71 results for tag: Biodiversity


Don’t give up on Australia’s endangered species

It’s defeatist to say that some plants and animals should be allowed to become extinct. Here are five things we can do to help save them   David Lindenmayer  The Guardian, Thursday 20 March 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/20/endangered-species-ecological-triange?view=desktop&commentpage=1 Endangered: the leadbeater's possum. Photograph: Healesville Sanctuary Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the scientific community about whether we should allow some species to go extinct. The argument put forward is that the number of endangered species is so great, it isn’t worth the resources to ...

Ecologist David Lindenmayer has monitored the same forest for over 30 years.

18 March, 2014 10:45AM AEST. David Lindenmayer. Broadcast date: Tuesday 18 March http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/03/18/3966103.htm David is a highly-awarded professor of ecology, but came close to making a career as a footballer in The Netherlands.   Among his grand passions is the survival of the Leadbeater's Possum, the faunal emblem of Victoria.   The possum, he says, is at risk of being 'monitored to extinction', which would be nothing short of an "environmental disgrace". David's latest enthusiasm is learning the complex and musical language of birds   Related Photos David ...

Forest activists ordered to rip down tree house

March 14, 2014   Beau Donelly http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/forest-activists-ordered-to-rip-down-tree-house-20140314-34qji.html   Endangered: Hannah Patchett and others have been living in the Toolangi tree house to raise awareness about the threat of logging to the Leadbeater's possum. Photo: Simon Schluter Conservationists have been ordered to rip down a tree house in a state forest north-east of Melbourne that was built to highlight the plight of Victoria's faunal emblem. Mansfield Magistrates Court ruled on Wednesday that the bright red tree house, built last year to protest against logging in the Toolangi State ...

Fragile corners of the state to be saved for wildlife emblems

Tom Arup. Environment editor, The Age.  March 13, 2014. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/fragile-corners-of-the-state-to-be-saved-for-wildlife-emblems-20140312-34mqz.html Leadbeater's possum and the helmeted honeyeater (inset) will be the chief beneficiaries. Photo: Justin McManus One of Victoria's most precious and fragile patches of the environment, home for two of the state's endangered animal emblems, will be protected in a new conservation network. As part of efforts to restore flagging forest habitat, the state government has agreed to set up a new 2940-hectare ''conservation area''. This will draw under one umbrella several fragmented ...

Royal Society favours park to protect possums

Tom Arup. Environment editor, The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/royal-society-favours-park-to-protect-possums-20140215-32svk.html   The state's pre-eminent scientific organisation, the Royal Society of Victoria, has thrown its support behind the push for a new national park on Melbourne's doorstep to protect Leadbeater's possums and other threatened mountain ash forest species. Scientific concern for the possums' survival has soared since the 2009 Black Saturday fires destroyed 45 per cent of their best habitat. Conservationists also blame logging in the possums' central highlands forest home for driving them further towards ...

VicForests logs on

Posted on 16 December 2013. MyEnvironment members and supporters are calling for a review of logging laws after their failed appeal. 112190_01. Picture: KATH GANNAWAY. By KATH GANNAWAY   http://mountainviews.starcommunity.com.au/mail/2013-12-16/vicforests-logs-on/ ENVIRONMENT group MyEnvironment has lost its appeal against a 2012 Supreme Court decision that found in favour of State Government logging arm VicForests. The decision paves the way for logging to resume in three Toolangi coupes that have been subject to an injunction for the past two years. It took just minutes on Tuesday, 10 December, for Appeal judges, Honourable Chief Justice ...

Vested interests’ are harming efforts to save the Leadbeater’s possum

Panel created to save Victoria's faunal emblem favours the logging industry, says Wilderness Society. Oliver Milman. theguardian.com Thursday 28 November 2013 14.24 AEST. The Leadbeater's possum is Victoria's faunal emblem. Photograph: guardian.co.uk A government-formed panel tasked with saving the Leadbeater’s possum is hopelessly conflicted and has already discarded proposals to change logging practices that are driving the animal to extinction, conservationists have claimed. Documents seen by Guardian Australia show the Leadbeater’s Possum Advisory Group has picked a swath of conservation options including the installation of nest ...

Animals going extinct while millions in funding go squandered Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/animals-going-extinct-while-millions-in-funding-go-squandered-20131125-2y65s.html#ixzz2s1ma8r1X

November 26, 2013. Peter Hannam -Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/animals-going-extinct-while-millions-in-funding-go-squandered-20131125-2y65s.html Not all hope lost: Efforts to save the yellow-footed rock wallaby have had some success. Photo: Natalie Grono   Animals are going extinct and millions of dollars in Australian endangered species funding are being squandered because of poor planning and monitoring, leading environmental scientists say.   If data on the welfare of an endangered species is collected, it is rarely analysed or acted on, said David Lindenmayer, one of the ...

Environmental concerns about logging in Victoria unabated

Rachel Carbonell reported this story on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 08:03:00 http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3829258.htm TONY EASTLEY: Certainly CSG is on electors minds. As we travelled from the Liverpool Plains to Nimbin there were plenty of anti-CSG signs on the entrances to properties on the roads as we drove the seven hours north-east towards the coast and the Queensland border. CSG, climate change and carbon pricing have dominated federal debate, shadowing other environmental issues. In Victoria, environmentalists say the last of the unprotected old growth forest in east Gippsland is under threat from logging, as are many of the threat...

Coalition promises threatened species commissioner

Tom Nightingale reported this story on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 08:06:00 http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3829260.htm TONY EASTLEY: The Coalition's environment spokesman, Greg Hunt was explaining his party's climate change policy in Adelaide last night. While he was there, he also told AM the Coalition plans to create a position of Threatened Species Commissioner. Tom Nightingale reports. TOM NIGHTINGALE: Many of Australia's animals, plants and birds aren't found anywhere else in the world. But Greg Hunt says there's too many species at serious risk of extinction, and a change to the bureaucracy is needed. GREG HUNT: Well we will actually ...