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Rain Gauge overflowed.

A day of heavy rain brought down a couple of heavy branches over my  road access and overflowed the rain gauges. But this morning, as the sun tries to break through the remaining cloud, the birds are everywhere with the whip birds darting through the gardens. Finches, yellow breasted robins, honey eaters, kookaburras, currawongs, brown pigeons, wongas, satin bower birds……………..all taking advantage of the abundant insect food source.

The creeks finally getting a flushing.  I wonder where all the poisoned coral trees, which have fallen into the creek over the last 2 years, end up. I cleared a public road causeway of palm fronds blocking the pipes and my causeway of branches. I enjoy doing this chore as the water is freed and the roadways clear of running water.

This morning on the news an item that said its too late for the Great Barrier Reef due to global warming and all the pesticides we pour into the ocean won’t make any difference. What they failed to say, like the particles of plastic now turning up in fish at the fish markets, is the human made chemicals that are proven to be having a massive impact on all marine life.

If there is a chance for evolution to keep pace, its up to us to change our land practices and start to eat what is produce locally, not what is sourced globally.

As well, its about us, as individuals, to cut our energy use.

Rain soaked days mean I listen to radio more and after yesterday, hearing the politicians on energy and Australia selling most of our LPG to overseas buyers, its no wonder the average citizen wonders why we even have politicians when the actual determinations are made by a CEO of a company. Usually too, with the information of what is really happening never getting out to ordinary people.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/16/turnbull-2bn-snowy-hydro-electric-expansion

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/mar/16/jay-weatherill-gives-josh-frydenberg-a-serve-at-bizarre-media-conference-video

Fake news indeed and when the bankers rule what little hope is there for the planet’s environment.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/nz-whanganui-river-gets-legal-status-as-person-after-170-years/8358434

 

Our precious Great Barrier Reef is in crisis. Severe coral bleaching has returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland Premier should be here tackling the Reef emergency, not in India promoting a dirty new coal mine. Tell her to come home and fight for our Reef.
Donald,

For the second year in a row, severe coral bleaching has returned to our Great Barrier Reef. Surveys just released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority show severe bleaching on offshore reefs from Cairns to Ingham – threatening life on the Reef and tourism jobs.

Where is Queensland’s Premier while our Reef is in crisis? In India with Mr Adani, promoting a dirty new coal mine for Queensland. 

Our precious Great Barrier Reef is in crisis. Severe coral bleaching has returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland Premier should be here tackling the Reef emergency, not in India promoting a dirty new coal mine. Tell her to come home and fight for our Reef.

 

 

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Autumn.

 

Busy, busy, busy with the cooler weather. Garden catch up is my daily priority with the beginning of the harvest of galangal, turmeric, yacon and ginger.

Below, a waterfall still running.

water-fall

 

What a depressing week with the government about to call a DD election in July. Cynical politics and with a Banker PM and the scrutiny of the Panama papers, it could be an interesting 70 days of campaigning.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/21/panama-papers-prominent-australians-call-for-action-in-open-letter-to-turnbull

More images have been released on the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef alongside more reported clusters of Parkinson’s disease  and Alzheimer’s in heavily herbicide use farming areas.

Is it too late?

Lets hope the candidates, particularly any Green aspirants for political office, are carefully selected. Our own local Council election,  a candidate  who ran on the Green Party ticket  (Rose Wanchap) here in the Byron Shire and who deserted her elected role to the pro development side within 6 months of being elected, outraged and disappointed many Green electors.

http://gofossilfree.org.au/pfp-home

appearing-at-the-turn-off-Wilson-Creek-Road

 

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on our blue planet, and home to a vast array of marine plants and animals, including reef fish, sea turtles, sharks, hard and soft corals.

I’ve just come back from the Reef, and I was shocked at what I saw. I knew there would be bleached coral, but I had expected some patches of bleaching surrounded by mainly healthy, colourful corals.

I saw the opposite. The reef flat was a field of white coral as far as the eye could see. It was the face of climate change, and it was devastating.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on our blue planet, and home to a vast array of marine plants and animals, including reef fish, sea turtles, sharks, hard and soft corals.

Imogen Zethoven
Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director.

And with most of the coral trees poisoned along the creek banks, we are expecting a visible change in the nectar feeding strategies of many birds along the valley.

coral-flowers-providing-winter-nectar Coral tree flower with a honey eater.

Photo by Rodney .

With the odd glimmer of realistic news.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/20/energy-consortium-offers-to-buy-110-gigawatt-hours-from-renewables

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please consider.

Around the world, people are eating World Heritage shark, pulled from our Great Barrier Reef.

How is this possible?

The East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery has Australian Government approval to export 600 tonnes of shark every year from in and around our Reef.

Last year, over 70,000 sharks were caught in this fishery.

The fishery targets and kills large sharks which are highly valued for their meat and fins, including endangered species like the great and scalloped hammerhead shark.

It accidentally catches dugongs, dolphins and turtles – threatened species near the edge of extinction.

Despite operating in our World Heritage Reef, this fishery has limited monitoring and no independent observers, which are essential for a transparent, well-managed fishery.

It sounds like one of Australia’s worst fisheries. But it has our government’s approval to take sharks from the Great Barrier Reef. Our waters. Our sharks. Our Reef.

The good news is, their export licence is about to expire.

We have only days to tell the government not to give this fishery approval to export our World Heritage sharks.

Sharks are a keystone species, vital to the health of our Reef. If you think it’s unacceptable that this fishery is allowed to catch and export sharks from our Reef, have your say now.

Have your say .http://www.marineconservation.org.au/petitions.php/26/ecifff

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Great Barrier Reef NEEDS your help.

Thanks so much for sending an email to the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman thanking him for taking a step in the right direction to protect our Reef.

It’s because of people like you that I know we’ll win this.

There’s only one Great Barrier Reef. If we ruin it, we don’t get another shot.

We need the Premier to hear from as many people as possible so he hears us loud and clear: this is far from over.

Please send the email below the line to three friends and help build support for the Great Barrier Reef.

Thanks for your support,

Felicity Wishart
On behalf of the Fight for the Reef team

Hi there,

Breaking news: the Queensland Government, in response to community pressure, has taken a small step forward in management of the Great Barrier Reef.

They’ve banned dumping of dredge spoil going onto the Reef at Abbot Point.

This is a great step in the right direction, but this is far from over.

I’ve just sent Premier Newman a message to tell him that what he’s done is a welcome first step, but we’re not done yet. I want him to know that he’s not off the hook.

Will you join me and do the same? http://fightforthereef.org.au/newman-listened/

Thanks,
Donald Drinkwater

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