Land clearing on the rise as legal ‘thinning’ proves far from clear-cut

April Reside, The University of Queensland; Anita J Cosgrove, The University of Queensland; Jennifer Lesley Silcock, The University of Queensland; Leonie Seabrook, The University of Queensland, and Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland Land clearing is accelerating across eastern Australia, despite our new research providing a clear warning of its impacts on the Great … Continue reading Land clearing on the rise as legal ‘thinning’ proves far from clear-cut

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