Invasive Species

'Catastrophic' decline in numbers of small native animals

Peter Hannam Small native animals are facing “an extraordinary decline” across the northern third of Australia, with the spread of feral cats largely to blame, a leading ecologist said.

Reef audit finds big fish lost

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Andrew Darby The world's first continent-wide survey of reef sea life has found big fish gone around much of the Australian coastline.

Great Barrier Reef faced with irreversible damage

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Peter Hannam The Great Barrier Reef will be irreversibly damaged by climate change in just 16 years, according to leading reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.

Native vegetation codes open way for destructive clearing: environmental groups

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Peter Hannam Proposed loosening of land-clearing codes by the O'Farrell government will allow NSW farmers to “slash, burn and rip” will little oversight, environmental groups claim.

Blue Mountains panther spotted again

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Eamonn Duff Weeks after the government declared the Blue Mountains big cat file closed, a Sydney father has spoken of a terrifying encounter with a panther-like creature outside his home.

Wonders of the water

Seahorse

Kelsey Munro Some magical creatures live in Sydney Harbour.

UN climate report turns to purple to highlight risks

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Some parts of nature and human society are more vulnerable than expected to climate change, according to a draft of a U.N.

Wilderness Society plans legal fight over fossil fuels in shift to tackling global warming

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Jill Stark Australia's biggest environmental group will launch a major legal fight against the fossil fuel industry as it shifts focus to climate change for the first time in its 37-year history.

Decimated kelp 'jungles' listed as endangered

Giant kelp in the sea off Tasmania.

David Wroe Like many forests on land, the giant kelp jungles in the waters off south-east Australia are gravely threatened by climate change, scientists say.

Ecuador's bold idea now as endangered as Eden's wildlife

A squirrel monkey.

Jonathan Watts In their first hour in Yasuni's Amazonian forest, many people will see more creatures than they have in their lives, including some that have yet to be documented by science.

The rains came, and feral pests, too

Wild rabbits

Nicky Phillips The pastures blossomed first. Then came the small ground-dwelling creatures - the rabbits and the mice, followed by their hunters, the foxes, feral pigs and wild dogs.

Geckos become the reptile rulers with successful invasion

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Nicky Phillips They arrived by sea, probably stowed in the hold of a cargo ship, and like any invader advanced their territory through a combination of stealth and stamina.

Wasps nest warning as numbers peak

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Emma Kelly Canberrans are being urged to keep a close eye out for European wasps and potential nest sites before the winter hibernation period closes in.

Warming seas stir crab invasion

Crabs

An invasion of European green crabs, encouraged by rising ocean temperatures, is eating its way north through Maine's clam flats.

Rising heat to endanger many species: study

Pygmy possum

Many species of birds, amphibians and corals not currently under threat will be at risk from climate change and have been wrongly omitted from conservation planning, an international study finds.

Butterfly decline a worrying portent

Butterflies are the essence of cool in the insect world, a favorite muse for poets and songwriters who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune.

Elephants for the bush?

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Matthew Cawood Do we need to release elephants into the Australian bush?

Living with nature's original sin

Enviro-Reformation.

Michael Duffy It's been suggested that passionate environmentalism is a bit like religion. It has its own sense of original sin, the belief that the New World was once a pristine and stable wilderness that was...

Farmers' bane returns

One breeding pair of mice could produce 500 mice within 21 weeks, according to the Grains Research and Decelopment Corporation.

Jim O'Rourke It's the pitter-patter of tiny feet that farmers dread. A mouse plague is threatening south-eastern Australia, causing more headaches for grain growers already suffering $300 million in crop losses...

Tsunami killed thousands of seabirds

Thousands of seabirds were killed when the tsunami generated by last week's massive earthquake off Japan flooded Midway, a remote atoll north-west of the main Hawaiian islands, a US wildlife official...