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Urgent Warning: Escalating Threats to Survival of Planet

  An urgent warning of major threats to the survival of our planet has just been published in BioScience. The paper by Ripple et al. (2017) has been endorsed by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries (BioScience, bix125, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix125). They are … Continue reading

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Black box trees in glorious flower!

Black box trees flower mostly in summer, right? Wrong!! At least this year, for the first time since the start of monitoring black box in 2004, the majority of trees are in full glorious flower in winter! The working hypothesis … Continue reading

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Healthy spring growth in mid-north does not include red gum seedlings

In September 2015 the mid-north of South Australia is a sea of green and gold, with the intense green of lush grain crops interspersed with the brilliant yellow of canola and bordered by native golden wattles and senna bushes. Streams … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – March 2015

Our river red gum ended March with a bang – literally! The topmost slender vertical branch came crashing down through the tree at 10 am on a cool Saturday morning in a light breeze. We came home to find that … Continue reading

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20:80 Vision for Sustainable Landscapes

Setting a target for the future for sustainable Australian landscapes, we should aim for a 20:80 mix of native ecosystems alongside agricultural production. Cropping landscapes need borders and corridors of trees and bushes threading across the pattern of fields. We are way behind … Continue reading

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Shades of Green and Gold

Driving through the mid-north of South Australia in late Spring, the landscapes match the national colours of green and gold – the vibrant green of healthy grain crops and the glorious gold of canola blooms. The outlook is promising for … Continue reading

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Inlay Lake in Myanmar — a very special place

Two years since my last visit, I am back at beautiful Inlay Lake (also spelt ‘Inle’) in the heart of Shan State in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Inlay Lake is a highland lake famous for its scenic beauty, tranquillity, … Continue reading

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