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Intensive farming is eating up the Australian continent – but there's another way

It's painfully clear nature is buckling under the weight of farming's demands. There's another way – but it involves accepting nature's limits.

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8 Jul 2019

Time will tell if this is a record summer for Greenland ice melt, but the pattern over the past 20 years is clear

No part of the planet is free from the impacts of human-caused climate change. But Greenland is experiencing the impacts particularly severely.

1 Jul 2019

Academia can help humans and large carnivores coexist

Conventional conservation approaches are unlikely to lead to effective coexistence between humans and large carnivores in human-dominated landscapes.

24 Jun 2019

Curious cases of chemical cross-kingdom communication

The idea of being able to send instructions to organisms in different kingdoms is fascinating.

19 Jun 2019

We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics

In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often.

14 May 2019

How do we go on?

Scientists can teach us how to exist in the face of existential dread.

23 Apr 2019

Logged native forests mostly end up in landfill, not in buildings and furniture

It’s time to recognise logging for short-lived wood products is a poor use of native forests.

18 Apr 2019

Why climate change will dull autumn leaf displays

Recent temperature trends and extremes have changed the growing conditions experienced by trees and are placing autumn displays at risk.

15 Apr 2019

STEM is worth investing in, but Australia's major parties offer scant details on policy and funding

Evidence from around the world shows that public investment in STEM can advance a strong economy, a healthy population and a sustainable environment.

8 Apr 2019

Australia’s 2018 environmental scorecard: a dreadful year that demands action

Environmental news is rarely good. But even by those low standards, 2018 was especially bad.

4 Feb 2019

Damning royal commission report leaves no doubt that we all lose if the Murray-Darling Basin Plan fails

Evidence uncovered by the Royal Commission has shown systemic failures in the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.