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No threat to farm land: just 1,200 square kilometres can fulfil Australia’s solar and wind energy needs

No threat to farm land: just 1,200 square kilometres can fulfil Australia’s solar and wind energy needs

From The Conversation (29/4/24)… No threat to farm land: just 1,200 square kilometres can fulfil Australia’s solar and wind energy needs As Australia’s rapid renewable energy rollout continues, so too does debate over land use. Nationals Leader David Littleproud, for example, claimed regional areas had reached…

Why are fish still dying in the Darling River at Menindee — and what can we do to prevent it?

Why are fish still dying in the Darling River at Menindee — and what can we do to prevent it?

From ABC News (30/4/24)…   Why are fish still dying in the Darling River at Menindee — and what can we do to prevent it? Over the past few months, the Darling River near Menindee has, once again, been strewn with the rotting remains of…

Alan Kohler: Australia’s future rests on net-zero promises and a global carbon price

Alan Kohler: Australia’s future rests on net-zero promises and a global carbon price

From The New Daily (28/4/24)…   Alan Kohler: Australia’s future rests on net-zero promises and a global carbon price Last week I poured cold H2O on the prospects of hydrogen becoming a good business because it costs $7 to 10 per kilogram to make and…

Native bats should be celebrated like other Australian wildlife, ecologist says

Native bats should be celebrated like other Australian wildlife, ecologist says

From ABC News (28/4/24)…   Native bats should be celebrated like other Australian wildlife, ecologist says Australia is famous for wildlife from furry marsupials to scaly lizards and deadly spiders, but a scientist says our native bats are not getting the love or admiration they…

Sugar gums have a reputation as risky branch-droppers but they’re important to bees, parrots and possums

Sugar gums have a reputation as risky branch-droppers but they’re important to bees, parrots and possums

From The Conversation (25/4/24)…   Sugar gums have a reputation as risky branch-droppers but they’re important to bees, parrots and possums I had the good fortune to care for the sugar gum at The University of Melbourne’s Burnley Gardens in Victoria where I worked for many…

Experts weigh in on Murray-Darling Basin plans

Experts weigh in on Murray-Darling Basin plans

From Cosmos (24/4/24)… Experts weigh in on Murray-Darling Basin plans One of Australia’s leading science academies is calling for an overhaul of the Murray Darling Basin’s governance system as part of a 50-year vision for Australia’s largest water region. The basin, which extends over a…

Action! Critical hollow-bearing trees on chopping block

Action! Critical hollow-bearing trees on chopping block

From Victoria National Parks Association (24/4/24)…   Action! Critical hollow-bearing trees on chopping block Today, citizen scientists discovered an old hollow-bearing tree on the forest floor. It was destroyed by Forest Fire Management Victoria. Where? In the Yarra Ranges National Park. And this is just…

Pine Ave Dog Park Friends Group April Working Bee

Pine Ave Dog Park Friends Group April Working Bee

Pine Ave Dog Park Friends Group April Working Bee Thank you for a great days work today we managed to do a lot and finish before the rain so we were fortunate. Today’s tasks covered were continuing removal and spot poisoning of the desert ash…

Protect a piece of the Western Port Woodlands puzzle

Protect a piece of the Western Port Woodlands puzzle

From Victoria National Parks Association (19/4/24)… Protect a piece of the Western Port Woodlands puzzle Remember the news in January about protecting an important piece of the Western Port Woodlands puzzle? It’s on the market right now – we need to let the Environment Minister…

Some interesting titbits about wombats

Some interesting titbits about wombats

From ABC News…  Some interesting titbits about wombats How fast does a wombat really run? An investigation into the 40 kph phenomenon Did you ever hear the animal “fact” that a wombat could beat the world’s fastest human, Usain Bolt, in a footrace? Bolt’s world…