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Atlas of Living Australia
The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online.
Classifying Animals Interactive
In order to study living things better, scientists classify (arrange) them into a series of groups according to the features that they share.
The Animal Kingdom Interactive
The animal kingdom is a vast group of millions of different kinds (species) of animals. Thousands more species are being discovered each year.
Planet Earth, Water, Energy, Cool Creatures and much more ...
The world is an amazing place full of stories, beauty and natural wonder. Jump in to BBC Earth's YouTube channel and meet your planet. You'll find 50 years worth of astounding, entertaining, thought-provoking and educational natural history content on here. Dramatic, rare, and exclusive, nature doesn't get more exciting than this.
National Geographic - Animals
Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888.
National Geographic - Environment
Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888.
The 21 Basic Mammal Groups
Classifying a family of vertebrates as broad and diverse as mammals is a notoriously difficult undertaking: different people have different views about what constitutes orders, superorders, clades, cohorts, and all the other confusing terms biologists use when untangling the branches of the tree of life.
Entomology for everyone.
Why Is Biodiversity Important?
At least 40 per cent of the world’s economy and 80 per cent of the needs of the poor are derived from biological resources. In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change.
How does Biodiversity loss affect...
How does Biodiversity loss affect me and everyone else? - Biological diversity is the resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend. It is the link between all organisms on earth, binding each into an interdependant ecosystem, in which all species have their role. It is the web of life.
Biodiversity Atlas Reveals ...
New global biodiversity atlas reveals the secrets of soil.
Scientists discover gorgeous ...
For the past four years, scientists have been under the sea, collecting tiny creatures from all the world's oceans and analyzing them. This expedition, on board the schooner TARA, set out to map the biodiversity of a wide range of planktonic organisms. They collected 35,000 samples and observed the organisms, exploring their interactions and how they are affected by their environment, primarily the temperature and acidity of the oceans.
The Importance of Biodiversity
Here's the problem with the loss of biodiversity: The Earth functions like an incredibly complex machine, and there don't appear to be any unnecessary parts. Each species -- from the lowliest microbe to humans -- plays a part in keeping the planet running smoothly.
A campaign to compile a list of 100 tasks for world governments to undertake to tackle the biodiversity crisis.
World’s Greatest Concentration ...
A Philippines island has the world’s greatest concentration of unique mammals – here’s why.
Discovery Curiosity - Biodiversity
From the Discovery Channel Curiosity website.
Live cameras around the World.
The IUCN Red List
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction.
WWF Australia’s missions and goals for biodiversity protection and environmental conservation are the same as WWF’s Global missions and goals. As part of a global conservation network, our Australian work focuses on the environmental issues that are most relevant to our region as well as the issues where Australia is best placed to take a lead.
Endangered Australian Animals
Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Sea Anemone Is Both Animal and Plant
Sea anemones are classified as being animals, but two new genetic studies have found that these water-dwelling creatures are technically half plant and half animal.
9 Animals That Are On the Verge ...
9 animals that are on the verge of disappearing forever. Lemurs, Giant Panda, Polar Bear, Lesser Prairie Chicken, West African Lion, Pygmy Elephant, Galapagos Penguin, Snow Leopard and Humpback Whale.
Coral Reefs Suffer
Coral reefs suffer as the relentless hunt for shark fins takes its toll. Scientists find removal of sharks from two reef systems led to a sharp decline in the number of fish that help keep coral healthy.
The Corals That Come Back ...
In an astonishing and unexpected revival, dubbed the 'Phoenix Effect', reefs around the world are returning to life.
The last places on Earth with ...
The last places on Earth with no invasive species - Pockets of land and water that are free from ‘alien’ species are few and far between, finds Rachel Nuwer. Yet could we reverse the tide of these pests?
One-Third of U.S. Honeybee ...
Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply.
Macro photographs of insect eyes by Yudy Sauw
TED Playlist - Insects are awesome!
Bugs! Some say they're a nuisance, but we think they're a wonder. These insect-obsessed speakers share how ants form societies, how bees pollinate flowers, and how termites can be quite ... tasty.
5 Extreme Life-Forms
Meet the extremophiles, so-called because they can withstand environments so intensely hot, cold, salty, acidic, alkaline, pressurized, dry, radioactive, or barren they’d put us out like a match in a hurricane.
Oldest Living Things in the World
Artist Rachel Sussman photographs the oldest living things in the World before they vanish.
Peru NP Breaks Biodiversity Record
Biologists recently crowned a new champion of reptile and amphibian biodiversity, southeastern Perú’s Manú National Park. The 15,328 square kilometre park covers only .01 percent of the Earth’s land surface, yet it hosts 2.2 percent of the planet’s amphibians and 1.5 percent of all reptiles.
Twisted Sifter Animal Photography
To educate, entertain, and inspire each and every day.
Mysteries of the Unseen World
Every year FEI holds a photo contest to find out what folks in the field are doing with their amazing microscopes, and to give scientists and researchers the chance to share their exploration of the sub-microscopic world. The winners of the 2012 FEI Image Contest are below. These are the best images from four categories: Around the House, The Natural World, The Human Body, and Other Relevant Science.
18 Awesome Facts About Giant Isopods
There are 20 known species in the genus Bathynomus; B. giganteus, or the giant isopod, is the biggest. Yes, they're kind of creepy looking. But they're also kind of cute! Here are a few things we know about these Internet-beloved creatures.
11 Octopuses Caught ...
11 octopuses caught in the act of being awesome.
The Caterpillar Defense
This bizarre caterpillar, which lives near cinereous mourner nests is enormous. It’s 12 centimeters long, or about the size of a cinereous mourner chick. And its hairs are tipped with an irritating toxin. Londoño and his colleagues propose that the chicks both behave and look like this caterpillar (which belongs to a yet-to-be-described species).
TED Playlist - Plantastic!
Green, leafy, often delicious: Plants are all around us and make the ecosystem work. Hear from gardeners, vegetarians, designers and conservationists on the wonderful world of plants and vegetables.
Vertical farms sprouting all ...
Urban warehouses, derelict buildings and high-rises are the last places you'd expect to find the seeds of a green revolution. But from Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "vertical farms" are promising a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the rapidly swelling populations of cities worldwide.
iPad App Classify It!
Think you know what poison ivy and a firefly have in common? How about some of the ways a dolphin and a goldfish are different? Download Classify It!, a new game from AAAS Science NetLinks, to test your knowledge of how various organisms can be sorted and grouped.
iPad App Attenborough Story of Life
Join broadcast legend Sir David Attenborough to explore more than 1000 of the greatest wildlife moments ever filmed.
Coastal Life of South East QLD
This app is designed to assist you in identifying over 540 species of plants and animals from a variety of coastal communities and habitats across South East Queensland.
iPad App MyEnvironment
Find the Australian environmental places and species that make up your neighbourhood or area of interest. MyEnvironment uses the GPS to show assets around you.
iPad App Pangea Safari
Tembo's Pangea Safari is an ecosystem sim game about food webs and the fragility, resilience and interdependence of species.
iPad App WWF Together
Experience the world’s most amazing and endangered animals in one app – together. This interactive experience brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover their lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before. Try out “tiger vision,” stay as still as the polar bear during a hunt, and chop the panda’s bamboo. Explore the animals’ stories, then fold them up and share them with the world.