Climate change, deforestation, bushfires, tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and now COVID-19* have all had major impacts on beekeepers in the Australia-Pacific region.
Pollinator declines have the potential to seriously affect food security and have driven an increased interested in non-bee pollinators, of which hoverflies are the most prominent group, visiting 72% of global food crops worth US$300 billion per year and over 70% of wildflowers.
The 1930s Dust Bowl drought across North America’s Great Plains caused widespread crop failures and large dust storms, but had they been dealing with today’s level of greenhouse gas emissions back then, Australian scientists say things could have been even worse.
The clean and green by-products of the Australian wine industry are ripe for upcycling, and that’s exactly what’s happening in a new initiative from Swisse Wellness, the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Swinburne University of Technology.
Oxygen loss in the warming waters of the California Current System (CCS) is projected to lower the region’s Metabolic Index – the temperature-dependent ratio of oxygen supply to species’ metabolic demand – to below critical levels, limiting the habitats available to marine species living there,…