October 23, 2014

Explainer: what is biodiversity and why does it matter?

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“Why should I care about biodiversity?” This is a valid question, particularly in a world that faces a changing climate. In addition, there are other things to worry about such as global food shortages, getting the kids to school on time and exercising.

We love to hate the common myna, but what should we do about it?

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In Australia we are all too familiar with devastating environmental impacts of introduced species such as foxes, rabbits and cane toads. But did you know that some introduced species may have a relatively minor environmental impact? In fact, some native species can cause more harm than so called “alien” or introduced species. Perhaps we should […]

Guest Post by Gerry Andersen, CEO of Foodbank NSW for Anti-Poverty Week

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At some point in life you have probably felt hungry. But imagine that feeling wasn’t for ten minutes before your dinner was ready.  What if it was because there was no dinner that night? For you or your children.

Spring into living greener with these top tips!

Couple Strolling on the Grass

Spring is the traditional time of year to get inspired and see what needs to be done around the house and garden. This guide has a range of simple actions to help you spruce up your living space and prepare your house and garden for the hot summer months ahead.

Island living may have been a death sentence for the Tassie tiger: is the devil next?

Tasmanian Devil Joey

We have all heard at some time or another that Australia has the worst record of mammal extinctions in history, with many of our unique and vulnerable critters succumbing only years after the first Europeans arrived here. However, the island of Tasmania stands out from this record: it has not lost a single mammal species […]

The Vulnerable Koala: are we in time to save our national icon?

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This week, the Australian Government listed several koala populations as “vulnerable”, giving them special protection. As a koala researcher and conservation planner, I am most impressed with Minister Burke’s decision.

Forget the market: competition won’t save species

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Plans for conserving Australian species rely on successfully collaborating across regions and across jurisdictions. It makes sense: species don’t recognise state or local government boundaries. But at the same time, funding for conservation is premised on competing, not cooperating. How can these collaborative approaches succeed without secure and stable financial support?

Climate change and the future of our Pacific neighbours

TRAVEL KIRIBATI

The vulnerability of Pacific Island countries to climate change has been the subject of significant media coverage, including Kiribati’s recent request that its people be moved to Fiji to avoid rising seas.

Building carbon markets with our nearest neighbours

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International carbon markets are on the nose in some quarters. From some on the left they are seen as a cheap way to absolve polluters’ sins without having a real impact on reducing emissions.

Don’t let figures befuddle you; you can live a low-carbon life

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Recent articles on low carbon homes and life cycle measurement difficulties left carbon groupies concerned about the complexity involved in measuring our emissions.