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.

Hollow tree collapse

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Once the landscape was well endowed with mature large trees and the wildlife that evolved to make use of these trees were numerous. Now they are extremely rare and becoming more threatened with every burn, with every logging operation and a government fearful that a falling tree could mean litigation.

Decline and extinction of Australian mammals

Friday, February 20, 2015

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This recent scientific report (Jan 2014) shows how Australia’s land mammals have extinctions suffered an  extraordinary rate of extinction. We have lost over 10% of the 273 endemic terrestrial species over the last 200 years compared to only one native land mammal from continental North America going extinct since European settlement.

Effects of fire on terrestrial biodiversity in Gippsland

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Achieving biodiversity objectives can be a challenging aspect of fire management because different flora and fauna species may require varied fire regimes in order to maintain viable populations, and trade-offs may be needed to satisfy other objectives. This report describes major findings of a project investigating the relationships between aspects of fire regimes on selected flora and fauna, using a space-for-time sampling approach. It was undertaken between 2010 and 2012 in two types of mixed-species forest common to East Gippsland in Victoria.

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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Abstract

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.

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