Category Archives: Botany

Aceh On Fire (greatly expanded)

Aceh documentary You may have heard that air quality in Singapore has been dangerously bad recently as a result of smoke from fires in Sumatra. One of the Cool Scientists from the book, Dr Emma Collier-Baker contacted me today to … Continue reading

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The Word For World Really Might Be Forest

Two weeks ago (sorry about the delay) I interviewed a scientist over what might be world-changing research. The paper I covered is only a modest reworking of something that some of the authors have previously published a few times, and … Continue reading

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Forests In Landscape Trap

The December edition of Australasian Science, now on the shelves, contains what may be the most important article I have written (subscriber only alas). I’m very keen to bring it some attention. Professor David Lindenmayer (ANU) is already recognised as … Continue reading

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Science and Environmentalism In Conflict

I am an advocate for science. I am also an environmentalist. Most of the time there is not the slightest contradiction between these things, quite the opposite. On global warming, certainly the most important environmental issue or our time (and … Continue reading

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All Discoveries Need Dollars

Rumours are circulating that the government is considering a 20% cut to funding for the National Health and Medical Research Council over the next three years, in order to meed the cost of rebuilding from the recent floods while keeping … Continue reading

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