A double dose of news today, as I was slack last week and missed a post:
- The United Nations’ Global Sustainability Panel launched its latest report calling for sustainable development to be integrated within economic policies in nations around the world. Unsatisfied with using just one buzzword in the title, the UN really tries to get the point across in its report ‘Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing’. The Guardian (here and here) and RenewEconomy have coverage.
- The Fallacy of the Tragedy of the Commons – a nice critique of Garrett Hardin’s classic 1968 essay, arguing along a similar vein as Elinor Ostrom. via The Daly News
- Selling Biodiversity: why we need conservation marketing. A nice article by DICE PhD student Diogo Verimisso, via Biodiversity Science
- Big news (though not unexpected) this week – Federal Environment minister Tony Burke has overruled the Victorian State Government and announced the highly dubious ‘scientific’ cattle grazing trial in Alpine National Park would not be allowed to continue the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999). Mick McCarthy has the details.
- The Biodiversity Fund – another missed opportunity? Emma Burns and David Lindenmayer outline a series of legitimate concerns with the Australian Government’s $946 million Biodiversity Fund, announced as part of the carbon legislative package in mid 2011.
- Search for endangered birds threatens mine projects. Birds Australia intend to do a full survey of the Galilee Basin (the as-yet unopened but soon-to-be new coal-mining centre of Australia), after the endangered southern subspecies of the Black Throated Finchwas sighted on Bimblebox Nature Refuge last year (coincidently precisely where Clive Palmer hopes to extract 1.4billion tonnes of coal). via ABC
- Negatory. My read-one-paper-a-day pledge is not going very well…