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Our new research is tracing the development of the world's vital non-living nature

Tue, 10/12/2019 - 11:44
Non-living nature such as rocks, landforms, soil and water form the Earth's 'geodiversity' - a crucial part of the planet's life support system. Joseph J. Bailey, Lecturer in Biogeography, York St John University Franziska Schrodt, Assistant Professor of Biogeography, University of Nottingham Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Greenwashing? Why wildlife TV is finally engaging with the climate emergency

Mon, 09/12/2019 - 15:25
Wildlife TV producers used to think that focus on environmental issues could only be structured around doom and gloom stories – scaring away large audiences. Jean-Baptiste Gouyon, Associate professor in Science Communication, UCL Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Scientists fear insect populations are shrinking. Here are six ways to help

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 18:37
Insects are vital to sustaining life on Earth – and their numbers are falling fast. So consider ditching the fly spray and see what you can do to help. David Yeates, Director of the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO Katja Hogendoorn, University of Adelaide Manu Saunders, Research fellow, University of New England Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Shark nets are destructive and don't keep you safe – let's invest in lifeguards

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:36
Weeks out from summer, new research says there is no evidence shark nets keep us safe from sharks. Leah Gibbs, Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Wollongong Lachlan Fetterplace, Environmental Assessment Specialist, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Quentin Hanich, Associate Professor, University of Wollongong Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Does Labour’s green industrial revolution tackle the climate crisis? Experts weigh in

Fri, 22/11/2019 - 12:11
Biodiversity, public transport and home insulation loom large in Labour's flagship programme for green governance. Stephen Hall, Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Policy, University of Leeds Marc Hudson, Researcher in Sustainable Consumption, University of Manchester Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle Nicole Badstuber, Research Associate in Transport, University of Cambridge Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Growing palm oil on former farmland cuts deforestation, CO₂ and biodiversity loss

Thu, 21/11/2019 - 06:35
Instead of boycotting palm oil, source it from pastureland and not recently logged forests. Denis J Murphy, Professor of Biotechnology, Head of Genomics & Computational Biology Research, University of South Wales Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Extinction of ice age giants likely drove surviving animals apart

Wed, 20/11/2019 - 19:16
After the woolly mammoth and other megafauna became extinct, surviving animals mingled less. This has big implications for modern conservation. Aniko Blanka Toth, Postdoctoral Fellow, Macquarie University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Why seagrass in Indonesia's marine protected areas is still under threat

Tue, 19/11/2019 - 13:26
Although less well known than its cousins, coral reefs and mangroves, seagrass plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation. Andri Irawan, Researcher at Research Center for Deep Sea, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Our land is burning, and western science does not have all the answers

Tue, 19/11/2019 - 00:31
Indigenous people learnt to use fire skillfully and to their advantage, including to moderate bushfires. In this time of crisis, we must learn from them. David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, University of Tasmania Ben J. French, PhD student in Environmental Change Biology, University of Tasmania Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Remote Indigenous Australia's ecological economies give us something to build on

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:02
Expanding on sustainable practices in remote parts of Australia can deliver great benefits to both local Indigenous owners and national and global communities. Jon Altman, Emeritus professor, School of Regulation and Global Governance, ANU, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Climate crisis: the countryside could be our greatest ally – if we can reform farming

Mon, 04/11/2019 - 15:19
Much of the UK's farmland is unproductive. It could be put to better use storing carbon, offering recreation and providing wildlife habitat. Ian Boyd, Professor of Biology, University of St Andrews Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

3 global conditions – and a map – for saving nature and using it wisely

Fri, 25/10/2019 - 17:04
To save what’s left of nature on this increasingly human planet, conservation needs to become a top priority around the world, from the wildest of wildlands to the densest of cities. Erle C. Ellis, Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County James Watson, Professor, The University of Queensland Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Do David Attenborough documentaries help the natural world? New research gives cause for hope

Fri, 25/10/2019 - 13:58
Researchers have tracked how viewers respond to nature documentaries – and the lasting digital impression they leave. Darío Fernández-Bellon, Post-doctoral Researcher, University College Cork Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

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.