ecosystems

a kangaroo with joey stands amid a burnt out forrest

Three chief authors of the State of the Environment Report provide its key findings. While it’s a sobering read, there are a few bright spots.

Zoe Xirocostas

Can weeds help us find answers to the world’s problems? Non-native plants have wreaked havoc on so many of the world's precious ecosystems, but what can they teach us about survival?

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They might be seen as noxious, but it turns out there is an unappreciated side to weeds.

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The disasters have come one after another. While they may not be entirely preventable, we can take many practical steps tailored to local needs and conditions to reduce the impacts on our cities.

Dr Sophie Lewis

UNSW Canberra Climate Scientist Dr Sophie Lewis has received the award for ACT Scientist of the Year, presented by the ACT Government.

Southern Tablelands grasslands

The Monaro grasslands are a tiny surviving fraction of the native grasslands that once grew across the Southern Tablelands.

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Rewilding is gaining popularity around the world, as a means to restore ecosystems to their ancient state. But just like Vegemite, Australian rewilding projects need to have a unique flavour.

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Rivers in many agriculturally significant areas of Australia could lose water as the landscape grows greener, write Anna Ukkola and Albert Van Dijk.

Lake Eyre, South Australia

Climate change has emerged as a key threat to a wide range of Australian ecosystems according to a study which is the first to implement a new Red List for identifying systems at high risk of degradation.

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Bilbies, bettongs and echidnas play a beneficial role in the arid environment by foraging for food – a behaviour that alters the composition of bacteria and fungi in the soil, UNSW research shows.

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