The Environment

Bold solutions for global challenges

The Environment

Bold solutions for global challenges

One-third of backyard soil unsafe to grow vegies
New research has found Australian backyard gardens near busy roads and in older homes often have high levels of lead and other contaminants in their soil, making them unsafe to grow food.
Sydney industrial zone goes green in Australia-first tree study
A pilot study by Macquarie University's Centre for Smart Green Cities aims to empower councils to plant trees in typically hot and dusty industrial areas so they are more resilient to climate change.
Volunteers' vital role in 'scooping the poop' for science
Citizen scientists have been instrumental in revealing alarming levels of antibiotic resistance in Australian wildlife gut microorganisms.
Conservation on ice: How frozen zoos can help save animals
Countless species worldwide are in need of urgent conservation, but we only have the resources to provide for captive populations of a small number of them. Biobanking could be the answer, say Macquarie University researchers.
Climate change: Cattle burp issue on the rise
Massive scientific efforts to tackle the impact of cattle burps on climate change has only tinkered around the edges of this major environmental problem, say Macquarie University researchers.
Which of these 19 Australian ecosystems will succumb to climate change first?
Macquarie University's Professor Lesley Hughes is among a group of 38 scientists from Australia, the UK and the USA who has identified 19 environments in Australia and Antarctica where ecosystem collapse is happening now.
In conservation parks, money matters if species are to survive: study
Macquarie University research has identified a pressing need to increase funding for conservation parks in Southeast Asia to avoid further extinction of endangered animals.
How we can stop animals making us sick
The best way to prevent outbreaks of disease passed from animals to humans lies in the One Health approach, says Macquarie University philosopher Dr Jane Johnson.
Revealed: the best trees for shading hot Sydney school yards
As NSW students head back to the classroom to begin the 2021 school year, a Macquarie University project has identified the trees that can help make playgrounds cool for kids.
Shark, grasshopper studies point to winners and losers of rising heat
A warming climate means resilience is the key to species’ survival. Two Macquarie researchers have been looking at what adapting to the heat will mean for two very different creatures.
How cotton discovery could save the shirts on our backs
Macquarie University research has revealed new insights into why cotton pollen fails after heatwaves, paving the way towards genetically engineered crops that can withstand extreme temperature.
New front opens in Australia’s fight to save the koalas
In the wake of Australia’s worst wildfire season on record, a Macquarie-led project is aiming to improve the treatment of fire-affected wildlife as the next season fast approaches.