17 June 2016
Drought and desertification causes soils to erode or disappear, removes drinking water, reduces biodiversity and degrades agricultural land to the extent that 12 million hectares are lost. Earthwatch’s programmes take action to manage current and future drought challenge around the world.
14 September 2015
Honey bee populations are declining globally and scientists are unsure of the causes. The condition is known as “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) and CSIRO Scientist Professor de Souza shared his new technology at the Earthwatch Annual Fundraising Dinner.
12 August 2015
Earthwatch Australia’s lead scientist on Melbourne’s Microbats, Dr Rodney van der Ree has recently released his co-edited book – Handbook of Road Ecology.
The book focuses on the challenges of improving the ecological sustainability of new roads, railways and utilities that dissect and fragment landscapes around the world. It represents the knowledge of over 100 authors from more than 25 countries and approximately four years of research.
05 December 2014
The Scottish Beaver Trial, which saw 11 wild Eurasian beavers reintroduced to Scotland’s Knapdale forest in Argyll, has published its final report.
27 November 2014
The Great Barrier Reef, a world-heritage area, shared its beauty with over 400 citizen scientists for two days in October this year, as part of Reef Blitz. In one of Australia’s most bio diverse rich regions, the community gathered to identify and collect data on the unique plants and animals living in and around the Reef.
25 November 2014
In early November, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its fifth and most in-depth report on climate change. The results were grim, as climate change reports these days tend to be. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, sea levels have risen, and the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased. Our influence on the climate system is real and growing every day.
24 October 2014
It's not often a C-level (CEO, CFO, COO) executive can combine family, business and science! However, last weekend, Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th, Michelle Joy, Director of the Earthwatch Foundation harnessed the opportunity by inviting 6 leaders and their families on an Earthwatch Expedition.
22 September 2014
Marine ecosystems worldwide are affected by ‘marine debris’, human-produced rubbish mostly made up of plastics. Marine debris includes consumer items such as glass or plastic bottles, cans, bags, balloons, rubber, metal fibreglass, and other manufactured materials that end up in our ocean.
CSIRO recently released a new report after three years of research that sheds light on the source of Australian coastal debris, and the impact it is having on our marine friends. The research found the major source of rubbish on Australian beaches came from Australia.
As the largest and most comprehensive research project of its kind, this survey forms an integral part of TeachWild, a marine debris research and education program developed by Earthwatch in partnership with CSIRO and Shell Australia’s National Social Investment Program.
09 July 2014
Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project, documenting plants and animals throughout the continent. In its fourth year, Bush Blitz has already discovered a new genus of a racing stripe spider, a possible new species of rainbow fish, a wolf spider, and the first new record of butterfly in Western Australia in a decade.