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DNA helps solve riddle of how clever crows craft tools

A clever piece of detective work by an international team has helped solved the mystery of which plants a population of crows on New Caledonia use to craft tools.

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A clever piece of detective work by an international team has helped solved the mystery of which plants a population of crows on New Caledonia use to craft tools.

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Research story | 13 Jul 2021

‘Environmental accounting’ could revolutionise nature conservation, but Australia has squandered its potential

Let’s say a new irrigation scheme is proposed and all the land it’ll take up needs to be cleared — trees felled, soil upturned, and habitats destroyed. Water will also have to be allocated. Would the economic gain of the scheme outweigh the damage to the environment?

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News | 12 Jul 2021

Treaty offers solid ground for wetland protection

A 50-year-old treaty could hold the key to better protecting our wetland ecosystems, while offering scientists a "how-to guide" for turning their research into action, according to an expert from The Australian National University (ANU).

Media release | 24 Jun 2021

The government’s idea of ‘national environment standards’ would entrench Australia’s global pariah status

A growing global push to halt biodiversity decline, most recently agreed at the G7 on Sunday, leaves Australia out in the cold as the federal government walks away from critical reforms needed to protect threatened species.

Analysis and opinion | 11 Jun 2021

Matt Canavan suggested the cold snap means global warming isn’t real. We bust this and 2 other climate myths

One cold winter doesn't negate more than a century of global warming. We need the political leadership to set the world on a safer path. Ill-informed tweets by government senators won't help.

News | 26 May 2021

Monitoring genetic diversity will benefit nature and society

An ecological crisis overshadowed by the threats of mass species extinctions and climate change impacts could be just as serious to ecosystems and human society, according to a new study by an international team of scientists.

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News | 20 May 2021

ANU zeroes in on negative carbon emissions by 2030

ANU is the first university in Australia to commit to reducing greenhouse emissions to below zero by 2030.

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News | 20 May 2021

Parrot poachers striking while the market's hot

"Pretty" parrots are more likely to be snatched up for Indonesia's illegal wildlife trade, a new study reveals.

Analysis and opinion | 29 Apr 2021

Next time you see a butterfly, treasure the memory: scientists raise alarm on these 26 species

Our team of 28 scientists identified the top 26 Australian butterfly species and subspecies at greatest risk of extinction. We also estimated the probability that they will be lost within 20-years.

Swift parrot

News | 28 Apr 2021

Sons favoured despite female shortage in endangered parrot

New research from ANU shows female swift parrots can determine the sex of their offspring, and they are favouring boys over girls as they face diminished survival prospects in the wild.

Research story | 23 Apr 2021

Optimism in the face of climate change

In this video we asked Professor Saul Cunningham for his take on 2020, when he saw much of the South Coast in flames, and a community changed by the pandemic.

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