Valuing power is bad news for bioenergy

Psychologists have proved that, those people who value success, social power and superiority, wealth, esteem and self-centred satisfaction are only concerned about the environment when it affects them personally. Their behaviours don’t benefit the environment either. Egocentrism doesn’t benefit the environment like it creates wealth. (This image may be subject to copyright. Source) New Research…

What do the arts bring to environmental governance?

I started out on this research journey thinking that ‘connectivity’ would be a key motif for understanding what the arts could bring to environmental governance. It turns out that connectivity is critical to more levels of the enquiry than I had anticipated. From connecting people to their physical environments, to bridging the philosophical divide between…

Restoring Thailand’s mangroves: can it be done right?

The number of mangrove restoration projects in Thailand has significantly augmented since the beginning of the century due to an increase in awareness of the benefits of mangrove ecosystems for a multitude of purposes such as protection of coastal environments, barriers to coastal erosion, habitats for a very diverse range of wildlife and livelihoods for…

FSC could access to the carbon market: new study

Forests are major carbon storage reservoirs and carbon sequestration agents. FSC AC In 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment determined that more than 60% of ecosystems were already degraded or in danger. Initiatives seeking to address this problem didn’t take long in being developed, including specific schemes created to protect services provided by natural ecosystem, which…

Is climate change about to expose the isolation of our national parks?

Simon has been researching the ability of animals to migrate between habitats and the state of connectivity of our protected areas, with a particular focus on the Blue Mountains, both in the present and under the influence of a changing climate. Australian World Heritage Areas have recently been suffering from the effects of climate change that…

5 ways Whistler is helping change the way we travel

It took me well into my twenties before planning my first trip to Whistler, a world class ski resort off the coast of British Columbia. Host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler is Canada’s favorite ski destination. With a 1500m vertical drop and a world renowned nightlife, Whistler is the place to go if you’re…

Company Towns and Corporate Social Responsibility: How much is enough?

Company Towns Throughout history towns have been established to support industries and rapid demand for workers and the provision of services. Australia is no stranger to this phenomena seeing over 20 ‘company towns’ (Littlewood, 2014) established during a time of exponential growth in Australia’s mineral sector during the 1960’s (Chesire et.al, 2011). While these towns…

Boolean searches for fuzzy themes and other research quandaries

There’s an odd paradox in applying research methodologies to a subject when the subject itself resists the research methodology. In this instance the paradox surfaces when employing reductive, disciplinary classifications to a subject that rejects reductionism and seeks interconnected, holistic, interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary expression. This conundrum has been both challenging and exciting to encounter…

Does renewable mean sustainable?

It has become relatively clear that the questions I raised in the project brief and initial blog are not answered directly in peer reviewed literature. A few research papers as well as the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy conclude that there is a knowledge gap identifying value systems underlying bioenergy decision-making (Johnson et al., 2013)….

Community engagement in mangrove restoration: a balancing act

Twenty-two degrees Celsius. That is the difference in temperature between the day I left Thailand (42 ̊C) and the morning I arrived back to Australia (20 ̊C). After almost three months of research with the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) organization on my topic “Mangrove restoration in Southern Thailand: challenges, opportunities and best practices”, what have…