Dbytes #158 (22 July 2014)

Info & news for members and associates of the Environmental Decision Group

“A new study finds that very few scientists—fewer than 1%—manage to publish a paper every year.” Erik Stokstad (see http://news.sciencemag.org/scientific-community/2014/07/1-scientific-publishing, thanks to Alessio Mortelliti for this link)

General News

1. Release of Experimental Land Account Estimates for Great Barrier Reef Region 2014

2. Senate Committee on Environmental Biosecurity

3. Voices on the repeal of the carbon tax

4. A little video on Borneo Futures – Systems Thinking – A Cautionary Tale of Cats.

5. Growing farm diversity

EDG News Brisbane: UQ announces the 2015 Student Conference on Conservation Science
Canberra: Jane Catford wins Australian Society for Limnology award
Perth: ERIE features in ESA Bulletin
Melbourne:
Cindy Hauser catches up with colleagues in the DMV

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General News

1. Release of Experimental Land Account Estimates for Great Barrier Reef Region 2014

As part of its work in developing an integrated set of environmental accounts, the ABS has released Experimental Land Account Estimates for the Great Barrier Reef Region and its associated five Natural Resource Management areas. This follows on from the release of the Queensland Land Account 2013, Victoria Land Account in 2012 and the pilot Great Barrier Reef Land Account in 2011. The Great Barrier Reef Region Account provides data on changes to land use, land cover and land value in an environment accounting framework and has been compiled from directly collected data, administrative by-product information and satellite imagery. This information is the first of its kind in Australia and attempts to quantify changes to land value, land use and land cover between 2009 and 2013 using existing data. This information will be useful for a range of applications including analysis of land in times of significant economic and social changes. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4609.0.55.001Main+Features12014?OpenDocument

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2. Senate Committee on Environmental Biosecurity

An Inquiry into how to prevent the establishment of new invasive species harmful to our environment is now accepting submissions. The Terms of Reference of the inquiry are to investigate “the adequacy of arrangements to prevent the entry and establishment of invasive species likely to harm Australia’s natural environment, including recent biosecurity performance and Australia’s state of preparedness for new environmental incursions“. The Inquiry was referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications References in late June to report by 3 December 2014. The closing date for submissions is 12 August 2014. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/biosecurity

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3. Voices on the repeal of the carbon tax
Editor’s note: when the carbon tax was repealed last week many lobby groups wanted to make an immediate public statement about what they thought about it. Below is a list of press releases put out at the same time the Prime Minister announced the repeal. It just shows that national decision making happens amidst much claim, counter claim, lobbying and persuasion of all sorts. [I’m sure there were many more press releases but the set below all came out immediately after the PM’s announcement and were all circulated over at Parliament House.]
The PM said the Government has delivered on its promise to abolish the carbon tax. http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-07-17/government-delivers-commitment-abolish-carbon-tax
The ACF said Senators have taken Australia towards a more dangerous climate and down the path to international irrelevance on climate action. http://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/media-release/senators-now-explain-it-your-grandkids
The ACCI said the business community will breathe a sigh of relief that the carbon tax has finally been repealed. http://www.acci.asn.au/Research-and-Publications/Media-Centre/Media-Releases-and-Transcripts/Carbon-tax-repeal-will-stimulate-business-and-econ
The AiGroup said beyond the repeal of the carbon tax, industry welcomes revisions to price pass-through provisions. [Full Text]
The Business Council welcomed repeal of the carbon tax as the first step towards an emissions reduction policy that works for the economy and the environment. http://www.bca.com.au/newsroom/business-groups-welcome-carbon-tax-repeal
The IGCC said repeal of the carbon price is a blow to Australia’s investment environment and the economic prospects. http://www.igcc.org.au/news/3047389
The AFPA congratulated the Government on negotiating the end of the carbon tax. http://www.ausfpa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Carbon-Tax-repeal.pdf
The Food & Grocery Council welcomed the vote to repeal the carbon tax. http://www.afgc.org.au/media-releases/1954-carbon-tax-repeal-is-good-news-for-food-and-grocery-manufacturing.html
The NFF congratulated the Government for delivering on its promise to repeal the carbon tax. http://www.nff.org.au/read/4623/farmers-applaud-carbon-tax-repeal.html
The ESAA said energy businesses can now start removing the cost of the carbon tax from energy bills. http://www.esaa.com.au/media/quick_repeal_means_consumers_see_savings_sooner
The Minerals Council said removal of the carbon tax is an important step towards regaining the competitive edge that Australia lost over the last decade. http://www.minerals.org.au/news/carbon_tax_repeal_will_promote_jobs_and_investment_growth
AMEC said it is extremely pleased that the carbon tax has finally been repealed. [Full Text]

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4. A little video on Borneo Futures – Systems Thinking – A Cautionary Tale of Cats.

Watch the 1950’s story of ‘Operation Cat Drop’ here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=907282382631044

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5. Growing farm diversity

[Note, this is not about farm biodiversity, nor is biodiversity on the menu of things you might consider farming at this website, but diversity is often held up as one thing that makes farms more biodiversity friendly. Plus, it’s an interesting exercise in raising awareness about different things you can do on farmland.] RIRDC’s diversification website stores approximately 100 plant and animal entries, ranging from new and developing industries like guar and stevia, through to well-established industries like wool and beekeeping. More than a hundred new plant and animal entries will be added to the website over the next 12 months. http://www.farmdiversity.com.au/

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EDG News Brisbane: UQ announces the 2015 Student Conference on Conservation Science The Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2015 is happening. Full registration will be open on September 1, but full scholarships are available now. This will allow those with less available means than we have to attend a fantastic international conference for students, by students. Full details can be found at http://sccs-aus.org.

Canberra: Jane Catford wins Australian Society for Limnology award“While perusing my emails recently, I had a delightful surprise: an email notifying me that I have been awarded the 2015 Australian Society for Limnology Early Career Excellence Award. The award is given to limnologists based on the contributions they have made in the first ten years of their professional life. I am thrilled, humbled and very honoured to receive such an acknowledgment from my freshwater colleagues. As part of the award, I will give the Christy Fellows Lecture at the joint ASL and New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society conference in New Zealand next year. Very exciting!” http://janecatford.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/a-fabulous-surprise-australian-society-for-limnology-award/

Perth: ERIE features in ESA Bulletin The ERIE Research Group at UWA, headed by Richard Hobbs was featured in the latest issue of the Ecological Society of Australia’s Bulletin. The group is fortunate to be located in one of the most floristically diverse regions of the world. The Labs in the Limelight article highlights the wide and varied aspects of their research from two angles:  restoration ecology and intervention ecology.

http://www.ecolsoc.org.au/publications/bulletin/labs-limelight

Melbourne: Cindy Hauser catches up with colleagues in the DMV

“At the end of the SDM workshop, I followed Sarah Converse back to the DMV area for a week of less structured work. Her job is based at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, a USGS research center set on a wildlife refuge near Laurel MD. I think of it as the intellectual epicentre of environmental structured decision making and ecological statistics in the U.S. In addition to catching up with Sarah and musing over facilitation styles, I met with Mike Runge and discussed the institutional structures for and professional challenges of engaging with real environmental decision makers and problems. Jim Nichols also spared me more than an hour to talk monitoring and survey design, a pet topic for both of us. http://cindyehauser.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/catching-up-with-colleagues-in-the-dmv/

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