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To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II

Mon, 21/10/2019 - 12:45
In the past, governments have worked much more closely with scientists to respond to emergencies. Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Cats are not scared off by dingoes. We must find another way to protect native animals

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 05:16
Cats have lived around dogs for tens of thousands of years. So using dingoes to control feral cats will not protect our wildlife. Bronwyn Fancourt, Adjunct Research Fellow, University of New England Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Our land abounds in nature strips – surely we can do more than mow a third of urban green space

Tue, 15/10/2019 - 19:59
When so much of the green space in our cities is in the form of nature strips, current restrictions on plantings are denying us the many social and environmental benefits of more diverse greenery. Adrian Marshall, Lecturer, Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology, University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Nature matters to Canadians, so conservation should be an election issue

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 12:42
Canadians are more concerned about the environment than ever before. Here's how to judge a party leader's perspective on protecting biodiversity. Joseph Bennett, Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Science and Department of Biology, Carleton University Steven J. Cooke, Canada Research Professor of Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology, Carleton University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Stories from Indonesia's coasts - how fishers abandon destructive fishing

Tue, 01/10/2019 - 08:39
Our study found that some individuals who previously participated in destructive fishing practices can transform into inspiring leaders and influence others to protect coral reefs. Ali Yansyah Abdurrahim, Human Ecology Researcher, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

'This situation brings me to despair': two reef scientists share their climate grief

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 21:37
Few feel the pain of the Great Barrier Reef's decline more acutely than the scientists trying to save it. Ahead of a UN climate summit, two researchers write of their grief, and hope. Jon Brodie, Professorial Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University Alana Grech, Assistant Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

How we discovered that an asteroid collision in space 466m years ago boosted life on Earth

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 19:12
Dust from the breakup of an asteroid changed the Earth's climate and led to an increase in marine biodiversity, study shows. Birger Schmitz, Professor of Nuclear Physics, Lund University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Hurricane Dorian was also a catastrophe for the Bahamas' unique birds

Wed, 18/09/2019 - 11:24
What has just happened may represent the irreplaceable loss of a small but nonetheless precious part of the planet’s biological heritage. Diana Bell, Professor of Conservation Biology, University of East Anglia Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Mass extinctions made life on Earth more diverse – and might again

Fri, 13/09/2019 - 13:16
Every cloud has a silver lining – even the debris cloud from an asteroid impact Nick Longrich, Senior lecturer, palaeontology, Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Moving Indonesia's capital city won't fix Jakarta's problems and will increase fire risk in Borneo

Tue, 03/09/2019 - 06:31
The government has reportedly set aside 180,000 hectares of land for construction of a new capital in East Kalimantan. Luca Tacconi, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Feral pigs harm wildlife and biodiversity as well as crops

Mon, 26/08/2019 - 14:39
Feral pigs are a destructive invasive species across much of North America. In a recent study, forest patches where feral pigs were present had fewer mammal and bird species than swine-free zones. Marcus Lashley, Assistant Professor of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

How conserving nature's 'umbrella' species could benefit whole habitats

Tue, 20/08/2019 - 16:29
Conservationists have found a shortcut in the race to save Earth's threatened species. Robert Hawkes, PhD Researcher in Environmental Science, University of East Anglia Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Bees: how important are they and what would happen if they went extinct?

Mon, 19/08/2019 - 18:13
It's unlikely that all species of bees will go extinct anytime soon – but current losses could still have a terrible impact on food supplies and ecosystems. Philip Donkersley, Senior Research Associate in Entomology, Lancaster University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Peace with nature: helping former Colombian guerrilla fighters to become citizen scientists

Mon, 12/08/2019 - 20:55
In the wake of decades of violence, ex-guerrillas in Colombia are making conservation part of the path to peace. Jaime Gongora, Associate Professor, Animal and Wildlife Genetics and Genomics, University of Sydney Federica Di Palma, Director of Science, Earlham Institute Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Australia urgently needs real sustainable agriculture policy

Mon, 12/08/2019 - 01:53
The world needs to move towards sustainable agriculture – but what is that, exactly? Australia urgently needs coherent policy. Jacqueline Williams, Senior Research Fellow & Lecturer, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

5 ways to shift consumers towards sustainable behaviour

Sun, 11/08/2019 - 13:19
There's a buzz around sustainability, but consumers still struggle to develop new habits. Here's how to change that. David J. Hardisty, Assistant Professor of Marketing & Behavioral Science, University of British Columbia Katherine White, Professor of Marketing and Behavioural Science, University of British Columbia Rishad Habib, PhD student, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Doug Ford is clear-cutting Ontario's environmental laws

Thu, 25/07/2019 - 23:46
Doug Ford's government is undercutting the environment by giving business and development the upper hand. Laura Annalise Tanguay, PhD student, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada Jenna Davidson, Master's student, Environmental Studies and Planning, York University, Canada Luisa Sotomayor, Assistant Professor, York University, Canada Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Here's how your holiday photos could help save endangered species

Mon, 22/07/2019 - 16:08
Thousands of wildlife photographs are taken every day – they could prove very valuable for conservation. Kasim Rafiq, Postdoctoral Researcher in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Liverpool John Moores University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

You can rewild your garden into a miniature rainforest – Imagine newsletter #4

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 20:03
Climate change is accelerating and species are dying out at a record rate. Experts imagine how inviting nature into our lives could help. Jack Marley, Commissioning Editor, UK edition Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Roadside wildflower meadows are springing up across the UK – and they're helping wildlife in a big way

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 10:36
Britain's councils are cutting roadside verges less often to allow vibrant wildflower meadows to bloom. Olivia Norfolk, Lecturer in Conservation Ecology, Anglia Ruskin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.