A selection of items of interest from other sources
Blue Mountains Koala Project
Help save our most treasured national icon
Science for Wildlife is working to find and map our koala populations in order to conserve them. Following the 2013 bushfires in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, koalas were spotted in parts of the Mountains in which they had not been seen for decades.
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ENDANGERED SPECIES IN NEWNES PLATEAU SWAMPLAND UNDER PRESSURE
Pressure is mounting on the rare swamp habitats and endangered animals of the Newnes Plateau in central western New South Wales, two ecologists say. Swamps in the area are home to the endangered Blue Mountains Skink and the Giant Dragonfly ... MORE
Sniffer dogs detect noxious weeds threatening Kosciuszko National Park
Highly trained sniffer dogs have been successfully used for the first time in Australia to detect a noxious weed that poses a threat to the environment and agriculture.... MORE
SPRINGVALE MINE EXPANSION MAY 'DRAIN SWAMP'
A hydrogeology report obtained by the ABC has raised serious concerns about the environmental impact of the expansion of the Springvale colliery near Lithgow
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EARTH HAS THREE TRILLION TREES AND FALLING
Calculations revealed that of all the factors impacting tree numbers, human activity had by far the biggest effect, largely through deforestation and land-use change.
There has been in total a 46-percent drop in tree numbers since humans began to clear land to plant seeds, the study found. ... MORE
NUMBER OF BUSHFIRES PER WEEK IN AUSTRALIA
'increased by 40 per cent' between 2008 and 2013
[image © Jim Low - Mount Riverview 2013]
The number of bushfires per week in Australia increased by 40 per cent between 2008 and 2013, according to a new study, but experts say it is too early to link this to climate change
NOISE A NEW THREAT TO WILDLIFE
In the light of our Badgery's Creek Airport Campaign, the following study is of interest.
A leading James Cook University scientist is calling attention to the disturbing impact of road noise on wildlife.
JCU's Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate Fellow Bill Laurance said a new paper by US researchers in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA had disturbing implications. The researchers from Boise State University strung loudspeakers along half a kilometre of untouched Idaho forest and played noise at the level found on a suburban street.
They discovered bird abundance decreased 31 percent compared to a similar area without traffic noise and the condition of the birds remaining decreased significantly. The investigators said birds never became accustomed to road noise.
Professor Laurance said the phantom-road study suggests that the rapidly expanding footprint of roads and other structures may be degrading habitats for noise-sensitive species.
"Species such as cassowaries that use low-frequency sound for communication may be especially vulnerable, with roads blocking or impeding their calls," he said.
Professor Laurance said research showed even small dirt tracks reduced the abundance of bird species nearby, with major highways sometimes completely clearing areas of birdlife.
"Infrastructure is expanding at the fastest rate in human history. It's already established that roads bring hunting, encroachment, wildfires and land speculation to forests and produce road kill and pollution. The new study again emphasizes the need to limit new roads in protected areas and ameliorate road noise from existing highways."
Professor Laurance said there was no reason to think the findings would not also apply at sea and in the air. He said marine life may be disturbed by shipping lanes and high-intensity sonar, and birdlife distressed by aircraft noise and wind farms.
PROTECT OUR WORLD HERITAGE RIVERS FROM COAL POLLUTION
The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has organised a protest event
Tuesday, August 25 at 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Outside the BT Tower, Corner of Kent and Market Streets, Sydney CBD
The Coxs River flows in to Lake Burragorang, Sydney's main source of water, and yet Centennial Coal wants to expand their polluting Springvale coal mine right in the heart of this magnificent area. Join us out the front of Centennial Coal's office to show you don't support their dirty mine.
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PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION CLOSED
Gardens of Stone: In Focus
The Gardens of Stone IN Focus photographic competition has closed. Almost 500 photos have been uploaded to the competition site. This is a HUGE show of support for this unique area. You will able to view all the photo entries shortly through the Gardens of Stone In Focus page of Colong Foundation's website.
The Gardens of Stone Alliance commissioned this special photographic competition to bring attention to an unprotected region on the western side of the Blue Mountains with superlative natural beauty. More people have been introduced to Gardens of Stone through the competition. A public exhibition of the photos is planned for later this year including a venue in the Blue Mountains.
Remember the Society includes walks in the Gardens of Stone in its regular walks program.
Ben Bullen State Forest [© Ian Brown]
AGL Ditches Sydney CSG Permit, but sticks with Gloucester projectPEL2 is being cancelled - here's the story in the Sydney Morning Herald