Australia

Environmental Accounts Promise Big Changes for Water & Forests in Australia

20th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This podcast was originally published on ABC Radio.  “As Australia’s biodiversity is increasingly threatened and environmental pressures continue to get worse, it’s long been proposed that part of the solution is valuing ‘natural capital’ — things like clean air, water, healthy soils and environmental assets like forests. A framework for a national system of environmental… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [more]

Varroa Mite Vigilance Crucial as Eradication Program Turns to a Colourful Bee-Eater

14th July 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ABC News.  “It is a common dry season visitor throughout the tropical north, and now the rainbow bee-eater could hold the key to identifying the remaining varroa mite colonies that have made their way to Australia. The biosecurity threat of a mite infestation could cost Australia more than $1 billion… [more]

Dingo Fence Study Shows Dingo Extermination Leads to Poorer Soil Quality

10th May 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org. “A comparison of conditions in the outback on either side of Australia’s dingo fence has revealed that extermination of these apex predators not only affects the abundance of other animals and plants, but also reduces the quality of the soil.  The UNSW study indicates greater control of kangaroo… [more]

Action On the Land: Reducing Emissions, Conserving Natural Capital & Improving Farm Profitability

20th March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Australian Government Climate Change Authority. The Australian Government Climate Change Authority has released an issues paper for consultation called Action on the land: reducing emissions, conserving natural capital and improving farm profitability. In Report Three of the Special Review, the Authority recommended further work be done on how to better coordinate… [more]

Natural Capital Protocol Highlighted in ‘Policies, Tools & Approaches that are Potentially Changing the Outlook’ – Australia State of the Environment 2016

16th March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Featured

This is an extract from the Australia State of the Environment 2016 Report. “…Improved measures to account for ecosystem values Ecosystem valuation that recognises the need for a resilient environment and the cost of degradation has the potential to become a valuable component of management. Since 2011, there have been significant efforts at national and… [more]