide in Mu Koh Surin national park, Thailand.
Far more megafauna species use coastal wetlands than we thought. And it affects the way we need to address the extinction crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Indigenous rangers protect vast areas of conservation value in Australia.
Australia relies on Indigenous people to meet our conservation goals, but they're short-changed by federal funding.
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.