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‘Harry Potter and the disenchanted wildlife’ – Biodiversity Council says community outcry over Victorian show is justified

The Biodiversity Council says community concern about wildlife impacts from a Harry Potter show planned for a Victorian conservation park is justified. An extensive body of research tells us that the lights and noise of these types of shows, plus the noise, presence and smells of the thousands of visitors, make them highly stressful for many wildlife.

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2024/25 Pre-budget Submission: Aligning investment to international commitments

Australia has consistently under-invested in the protection and recovery of its native biodiversity and is one of the most underfunded nations when it comes to biodiversity conservation. This pre-budget submission focuses on key international environmental commitments made under the 2023 Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), and 6 areas of priority investment for the Australian Government to spend to save and address the extinction crisis. 

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Study in South Australia finds carbon gains could pay for farmer-led biodiversity restoration

Market-based schemes that financially reward landholders to store carbon or improve biodiversity have been around for many years, but few schemes have rewarded farmers for delivering both at the same time. A new study by a team at The University of Adelaide published in Environmental Management shows that this is a huge missed opportunity for the climate, nature and landholders.

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Biodiversity Council welcomes Queensland ban on new oil and gas drilling in Lake Eyre Basin floodplains

The Biodiversity Council has commended Queensland Premier Steven Miles’s announcement today of a ban on new oil and gas developments in the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre basin’s rivers and floodplains. Oil and gas production development is the biggest risk to these ecosystems and could cause catastrophic and irreversible pollution of the water and landscape, that are essential to the environment and for agriculture.

Oil and gas exploration and production leases already cover nearly 5 million hectares of the Lake Eyre Basin. This ban on further development shows that the Queensland Government recognise their responsibility to protect these rivers and floodplains that are nationally and internationally significant. 

 

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10 ways that our national environmental laws must change

Stakeholders will go into the next round of the Australian Government’s closed-door consultations on environmental law reforms this week. The Biodiversity Council has identified 10 ways that Australia’s environmental laws must change to stop the rapid loss of nature. Among the asks is an overhaul of Australia’s biodiversity offsets system, so that it is not used to justify unsustainable development, and protection for culturally significant species and places.  

 

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University of Queensland, Chief Councillor

Professor Hugh Possingham

University of Melbourne, Chief Councillor

Dr Jack Pascoe

University of Melbourne

Professor Brendan Wintle

RMIT University

Professor Sarah Bekessy

The University of Newcastle

Associate Professor Liz Cameron

Torres Strait Islander from Erub (Darnley Island)

Stan Lui

University of Tasmania

Professor Jan McDonald

University of Western Australia

Assoc. Professor Nicki Mitchell

Monash University

Professor Liam Smith

University of Canberra

Professor Ross Thompson

University of Queensland, Chief Councillor

Professor Hugh Possingham

University of Melbourne, Chief Councillor

Dr Jack Pascoe

University of Melbourne

Professor Brendan Wintle

RMIT University

Professor Sarah Bekessy

The University of Newcastle

Associate Professor Liz Cameron

Torres Strait Islander from Erub (Darnley Island)

Stan Lui

University of Tasmania

Professor Jan McDonald

University of Western Australia

Assoc. Professor Nicki Mitchell

Monash University

Professor Liam Smith

University of Canberra

Professor Ross Thompson