Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing

Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland Land-clearing laws are being fiercely debated in both Queensland and New South Wales. These two states are responsible for the majority of cleared land in Australia’s recent history. The latest assessment from Queensland shows that 296,000 hectares of vegetation was cleared in 2014-15. More than a third of … Continue reading Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing

Queensland farmers protest proposed changes to tree clearing laws

I was on Radio National this morning, talking about deforestation in Australia. You can listen here (mp3): The battle over land clearing in Queensland comes to Brisbane today, when hundreds of farmers will march through the state capital to Parliament House. They're protesting against the Palaszczuk Government's controversial move to tighten tree clearing laws, which … Continue reading Queensland farmers protest proposed changes to tree clearing laws

Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses

Here is my presentation delivered at the Society for Conservation Biology – Oceania Conference this week in Brisbane, where I spoke within the symposium Conservation Oceania Style: Highlighting Oceania’s unique approaches to conservation biology and on ground outcomes The talk summarises my recent paper in a special issue of Pacific Conservation Biology. There's also a short summary in … Continue reading Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses

Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow

This article was originally published in The Conversation, and features my new paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology Queensland’s land clearing has yet again become a national issue. After laws were relaxed under the Liberal-National State government in 2013, land clearing rates tripled, undermining efforts to conserve wildlife and reduce carbon emissions. Now the current … Continue reading Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow