Read the latest opinion articles inspired by science.

A Superb fairy wren male on a branch.

Wild animals are evolving faster than anybody thought

To measure the speed of adaptive evolution in the wild, we studied 19 populations of birds and mammals over several decades. We found they were evolving at twice to four times the speed suggested by earlier work.

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Mon, 28 Feb 2022

Even if we manage to stop the planet warming beyond 1.5℃ this century, we will still see profound impacts to billions of people on every continent and in every sector, and the window to adapt is narrowing quickly. These are among the disturbing findings of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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kangaroo in burnt out bushland
Mon, 28 Feb 2022

As climate change intensifies, we are now seeing cascading and compounding impacts and risks, including where extreme events coincide. These are placing even greater pressure on our ability to respond.

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Regent honeyeater, a black and yellow bird, on a branch
Thu, 13 Jan 2022

Less than 80 years ago, regent honeyeaters ruled Australia’s flowering gum forests, with huge raucous flocks roaming from Adelaide to Rockhampton. Now, there are less than 300 birds left in the wild.

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someone folding clothing
Tue, 04 Jan 2022

Have you opened your post-lockdown wardrobe, only to discover some of your beautiful summer clothes have holes in them? You’re probably blaming clothes moths but the real culprits are the larvae (caterpillars).

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A triptych of images shows a woman photographed in black and white, her facial expressions different in each image. She is wearing glasses and looks both serious and sad.
Mon, 20 Dec 2021

Researchers have found that scientists are experiencing diverse, complex, and often contrasting emotions about the fate of the planet.

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Mon, 29 Nov 2021

As climate change worsens, bushfires are likely to become more intense and frequent. We must find new ways of managing bushfires to prevent catastrophic events. Satellite data can help in this task.

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Thu, 11 Nov 2021

Australia’s largest parrot, the palm cockatoo, is justifiably famous as the only non-human animal to craft tools for sound. They create drumsticks to make a rhythmic beat. Sadly, the “Ringo Starr” of the bird world is now threatened with extinction – just as many other parrots are around the world.

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Cattle in a field
Wed, 03 Nov 2021

At the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, more than 90 nations signed a global pledge led by the United States and United Kingdom to cut methane emissions. However, Australia was not among them.

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A kangaroo standing in the middle of burned bushland
Mon, 25 Oct 2021

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is poised to announce Australia will adopt a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The pledge is long overdue – but the science tells us 2050 is about a decade too late to reach net-zero.

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