Blog Posts - Deforestation



Influential conservation ecology papers of 2016

As I have done for the last three years (2015, 2014, 2013), here’s another retrospective list of the top 20 influential conservation papers of 2016 as assessed by experts in F1000 Prime. Scaling laws predict global microbial diversity — ...
by Conservation Bytes on Dec 15, 2016

Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XL

That’s ’40’, of course. Six more biodiversity cartoons, and the last for 2016. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here. — Filed under: cartoon, conservation, environmental policy, sc...
by Conservation Bytes on Dec 6, 2016

Inexorable rise of human population pressures in Africa

I’ve been a bit mad preparing for an upcoming conference, so I haven’t had a lot of time lately to blog about interesting developments in the conservation world. However, it struck me today that my preparations provide ideal material for...
by Conservation Bytes on Aug 31, 2016

Keeping India’s forests

I’ve just returned from a short trip to the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore, Karnataka, one of India’s elite biological research institutes. I was invited to give a series of seminars (you can see the titles he...
by Conservation Bytes on Aug 8, 2016

More things stay the same, more we retrogress

Within six months of Abbott and the Coalition seizing power in the 2013 Australian election, decades—if not centuries—of environmental damage and retrograde policies unfolded. But this was no run-of-the-mill incompetence and neglect by government...
by Conservation Bytes on Jul 20, 2016

Seeing the wood for the trees

From the towering kapoks of South America to the sprawling banyans of South Asia, from misty cloud forests to ice-covered pines, forests are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. However, as conservationists and foresters try t...
by Conservation Bytes on Jul 11, 2016

George Hubert Wilkins — Australia’s first whitefella conservationist?

As many of you know, I have held the ‘Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change’ at the University of Adelaide since January 2015. My colleague and friend, Barry Brook, was the foundation Chair-holder from 2006-2014. Initially set up b...
by Conservation Bytes on Jul 6, 2016

What immigration means for Australia’s climate-change policies

After dipping my foot into the murky waters of human population demography a few years ago, I’m a little surprised that I find myself here again. But this time I’m not examining what the future of the global human population might be and...
by Conservation Bytes on Jun 11, 2016

Australia pisses away the little water it has

Water, water nowhere, with little left to drink. — Australians are superlative natural resource wasters, but living in the driest inhabited continent on the planet, you’d think we’d be precious about our water use. You’d be w...
by Conservation Bytes on May 8, 2016

Australia pisses away the little water it has

Water, water nowhere, with little left to drink. — Australians are superlative natural resource wasters, but living in the driest inhabited continent on the planet, you’d think we’d be precious about our water use. You’d be w...
by Conservation Bytes on May 8, 2016

One-two carbon punch of defaunation

I’ve just read a well-planned and lateral-thinking paper in Nature Communications that I think readers of CB.com ought to appreciate. The study is a simulation of a complex ecosystem service that would be nigh impossible to examine experimenta...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 30, 2016

One-two carbon punch of defaunation

I’ve just read a well-planned and lateral-thinking paper in Nature Communications that I think readers of CB.com ought to appreciate. The study is a simulation of a complex ecosystem service that would be nigh impossible to examine experimenta...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 30, 2016

Shadow of ignorance veiling society despite more science communication

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, but it wasn’t until having some long, deep chats today with staff and students at Simon Fraser University‘s Department of Biological Sciences (with a particular hat-tip to the lovely...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 19, 2016

Shadow of ignorance veiling society despite more science communication

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, but it wasn’t until having some long, deep chats today with staff and students at Simon Fraser University‘s Department of Biological Sciences (with a particular hat-tip to the lovely...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 19, 2016

Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XXXVI

Another six biodiversity cartoons because it’s shaping up to be a crazy week. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here. — Filed under: deforestation, development, environmental policy, governance...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 13, 2016

Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XXXVI

Another six biodiversity cartoons because it’s shaping up to be a crazy week. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here. — Filed under: deforestation, development, environmental policy, governance...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 13, 2016

Follow the Food Chain: Growing Crops

Making Sustainable Food Choices for a Greener Environment Where does your food come from? And how can you make the best choices for the sake of our planet? In our series Follow the Food Chain, Green Eatz examines the main sustainability issues for...
by GreenEatz Blog on Apr 4, 2016

Most-Bestest Environment Minister in the World, Ever

Australia has an appalling environmental record — hell, I have even written an entire book on our sorry state of environmental affairs. Of course, environmental damage is a slow accumulation of bad political decisions, neglect, corruption, greed an...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 3, 2016

Most-Bestest Environment Minister in the World, Ever

Australia has an appalling environmental record — hell, I have even written an entire book on our sorry state of environmental affairs. Of course, environmental damage is a slow accumulation of bad political decisions, neglect, corruption, greed an...
by Conservation Bytes on Apr 3, 2016

Even a making a small change is worth it!

Toilet paper is an ongoing subject in my household at the moment!  Aside from my experiment with not using it, usually we buy it in bulk from Costco (if you haven't heard of it - it is a membership based shop that sells stuff in bulk) and actual...
by Eco Thrifty Living on Mar 13, 2016


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