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Experts and community back Environment Minister’s proposed rejection of luxury marina at globally important wetland site

The Biodiversity Council has backed federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek’s proposed rejection of a luxury apartment and marina development at an internationally important wetland near Brisbane.
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Harry Potter and the disenchanted wildlife’ – Biodiversity Council says community outcry over Victorian show is justified

An extensive body of science shows that community opposition to light and sound shows in conservation areas due to impacts on wildlife is justified.
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Allowing duck hunting to continue in Victoria is shameful and part of a disturbing trend

The Victorian government has confirmed duck and quail hunting will continue in the state. The controversial decision is a rejection of recommendations by a bipartisan parliamentary committee which recommended ending native bird hunting this year.
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The major causes of nature loss in Australia

Nature in Australia has suffered major losses which are not slowing. From invasive species to government policies, here are the main causes...
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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 years, but few schemes have rewarded farmers for delivering both at the same time. A new study shows this is a missed opportunity.
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Climate change and nature loss are our biggest environmental problems - so why isn’t the market tackling them together?

New research suggests we can act to boost the climate and nature at the same time; if we can improve the way market incentives work - Australian farmers can play a key role in ecosystem repair.
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How do we know Australia is in a biodiversity crisis? A summary of the science

This article summarises the findings of many studies about how Australia's native plants, animals and ecosystems are doing. The results show that Australia is in a biodiversity crisis.
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Biodiversity Council welcomes Queensland ban on new oil and gas drilling in the Lake Eyre Basin floodplains

Queensland's premier has announced there will be no new oil and gas development in the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre basin's rivers and floodplains; this is a big win for ecosystems!
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10 ways that our national environmental laws must change

The Biodiversity Council is calling for an overhaul of Australia’s biodiversity offsets system. Read about 10 environmental law reforms needed to protect nature in Australia and why.
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8 ways to tone down the Christmas lights to help wildlife - and why we should

The Australian government has launched a campaign asking people to “switch off light pollution” to protect wildlife. So, what does the science say? Should we rethink Christmas lights?
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Can the government’s new market mechanism help save nature? Yes – if we get the devil out of the detail

Australians woke up this morning to discover they had a nature repair market, after the legislation passed late last night. Except it won’t be called a market, and it won’t include biodiversity offsets.
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Acknowledgements

The Biodiversity Council acknowledges the First Peoples of the lands and waters of Australia, and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and future and expresses gratitude for long and ongoing custodianship of Country.

The Biodiversity Council is an independent expert group founded by 11 Australian universities to promote evidence-based solutions to Australia’s biodiversity crisis. It is hosted by The University of Melbourne. It receives funding from 11 university partners and The Ian Potter Foundation, The Ross Trust, Trawalla Foundation, The Rendere Trust, Isaacson Davis Foundation, Coniston Charitable Trust and Angela Whitbread.

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