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Scientists warn Australia’s fire season has months to run, while research aims to measure risks to volunteers

Australia will experience “a long and challenging” summer bushfire season that is likely to extend through until March 2020 in some states and territories, the country’s leading bushfire research centre has warned. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards  Cooperative Research Centre … Continue reading

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What’s happened to NSW government reports on the state of its national parks?

The New South Wales government appears not to have published a comprehensively detailed State of the Parks report for over a decade, despite completing a survey of the state’s 867 national parks in 2013. Go the the government’s website – … Continue reading

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Science skills shortage a “real concern” for Australia’s booming $45 bn wine industry

Australia’s wine industry is grappling with a science skills shortage as universities and TAFE’s cut back on relevant courses for vineyard management and applied research, an industry report says. Wine Australia, the country’s main funding organisation for wine science research, … Continue reading

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Scientists call out “moral panic” and bully tactics over cats as biodiversity & health risk

A group of research scientists based in the United States and Australia has challenged claims that cats pose major risks to biodiversity and public health and that urgent eradication programs are justified. In an open access paper published by the … Continue reading

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World’s ecologists being muzzled, bullied and silenced says top research journal

Applied ecologists across the world are negotiating “a landscape of fear” that involves career-ending funding cuts, redundancies, threats to personal safety, muzzling of public comment and the anti-intellectual hostility of populist media and politicians, the British Ecological Society says. In … Continue reading

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What career? Science becoming a gig economy with declining research options

Environmental science is becoming an increasingly precarious career, with around 50 per cent of postgraduate researchers leaving the field after only five years, a US study based on a global citation database has found. It says there has been a … Continue reading

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Cameras show wolves using Canada’s railways as nocturnal fast track

Wolves in Canada appear to use railway tracks as an easy travel route and to scavenge carcasses of animals such as elk and moose that have been killed by train collisions, a study in Ontario has found. A 12-month  camera … Continue reading

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Australia must set public KPIs for federal politicians to stop “brazen culture of self-interest” says former chief scientist

Australia’s former chief scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, has suggested government ministers should undergo an annual public performance assessment, so voters can track their effectiveness. “Any other employee in Australia in a professional or management position these days would be expected … Continue reading

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Statistics expert says “grant lotto” would be a fairer way of awarding Australian research funding

A lottery would be more efficient way to award research grants than the current peer-review system used by Australia’s federal funding agencies, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. Yes, there’s a lot more going on the country than federal leadership rivalries, … Continue reading

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CSIRO study captures first footage of wild pigs gorging on Bogong moths at summer hibernation sites

Wildlife monitoring cameras in an Australian alpine national park have filmed feral pigs feeding on dormant colonies of Bogong moths, one of the main food sources  of the critically endangered mountain pygmy possum. A study by CSIRO scientist Peter Caley … Continue reading

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