Changes in our global footprint

The environmental footprint of humanity is truly massive. Indeed, over our planet's 4.5 billion year history - at least two-thirds of which has sustained life - no other species has ever come close to us in terms of consuming so much of the world's energy, resources and land area. Read full story here.

What an ancient water flea could tell us about the future of humanity

More than a dozen authors from different universities and nongovernmental organizations around the world have concluded, based on an analysis of hundreds of studies, that almost every aspect of life on Earth has been affected by climate change. Read the full article in the World Economic Forum here.

Spatial dynamics of coastal forest bird assemblages: the influence of landscape context, forest type

Understanding how ecosystems link, connect and function is important for knowing how to conserve them. PhD student Christina Buelow and GFS postdoc April Reside have just published a paper in Landscape Ecology that examines the complex relationships between landscape pattern and use by forest birds. We show that bird species composition differs between coastal forest types and regional landscape contexts. We also find that structural connectivity patterns of multiple vegetation types are correlated with differences in bird species composition between regional landscape contexts, however this is dependent on the spatial scale at which structural connectivity is measured. This is the second pa

Why fast-tracking the Carmichael coal mine is a bad idea

When the Queensland state government declared the Carmichael coal mine as "critical infrastructure" we were appalled. Projects like the Carmichael coal mine are the antithesis of what our government should be investing in, especially if we are going to take the Paris Climate Agreement seriously. The Abbot Point coal terminal is where the coal from the Carmichael Coal mine is set to be shipped. Photo © Positive Change for Marine Life. As environmental scientists, we know that the adverse impacts of coal mining don't stop with climate change. This particular mine will also have negative effects on the Great Barrier Reef, fresh water sources, as well as threatened species such as the black thro

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