Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance is Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate, James Cook University.  “I study the impacts of intensive land-uses, such as habitat fragmentation, logging, hunting, and wildfires, on tropical ecosystems, and on global-change phenomena and conservation policy. I’ve worked extensively in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia, as well as in tropical Australasia. In an effort to promote environmental conservation, I frequently engage with policy makers and the general public, as well as other scientists.”

From Australia to Africa, Fences are Stopping Earth’s Great Animal Migrations

For time immemorial, many wildlife species have survived by undertaking heroic long-distance migrations. But many of these great migrations are collapsing right before our eyes.

April 12, 2019

Dry Australian landscape

To Reduce Fire Risk and Meet Climate Targets, Over 300 Scientists Call for Stronger Land clearing laws

Australia’s high rates of forest loss and weakening land clearing laws are increasing bushfire risk, and undermining our ability to meet national targets aimed at curbing climate change.

March 12, 2019


Climate Change is Killing off Earth’s Little Creatures

The bottom line is: we’re changing our world in many different ways at once. And the myriad little creatures that play so many critical roles in the fabric of life are struggling to survive the onslaught.

February 12, 2019

The Global Road-Building Explosion is Shattering Nature

The bottom line is that if we’re smart and plan carefully, we can still increase food production and human equity across much of the world.

December 19, 2016

The World’s Forest Will Collapse if we Don’t Learn to Say No

An alarming new study has shown that the world’s forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of “core forest”…are vanishing even faster.

February 5, 2016

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