Commentary

Stewardship payments – if the market won’t reward sustainable land management, society must

The President’s opinion piece of the merits of stewardship payments to farmers who produce ecosystem services without adequate payment was given prominence in Queensland Country Life on 13 March 2014 (page 15). A paper expanding on this theme will be […]

Business isn’t listening to scientific warnings – lacks ecological literacy

“Spanning Communication Circles”, an article arguing that scientific information about environmental condition and trend is inadequately heeded because the world view of the business sector has no space for environmental messages, appeared in the September 2014 issue of Wildlife Australia […]

Ridiculing environmentalists risks demeaning the underlying science

Conservative commentator Des Houghton made yet another attack on environmentalists in his column in The Courier-Mail on Saturday 20 Sep. 2014.  See the President’s response published by The Courier-Mail on Wednesday 24 Sep.  Houghton responded on the following Saturday, 27 […]

Businesses which ignore climate science risk trashing shareholder value

“It was 1989.  Margaret Thatcher, poster girl for conservative pro-business policy, urged the United Nations General Assembly to take remedial action on global warming.  From that date at least, governments around the world should have been aware that here was […]

Science: Avoiding Quicksand in parks planning

This presentation to the first State Conference of Parks and Leisure Australia, Queensland Branch, on 4 June 2015 tailors some themes that the President has used in other addresses to a parks audience.  He argued to the parks professionals present […]