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Catch our own Sarah Bekessy on Studio Ten, TEN Central Digital TV. Sarah rates the major parties’ policies when it comes to protecting biodiversity, threatened
Catch our own Sarah Bekessy’s interview with Cities People Love talking about the importance and benefits of incorporating biodiversity and nature in the design and planning
Cities around the world are planning for more people to be walking and cycling to work instead of catching public transport, once lockdown restrictions are
Here at ICON Science we are passionate about conservation of biodiversity, both outside of cities and within. Georgia Garrard et al (2018) published their thoughtful
Why we should build for wildlife as well as people, BBC – Future, 28/07/2021, Sarah Bekessy
From green roofs to bee bricks and hedgehog drawers, there are plenty of ways to make sterile buildings more accommodating to nature.
Why lawn is secretly bad for your back yard, Domain, 12/07/21, Thami Croeser
Home owners are being urged to take advantage of the winter months to make their backyards more environmentally friendly in time for summer by moving away from the perfectly manicured lawn.
Rewilding: part two, Future Tense with Antony Funnell, ABC Radio National, 13/06/21, Sarah Bekessy
In this edition we examine the natural forces at play in Europe where abandoned farmland is increasingly being reclaimed by wildlife. We also hear about Rewilding in an urban context.
Astroturfing: “alliance of timber workers” or alliance of timber corporate executives?, Michael West, 27/05/2021, Sarah Bekessy
Forest & Wood Communities Australia purports to be a grassroots organisation of timber workers but it is founded by the chairman of private forestry company Pentarch and other influential timber industry players. Tasha May reports on a classic case of astroturfing.
Rewilding to safeguard biodiversity, ABC News, 24/05/2021, Sarah Bekessy
Rewilding is a conservation approach based on the reintroduction of lost animal species to their natural habitats. Its original manifestation was controversial because it centred on apex predators like wolves. But the approach has matured and advocates believe it now has a crucial role to play in securing future biodiversity levels.
Melbourne’s outdoor dining parklets could be here to stay post-pandemic, Herald Sun, 03/04/21, Thami Croeser
Melbourne’s outdoor dining parklets have been a winner, sparking calls for the pandemic arrangement to be permanent. It comes as Victoria hit its 36th day with no new local COVID cases.
Parklets, 774 ABC Melbourne, 17/02/2021, Thami Croeser
Urban planner and PhD candidate Thami Croeser joins Sammy on 774 ABC Mornings to discuss parklets, re-purposed parking bays which are designed to create spaces for pedestrian activity.
A regenerative housing estate at Gisborne that’s attracted a lot of savvy people and community buy in, The Fifth Estate, 16/02/2021, Sarah Bekessy
In the town of Gisborne, a quaint but degraded 210-hectare farm in the middle of town has been slated for up to 1000-dwelling greenfield development. It is liveable, carbon positive and good for your hip pocket, with half the land to remain open for people and nature to share.
Forget the tree change: Why cities are more important than ever, Domain, 01/02/21, Thami Croeser