Sustainability

  • Ride-share companies create, not reduce, traffic congestion

    Study finds cars-for-hire business model does nothing to reduce private vehicle use or ownership....

    In a blow to the image of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft as solutions to traffic congestion, researchers...

    Sustainability May 9, 2019
  • Dogs trained to find endangered insects

    Canine ‘citizen-scientists’ are helping map a rare fly population. Tanya Loos reports.

    Bayar, a trained insect-detecting dog, with an alpine stonefly.Julia MynottIn a world first, dogs in Australia have b...

    Sustainability May 8, 2019
  • People are flocking to see melting glaciers

    Visiting thawing destinations can be a double-edged sword.

    More tourists mean more business and more climate change awareness, but visiting thawing destinations can be a double...

    Features May 5, 2019
  • Hippos crucial to silicon cycle in African river food webs

    Study warns population decreases could damage a critical link between plant and algal growth. Mar...

    Africa’s rivers and lakes need hippo poo to thrive, and declining hippo numbers threaten food chains and human health...

    Sustainability May 1, 2019
  • Invasive species spells disaster

    Yellowstone lake hammered by an interloping trout.

    Just one species of invasive predatory fish has created extensive changes in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Ye...

    Marine life March 20, 2019
  • Human impacts put species under threat

    Mapping reveals animals are affected across 90% of their range.

    Detailed mapping of the accumulated human impact on birds, mammals and amphibians across the globe paints a disturbin...

    Earth March 12, 2019
  • For insects only

    Experiment measures invertebrate interactions.

    Looking at first glance like something much larger, this tiny cage is designed to protect seeds from hungry mammals, ...

    Earth February 24, 2019
  • Invasive species may travel trade routes

    Study finds “lethal combination” of introduction risk and habitat suitability.

    Invasive species could increase their global presence via China’s developing trade routes, researchers warn. A new s...

    Earth January 24, 2019
  • Dim the lights for some natural pollination

    Aa bit of darkness has ecological and environmental benefits.

    Switching off street lights helps restore the natural behaviour of moths, scientists say, and that’s important becaus...

    Earth January 21, 2019
  • Watch: the deconstructed reef

    Scientists are simulating delicate and complex relationships.

    Mike Carroll/Cosmos Amid increasing concern over the ability of the reef to withstand another year of climate-induce...

    Earth December 18, 2018
  • A less toxic alternative to synthetic pesticides

    Research in biopesticides is an important pursuit.

    In the 1940s, scientists discovered the insect-killing properties of synthetic chemical compounds, including DDT, chl...

    Earth December 11, 2018
  • Scientists want your underwater shots

    Great Barrier Reef snaps form part of a citizen science project.

    A new program directed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is calling on citizen scientists t...

    Earth December 10, 2018
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