In the news June 2015

Recent news about tropical research issues of relevance to the Wet Tropics:

  • A new agreement to fund the Australian Tropical Herbarium for a further ten years was recently signed by James Cook University, the CSIRO, the Queensland Government and the federal Department of the Environment. The agreement outlines the Herbarium’s vision and major projects for 2015 – 2025 and includes a commitment of $5.524 million over 10 years from the Queensland Government.
  • The Wet Tropics Management Authority has released a directory of Wet Tropics researchers. The directory lists and profiles researchers that have professional interests in the Wet Tropics region. It includes postgraduate students and has been designed to facilitate and encourage collaboration and networking. It will be updated regularly.
  • There have already been as many cassowary deaths caused by cars and dogs this year as there were during the whole of 2014. Conservationists are calling for more action to protect the endangered birds through reduced speed limits and a review of dog management policies.
  • A new Global Climate Change Research Network has been established by the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change at James Cook University. The aim of the Global Network is to increase the capacity of managers, policy makers, researchers and conservationists to make informed decisions leading to positive outcomes that will reduce the impacts of global change on the mega-diverse ecosystems of the Tropics. You can register online to become a Network Member; membership is free.
  • A new online feature on the State of the Tropics project is now live. The project looks at key social, economic and environmental indicators across the tropics to examine whether life is improving in different parts of the region.

 

In the news June 2015

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