The profile of science has risen dramatically in policy making in recent years. Climate change mitigation, the Murray Darling Basin Plan, debate over the MV Margiris: all are talked about in terms of whether the science is certain. But what happens when government demands certainty in the science before acting, but won’t fund the studies to provide that certainty?
Migratory shorebirds appear to be showing widespread declines while being increasingly threatened, but finding out for sure is expensive.
In Japan and several areas throughout Australia, recent work indicates that some of these species appear to have declined locally by anywhere from 30% to 80% in 15 to 30 years.