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Issue 198


Growing a forest with biodiversity, climate and people in mind
Forest plantations can be much more than wood ‘factories'. They can be havens of biodiversity, ‘banks' that lock carbon away from the atmosphere, not to mention beautiful places for recreation. The good news is that, not only is it possible to regrow forests so that they work for nature, but that this goal can be better achieved with the help of science.
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Bitterns boom in rice bays
The largest population of Australasian Bitterns ever recorded has been found in Riverina rice crops, highlighting the potential role of rice growing – an industry often under fire for high water use – in waterbird conservation.
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Shifting lands: how international trade is transforming global biodiversity
Take a look at the food in your fridge, at the clothes you are wearing or even the roof over your head; chances are you are looking at products from all over the world.
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On the waterfront: science, surveillance keep bee-killer at bay
How much do you think bees are worth to the Australian economy? You might be surprised – it's a considerable amount. No wonder then that quarantine authorities have turned to science to help protect our honey bees from invasive diseases.
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Tree of life: the story of our river red gum
Flooded Forest and Desert Creek: Ecology and History of the River Red Gum by Matthew Colloff explores the history and cultural importance of one of Australia’s most iconic trees, the river red gum. Central to this book is an exploration of our cultural, scientific and spiritual connections with Eucalyptus camaldulensis. Author Matthew Colloff talks to ECOS writer, Beth Askham.
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We mustn't waste water while taking action on climate change
Should we pick and choose our climate strategies based on how water-wise they are?
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Food security and the role of ‘sustainable intensification'
Sustainable intensification is the new holy grail for agriculture in a food-insecure world. What does it mean, and how are Australian scientists pursuing it here and abroad?
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Engage them and education will happen
Associate Professor Ian Lunt is an ecologist on a mission. He wants to raise ecological literacy beyond academic and professional circles. Assoc. Prof. Lunt describes his approach as ‘accidental education'.
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In Brief - Round-up of sustainability news

A hairy trick: why geckos can walk on walls
Consumers ‘taking a big bite out of the earth’
Getting more cities to go global on urban sustainability
Good news for turtles: study identifies Gulf ghostnet hotspot
Scientists say logging linked to Black Saturday fire severity
P on the pods
Saving orangutans: habitat conservation or reintroduction?
Air traffic growth set to outpace carbon reduction efforts
Acidification rates higher in coral reefs than open oceans
Australia’s Virtual Herbarium: five million records and counting
Molecule discovery brings hydrogen storage a step closer
Gudjuda rangers celebrate a year of turtle conservation
Sea sponges a soak for sewage
Key drivers of climate change can be global and local
Let’s hold onto Australian Plains-wanderer: ecologist
Biogas retrofit a first for Australian red meat processing
Pesticide risk management made easier for Spanish-speaking world
Simple step saves mattresses from landfill
Google’s global search for a smarter ‘little box’
Wave energy atlas to identify potential power hotspots

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