Australia’s Secret Rescue of Ancient Trees Offers an Insight Into EvolutionWhen I read that more than a billion animals had lost their lives to bushfires still raging in Australia, I froze, staring at the incomprehensible figure on my screen. A sort of sinking feeling came. Scientists made the estimate from the numbers of animals that have died from previous land-clearing practices. It is dismaying to […]
The Last Drop of Water in Broken HillIn the Australian outback, the future of drought has come early.
Cats Are Not the Best Defenders of Ecological HealthA feral cat prowling among baby penguins on Macquarie Island, south of mainland Australia.Geoff Copson / Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service After a cat loses its last aesthetic and behavioral traits characteristic of a kitten, it also loses much of its appeal as a companion to some people. At the same time, this cat […]