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How Indigenous communities can help tackle climate change

Indiginous Lands ImageKaren GillowA new study shows that replanting native forests and woodlands vegetation on Indigenous lands, especially across southern and eastern Australia, could help restore the nation's native vegetation in places where it is needed as well as store significant amounts of carbon.
Bush replanting or regeneration could provide another source of income and other benefits for Indigenous communities. These benefits include the opportunity to work on country, increase knowledge and training, improve health and enhance their management of traditional lands, according to Dr Anna Renwick of the National Environmental Research Program's Environmental Decisions Hub (NERP EDH) and Dr Cathy Robinson of the CSIRO. Full release HERE. Based on this JOURNAL ARTICLE

Finding new ways to stave off koalas’ demise

NERP Koalas imageScientists are using genetics to save endangered koala populations from the perils of urbanisation.
Our researchers, Dr Jonathan Rhodes from the University of Queensland, has analysed genetic patterns in Queensland koalas and found how striking the right balance between tree cover and roads can help save animals threatened by urban growth. "Koala numbers have dropped massively over the past 15 years in southeast Queensland, and further urbanisation will affect them even more," says Dr Rhodes. "We need smarter and more cost-effective ways to keep our koalas while our cities continue to grow."

FULL RELEASE HERE      BASED ON THIS JOURNAL ARTICLE

'Affordable housing' for reptiles

10 FEBRUARY 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eastern hooded scaley-foot legless lizard Pygopus schraderiEastern hooded scaley-foot (legless lizard), Pygopus schraderi - M BrutonNaturally regrowing woodlands in the subtropics can help to reduce declines in Australia's reptiles, scientists have proposed.

Research at the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub has found that woodlands in the Australian subtropics can be restored as a haven for native reptiles if cleared areas are left to regrow.

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Australia’s gum trees ‘at risk’

EucalyptsMany of Australia's iconic eucalypt ecosystems could change beyond recognition due to increased climate stress.
Research at the National Environmental Research Program's (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub has found that heat waves, droughts and floods expected under climate change will alter environmental conditions so much that many eucalypts will no longer survive in their native ranges. Replanting is unlikely to help woodlands and forests persist, the scientists warn.

FULL RELEASE HERE   ~  SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION HERE

Monitoring endangered species to death

Pipistrelle-Lindy-Lumsden-Christmas-Island-2.568Christmas Island Pipistrelle batFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 25
In a Frontiers of Ecology paper provocatively entitled "Counting the books while the library burns", NERP Environmental Decisions Hub researchers Prof. David Lindenmayer and Dr Maxine Piggott of the Australian National University, and Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle of the University of Melbourne warn that some conservation programs are standing by and watching species die out. They produce evidence that many wildlife programs around the world are monitoring species to the point of extinction – often without taking the necessary action to save them.

FULL RELEASE HERE  ~ FRONTIERS PAPER HERE

Rescuing wildlife from climate extinction - with maths

Mountain Pygmy PosIn a bid to save endangered animals from extinction by climate change, a team of Australian and New Zealand environmental scientists has pioneered a revolutionary way of deciding whether animals can safely be re-located.

"With the climate changing more rapidly than species can move or adapt, our only chance of saving some species may be to move them to more climatically suitable areas," says lead author Dr Tracy Rout of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), The University of Melbourne and the NERP Environmental Decision Hub.

Full media release HERE.    Based on this publication

Australia’s wilderness ‘risks being loved to death’

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With 28 million visitors camping, tramping, biking, 4W driving, riding and picnicking in them every year, Australia’s iconic nature areas are at risk of being loved to death.

The love affair of urban Australians and foreign visitors with our spectacular wilderness is challenging conservation managers with a new set of problems and tricky decisions, says Dr Kelly Hunt de Bie of The National Environmental Research Program’s (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub and The University of Melbourne.

Full media release HERE

Citizens can help save our wildlife

Citizens can help save wildlifeJuly 29 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Farmers and city people can play a key role in saving Australia's native animals and plants by small changes to the way they manage their paddocks and backyards.
Researchers at the National Environmental Research Program's (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub say that although many native species don't live in paddocks or in backyards, Australians can still help native wildlife by adding features like plants, trees or logs to their property that benefit species living in nearby bushland.
"Very little native vegetation is now left in our agricultural and urban landscapes. That means that the main way we can help native species is by what we do in the areas surrounding our bushland remnants," says Associate Professor Don Driscoll of the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub and The Australian National University (ANU).

FULL MEDIA RELEASE HERE.  Also availagle: Full paper & video

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