FROM Brisbane’s Federal Court.
The court has found that under our current laws, Minister Hunt’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine will stand.
It’s madness that the government can legally approve the biggest coal mine in Australia’s history when pollution is killing our reef.
Since this mine was approved, global warming has fuelled the worst coral bleaching on record. If we don’t cut pollution, the Great Barrier Reef could be gone in just a few decades.
This isn’t over. We won’t give up until this mine is stopped once and for all.
All over the country, at this critical moment, we’re sending our new government a strong message – Australians want a healthy reef, not more polluting coal.
Will you call your local MP and tell them you want Adani’s mine rejected and strong new laws to protect our reef? If MPs all over the country raise this issue in Parliament, our voices can’t be ignored
With the unexpected 150 plus mls of rain, frogs have spawned in the pond I had begun to dredge.
I think this is a Rough-scaled Snake. On the track and reared upon sight of me. Venomous and capable of inflicting a fatal bite. It looks in good condition. Feeds on frogs and small mammals, even birds.
Site below, where coral trees have been poisoned, in need of some serious erosion control.
Letter from America.
Dear Secretary Vilsack and Administrator McCarthy,
I am very concerned about the broken decisionmaking process your agencies are using to approve new genetically engineered (GE) crops and their associated pesticide formulations. Last year’s approval of Monsanto’s “Xtend” soy and cotton seeds (engineered for use with glyphosate and the herbicide dicamba) is just one example of real-world impacts — like damage from herbicide drift — not being fully taken into account.
As was predicted by USDA’s own data, Xtend crops are driving up the use of drift-prone dicamba. The threat of crop damage for specialty crop farmers in the Midwest is very real, and in the first growing season we’re already hearing reports of dicamba-related crop damage from farmers in Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri.
Monsanto says they’ve reformulated dicamba to be less drift prone — but that formulation is still awaiting EPA approval. Even when it is available, there’s no guarantee that the older, cheaper and more damaging version of the chemical won’t continue being used in the field.
The decision to approve dicamba-resistant crops reflects your agencies’ fragmented, incomplete framework to assess on-the-ground impacts of GE crops and their related pesticides. Neither agency currently considers potential crop damage, and no one is asking the most important question of all: Why would we put a product on the market that will make the superweed problem worse, rather than solve it?
We need a regulatory system — and Coordinated Framework — that takes a rigorous approach to pesticides and GE crops that values small farmers and rural communities, and stands strong in the face of corporate pressure.
Thank you for your consideration,
Dicamba is in use here.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 27th of August, from 9am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. We will be working on the first patch of Bitou Bush along the beach before the horse track, 150 m down South from the surf club.
Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided
On Wednesday the 7th of September, a new Green Army Team, under the supervision of John McVicar, from Envite, will start at our site. The last team under John’s supervision was fantastic and very enthusiastic about chemical free bush regeneration. I will give the new group a tour and a talk about our work. They will offer us 4-5 visits that will be shared between our Brunswick Heads site and a new chemical-free site at Ocean Shores we will start this spring.
All are welcome to join in and help me with the training and we hope to plant some healthy seeds on land management.
And more visits: on Monday 17th October, a group of international students from Long Island University Global (New York) – Australian Program will be visiting our Brunswick Heads site. This the third year that they have visited us, each time it is with a different group of students. They are based in Byron Bay and do this field day with their lecturer, Dr. Zann Hammerton, as part of their course on Climate Change and Coastal Ecology in the Asia-Pacific. I will offer them the same content we offer the Green Army group: a site tour, a talk on sustainable weed management and show them the strategies and techniques that we use to control Bitou Bush and manage other coastal issues.
Unexpected heavy rain. Feels more like our later wet season with the gauge over flowing by mid day. Just hope I have a break from another tree falling onto the incoming utility lines.
Another sign appeared at the turn off. All candidates running for Council positions are being asked to state their positions on Shire herbicide use.
Just intrigued at the grey hound debate in NSW.
Totally in support for exposing cruelty humans inflict on animals but with battery hen’s living conditions and the density of hens kept in the open here in NSW it just sounds like another popular response.
What is the difference?
Observe hens living in a natural environment and you will see that they are not as silly as most people think.