30 Sep 2012
28 Sep 2012
It was thought of as one of the last remaining pristine ecosystems on the planet, but European researchers have found a disturbing amount of plastics pollution in the Antarctic.
They say the level of plastic pollution is so high that toxins are being absorbed by fish and making their way into the human food chain.
For two years the French scientific vessel, Tara, sailed the globe using specialised nets to trawl for tiny pieces of plastic. The expedition was to "take the pulse" of the ocean at the start of the 21st century and the scientists on board are horrified by what they found.
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27 Sep 2012
The iPhone 5 is selling fast—more than 5 million iPhones in just 3 days. The new iPhone is different; It's 20% lighter, 18% thinner, and—with a 4-inch display—taller than previous editions.
But the changes are more than skin deep: the iPhone 5 is the most repairable iPhone!
Thin and sleek frequently came at the cost of durability and repairability but that was different with the newste iPhone. Once you get past the anti-customer proprietary screws the iPhone 5 is easy to open and easy to repair. That’s a win for the environment and the consumer.
Read story at Treehugger
21 Sep 2012
Premier’s Design Awards
The Premier’s Design Awards celebrate and reward both designers and firms for excellence in the development and use of design. The awards highlight the economic, environmental and social benefits of investing in good design as well as showcase the capabilities of the Victorian design sector and of local designers.
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The cockatoos are counted at night roosts and since 2010, there has also been a decrease in the number of large roosts. The decrease in number of Carnaby’s counted in the Swan Region since 2010, with no significant improvement since 2011, may indicate the impact of continued habitat loss and degradation.
BirdLife Australia argues it is vital that critical feeding and roosting habitat clearance within the Swan Region is stopped, and existing habitat across the cockatoo’s range is protected and better managed.
The next Great Cocky Count will be held on Sunday 7 April 2013. If you are interested in volunteering for the Great Cocky Count please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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17 Sep 2012
The five-week festival (until 24 October) will feature 65 events ranging from wildflower walks and open gardens to long-table lunches, art displays and heritage tours.
The festival will have a focus on agriculture, celebrating the Year of the Farmer by promoting the work of some of the region's most innovative farming families.
Kojonup farmers Rob and Jen Egerton-Warburton, among the "Bloomin' Farmers" featured this year, will try a novel approach to pest control in their canola crop.
"We decided to plant everlastings around our canola crop as a natural means of pest control," Mr Egerton-Warburton said. "Aphids are the main pests that get in - by planting the native wildflowers around the crop, we encourage native bugs and they in turn prey on the aphids."
More information on Australia's Coral Coast website
The two-year ban imposed this week on the freshly renamed super trawler Abel Tasman had been brewing for months. The reasons for the ban are largely political, though they are also part of the story of stressed global fish stocks, and oceans scoured almost clean elsewhere in the world.
The issue brings together groups that have traditionally been at odds - environmentalists and recreational fishers. Their combined voices eventually reached a pitch the government couldn't ignore.
And this week, those groups hailed as a great victory Tony Burke and Joe Ludwig's announcement that they would ban the super trawler for up to two years while further assessment was carried out.
Stop the boat
Watch here the video from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about the government discussing it.
Super trawler ban may go to court
THE Australian operator of the controversial super trawler facing a two-year ban by the federal government has given the strongest indication yet that it will take legal action, insisting it will not ''roll over and go away''.
Its warning came as Labor backbencher Dick Adams, who opposed the ban, accused his own party of ''determining its policy in response to lobbying campaigns on social media rather than the facts'', and of ''now responding only to environmental concerns, without regard to the social and economic consequences''.
Seafish Tasmania director Gerry Geen told The Saturday Age yesterday that the firm - which along with its Dutch joint-venture partner could lose millions of dollars because of the ban - was seeking legal advice and was expecting answers ''in the next few days''.
Netherlands raises trawler ban with EU
Mr Geen said: ''I think anyone would have to think very hard about investing in Australia, particularly about being as open and transparent and open as we've been. We gave the green groups so much notice of our intentions. It certainly gave them an opportunity to get organised.''
A very dubious notion from Mr Green! So with other words: lets keep them all in the dark so we can get ahead with over fishing and scraping the oceans empty!
UPDATE 27 September: I read in the Dutch newsletter for migrants that the super trawler had permission to fish in the Australian ocean but were not allowed to disterb the environment more than any small vessel....
I've tried to find info from Australia which still states there is a 2 year stop for them to fish here... Check here
Figures released by the Swan River Trust show more than 6.3 tonnes of general refuse and five tonnes of timber and rubble were collected from the Swan River in the past 12 months.
Trust officers also retrieved 125 large items, including chairs and tyres, from the Swan Canning Riverpark.
Environment Minister Bill Marmion has described the littering as "inexplicable" and urged the public to stop dropping rubbish in and around Perth's rivers.
"Most disturbing is the mass of plastic bags and fishing line that continues to be found, despite people knowing the terrible impacts these items have on river wildlife from pelicans to dolphins," he said.
Perth Green Drinks is delighted to host the Lord Mayors of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, and Fremantle, Brad Pettitt, for an evening of information on how Western Australia’s most important cities are dealing with sustainability issues.
Where: Central Institute of Technology - East Perth Campus
Gound Floor - 140 Royal St, East Perth
When: Wednesday, 10 October, 5:45 (for a 6pm start) - 8pm
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3 Sep 2012
Time: 1pm - 4pm (tours depart every 30 minutes)
Where: Brockway Waste Transfer Station
Cnr Brockway Road & Lemnos Street
Find out what happens to your waste after the bin is collected.
See the world's first DiCOM Waste Processing System under construction.
Find out what WMRC is doing to ensure the western suburbs has a sustainable waste solution for the next 20 years.
There are limited numbers per tour so bookings are essential to 9384 4003 or email@example.com.
Click here for information on parking, clothing requirements and meeting point.