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Six million hectares of threatened species habitat up in smoke

Sat, 18/01/2020 - 19:18
Approximately 70 nationally threatened species have had at least 50% of their range burnt, while nearly 160 threatened species have had more than 20% burnt. Michelle Ward, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland Aaron Greenville, Lecturer in Spatial Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney April Reside, Researcher, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland Ayesha Tulloch, DECRA Research Fellow, University of Sydney Brooke Williams, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland Emily Massingham, PhD Student, The University of Queensland Helen Mayfield, Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland Hugh Possingham, Professor, The University of Queensland James Watson, Professor, The University of Queensland Jim Radford, Principal Research Fellow, Research Centre for Future Landscapes, La Trobe University Laura Sonter, PhD Candidate in Global Environmental Change, The University of Queensland Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Bushfires: can ecosystems recover from such dramatic losses of biodiversity?

Thu, 16/01/2020 - 11:53
The ecological costs of huge, repetitive, high-severity wildfires on ecosystems could be colossal. Darren Evans, Reader in Ecology and Conservation, Newcastle University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Worst marine heatwave on record killed one million seabirds in North Pacific Ocean

Wed, 15/01/2020 - 19:07
As well as a stark warning about climate change, the disaster underlines the importance of wildlife monitoring. Tim Birkhead, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, University of Sheffield Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

TESSA: a practical tool to measure the impact of protecting biodiversity

Tue, 14/01/2020 - 17:25
The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) allows NGOs to quantify the economic advantages of maintaining ecosystems, helping preserve biodiversity by putting a value on it. Kelvin S.-H. Peh, Lecturer in Conservation Science, University of Southampton Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Australia's bushfires could drive more than 700 animal species to extinction. Check the numbers for yourself

Mon, 13/01/2020 - 18:57
Once you include insects, snails, worms and other small creatures, it's clear the fires could cause one of the biggest extinction events of the modern era. Mike Lee, Professor in Evolutionary Biology (jointly appointed with South Australian Museum), Flinders University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

A season in hell: bushfires push at least 20 threatened species closer to extinction

Wed, 08/01/2020 - 05:28
In a matter of weeks, the fires have subverted decades of dedicated conservation efforts for many threatened species. John Woinarski, Professor (conservation biology), Charles Darwin University Chris Dickman, Professor in Terrestrial Ecology, University of Sydney David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, University of Tasmania David Keith, Professor of Botany, UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Diversifying approaches to conserving nature

Tue, 07/01/2020 - 09:40
Building connections and grassroots efforts will sustain conservation over the long term. Mucha Mkono, Research Fellow (Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow), Business School, The University of Queensland Jason I. Ransom, Wildlife Ecologist, National Park Service Katarzyna Nowak, Fellow, The Safina Center; Research Associate, University of the Free State Patrick O. Onyango, Lecturer, Maseno University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Don't like spiders? Here are 10 reasons to change your mind

Tue, 07/01/2020 - 02:20
There is little to fear and lots to love about spiders, which have not killed anyone in Australia for 40 years. Leanda Denise Mason, Associate Lecturer, Curtin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Biodiversity and our brains: how ecology and mental health go together in our cities

Wed, 01/01/2020 - 21:02
It's well-established that green spaces are good for our well-being. Now we can demonstrate that greater biodiversity boosts this benefit, as well as helping to sustain native plants and animals. Zoe Myers, Lecturer, Australian Urban Design Research Centre, University of Western Australia Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Lemurs are the world's most endangered mammals, but planting trees can help save them

Mon, 23/12/2019 - 16:01
New research shows that slowing deforestation is the most essential step for saving Madagascar's lemurs, and can help protect them against the longer-term threat of climate change. Andrea L. Baden, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Kenyan wildlife policies must extend beyond protected areas

Wed, 18/12/2019 - 13:11
Most of Kenya's biodiversity needs protecting outside protected areas in human‐dominated landscapes that are undergoing rapid change. Peter Tyrrell, PhD Candidate and Mistler Graduate Scholar, University of Oxford Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Our new research is tracing the development of the world's vital non-living nature

Tue, 10/12/2019 - 11:44
Non-living nature such as rocks, landforms, soil and water form the Earth's 'geodiversity' - a crucial part of the planet's life support system. Joseph J. Bailey, Lecturer in Biogeography, York St John University Franziska Schrodt, Assistant Professor of Biogeography, University of Nottingham Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Greenwashing? Why wildlife TV is finally engaging with the climate emergency

Mon, 09/12/2019 - 15:25
Wildlife TV producers used to think that focus on environmental issues could only be structured around doom and gloom stories – scaring away large audiences. Jean-Baptiste Gouyon, Associate professor in Science Communication, UCL Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Scientists fear insect populations are shrinking. Here are six ways to help

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 18:37
Insects are vital to sustaining life on Earth – and their numbers are falling fast. So consider ditching the fly spray and see what you can do to help. David Yeates, Director of the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO Katja Hogendoorn, University of Adelaide Manu Saunders, Research fellow, University of New England Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Shark nets are destructive and don't keep you safe – let's invest in lifeguards

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:36
Weeks out from summer, new research says there is no evidence shark nets keep us safe from sharks. Leah Gibbs, Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Wollongong Lachlan Fetterplace, Environmental Assessment Specialist, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Quentin Hanich, Associate Professor, University of Wollongong Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Does Labour’s green industrial revolution tackle the climate crisis? Experts weigh in

Fri, 22/11/2019 - 12:11
Biodiversity, public transport and home insulation loom large in Labour's flagship programme for green governance. Stephen Hall, Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Policy, University of Leeds Marc Hudson, Researcher in Sustainable Consumption, University of Manchester Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle Nicole Badstuber, Research Associate in Transport, University of Cambridge Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Growing palm oil on former farmland cuts deforestation, CO₂ and biodiversity loss

Thu, 21/11/2019 - 06:35
Instead of boycotting palm oil, source it from pastureland and not recently logged forests. Denis J Murphy, Professor of Biotechnology, Head of Genomics & Computational Biology Research, University of South Wales Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Extinction of ice age giants likely drove surviving animals apart

Wed, 20/11/2019 - 19:16
After the woolly mammoth and other megafauna became extinct, surviving animals mingled less. This has big implications for modern conservation. Aniko Blanka Toth, Postdoctoral Fellow, Macquarie University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Why seagrass in Indonesia's marine protected areas is still under threat

Tue, 19/11/2019 - 13:26
Although less well known than its cousins, coral reefs and mangroves, seagrass plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation. Andri Irawan, Researcher at Research Center for Deep Sea, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Our land is burning, and western science does not have all the answers

Tue, 19/11/2019 - 00:31
Indigenous people learnt to use fire skillfully and to their advantage, including to moderate bushfires. In this time of crisis, we must learn from them. David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, University of Tasmania Ben J. French, PhD student in Environmental Change Biology, University of Tasmania Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.