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Shifting restoration’s mindset away from the ‘Garden of Eden’

There has been a recent recommendation to set restoration baselines as pre-degradation ecological communities. However this is a nostalgic aspiration, akin to restoring the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is unrealistic, expensive and does not acknowledge ecosystem change. Restoration should respond to the … Continue reading

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Plant adaptation under a changing climate

Many plants, and trees in particular, have been standing where they are today for 100s and even 1000s of years. How have they been able to cope with the changing conditions over such a long time? Will this intrinsic ability … Continue reading

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Biodiversity hotspots in South Australia

Six major biodiversity hotspots have been identified across South Australia, including Western Kangaroo Island, Southern Mount Lofty Ranges, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, Southern Flinders Ranges, Southern Eyre Peninsula and the Lower South East. However  each of these areas is also … Continue reading

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Intergenerational report missing key future threat – climate change

The following is an open letter initiated by Dr Andrew Glikson, signed by Australian environmental and climate scientists and as published in The Conversation. We the undersigned are concerned that the Australian Government’s 2015 Intergenerational Report underestimates the serious threat … Continue reading

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Will the climate debate end up being fought in the courts?

Could politicians and scientists in the future be charged with “climate negligence”? Implications of climate change on sea level rise effectively communicated (Julie G/Flickr, CC BY-ND)

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Local is not always best

The use of local seed is widely advocated for habitat restoration and is based on the premise that locally sourced seed will be the best adapted for the local conditions at restoration sites. However, a ‘local is best’ seed sourcing practise … Continue reading

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Dealing with climate change denial

I always laugh when people claim there’s some vast, worldwide conspiracy of scientists who made up climate change in an attempt to get pots of money and/or force the world to submit to a totalitarian government made up of crazed … Continue reading

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Climate change poll!

Climate change being in the news I’m reading at the moment, although not so much in the mainstream, I’d like to do a quick poll of our readers. So please take a minute or so to take this poll about … Continue reading

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Beer, chocolate, wine, coffee: all will suffer from climate change

Think climate change will just mean more days lazing at the beach? Think again – some of your favourite things may suffer from the effects of climate change. Indeed, some of them are already suffering, according to this article. Most … Continue reading

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How does evolution work?

Evolution is one of those concepts that’s simultaneously well-known and misunderstood: everyone’s heard the word, but most people are a bit hazy on what it means, and how it works in practice. So if you’re interested in getting a bit … Continue reading

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