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An occasional blog about plants, people and landscape.

The age of last chances

22-Mar-2017

I was at a gathering of school mums the other night and, in somewhat of a surprise to me, the topic of coral bleaching came up.    More>>

A tribe for the uncharismatic

14-Dec-2016

On 30 May 2014, a small brown lizard died alone in her cage on a remote island.  The island was often in the news around this time but the media’s attention lay elsewhere, focussed on the detention of people rather than on this seemingly unremarkable lizard.  Yet Gump, as this lizard was known, was in all likelihood the last Christmas Island forest skink. Her death heralded the extinction of her species. Five years earlier, the last Christmas Island pipistrelle, a tiny brown bat with a squashed-up face and black mustard seeds for eyes, also died a mostly unmourned death.    More>>

The unbearable sight of the weeding

29-Aug-2016

Weeds are sometimes described as plants that are in the wrong place. It’s a benign description, reminiscent of when your mum comes to visit and puts the plates away in the wrong cupboard. Just a quick little tidy up after she leaves will restore the natural order of things. If only it was as simple with weeds.
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Discovering the sublime in the nature on our doorstep

06-Jul-2016

When environmental scholar and writer George Seddon arrived in Perth after more than six years living overseas he wrote that he felt cheated. ‘The country was all wrong.’ This was not the Australia of his childhood memory, spent in the fern-tree gullies and on the high plains of Victoria.  More>>

Telling stories of science and conservation with heart

22-Jun-2016

With the World Science Fair held in Brisbane in March, the visit of Alan Alda from the Alda Center for Communicating Science, and the first-ever all-scientist panel on ABC’s Q&A, it seemed that science and its importance to all of our lives had well and truly arrived in the public’s imagination.
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Science Writer and Editor Perth Australia
Viki Cramer   PhD BSc
Freelance science writer specialising in ecology and the environment.
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