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Pillaging The Pilliga

Pillaging The Pilliga | this curious life | Scoop.it
Alarm bells are sounding over further coal seam gas drilling in northern NSW’s vast Pilliga State Forest: dead animals and a toxic chain of ponds, along with the release this week of a damning ecological report.
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We love to hate the common myna, but what should we do about it?

We love to hate the common myna, but what should we do about it? | this curious life | Scoop.it
In Australia we are all too familiar with devastating environmental impacts of introduced species such as foxes, rabbits and cane toads.

 

'In 2005 the Australian community voted the common myna as the top “pest problem that needs more control”. They were more worried about mynas than cane toads, foxes, feral cats and rabbits. Many scientists, on the other hand, question the seriousness of myna impact and the type of management (if any) that is warranted.'

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Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World

Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World | this curious life | Scoop.it
The controversial scientist is convinced that the planet’s biggest problems can be solved by its tiniest organisms. It’s just a matter of creating the right ones.

 

'"In the menagerie of Craig Venter’s imagination, tiny bugs will save the world. They will be custom bugs, designer bugs — bugs that only Venter can create. He will mix them up in his private laboratory from bits and pieces of DNA, and then he will release them into the air and the water, into smokestacks and oil spills, hospitals and factories and your house.'

 

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DREAMING UP NATURE | More Intelligent Life

DREAMING UP NATURE | More Intelligent Life | this curious life | Scoop.it
The Music of Science:

Oliver Morton explains how psychoanalysis led a conflicted botanist to coin the term ecosystem...

 

'During the Great War a botanist at Cambridge University, Arthur Tansley, had a dream............

 

.............. the ecosystem, a term he coined in 1935, was his alternative [to prevailing 'holistic' models].

 

Like the human mind, it was dynamic and shaped by circumstances. It was composed not only of plants and animals, but also of their mineral substrates and the energy they used. And unlike the communities of holism, which had a pre-ordained endpoint, ecosystems were the product of the forces and flows that made them up.'

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An Invasive Plant Is Killing Wombats in Australia | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

An Invasive Plant Is Killing Wombats in Australia | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | this curious life | Scoop.it

When an otherwise nocturnal wombat shows up in the daylight, acting lethargic and having trouble walking, you know that animal is in trouble.

 

When thousands of wombats turn up sick, emaciated, balding and dying, you know you have a crisis.

That’s what’s happening in Murraylands, South Australia, where up to 85 percent of the region’s southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons) are sick or dying, apparently the victims of invasive plants that have taken over the local ecosystem.

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