The disaster movie playing in Australia’s wild places – and solutions that could help hit pause


Across the country, catastrophes are unfolding as ecosystems collapse. But in a landmark study, scientists are pointing to green shoots of hope

They read like scenes from a disaster movie, vignettes of a natural world slipping into decay.

In the tropical wet rainforests of far north Queensland, outside Cairns, an estimated 23,000 spectacled flying foxes – one-third of Australia’s total population – drop dead from the trees over just two days.

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