These are the plastic items that most kill whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds

Lauren Roman, CSIRO; Britta Denise Hardesty, CSIRO; Chris Wilcox, CSIRO, and Qamar Schuyler, CSIRO How do we save whales and other marine animals from plastic in the ocean? Our new review shows reducing plastic pollution can prevent the deaths of beloved marine species. Over 700 marine species, including half of the world’s cetaceans (such as […]

Australia-first research reveals staggering loss of threatened plants over 20 years

Ayesha Tulloch, University of Sydney; Elisa Bayraktarov, The University of Queensland; Hugh Possingham, The University of Queensland; Jaana Dielenberg, Charles Darwin University; Jennifer Silcock, The University of Queensland; Micha Victoria Jackson, The University of Queensland, and Nathalie Butt, The University of Queensland When it comes to threatened species, charismatic animals usually get the most attention. […]

Prepare for hotter days, says the State of the Climate 2020 report for Australia

Michael Grose, CSIRO and Lynette Bettio, Australian Bureau of Meteorology The Australian State of the Climate 2020 report reveals a picture of long-term climate trends and climate variability. The biennial climate snapshot draws on the latest observations and climate research from the marine, atmospheric and terrestrial monitoring programs at CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology. We […]

The Blue Mountains World Heritage site has been downgraded, but it’s not too late to save it

Ian Wright, Western Sydney University; Anthony Capon, Monash University, and Leo Robba, Western Sydney University Twenty years ago, UNESCO inscribed the greater Blue Mountains area on the World Heritage List for having “outstanding universal value”. If you’ve travelled to the Blue Mountains, with its rugged sandstone cliff faces, hidden waterfalls and rich diversity of life, […]

Tiny, remote islands make huge waves for marine conservation

A small island community in the middle of the South Atlantic just made a big splash for the health of the world’s oceans.  The government of Tristan da Cunha — an archipelago 4,000 square kilometers (1,600 miles) west of South Africa and the most remote inhabited islands in the world — committed to protecting 90 […]