Dbytes #184 (17 February 2015)

 Info & news for members and associates of the Environmental Decision Group “The richest 80 people in the world – with individual wealth ranging from $13 billion to $76 billion in 2014 – have as much wealth between them as the bottom 50% of people on the planet. That’s 80 people versus 3,500,000,000 people.” David Pannell comments on an Oxfam report on international wealth inequality (see item 5)

General News

1. LaP Hub launches Life at Large

2. Opportunity to review the draft IPBES pollination assessment

3. Online survey for Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

4. Academy warns of climate risks to Australia

5. Global wealth inequality

EDG News

Brisbane: Hugh Possingham and Jennifer McGowan produce animation on MPAs.
Melbourne: Rosanna van Hespen ‘fox baiting for beginners
David Lindenmayer on why recent strategies to save the Leadbeater’s possum have failed
Jim Vercammen visiting CEEP


General News

1. LaP Hub launches Life at Large

Last week the Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, pressed the button on the LaP Hub’s final report — Life at Large — an interactive web-based report collating all the research outputs (LaP = Landscape and Policy NERP Hub). Life at Large is the response of the hub’s 35 researchers from different disciplines to the question ‘How do we take a regional scale view of biodiversity conservation?’ The website tells the story of the interdisciplinary research, outlining the key tools and techniques developed by the hub to support regional-scale biodiversity conservation, and provides copies of journal papers, reports, plain English summaries, videos and links to more information. Life at Large is a six-step process to taking a regional-scale view of biodiversity conservation, using our hub’s research as examples. http://www.lifeatlarge.edu.au/ -~<>~-

2. Opportunity to review the draft IPBES pollination assessment The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is inviting experts to review the first order draft of the assessment relating to ‘pollinators, pollination and food production’. The review period runs from 19 January to 2 March and interested parties will need to register as a reviewer through the IPBES website. http://www.ipbes.net/component/content/article/49-work-programme/pollination/634-pollination-fod.html


3. Online survey for Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review The survey builds on the call for submissions that is already underway. The Co-Chairs of the review’s Bioregional Advisory Panels, Professor Colin Buxton and Mr Peter Cochrane invite interested individuals and organisations to fill in the survey with ideas and suggestions on how marine reserves should be managed into the future. Written submissions close on 28 February 2015, the online survey will remain open until the end of March. Details about the online survey and making a written submission can be found on the Join the Conversation page. http://www.marinereservesreview.gov.au/ -~<>~-

4. Academy warns of climate risks to Australia The Australian Academy of Science has released its latest update on the state of climate science, warning of the consequences for Australia if no action is taken to address human-induced climate change. The science of climate change: Questions and Answers aims to counter confusion and misinformation on this important scientific topic. It examines nine key questions, including what the science says about options to address climate change. Academy President, Professor Andrew Holmes, said “The evidence is clear: climate change, caused by human activities, is real. The vast majority of scientists and scientific organisations in this field are in agreement on this. And yet there continues to be a gap between public understanding and the science of climate change. This update, which has been written and rigorously reviewed by 17 of Australia’s leading experts in a range of climate-related sciences, provides a clear and balanced account of climate change and its impact on Australia.” The Academy produced its first science of climate change booklet in 2010. The new fully revised and updated publication outlines the effects globally and in Australia of rising average temperatures and increased climate variability. https://www.science.org.au/publications/science-climate-change-questions-and-answers -~<>~-

5. Global wealth inequality A Pannell Discussion by David Pannell
“The charity Oxfam recently released a remarkable report on international wealth inequality. Based on data and analysis published by the Swiss financial company Suisse Credit, they highlighted that the aggregate wealth of the world’s richest one percent of people is about the same as the aggregates wealth of the other 99 percent.”


and follow this link for the source report

http://www.oxfam.org/en/research/wealth-having-it-all-and-wanting-more Editor’s note: Of course, it’s easy to blame the top 1%, but Pannell makes the following observation: “However, you might be surprised to learn that the story of the richest 1 percent is not all about billionaires, or even millionaires. To make it into the richest 1 percent, you need wealth of about $800,000. There are 1.8 million such people in Australia. Those of us who live in Australia (or in any developed country) would come across top 1 percenters on a regular basis – they are all around us. They are mostly not people living a jet-set lifestyle. Within a developed-country context, most of them would not be considered especially rich. That is even more true of the top 10 percent. The wealth you need to make it into that group is only $77,000. As one of my colleagues commented, this reveals that the problem is not “those rich bastards”. It’s us!”


EDG News

Brisbane: Hugh Possingham and Jennifer McGowan produce animation on MPAs. Hugh and Jennifer have produced a short animation on systematic conservation planning for marine reserve design. It’s a great tool to explain the concepts and processes involved in marine conservation planning, and will be used for workshops and courses. http://marxan.net/media.html

Melbourne: Rosanna van Hespen ‘fox baiting for beginners “I am researching how we can best use camera traps to monitor foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in the mallee. One of the main steps in my research will involve the simulation of fox abundance under influence of different fox baiting intensities. I don’t know much about fox baiting, so I decided to do a little bit of a literature review. Here’s what I found…” https://rosannavanhespenresearch.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/fox-baiting-for-beginners/

Canberra: David Lindenmayer on why recent strategies to save the Leadbeater’s possum have failed Leadbeater’s Possum is an iconic but globally endangered species largely confined to the wet ash forests of Victoria, south-eastern Australia. The species is at risk of extinction as a result of widespread logging, recurrent wildfire, and the rapid decline of populations of large old hollow-bearing trees – the single most critical habitat element for Leadbeater’s Possum. We outline why recent strategies aimed at conserving Leadbeater’s Possum appear unlikely to be effective in preventing the species’ extinction. We outline what we believe to now be the only current viable approach to conserve this species. This is the rapid transition to a large protected forest reserve system where the primary process threatening the species – widespread industrial clear-felling – is removed. Reference: Lindenmayer, D.B., Blair, D., McBurney, L., and Banks, S. (2014). Preventing the extinction of a globally endangered species – Leadbeater’s Possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri). Journal of Biodiversity and Endangered Species, 2, 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2332-2543.1000140

Perth: Jim Vercammen visiting CEEP Professor Jim Vercammen http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/person/jim-vercammen/ from the University of British Columbia is spending the next 5 months with the CEEP team. Whilst on his sabbatical Jim will be working on several topics, including the economics of carbon offsets and the economics of agri-environmental schemes. Jim is Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. -~<>~-

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