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Letting Closed Coastal lakes and Estuaries Open to the Sea Naturally

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wayne Thorpe uses 'Indigenous storytelling' to tell a story of how Bung Yarnda (aka Lake Tyres) and other coastal tidal estuaries, work. It is a very important story because it applies to all estuaries and the Indigenous style of telling a story of Bung Yarnda brings the environment to life for adults and children.  Like all Indigenous stories it has layers, other stories within it reflecting the layers of history and the national history of Bung Yarnda.

Half the world’s ecosystems at risk from habitat loss, and Australia is one of the worst

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Habitat loss is the most insidious of all threats facing land-living wildlife, and protected areas like national parks are one of the best ways to combat the destruction. But in research published recently in Conversation Letters, we show that in some places the pace of protected areas isn’t keeping up with the losses.

We found that since 1992, an area of natural habitat two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use (such as farms, logging or cities). Half of the world’s land area is now dominated by humans.

Victorian forests worth more as national park than timber

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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This ANU report proves the logging industry is worth 1/70th what the forests produce in water value.

Professor David Lindenmayer said plainly "This is really dumb economics..." Logging in the central highlands generated a tiny $29 per hectare of additional net economic activity in 2013-14. That compares to a $2,023 per hectare contribution to the state's water supply, a $2,667 per hectare contribution to agriculture and $353 per hectare from tourism.

The analysis also found the value of carbon sequestration was potentially greater than the value of logging. Based on a carbon price of $12.25 - which was the average price paid by the Commonwealth in its second direct action emissions fund auction - it estimated carbon storage could generated about $38 per hectare per year.

We all live downstream – it’s time to restore our freshwater ecosystems

Monday, May 9, 2016

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In East Gippsland our freshwater ecosystems are threatened by clearfelling in most catchments, by industrial and agricultural pollution and excess nutrients, fire fighting chemicals broadcast over large areas, all of which end up in the Lakes system that is also threatened by deepening of the entrance at Lakes Entrance. This is changing a brackish-freshwater system to a marine system, killing of the unique suite of species that evolved in these Lakes. The fact that in East Gippsland we are still seeing new species of fish and crays discovered shows how little we know what is in the water, let alone how it all works. [Ed]

Moo-ve along: livestock are one of many threats to Australian freshwater ecosystems. Mick Stanic/Flickr,

Freshwater covers a tiny area of the planet’s surface, but is vital for our economies, environment and, of course, our survival. Yet freshwater is also among the most threatened ecosystems, where wildlife has declined faster than in the oceans or on land.

Victoria the promised (mining) land

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mining in Australia is a rogue industry that feels it can ride roughshod over the people of regional Australia. The Australian mining industry has sold out their own nation, they have picked clean the easy to get mineral deposits, they have destroyed communities and environment and have pilfered away and sent offshore the wealth of all Australians.

Toxin found in Gippsland Lakes prompts shellfish warning from Victorian Health Department

Monday, February 8, 2016

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People have been warned not to eat or take mussels and other shellfish from Victoria's Gippsland Lakes region, as health authorities test for a rare, potentially fatal toxin.

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