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Glyphosate.

War of the weedkiller: why environmentalists are concerned about moves to ban Roundup.

War of the weedkiller: why environmentalists are concerned about moves to ban Roundup

War of the weedkiller: why environmentalists are concerned about moves to ban Roundup | Environment | The Guardian

https://search.epa.gov/epasearch/?querytext=Round+Up&areaname=&areacontacts=&areasearchurl=&typeofsearch=epa&result_template=2col.ftl#/

 

The Australian Government is surrounded by leaders taking climate action. Will it step up? – ABC News

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Baking Cakes.

Christmas is coming so I have baked 6 cakes to be given as Christmas gifts,

Belinda Jeffery’s Recipe from her Mix and Bake series.

 

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Fire Flies.

Last night I watched no more than 6 fire flies darting through the trees. IN the past there has always been many more than I watched. How ever few, it was pure pleasure watching them as they darted in straight lines across the terrain.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/nov/18/neon-nights-the-living-art-of-fireflies-in-pictures

Black Cockatoo.

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Nadoc.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-14/know-her-name-women-artists-exhibit-national-gallery-australia/12882082

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/15/suing-for-climate-action-can-the-courts-save-us-from-the-black-hole-of-political-inaction

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Alarming reality.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/covid-chicken-supermarket-virus-pandemic-tesco-sainsbury-b1648358.html

 

Hens here enjoying a sun bathe.

 

After a week of rain.

 

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Sunday

 

 

 

From the guardian.

Australia risks becoming an isolated laggard in addressing the climate crisis, without obvious allies to shelter it from rising international pressure to act, as the US takes a leadership role under Joe Biden, experts say.

The president-elect has declared addressing climate change “the No 1 issue facing humanity” and promised $2tn in climate spending and policies to put the US on a path to 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net zero emissions no later than 2050.

 

Biden last week promised to rejoin the Paris agreement, which due to a quirk of timing the US officially left on the day after the election, on his first day in office and has said he would “use every tool of American foreign policy to push the rest of the world” to increase their ambition to combat the problem.

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From the Guardian.


Protecting nature is vital to escape ‘era of pandemics’ – report
Halting destruction of wild places could slow frequency of deadly outbreaks, say scientists.

The world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to a report from some of the world’s leading scientists.

The emergence of diseases such as Covid-19, bird flu and HIV from animals was entirely driven by the razing of wild places for farming and the trade in wild species, which brought people into contact with the dangerous microbes, the experts said.

“The risk of pandemics is increasing rapidly, with more than five new diseases emerging in people every year, any one of which has the potential to become pandemic,” the report says.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/29/protecting-nature-vital-pandemics-report-outbreaks-wild

 

When will our government catch up to climate reality?

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/30/centre-right-thinktank-warns-morrison-government-of-grave-future-for-coal-exports

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/30/australia-must-prepare-for-future-shaped-by-extreme-climate-bushfire-royal-commission-report-warns

This time last year the valley here was surrounded by fire. I am still not fully recovered but am relieved rain is spasmodic but regular, therefore easing the anxiety for the summer to come.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/01/born-in-the-ice-age-humankind-now-faces-the-age-of-fire-and-australia-is-on-the-frontline

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Night Cap.

This photo shows where the fires came down to my new forest a year ago.

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REWILDING.


Conservation
Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists
Restoring degraded natural lands highly effective for carbon storage and avoiding species extinctions

In the Flow Country, Scotland, restoration of the blanket bog, a vast natural carbon sink, involves removing forestry plantations
Scientists note the importance of appropriate nature restoration to enhance biodiversity and beat climate change. In the Flow Country, Scotland, above, restoration of the blanket bog, a vast natural carbon sink, involves removing forestry plantations. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent
Thu 15 Oct 2020 04.19 AEDT

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Restoring natural landscapes damaged by human exploitation can be one of the most effective and cheapest ways to combat the climate crisis while also boosting dwindling wildlife populations, a scientific study finds.

If a third of the planet’s most degraded areas were restored, and protection was thrown around areas still in good condition, that would store carbon equating to half of all human caused greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial revolution.

The changes would prevent about 70% of predicted species extinctions, according to the research, which is published in the journal Nature.

Scientists from Brazil, Australia and Europe identified scores of places around the world where such interventions would be most effective, from tropical forests to coastal wetlands and upland peat. Many of them were in developing countries, but there were hotspots on every continent.

“We were surprised by the magnitude of what we found – the huge difference that restoration can make,” said Bernardo Strassburg, of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and the lead author of the study. “Most of the priority areas are concentrated in developing countries, which can be a challenge but also means they are often more cost-effective to restore.”


Rewild a quarter of UK to fight climate crisis, campaigners urge
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Only about 1% of the finance devoted to the global climate crisis goes to nature restoration, but the study found that such “nature-based solutions” were among the cheapest ways of absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the additional benefits being the protection of wildlife.

 

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Kookaburra.

3 Kookaburras have always spent time viewing the gardens from a tree, diving down when a feed presents itself.

Last year when the fires raged in Night Cap National Park and began to creep down onto this land, the kookaburras were not to be seen or heard.

So it is with great delight when the 3  have resumed their residency here.

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