The Environment


Sydney's biggest green roof welcomes researchers and community gardeners
Through a partnership with Macquarie, a 1920s coal depot has been transformed into a community garden, science lab and outdoor classroom, with more plans afoot.
How minerals will help shift Australia to renewable energy
Macquarie researchers are building a model of the lithosphere beneath the Australian continent to find the critical minerals and metals we need to shift to renewable energy and to drive technology like smartphones and computers.
What is a lunar eclipse?
Astrophysicist Professor Richard de Grijs explains exactly what happens during a lunar eclipse like the rare spectacle that occured on July 28.
What is ephemeral art?
Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Michael Gillings explains.
Public pressure must end the ivory trade in Australia
As rhino and elephant body parts are pulled from a legal Australian auction taking place today, conservationists hope a current Senate Inquiry will be the beginning of the end for our domestic ivory trade.
Late bushfire season and extreme heat put pressure on resources
A longer fire season means less chance to reduce bushfire fuel load through hazard reduction, says natural hazards expert Andrew Gissing, putting a greater burden on resources.
Cities need more rooftop gardens to balance urban sprawl
Green places are vital for improving our health and creating a sense of community. So how do we balance development with green space?
From sea monsters to BFFs: the amazing mateship of sharks
Sharks loom large and menacingly in the Australian imagination but new research shows that, just like humans, sharks have friends.
Wild Australian rice could be the key to feeding 11 billion people
Following nearly a decade of research, the discovery of a heat-tolerant protein in native rice is set to go live in field trials of genetically engineered wheat.
Solving the problem of honey bee colony collapse
Microscopic tagging of individual bees has uncovered crucial new data which could help colonies survive and ultimately protect our fresh food supply.
Coral diversity thrives through a game of rock paper scissors
New research reveals how coral competes for space and light on the Great Barrier Reef – it's a battle of toxic barbs and poison tentacles.
Donna Houston on tackling the environmental challenges of life in future cities
What are the environmental challenges facing cities of the future? Geography and planning lecturer Dr Donna Houston predicts what life in large urban centres might look like in years to come.