Savanna grasslands are burnt early in the dry season to reduce the chance of large fires later. But it’s making air pollution worse.
Scientists’ involvement in media reporting on fire leads to more nuanced and balanced messages.
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Fire must be allowed to play its natural role.
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New research suggests 75% of the rainforest has become less resilient to stress since the early 2000s.
The only species of Australian bird which remains unphotographed. This is one of the most accurate illustrations of the species.
John Keulemans published in Gregory Mathews ‘The Birds of Australia’ 1911
It may not be extinct, but our research suggests the buff-breasted button-quail may only be hanging on by a thread, at best.
Fires in arid Australia are extensive, largely unmanaged, often destructive and significantly under-reported.
Efforts to preserve biodiversity and slow climate change make natural bedfellows.
The Amazon rainforest meets soybean fields in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country.
As in humans, environmental changes provoked chimpanzees to develop a diverse range of behaviours.
Buttongrass survives and rapidly regrows after a fire. Tasmania, Australia.
Not only can plants survive fire, they can use the experience of being burned to prepare themselves for future blazes.
Giraffes prefer the open space and scattered trees of the African savanna.
Ecological literacy is needed to guide global tree planting initiatives to avoid damaging some ecosystems.
A Wildebeeste, or Gnu.
Africa’s famous animal migrations are increasingly blocked by fences, erected by farmers to keep their livestock safe from disease. But a new approach aims to deliver healthy beef and healthy wildlife.
This massive savannah needs restoration but we can’t rely on food companies to do the hard work.
Tropical forests in the Congo for example have exceptionally high animal and plant species.
Forests and savannas are expected to be strongly affected in the coming decades by changing rainfall patterns. But land use will also have a major impact.
Spines don’t stop animals from browsing, but slow down their feeding rates.
Fire has been viewed as the main protagonist in creating Africa’s iconic savannas. However, new research shows that browsing animals created savannas millions of years before fire became important.
Storm season in the Australian tropical savanna.
Australia’s Great Northern Savannas are the largest and most intact ecosystem of their kind on Earth. But they still face pressure from grazing, mining and agricultural expansion.
Fragments of woodland surrounded by cleared land in south west Australia.
Australia may have reputation for vast areas of wilderness, but in reality the continent’s ecosystems have been chopped and diced. Now we need to protect what’s left.
Huge fires in September and October burn the most land in northern Australia.
More land is burned in northern Australia during August and October than any other time of the year, and it’s not just a natural disaster.
Proper management of Africa’s savanna regions is crucial for the continent’s climate and food security future.
Africa’s savannas provide high potential for farming development but this needs to be done in a smart manner to not worsen climate change.
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Sometimes the best way to deal with mountains of data is to turn to the public for help. That’s what Snapshot Serengeti did to classify millions of photos from savanna camera traps in Tanzania.