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South Australia Doubles Down on Solar Energy

By Ian Lowe

A South Australian election promise to install solar panels and batteries in 50,000 homes has placed the Prime Minister in an awkward position.

The calling of a state election in South Australia put electricity prices in the spotlight. The 100 MW Tesla battery has proved a great success, not just evening out power supply for South Australia but helping out Victoria when a Latrobe Valley brown-coal generator shut down on a hot afternoon.

Planning for an Expanding Ice-Free Antarctica

By Jasmine Lee

Climate change will increase the amount of ice-free land in Antarctica by 25% this century.

Mention Antarctica and nature, and most people think killer whales, seals and penguins. But there is so much more when it comes to biodiversity on this frozen continent. Often overlooked is a large suite of native species only found on the land. This terrestrial biodiversity consists of microbes, moss, lichen, two native plants and a large array of invertebrates including tardigrades, springtails, nematodes and mites. Some of these species occur nowhere else in the world and have developed a range of amazing adaptations to survive.

Orangutans (and Science) Are in Trouble

By Kerrie Wilson

Robust science is telling us orangutan populations are in serious decline but the Indonesian government is disputing the finding.

Recently we published the first ever population trend analysis of the Bornean orangutan, showing that the species has declined at a rate of 25% over the past 10 years. This rate of decline was sufficient for the IUCN to elevate the conservation status of this species to Critically Endangered last year.

Grow Your Own

By Laura Mumaw

Collaborative wildlife gardening programs engage residents to manage their land and achieve landscape-focused conservation goals.

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Dogs on Leashes, Birds on Beaches

By Kiran Dhanjal-Adams

A bit of maths can help managers minimise the impact of dogs on migratory shorebirds.

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Reviewing Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services

By Rebecca Runting

What is the state of our understanding of the connection between climate change and ecosystem-service assessment?

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Can Economics Enhance Ecological Restoration?

By Sayed Iftekhar

Economics has a lot to offer ecological restoration. A greater engagement with economics would enhance the likelihood of success for many restoration efforts.

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The Feasibility of a Cane Toad Barrier

By Darren Southwell and Reid Tingley

Preventing the spread of cane toads into Western Australia’s Pilbara could cost less than $100,000 per year.

Cane toads are one of Australia’s worst invasive species. Over the past 85 years they have spread across more than 1 million km2 of northern Australia. Along the way, the toads have had severe impacts on native biodiversity, such as goannas and quolls.

The toads seem unstoppable, but new research suggests there may be a chink in their seemingly impenetrable armour. The toad’s weakness, it seems, is its inability to retain water.

Conservation Research Isn’t Happening in the Right Places

By Kerrie Wilson

Conservation research is not being done in the countries where it’s most needed, and this will undermine efforts to preserve global biodiversity.

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The Inequity in Climate Change

By Glenn Althor, James Watson and Richard Fuller

The countries responsible for most greenhouse emissions incur the least impacts whereas those least responsible bear the greatest cost. How unfair is that?

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