Dbytes #109

Dbytes #109 (16 July 2013)
Info & news for members and associates of the Environmental Decision Group

“Optimism is the recognition that the odds are in your favor; hope is the faith that things will work out whatever the odds. Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up. Hopeful people are actively engaged in defying or changing the odds. Optimism leans back, puts its feet up, and wears a confident look knowing that the deck is stacked.”
David Orr

General News

1. Bush Blitz Symposium in Canberra
2. LFAT (Landscape Futures Analysis Tool) goes Live
3. Are hikers the key to saving nature?
4. Identifying the World’s Most Climate Change Vulnerable Species
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. The Australian Academy of Science’s Election Statement
6. Placing global change on the Australian election agenda

1. Bush Blitz Symposium in Canberra (30 July 2013)

Bush Blitz is a national partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia to discover, document and describe Australia’s unique flora and fauna. To date, there have been 17 expeditions in 300 reserves which have uncovered more than 650 new species and provided baseline scientific data to help manage and protect at both local and national scales.

Bush Blitz is holding a Symposium on 30 July at Old Parliament House. day will highlight the outcomes of the Bush Blitz program in increasing our understanding of Australia’s biodiversity. Registration is essential (but free). Registrations close by Monday 22nd July.

http://www.bushblitz.org.au/symposium.php

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2. LFAT (Landscape Futures Analysis Tool) goes Live

The Landscape Futures Analysis Tool is now live at www.lfat.org.au . If you would like to see how biodiversity, primary production, carbon plantings and weed risk might be distributed across future landscapes under different combinations of climate, carbon prices and agricultural profits register and have a play with the free on-line tool. If you would like to know more or to discuss how LFAT may be extended to your region, contact Prof Wayne Meyer at wayne.meyer@adelaide.edu.au or Dr Brett Bryan at Brett.Bryan@csiro.au.
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3. Are hikers the key to saving nature?
A Science insider blog recommended by Jane Catford
http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2013/07/are-hikers-the-key-to-saving-nat.html?ref=em
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4. Identifying the World’s Most Climate Change Vulnerable Species: A Systematic Trait-Based Assessment of all Birds Amphibians and Corals
 was published in PLOS ONE. The pdf, and the link to this publication is: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0065427
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5. The Australian Academy of Science’s Election Statement

The Academy’s Election Statement outlines the science priorities that any future government will need to address if we are to build on our past investment, and support scientific research and its translation into a better future for our nation.
The election statement can be found at http://science.org.au/reports/documents/ElectionPolicy2013.pdf

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6. Placing global change on the Australian election agenda
A collection of essay on vital issues that are being largely ignored. Produced by Australia 21

http://www.australia21.org.au/publications/press_releases/13/Jun/442ccc9dff755a1a2f3c413197534fe6.pdf

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