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Roads to Ruin

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Some 95% of all deforestation in the Amazon occurs within 5.5 km of a road, while for every kilometre of legal road there are nearly 3 km of illegal roads. Credit: Google Earth

By Mason Campbell, Mohammed Alamgir & William Laurance

Can we build roads that benefit people while not destroying nature?

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Timber Certification Can’t See the Wood for the Trees

By Eleanor Dormontt

There are many laws that govern the harvesting and trading of timber yet illegal logging is rife and prosecution rates are low. It’s time for science to modernise timber certification schemes.

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Career Concerns Could Bust the Ideas Boom

By Chris Walton

A survey of professional scientists has uncovered worker fatigue and broad dissatisfaction with remuneration and reduced scientific capability as a result of cost-cutting.

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Science Needs a Central Place in the New Urban Agenda

By Xuemei Bai

More of the global population is becoming concentrated in cities yet science has been largely excluded from global urbanisation planning.

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The Unintended Consequences of Reducing Food Waste

By Iain Gordon

With the global human population continuing to outpace agricultural production, we may need to reduce the amount of food that we waste. But what will be the unintended consequences for wildlife that depend on food waste?

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The Miner’s Myth

By Mark Patrick Taylor & Louise Kristensen

Several myths have been propagated to counter compelling evidence for community health issues arising from mining and smelting operations in Mount Isa and Broken Hill.

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Australia’s Iconic Top Predator Must Be Protected

By Michael Kennedy

Lethal control programs treat dingoes like pests, yet the evidence is mounting that this damages ecosystems by enabling foxes and feral cats to thrive.

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How to Get the Most out of Scientific Data

By Allen Greer

Researchers act as if they own their data, but this is counterproductive to the pursuit of science.

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Primate Research Issues Migrate from West to East

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Credit: awizard1982/adobe

By Alison Behie and Colin Groves

Primate research is shifting to China where animal welfare protocols are less rigid.

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Can Journal Publishing Be Democratised?

By Abdulrahman Al Lily

An experiment in academic publishing has tested journal practices and questioned whether the autocratic power of editorial boards needs to be returned to researchers.

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