Using fire to promote wildlife conservation

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Using fire to promote wildlife conservation

Understanding how pyrodiversity begets biodiversity Key messages: Pyrodiversity describes the variation in the time between fires, their severity, size and patchiness New work is advancing our knowledge of the connection between pyrodiversity and biodiversity but there is a need to further develop approaches that are better tailored to local conditions All around the world fire […]

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A peat swamp forest in Kalimantan.
(Photo by Ruanda Agung Sugardiman)

For peat’s sake

The peat swamp forest in the south of Kalimantan is an unusual ecosystem that is home to many unique or rare species such as orangutans. It consists of diverse range of tropical trees standing on a layer of peat up to10-12m deep. The peat is partly decayed and waterlogged plant material, and it in turn […]

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Large bushfires occur in the mallee shrublands and woodlands of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. (Photo by Lauren Brown)

Burning issues

State-wide percentage targets for planned burning are blunt tools that don’t work Fire profoundly influences human health, the economy and wildlife. In Victoria, for instance, bushfires have burned more than one million hectares since 2009, claiming 178 lives and more than 2,300 homes, and causing more than A$4 billion in social, economic and environmental costs. […]

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Of ecological disturbance and genetic diversity

Using genetic info to better manage biodiversity in a changing world Environmental disturbances range from big events like bushfires, floods and volcanic eruptions to more mundane processes like a boulder being turned over on wave-pounded rocky shore. Ecologists have long realised that disturbance underpins the dynamics and diversity of many of the ecosystems of the […]

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Burning questions for black cockatoos

The gregarious Carnaby’s cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) are such a common sight in Perth that it is easy to forget they are endangered, and that the urban and agricultural expansion of south-western Australia has removed the bulk of their habitat. How we manage their remaining habitat will have important consequences for the species’ survival.

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Opinion under fire

Evidence vs opinion: What really protects houses from wildfires? January saw the publication of a fiery piece of research in PLoS ONE on factors correlating with house loss during the Black Saturday fires in 2009. It was led by EDG researcher Phil Gibbons and was sparked by his interest in the claim and counter claim that followed the catastrophe. […]

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