Dbytes

Dbytes is EDG’s internal eNewsletter. It gets sent to members and associates of EDG each week, and consists of small snippets of information relating to environmental decision making. They might be government documents, research articles, blogs or reports from other research groups. Here are six bytes from recent issues. If you would like to receive the Dbytes eNewsletter, email David.Salt@anu.edu.au

1. A Guide to Non-Market Valuation

Released in January 2014, this report from the Productivity Commission examines the validity and reliability of various non-market valuation methods, the case for using non-market valuation in environmental policy analysis, and how best use can be made of non-market valuation in developing environmental policy.

http://www.pc.gov.au/research/staff-working/non-market-valuation

2. Saving our Species program in NSW

The Saving our Species program is a new NSW Government program that provides a coherent framework for the conservation of threatened species. It was launched in December. The program aligns threatened species recovery effort across OEH and partners; and guides investment in targeted threatened species management actions.

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspecies/PASAmendment.htm

3. Guide to environmental accounting in Aust

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Guide to environmental accounting in Australia. The Guide aims to improve environmental outcomes in Australia and contribute to the country’s long-term sustainability through the implementation of environmental accounts, and is intended as a bridging document for policy makers, scientists and accounting practitioners.

http://www.bom.gov.au/environment/activities/accounts.shtml

4. The value of Environmental Citizen Science

Citizen science’s value for science, society, education and environmental policymaking are considered in this In-depth report, which explores academic research into citizen science practice and theory and outlines a number of case study projects. Overall, the report finds its potential value is high, but remains largely untapped.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/indepth_reports.htm

5. Regional-scale Environmental Condition Accounts

Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists report on Constructing Environmental Asset Condition Accounts

http://wentworthgroup.org/2013/11/quick-guide-for-constructing-regional-scale-environmental-asset-condition-accounts/2013/

6. Sceptical Climate

A report on the media coverage of climate change in Australia from the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. This report looks at coverage of climate science in ten Australian newspapers between in 2011 and 2012 and asks: What is the quality and nature of climate science reporting in Australia?

http://sceptical-climate.investigate.org.au/

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