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On the hunt for the mysterious Orange-bellied Parrot, Australia's most endangered bird

On the hunt for the mysterious Orange-bellied Parrot, Australia's most endangered bird

Writer and birdwatcher Debbie Lustig writes: There’s one thing you can be sure of with critically endangered species: they’re bloody hard to find. Two Sundays ago, amid grim commemorations of 9/11, around 100 volunteers went about their own, solemn business in Birds Australia’s orange-bellied parrot survey. Across three states, we searched for this country’s most […]

The Coral Sea: the 'biodiversity hotspot' no one knows about

The Coral Sea: the 'biodiversity hotspot' no one knows about

It may not be as famous as its neighbour the Great Barrier Reef, but the Coral Sea is a global “biodiversity hotspot” for ocean predators, according to the first comprehensive study of the region. It may be a little known region, but that could soon change. The Coral Sea is packed full of large predatory sharks, […]

Ducking the main issue on hunting

Ducking the main issue on hunting

Victoria’s 2011 duck shooting season finished on Monday. By allowing a twelve week season this year, the Baillieu government unnecessarily risked the future of our vital wetlands regions.

The precarious nature of endangered species

The precarious nature of endangered species

Biodiversity is the variety of life forms on earth, including plants, animals and micro-organisms (and their genetic material) and the often finely balanced, fragile and interconnected ecosystems that they are a part of. But how do governments and science organisations help to maintain biodiversity and limit the extinction of species?

Reading Corner: Three Recent Climate Reports

Reading Corner: Three Recent Climate Reports

With the next round of UN Climate talks beginning on Monday in the Mexican resort town of Cancun, it’s a good time to catch up on some climate-related reading. Here are three recent reports worth having a look at. I also recommend signing up to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s youth delegation updates, for regular news […]

Will Burke deliver on marine protected areas?

Will Burke deliver on marine protected areas?

Dr Margi Prideaux writes: A few weeks ago, the great and the good convened in Nagoya, Japan to deliberate the future of our planet. Perhaps a little melodramatic, but in many ways it’s the truth. This 10th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was every bit as important as the Climate Change meetings are. […]

Biodiversity: as big as climate change, but not as sexy

Biodiversity: as big as climate change, but not as sexy

Vjekoslav Matic writes: Everybody has heard about climate change, but how many people have heard about biodiversity, or know exactly what biodiversity is? What about the important UN conference on biodiversity that starts today in Nagoya, Japan? According to a recent poll by the UK’s Natural History Museum only 12% of those surveyed know what […]