Monthly Archives: March 2016

Queensland rare butterfly “find” at odds with photographic evidence

A group of volunteers in Queensland has created what promises to be one of Australia’s first, and finest, environmentally and economically sustainable community golf courses with butterfly habitat – at a cost of just $750,000. The group includes three engineers, … Continue reading

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Plan needed to protect Pacific’s banana biodiversity and cultural heritage

An urgent conservation plan is needed to protect the genetic diversity of  traditional banana varieties across the Pacific region, according to a study led by French scientists. Its says banana biodiversity is becoming an “endangered heritage” for many island nations … Continue reading

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World can make deep cuts in carbon from tropical forest loss in next 5 years says study

Global carbon emissions from clearing and burning tropical forests  can be halved in the next five years if countries introduce tougher conservation laws and compulsory “no-deforestation” certification for soy products, paper and palm oil, says a US study. According to … Continue reading

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Top ocean scientist says CSIRO “cannot be trusted” to continue public good climate research

One of the world’s leading oceanographers, Trevor McDougall, has told a Senate inquiry that Australia needs a new climate science research facility because  the CSIRO “cannot be trusted” to continue to  fund public good climate research. The University of New … Continue reading

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Turnbull government eyes gambling as honeypot for heritage conservation

Should the Australian government turn to lottery jackpots and scratch cards to fund conservation of the nation’s natural and cultural heritage? Federal environment minister Greg Hunt is planning to introduce a national lottery system based on Britain’s Heritage Lottery Fund … Continue reading

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