Public may have final say in extinction choices

Hugh Possingham

Which native species will survive for future generations is a dilemma that can be solved by society, not society, a leading ecologist has said.

Hugh Possingham, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at the University of Queensland, said that world-first Australian research was showing that it was now possible to estimate how many species can be saved based on how much was spent on protecting them and their habitats.

For the first time we are starting to get a handle on the return on investment from conservation,” he said.

However, this also clearly shows that, at current levels of funding and current rates of extinction, we won’t be able to save everything.

It will come down to a public decision about what kind of Australia we really want, which native species we should strive to keep – and how many we feel we can afford to let go.” Continue reading Public may have final say in extinction choices

Deadly tick season threatens pets

Vets are warning pet owners to be vigilant as an explosion of tick paralysis cases in Australia’s eastern states leaves a trail of casualties.

Perfect breeding conditions have created huge numbers of paralysis ticks this summer, according to Australian Veterinary Association spokesperson Jodie Wilson.

“The tick season is usually at its height in eastern states from spring through to autumn, but about 700 cases have already been logged in Queensland and NSW, which is extremely high for so early on in the season,” Wilson said. Continue reading Deadly tick season threatens pets