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A penguin farm in the Australian desert: a thought experiment that reveals the flaws our in environment laws

Image: Shutterstock Imagine this fictitious scenario. The federal environment minister announces government approval for a large-scale penguin farm near Alice Springs. It will produce 300,000...

Find out what threatened plants and animals live in your electorate (and what your MP can do about it)

Image: Gouldian finch. Shutterstock More than 1,800 Australian plants and animals are considered at-risk of extinction, and yet protecting threatened species is almost entirely absent from the current election...

Fail: our report card on the government’s handling of Australia’s extinction crisis

Image: Shutterstock Australia is losing more biodiversity than any other developed nation. Already this year the charismatic and once abundant gang gang cockatoo has been added to...

National parks are not enough – we need landholders to protect threatened species on their property

Getty Images Over the last decade, the area protected for nature in Australia has shot up by almost half. Our national reserve system now covers 20% of...

The ‘Ringo Starr’ of birds is now endangered – here’s how we can still save our drum-playing palm cockatoos

  Palm cockatoo breeding pair at the nesting hollow. Female on left, male on the right. Christina N. Zdenek Australia’s largest parrot, the palm cockatoo,...

A report claims koalas are ‘functionally extinct’ – but what does that mean?

Koalas are facing serious threats in the wild. Mathias Appel/Flickr Today the Australian Koala Foundation announced they believe “there are no more than 80,000...