Dbytes #464 (24 February 2021)

Info, news & views for anyone interested in biodiversity conservation and good environmental decision making


“The fundamental conundrum of silviculture: to manage today’s forests, which have been shaped by yesterday’s decisions, to meet tomorrow’s objectives.”
Patrick Baker, University of Melbourne


In this issue of Dbytes

1. Are we burning in ignorance?
2. Gambling with Australia’s future – casinos before unis?
3. Our turtle program shows citizen science isn’t just great for data, it makes science feel personal
4. The stories we tell about biodiversity
5. ‘Development should stop’: serious flaws in offsets plan for new western Sydney airport
6. Reef Water Quality Report Card 2019
7. Teaming up for turtles

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1. Are we burning in ignorance?

This corner of Australia is recognised as a biodiversity hotspot. Now scientists are warning it’s becoming collateral damage from WA’s prescribed burn regime.

WA’s prescribed burning plan is putting rare South West ecosystems at risk – ABC News

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2. Gambling with Australia’s future – casinos before unis?

Building a resilient future requires supporting our higher education/research sector. But when a global disturbance in the form of a pandemic threatens to rip asunder our society, the Government finds a new way to disable the uni sector: by ignoring it.

https://sustainabilitybites.home.blog/

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3. Our turtle program shows citizen science isn’t just great for data, it makes science feel personal

We’ve found the benefits of citizen science extend well beyond data collection. In a new research paper, we show how our environmental citizen science program TurtleSAT is not only an important source of knowledge and skill development, but also influences participants’ attitudes and behaviours towards the environment.

https://theconversation.com/our-turtle-program-shows-citizen-science-isnt-just-great-for-data-it-makes-science-feel-personal-155142

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4. The stories we tell about biodiversity

In this review paper, the authors identify and discuss in detail archetypal biodiversity narratives and counter-narratives, and call for research to further explore these narratives and their transformative potential for biodiversity.

Louder, E. & Wyborn, C. (2020) Biodiversity narratives: stories of the evolving conservation landscape. Environmental Conservation.

The stories we tell about biodiversity – Please keep to the path

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5. ‘Development should stop’: serious flaws in offsets plan for new western Sydney airport

The site chosen to offset the massive Badgerys Creek project was already earmarked for protection. Experts accuse the government of ‘double-dipping.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/17/development-should-stop-serious-flaws-in-offsets-plan-for-new-western-sydney-airport?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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6. Reef Water Quality Report Card 2019

Results show progress in some areas, particularly at a regional and catchment level with improved practices leading to pollutant reductions. However, faster uptake of improved land management practices is required to meet the water quality targets.

Reef Water Quality Report Card | Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan (reefplan.qld.gov.au)

And see
Great Barrier Reef found to be in failing health as world heritage review looms
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/18/great-barrier-reef-found-to-be-in-failing-health-amid-calls-for-urgent-action?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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7. Teaming up for turtles

Cloud and AI automate and accelerate turtle nest monitoring and predator tracking, allowing Indigenous rangers from Cape York, Australia, to take swift, smart action.

Teaming up for turtles – CSIRO

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About Dbytes

Dbytes is a weekly eNewsletter presenting news and views on biodiversity conservation and environmental decision science. ‘D’ stands for ‘Decision’ and refers to all the ingredients that go into good, fair and just decision-making in relation to the environment.

From 2007-2018 Dbytes was supported by a variety of research networks and primarily the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). From 2019 Dbytes is being produced by David Salt (Ywords).

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