sophievandijk, Author at Rivers of Carbon

  • Putting a price tag on biodiversity

    Biodiversity in dollars and cents? Although the ecological benefits of biodiversity are well documented, those benefits have rarely been expressed in dollars and cents. A team of economists and ecologists, including University of Illinois professor of environmental economics Amy Ando, have developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss […]

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  • Five Things About Long-Term Monitoring

    Professor David Lindenmayer wrote this excellent article for  the latest edition of ‘Decision Point’, thank you to David Salt, editor of Decision Point for allowing us to share it here. Effective long-term environmental monitoring is difficult and challenging; it requires good design, careful review, long-term commitment, and often gets overlooked when resources are handed out […]

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  • A need for clear communication – exploring the links between extreme weather and climate change

    What are the connections to human-caused climate change? And how can we best communicate what the most recent science is telling us about human-induced and natural changes to weather and climate? There is still widespread confusion about the linkages between human-induced climate change and extreme weather, not only among the public, but also among some […]

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  • Spot the scientist! Veg surveys underway in the Murray-Darling Basin in challenging conditions

    Surveys have commenced across the Murray-Darling Basin for the Vegetation Theme in the Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Water Knowledge and Research project  (MDB EWKR). A variety of wetland and floodplain habitats are being surveyed over autumn, including woodlands, shrublands and wetlands. Wetland and floodplain plants are critical components of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, supplying energy […]

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  • Are people willing to pay for the co-benefits of carbon farming like biodiversity, vegetation and wellbeing? Find out…

    Adopting carbon farming practices can lead to a loss in profit for farmers. So, is the public willing to pay for the co-benefits of carbon farming? Researchers from the University of Western Australia have estimated the public’s ‘willingness-to-pay’ for carbon farming, and the results of this work have implications for carbon-farming policies. Carbon-farming benefits Agricultural […]

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  • Why speak? Scientists as sifters and sorters

    In an information free-for-all why should scientists bother to add their voice? Emma Johnston argues that there is an increasingly important role for scientists amongst the growing ranks of public intellectuals. She explains that scientists must be sifters and sorters to identify what is valuable, sift out deliberately distracting stories and counter fake news. The […]

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  • What do farmers think about planting riparian margins?

    Fleur Maseyk and her team from the University of Queensland surveyed a group of  dairy farmers working on the Taranaki ring plain in New Zealand to learn more about their perceptions of the value of riparian plantings. Farmers were invited to participated in an interactive meeting with the purpose of describing their experiences and views […]

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  • Hear, see and experience the Truth about Trees…

    Harness the power of nature to increase production, profit and pleasure on your property… Would you like to make your property as healthy, productive and beautiful as it can be? Then don’t miss this free, fully catered special expo for land managers, large and small, in the Gunning and Yass districts. Whether you are contemplating […]

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  • Help to save the yellow-spotted bell frog!

    South East Local Land Services has $125,000 of NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Saving Our Species funding, available over five years, to assist land managers to undertake project works that protect and enhance yellow-spotted bell frog habitat. Senior Land Services Officer Annelies McGaw said this inconspicuous frog is one of the most endangered vertebrates […]

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  • Rivers of Hope – crayfish lead the campaign for healthy waterways

    ANU biologists are helping crayfish lead the campaign for fresher waterways along the west of Canberra.  Biologist Dr Chris Fulton and Masters student Mae Noble have spent time snorkelling in the Goobarragandra River, in the high country west of Canberra, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Murray Crayfish. Six years ago, this was an […]

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