One small piece of the Brexit puzzle will be how the UK funds scientific research, and how easy or hard it will be for scientists — who traditionally are part of an international, mobile workforce — to work outside their home country.
Unfortunately, animal die-offs of massive proportions are becoming more frequent. Global change — which includes human-caused changes in climate, land use, fire regimes and other things — may largely be to blame for the increased frequency and intensity of mass mortality events across all kinds of animals.
Koala's are one of Australia's most threatened species despite the fact that they are an icon of Australian tourism. Kevin Markwell, a Professor in Tourism at Southern Cross University, explains what the future could hold for koalas after Australia's deadly fire season.
The University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman stunned people recently with his estimate that 480 million animals have been injured or killed in Australia's bushfires. A few weeks later, the fires have spread even farther, and he's updated the impact to include 1 billion animals.
Directly linking climate change with aggression and mass migration risks dehumanizing those vulnerable to environmental stresses, and casts their attempts to escape a problem caused by mainly rich nations as a security threat. It promotes fear and isolation, rather than compassion and assistance.
Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia's east coast on Thursday as bushfires approached, and military ships and helicopters began rescuing thousands more trapped by the blazes.