Monthly Archives: April 2016

CSIRO plan to cut “one in four” ecology jobs will add to nation’s biodiversity crisis

Australia’s top science agency, the CSIRO, is planning to cut one in four jobs specializing in biodiversity conservation research, a Senate inquiry has been told The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales has warned the cuts will undermine wildlife … Continue reading

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Climate change already taking a toll on tea production in China

Climate change is reducing tea yields in China, with changes to ¬†weather patterns over the past 50 years affecting crop growth, quality and chemical composition of tea leaves, according to researchers in the US and China. A study led by … Continue reading

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Senate inquiry must probe deeper on CSIRO executive culture and connections

Was venture capitalist Larry Marshall “tapped” by government contacts to apply for the top job at Australia’s federal science agency, the CSIRO? That’s the question that was left unanswered after ¬†a brief (just over two hours) Senate public hearing on … Continue reading

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Federal budget must include conservation science in push for innovation economy

Surely it’s time to overhaul and modernise Australia’s piecemeal and ponderously bureaucratic approach to protected areas? No, not less but more national parks and reserves. And faster. In his new book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, biologist Edward O. … Continue reading

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