Photos taken by Tannon.

 

The snake had been resting in this spot for a week before my visitors arrived. Both Dion and Tannon were not fazed at having to step over it every morning.

But on the third morning the snake pooped and weeed right in the corner of the door to then leave in disgust at having all of us stomping around.

It reappeared yesterday but as more visitors are due I will myself remove it to the gardens.

Too late some say so just keep digging and cutting down or poisoning.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/global-embarrassment-critics-deride-plan-to-stop-plant-and-animal-extinctions-20180119-h0ld7g.html

And more hot air from Davos.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/20/davos-2018-wef-hottest-topics-climate-change-harassment-donald-trump

 

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Sun bathing every morning.

Please consider signing the below petition.

https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/speak-australian-chickens?id=K0118E75

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When will we ever learn?

On Christmas Day farmers around Walgett in north-west New South Wales noticed their infant cotton plants had begun to wither. Leaves began to curl and die, killing some plants and stressing others.

Within days, it was clear Walgett was facing a serious incident that had affected nearly 6,000 hectares (60 sq km) of cotton farms reaching as far as Burren Junction, and Rowena.

The culprit is believed to be a giant plume of 2-4,D, a pesticide that is used to kill broadleaf weeds in fallow fields and in some cereal crops. A few days earlier it had rained, which prompts the weeds to sprout and farmers began spraying – though who is responsible for the 2-4,D plume remains a mystery.

Herbicide 2,4-D ‘possibly’ causes cancer, World Health Organisation study finds
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The spray, possibly used at night, is believed to have been trapped in an inversion layer in the atmosphere and then drifted over the highly sensitive cotton plants.

But cotton might just be the agricultural equivalent of the canary in the coalmine. Jo Immig, coordinator at the Australian Toxics Network said the effects of pesticide drift got public attention when cotton was affected and there were financial losses, but off-target spraying was probably affecting other areas, such as bushland, national parks, waterways and population centres, without attracting the same sort of scrutiny.

“It’s not as obvious when it’s in other parts of the environment. The regulators haven’t had nearly enough concern about pesticide drift and its impacts,” she said.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/18/nsw-cotton-growers-facing-complete-crop-loss-after-alleged-pesticide-drift

Spraying along Left Bank Road, Byron shire.

What herbicides kill.

Thanks to Tannon for  the stunning photos taken here on his mobile phone.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/18/2017-was-the-hottest-year-on-record-without-el-nino-boost

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Cooler days means catch up.

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Shark nets deadly toll.

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled:
This Petition of certain citizens of New South Wales brings to the attention of the House that:
Shark nets do not provide point-to-point protection for swimmers and surfers.
Shark nets kill all types of sharks, including endangered species. Shark nets also kill turtles, dolphins, stingrays and other marine life.
The undersigned petitioners ask the NSW Government to:
Stop shark nets from being placed off the beaches of the Ballina – Byron area
Fund non-lethal methods such as shark spotting

Sign here: http://www.tamarasmith.com.au/stop_shark_nets?recruiter_id=145036

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/12/conservationists-decry-nsw-shark-net-trial-after-protected-species-caught-and-killed

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Portland. A city leading the way, listen up Australia.

A city goes ‘organic’

In early January, the City Council of Portland, Maine unanimously passed a tough ban on synthetic pesticide use in the city, leading many Portland residents to applaud their city’s new “organic” status. The ordinance comes in as one of the strongest pesticide use reduction policies in the country.
A strong city ordinance
Beginning July 1, 2019, residents and city workers of Portland won’t be using synthetic pesticides, and violators will face fines ranging from $100 to $500. The ordinance also creates an advisory committee to develop a robust campaign to educate the public and retailers about organic approaches to maintaining their lawns and gardens.
A grassroots group called Portland Protectors has been lobbying for a strict pesticide ordinance in the city for about two years, and applauds the new rules.
The ordinance includes exceptions for a minor league baseball field, a golf course and several athletic fields that will remain exempt until 2021, as well as an exemption for invasive pests.
Starting at home
Every year, U.S. homeowners apply 80 million tons of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to their lawns, and on a per-acre basis, American homeowners use 10 times more pesticides than what is used on U.S. farms. So a policy like Portland’s new ordinance, though seemingly small in scope, has the potential to create substantial benefits for the environment and human health in the community.
The organic lawn movement is taking hold across the country, and many gardeners are growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and landscapes without the use of the hazardous “cosmetic” pesticides that actually provide pesticide corporations their fastest sales growth. Find more on healthy gardening and lawn care here.

On Tuesday, California lawmakers took steps to add stricter penalties for pesticide drift violations in the state. With a 5-0 vote, members of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee moved AB 1419 forward, signaling support for the health and safety of California farmworkers and farming communities.

http://www.pesticideinfo.org/

And the campaign here aimed at Bunnings.  MITRE 1o next.

Thank you so much for your support in the campaign to get Bunnings to drop bee-killing pesticides from its shelves.
Yesterday we received some news: we heard Bunnings Warehouse had made a private decision late last year to phase out neonics (bee-killing pesticides) by the end of 2018. We’ve been working over the last 24 hrs to corroborate this.
At the time we launched the campaign, and at that the time of writing to you today, these pesticides are still on the shelf at Bunnings and it looks like they will be at least until the end of this year. Whilst we’d like to see it happen quicker, it is nonetheless great to see Bunnings take this proactive step and we thank and congratulate them for looking out for the bees.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/bunnings-to-pull-pesticide-allegedly-linked-to-bee-deaths-20180113-h0htzq.html

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Heat, humidity and the false daily weather forecast.

Heat and humidity are forcing me back under cover by 9 am.  By the time 6 pm comes I am too tired to venture out again.

Having the month off with the phone lines down, I realize it was a very good change. Now caught up again in the news cycle and with the temperature soaring, to read of our governments failure and inability to adapt, I fear an even hotter summer from here on into the future.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/climate-change-josh-frydenberg-concedes-australias-carbon-emissions-rose-in-2017-20180111-h0gmtp.html

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