Science and Reports

As well as all the moral and economic arguments against destroying nature and forests, there are also endless research reports and scientific findings that show our governments are deliberately denying empirical evidence. To deny sound, peer reviewed science is as absurd as declaring the world is flat. Environmental arguments are not merely emotional bleatings as industry likes to portray. The reports cited here are merely the tip of the iceberg currently being ignored for political expedience.

Paul Stamets - How Mushrooms Can Save Bees & Our Food Supply

Monday, November 3, 2014

In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

This speech was given at the 2014 Bioneers Annual Conference.

Living Planet Report 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The tenth edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report, launched at the United Nations in Geneva, is a stark call to action for a world living beyond its means.

The report reveals that humanity's demand on the planet is more than 50 per cent greater than what nature can sustain, with dramatic declines in biodiversity since 1970.

Interactions between the superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) and fire in south-eastern Australia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Context: The superb lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae is thought to be an important ecosystem engineer that, through its foraging, accelerates the decomposition of litter in Eucalyptus forests. Lyrebird foraging is therefore likely to affect forest fuel loads and hence fire behaviour in these fire-prone forests. In turn, fire is likely to reduce the abundance and influence the distribution of lyrebirds.

Effects of Logging on Fire Regimes in Moist Forests

Monday, September 8, 2014

Does logging affect the fire proneness of forests? This question often arises after major wildfires, but data suggest that answers differ substantially among different types of forest.

Logging can alter key attributes of forests by changing microclimates, stand structure and species composition, fuel characteristics, the prevalence of ignition points, and patterns of landscape cover. These changes may make some kinds of forests more prone to increased probability of ignition and increased fire severity.

Victoria’s logged landscapes are at increased risk of bushfire

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Forests logged in the past two decades burned more severely the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. AAP Image/Andrew Brownbill

Victoria’s forest management policies need to be urgently reviewed in response to the discovery that logging can contribute to the severity of bushfires in wet forests, like the devastating fires on Black Saturday in February 2009.

Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This research paper from 2009 looks at a number of tipping points where we could see a point of no return for continents and the globe. Our planet’s biodiversity loss, climate change, ocean acidification, ozone damage and fresh water use are just some of the serious environmental threats these scientists look at. It is even more relevant now and a lot more urgent for governments across the globe to take heed of this unequivocal science.

Burnoff policies could be damaging habitats for 100 years

Friday, August 8, 2014

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Burnoffs in the mallee region of Victoria

Burnoffs in the mallee region of Victoria may have done lasting damage to the environment. Peter Teasdale.

The smell of smoke in the autumn and spring air is an increasingly familiar one to many Australians. It signifies that time of year when land management agencies in southern Australia feverishly try to meet their burning targets.

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