According to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change late last month, sequestering carbon dioxide is only one of the crucial climate-regulating attributes inherent to the world’s forests.

New modelling on bushfires shows how they really burn through an area

Bushfires in Australia can have a devastating impact on an environment and destroy homes and lives, so any effort to prevent them is a welcome move. But the way that we have traditionally understood bushfires and forest flammability in Australia is not up to the challenges of our changing climate. Thankfully, a new approach is …

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Burning off our biodiversity

The Clarence Environment Centre is also witnessing and questioning the arson being carried out in their local area. The immense damage being done to wildlife and ecosystems, under guise of ‘public safety’ is galling. So many of our rare and threatened wildlife are dependent on large old trees with hollows for nesting and sheltering.  “Knowing …

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Ongoing unraveling of a continental fauna

Decline and extinction of Australian mammals since European settlement The island continent of Australia harbors much of the world’s most distinctive biodiversity, but this review describes an extent of recent and ongoing loss of its mammal fauna that is exceptionally high and appreciably greater than previously recognized. With the dwindling abundance, range, and diversity of …

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Research into feral cat behaviour could change prescribed burn management

A new study into the movement and behaviour of feral cats could have implications for the way bushfires are managed across the country. There is an “unholy alliance” between feral cats and wildfire, according to Australian Wildlife Conservancy chief executive Atticus Fleming. The large research project, undertaken by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, involved radio tracking …

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Labor’s subsidies speak louder than their strategies

Last week… Jaala Pulford threw more of our money at destroying Victoria’s biodiversity…at the same time as Lisa Neville is drafting a strategy to protect it. $6.2M for yet more pointless and indiscriminate aerial baiting of wildlife (A Robley’s report 2011– showed it was ineffective against wild dogs). http://www.jaalapulford.com.au/media-releases/fox-bounty-extended-wild-dog-control-measures-doubled/ $5.3M to assist the hunting lobby. …

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Obliteration successful at Hensleigh Creek

The old growth and rainforest of Hensleigh Creek was clearfelled by VicForests in 2015-16, then on 10th April 2016, it was finished it off with an intense burn. They call it ‘sustainable management’ … who do they think they are kidding!?! If you want to express your horror/outrage you can contact the decision makers. The …

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This burning desire must stop – a costly placebo

Environment groups in East Gippsland are imploring DELWP and its Minister to immediately apply more environmental considerations to its planned burns.  The old hectare based burns have been acknowledged as financially costly, with minimal safety outcomes but significant ecological losses.  “If this is the new improved risk-based approach, then there is no difference to the …

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Tasmania fires: First images of World Heritage Area devastation emerge, show signs of ‘system collapse’

The first images to emerge from within Tasmania’s fire-affected World Heritage Area (WHA) have illustrated the level of destruction caused by bushfire, as experts warn such incidents are signs of a changing climate. Key points: 11,000 hectares of WHA are incinerated by the Tasmania bushfires Wildlife, including wallabies and wombats, also affected Experts say parts …

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