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Weak laws the biggest threat to threatened species?

Friday, September 2, 2016

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During National Threatened Species Week, Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) is calling on the Victorian government to deliver on its election promise to review the state’s threatened species laws and has released a report setting out how to do so.

Victorian unconventional gas exploration ban to end fracking and CSG extraction

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Key points:

  • Legislation will permanently ban development, production of all unconventional gas in Victoria
  • Moratorium on conventional gas extraction to be extended until 2020
  • Government says ban will protect Victoria's agriculture sector
The Victorian Government is introducing legislation to permanently ban exploration and development of unconventional gas in the state, including coal seam gas and fracking.

The legislation — the first of its kind in Australia — will be introduced into State Parliament later this year.

The 'ecosystem canaries' which act as warning signs of collapse

Friday, August 19, 2016

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The coal miner’s canary provided a warning of dangerous levels of toxic gases. Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian

The Earth’s biodiversity is under attack. We would need to travel back over 65 million years to find rates of species loss as high as we are witnessing today.

Conservation often focuses on the big, enigmatic animals - tigers, polar bears, whales. There are many reasons to want to save these species from extinction. But what about the vast majority of life that we barely notice? The bugs and grubs that can appear or vanish from ecosystems without any apparent impact?

Native Forest logging: we can do better than this

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Pretty much everyone is sick of the slogans used by the major parties in the election. But jobs, growth and fairness remain pertinent to the current situation in the native forests of Victoria's Central Highlands. There, the reality is that native forest logging provides few jobs; it is not a growth industry – its resource availability is shrinking. It is not fair that taxpayers have to subsidise an industry worth far less to the economy than alternative uses of the forest.

'Devastating': Dispute with farmer forces wildlife shelter to close after 30 years

Friday, July 22, 2016

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Wildlife carers say they cannot continue to nurse injured kangaroos back to health only to risk having them shot by a neighbouring farmer once they are relea

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