Category Archives: Biodiversity

“One stop shop” quick environmental approvals -to “simplify” business

Humane Society International Australia (HSI) 9th October Media Release, called upon Prime Minister Turnbull to call a halt to the disastrous and seriously faltering program to hand the Commonwealth’s environment powers to the states and territories, and to remove the “one-stop-shop” Bill that would permit such devolution.  “It was the Howard Government, in which Mr Turnbull served as Environment Minister,

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Seabird numbers plummeting

A recent study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, shows that marine systems are apparently becoming gradually less able to support seabirds. The study focused on populations that scientists had monitored at least five times between 1950 and 2010, which accounted for 19 percent of the world’s seabird population, encompassing 162 species. They found the monitored (19%) portion of the

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Demand Australia Remains a Democracy. Allow Environmental Groups to Challenge Developments!

BY: Georgina B. TARGET: Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt The Australian Government wants to restrict the rights of ‘green groups’, or conservationists, to challenge mining and other developments, according to a report in The Guardian. (image: Attorney General George Brandis) Attorney General Brandis said the government would seek to repeal section 487 (2) of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act

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Growling Grass Frog growls for attention as Melbourne’s growth corridors threaten annihilation

By Sheila Newman, reprinted from Candobetter.net website. This scientific study into the endangered Growling Grass Frog was released overnight and looks at how the genetic diversity of the frog is being negatively impacted by the rapid urbanisation of Melbourne’s fringe. They were once very abundant in Victoria (so abundant that they used to feed them to the snakes the Melbourne

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Save, Protect and Rezone Tootgarook Swamp on the Mornington Peninsula

Petition: We call on levels of government Local, State and Federal and their departments as well as Melbourne Water. The Tootgarook Swamp is the largest example left of an Shallow freshwater marsh in the Port Philip bay region, at 381 hectares it is worthy of international Ramsar protection. Much of the Tootgarook swamp is inappropriately zoned as residential, and industrial

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The species that defeated the Carmichael coal mine

The Abbott government is pushing its plan to change environment laws after so-called “vigilante litigation” overturned the massive Carmichael coal mine. The plan was defeated because the Federal court found Environment Minister Greg Hunt had not properly considered advice about two threatened species, the yakka skink and the ornamental snake. The law requires that the Minister consider these conservation advices

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