Bugnot, A.B., Hose, G.C., Walsh, C.J., Floerl, O., French, K., Dafforn, K.A., Hanford, J., Lowe, E.C. and Hahs, A.K. (2019). Urban impacts across realms: Making the case for inter-realm monitoring and management. Science of the Total Environment, 648, 711–719.
An output from a workshop at the University of New South Wales aiming to further collaboration between ecologists working in terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms. In this paper, we discuss that the terrestrial realm is most commonly a ‘net-donor’ of impacts, as most human activities occur on land and the resulting impacts are transferred to aquatic and atmospheric realms (although impacts in the reverse direction also occur). We conclude that, to achieve effective management strategies, greater collaboration is needed between scientists and managers focussing on different realms and regions and we present suggestions for approaches to achieve this.
My Raingarden diary
Biodiversity offsets are a popular policy tool to atone for the damage done by land development. Trouble is, they often don’t achieve their stated aims of ‘offsetting’ the development’s biodiversity losses with conservation gains elsewhere. The problem is amplified if the animals and plants you are trying to protect live…
I was asked to give a talk to a meeting at Environmental Justice Australia’s community forum for Rivers of the West last night. As usual, I banged on about the importance of stormwater retention and harvesting to protect rivers and streams, including in dry areas like the west of Melbourne. …
Our raingardens and tank have been operating for over three years now. I have been too busy to do the stocktake on performance that I have been intending to do for the last 6 months, but even without doing so, it is clear that the impressive growth of the grapevine…