I was recently invited to write a ‘hot topic’ article for the Ecological Society of Australia, to provide an evidence-based synthesis of a timely and relevant issue in ecology and environmental policy. It was an interesting process synthesising the story, and I’ve received a lot of very interested feedback from people inspired by the article.
Key points of the article are:
- Resource development is expanding worldwide with far-reaching consequences for native ecosystems.
- Some ecological impacts tend to slip under the radar of conventional impact assessments.
- Identifying, measuring, and addressing the full range of ecological impacts is essential for mitigating ecosystem degradation and for conserving biodiversity.
The article also provides an overview of literature relevant to the topic.