Monthly Archives: January 2017

Traffic fumes, agri-chemicals changing “odour landscapes” for bees & other pollinators

Air pollution, urban sprawl, freeways ¬†and agribusiness monocultures are disrupting and scrambling the chemical scent clues used by plants to attract pollinators. A study published in the January edition of Functional Ecology says these pollutants act like “background noise”, drowning … Continue reading

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Early study warned that Australian fox baiting culls could favour feral cats

Scientific data collected more than 20 years ago warned that dingo eradication programs and widespread baiting of red foxes in Australia could lead to native wildlife becoming more vulnerable to feral cat predation. The five year study, near Lake Burrendong … Continue reading

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Australian government approves high speed “climate change” road despite wildlife toll

Australia’s environment minister Josh Frydenberg has approved plans for a high speed road link that will destroy endangered yellow box and red gum woodlands and platypus nursery burrows in the Queanbeyan river in regional New South Wales. The Ellerton Drive … Continue reading

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Climate change could alter saltwater migration cues for baby barramundi

The breeding and migration cues of barramundi, one of Australia’s most iconic tropical fish, are likely to be affected by ocean acidification according to research by the University of Adelaide. According to the researchers, the ¬†study is the first to … Continue reading

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Top UK scientists blast methods used to measure wind farm impacts on seabirds

One of Britain’s leading conservation scientists has called for more robust and “sound science” to be used in environmental impact assessments of offshore wind farms. Rhys Green, a principal research biologist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds … Continue reading

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Power station discharge makes Rhine the world’s most thermally polluted river

Hot water emissions from coal-fired and nuclear power stations are increasing river temperatures, sometimes by more than 5 degrees Celsius, according to a global study of thermal pollution hot-spots. The Mississippi river receives the highest total amount of heat emissions … Continue reading

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