In the news: October 2020

Victorian ecovillage The Cape sees nearly 100 bird species take up residence

Residents in a regional Victorian housing development are reporting nearly 100 bird species living in their neighbourhood, which the developers and experts say is evidence the project has helped biodiversity.

By Jim Mao, Domain. 20 Oct 2020


Sulphur-crested cockatoos can be noisy and destructive, but they’re also very clever

Here are some facts you may not know.

By Anna Salleh, ABC Science. 18 October 2020


Australia needs a new agency to monitor threatened species, top scientists say

The federal government should establish a new agency similar to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to observe and make forecasts on the state of Australia’s wildlife, according to leading Australian scientists.

By Lisa Cox, The Guardian. 14 October 2020


How maverick re-wilders are trying to turn back the tide of extinction

A handful of radical nature lovers are secretly breeding endangered species and releasing them into the wild. Many are prepared to break the law and risk the fury of the scientific establishment to save the animals they love.

By Patrick Barkham, The Guardian. 13 October 2020

One-Fifth of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse, analysis finds

…because of the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, according to an analysis by the insurance firm Swiss Re.

Natural “services” such as food, clean water and air, and flood protection have already been damaged by human activity.

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian. 12 Oct 2020


‘Major gaps’: no state meets national environment standards

State and territory governments should make major reforms to their environmental laws and increase compliance regimes to meet the national standards, new research has found.

The findings are revealed in a report from the “Places You Love” alliance of conservation groups, released on Monday, which found “not only does no state or territory law meet national standards, but in some jurisdictions, the environmental protections in state and territory laws have actually been weakened”.

By Mike Foley, The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 October 2020


 

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