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

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

Assisted regeneration could make farmers money

Here is the media release for my recent paper in Environmental Science & Policy: http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/assisted-regeneration-could-make-farmers-money Researchers have found that assisting vegetation to grow back naturally could be a far more profitable way for farmers to lock in carbon than the more commonly considered method of planting trees and shrubs. PhD researcher Megan Evans from The Australian … Continue reading Assisted regeneration could make farmers money

No refuge: When a ‘protected area’ is not really protected

This article was published in The Conversation The New South Wales government last week said it would ban mining in the newly announced Dharawal National Park, an area where Illawara Coal was planning to extract up to $40 billion worth of black coal. By upgrading Dharawal from a State Conservation Area to a National Park, the government … Continue reading No refuge: When a ‘protected area’ is not really protected