The Futile War between Conservationists and Farmers: Conservation and Production Biodiversity

Beattie, Andrew

Recent high profile conservation articles blame the loss of biodiversity on agriculture (e.g.: Biodiversity: The ravages of […]

Australian Bushfires Signal New Climate Dangers

Beattie, Andrew, Paul R. Ehrlich, Turnbull, Christine

The recent bushfires in Western Australia were much more than “bush” fires as they raged through mature […]

Our obsession with metrics is corrupting science

Beattie, Andrew, Calver, Mike

 Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. – William Bruce […]

Quinkan Art: Preserving the Deep Past

Anne H. Ehrlich, Beattie, Andrew, Paul R. Ehrlich, Turnbull, Christine

Humanity does not have a good record when it comes to caring for signs of its past accomplishments. Napoleon’s gunners famously […]

Another Aussie Parrot at Risk

Anne H. Ehrlich, Beattie, Andrew, Paul R. Ehrlich, Turnbull, Christine

In a previous post to the MAHB Blog the story of the endangered orange-bellied parrot of Tasmania […]

The next generation of antibiotics might be right under our feet

Beattie, Andrew

The discovery of a new antibiotic called teixobactin was announced by international team of researchers, in January […]

Don’t overlook what’s underfoot – save the bugs and germs

Beattie, Andrew

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species […]

The supply chain in farming – do we count all the assets?

Beattie, Andrew

Most people understand the idea of a supply chain so that, for example, to make a car […]

What Have Germs Ever Done for Us?

Beattie, Andrew

Substituting ‘germs’ for ‘Romans’ the famous question from Monty Python “What have the Romans ever done for […]

The Angry Summer: The Politics of Climate Change in Australia

Beattie, Andrew

In February 2011 the Labour Federal Government of Australia, led by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, established […]

Geoengineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone

Beattie, Andrew, Paul R. Ehrlich

As it has become more and more evident that humanity is not going to rapidly stop burning […]

The Bugs in Our Lives

Beattie, Andrew, Paul R. Ehrlich

The idea that each and every one of us is daily indebted to millions of tiny species […]

De-extinction: Moral Hazard Writ Large

Beattie, Andrew, Paul R. Ehrlich

A scheme like geoengineering, one similarly unfortunate, is being hatched to recreate extinct species and restore them […]