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Wind energy in Australia is now cheaper than energy from new coal

Wind energy in Australia is now cheaper than energy from new coal | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Unsubsidised renewable energy is now cheaper than electricity from new-build coal- and gas-fired power stations in Australia.
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Making the switch from coal and gas to wind energy is not an easy task. Many people claim that green energy is to expensive, and not worth the switch. the price of wind energy is currently $80/MWh whereas a new coal plant costs $143/MWh and a gasplant costs $116/MWh. Wind energy is cheaper than traditional means of energy generation. This new shift is because of carbon taxes. Making green energy the cheapest alternative will help preserve the environment for generations to come.

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New species found in 'last frontier'

New species found in 'last frontier' | Australian environment | Scoop.it
New species of barnacle and crab, corals never before seen in Australian waters and sponges containing chemicals that can be used to make cancer drugs have been uncovered during a marine survey of the Kimberley.
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Australia has many creatures not found anywhere else in the world. A new species of sponge has been discovered that has tthe potential to cure cancer. On the trip, so many new species were discovered that they could not all be nemed.

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Minke whale 'harpooned in Australian waters' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Minke whale 'harpooned in Australian waters' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Australian environment | Scoop.it
The alleged killing of a whale in Australian waters has led to a dangerous confrontation between Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd activists.
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A minke whale as killed in Australian waters by Japanese whalers. Whaling is illegal in Australian waters and when the Sea Shepherds confronted the Japanese whaling ship the were nearly rammed. The Australian government says there is nothing more they can do about illegal whaling. The Australian government has gone to international court to fight back against whaling, but ehy don;t feel like there is anything more that can be done. 

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Plague of pests to follow Australian floods

Plague of pests to follow Australian floods | Australian environment | Scoop.it
AFTER crippling bushfires and an epic flood, a plague of disease-infested vermin and insects is threatening a cruel end to a disastrous Australian summer.
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Australian Firefighters Battle Brushfires and Serial Arsonists - weather.com

Australian Firefighters Battle Brushfires and Serial Arsonists - weather.com | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Australia's heat is only half the story of wildfire season -- some fires are intentionally started by
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In addition to the fores started by natural causes, arsonists are adding to the problem. At least nine percent of the fires are intentionally started, though it is believed to be more. The record high temperatures are not the only thing causing danger to the citizens of Australia. "Firebugs" are a major problem as well.

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Native fish have outsmarted cane toads

Native fish have outsmarted cane toads | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Crimson spotted rainbow fish have learned to avoid toxic cane-toad tadpoles, new research has revealed.
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The toxic cane toads have been devastating the Australian environment since their introduction in 1935. The native fish species eat tadpoles as one of their major sources of nutrition. Cane tadpoles are toxic, but the fish that live near their spawning sites have learned to avoid them. Scientists have been experimenting of fish that have experience with cane toads and thoe who don't. The native fish have been able to survive the cane toad invasion by learning which foods are toxic. 

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The protected pest: deer in Australia

The protected pest: deer in Australia | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Deer are arguably the most charismatic of Australia’s invasive species.
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Deer were brougt to australia for "Asthetics." The Europeans wanted something to make them feel at home. The six species of deer have caused many problems for native Australian plants and animals. The deer are protected by law, and therefore can't be wiped out to prevent any further damage they will cause. The article states that the current deer population is only at a fraction of its potential. If there is nothing done about the deer their population is likely to spiral out of control and will probably destroy Australia as we know it. 

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2013: a critical year for the Australian environment – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

2013: a critical year for the Australian environment – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Australian environment | Scoop.it
With Australia on the brink of an extinction crisis, 2013 will be a critical year for green groups to make progress.
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Sea Shepherd Australia Thwarts Japanese Whalers | Environment News Service

Sea Shepherd Australia Thwarts Japanese Whalers | Environment News Service | Australian environment | Scoop.it
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Japan is one of the only countries to not agree to the whaling ban. They continue to hunt whales juust oulside of australian waters. The Sea Shepherds are a fleet dedicated to preventing whaling. This season, not a single whale was killed off of the coast of Australia, thanks to the shepherds. The Japanese are not allowed to enter Australian waters, and the Sea Shepherds are not supposed to go within 500 yards of a Japanese vessel. The Japanese ships break the rule about Australian waters, but if the Sea Shepherds get to close they go to court. The Sea Shepherds have been able to stop the Japanese ships from whaling in the Souther Ocean so far, but if the Japanese win in court, then the Sea Shepherds may not be able to protect the whales.

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January shatters Australian heat records

January shatters Australian heat records | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Last month was not just the hottest January on record for Australia – it was also the hottest for any month, smashing peaks that had stood since January 1932.
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Western Australia Greens Propose Solar On All Public Housing ...

Western Australia Greens Propose Solar On All Public Housing ... | Australian environment | Scoop.it
The WA Greens have unveiled a $68 million plan to install solar PV panels on all public housing homes, in what could be an interesting test of the ability of solar to gain traction as an election issue.
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The Australian Green party has propose using solar power on all public housing. it is estimated to cost sixty eighr million Australian dollars to do so. Having solar power on public housing could reduce emmissions by seventy four thousand tonnes. This would be a major benefit to the environment.  

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Environment Protection Authority finds windfarms do not produce harmful noise

Environment Protection Authority finds windfarms do not produce harmful noise | Australian environment | Scoop.it
LOW level noise produced by wind turbines has an insignificant impact on neighbouring properties and is no greater than from other sources, a report from the state's Environment Protection Authority says.
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Wind energy is a clean alternative to burning fossil fuels or natural gasses. Opponents to wind farms claimed that they would make noise. It has been determined by a study done in several areas, including rural and urban areas. two of the locations were next to wind farms. It was determined that le level of infrasound were not significant compared to those naturally produced by the environment. 

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Australian endangered species: Gilbert's Potoroo

Australian endangered species: Gilbert's Potoroo | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Gilbert’s Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) is one of four species of potoroo. It has dense grey-brown fur, paler on the underside, with furry jowls,large eyes and an almost hairless tail.
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Potoroos are a species native to Australia. There are four species, including the Gilbert's potoroo. Gilbert's Potoroos feed almost exclusively on underground fungus, more than any other animal. The species was thought to be extinct, but is recovering. there are two colonies, but they are under threat by the wildfires plaguing the continent.

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Levee holds against Grafton's record flood - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Levee holds against Grafton's record flood - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Residents relieved as the Clarence River in Grafton peaks below 8.1 metres.
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The levees are able to hld back floodwaters at 8.1 meters. More than two thousand people were evacuated in Dovedale and North Meadow. If rain continues, the levees may not be able to hold out. people are being evacuated as the flooding moves towards Lismore, but the situation is stable. 

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Between a rock and a beautiful place

Between a rock and a beautiful place | Australian environment | Scoop.it
IT'S hard to know where to look first. Above is a canopy of green, from the dark emerald of the delicate myrtle to the light lacework of giant tree ferns and the shiny, serrated leaves of the sassafras, once chewed by Aborigines as a natural...
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Mining is a major economic component in Australia. Tasmania has deposits of Tungsten, iron and copper. Conservationists tried to protect the land, but the Environment minister sided with the miners claiming that creating jobs took precedence over protecting the rainforest. The mines in Tasmania would generate hundreds of milllions of dollars and create up to a thousand jobs. All at the expense of nature and eco-tourism in the Australian territory. Environmentalists believed that granting the rainforest heritage status would create a tourism boom that would generate revenur for a longer time frame than the mine.

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Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef

Furry crabs may be healing Great Barrier Reef | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Furry crabs may be helping save the coral by stopping the spread of disease, a researcher said Tuesday.
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THe furry crabs are eating coral that has been dying of white syndrome. This slows down the spread of the disease, which is likely to allow the coral to heal. Slowing the spread of disease in the reef may help scientists find a cure andclean up shore runoff. The crabs were originally thought to be harmful to the coral, but they are not. Increased water temperature and runoff from mining and natural gasses are the actual culprit.

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Changing winds fan fires in the Grampians - ABC Western Victoria - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Changing winds fan fires in the Grampians - ABC Western Victoria - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Australian environment | Scoop.it
The communities of Woohlpooer, Glenisla, Mooralla and the Victoria Valley are on alert as changing winds fan fires in the Grampians. Bushfires are currently creating spot-fires up to the Victoria Range and towards the Grampians National Park.
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The winds are changing direction in Western Victoria. They are beginning to blow in a westward diection, moving the threat in that direction as well. The CFA and DSE are working to protect the now threatened areas.

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NASA - Wildfires During Australian Summer Intense

NASA - Wildfires During Australian Summer Intense | Australian environment | Scoop.it
In January 2013, intense bushfires blazed in Tasmania, an island south of Australia. One of the hardest hit towns was Dunalley, a fishing village on the eastern coast.
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Fires plague not only the Australian mainland, but also the island terrirory Tasmania. Nearly 80 homes have been destroyed and temperatures have skyrocketed. 

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Australia Places Aboriginal Land in Park to Bar Uranium Mining | Environment News Service

Australia Places Aboriginal Land in Park to Bar Uranium Mining | Environment News Service | Australian environment | Scoop.it
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There are nearly fourten million tonnes of uranium at Koongarra. Mining corporations want to have access to that uranium. Koongarra was excluded from the boundaries of Kakadu national park so that mining would be permissable. There are steps being taken to make Koongarra a part of Kakadu National Park to prevent the destruction of the area. Now that the area is a part of the park, thanks to efforts from Gillard's covernment and UNESCO uranium mining will never be a problem in Koongarra.

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Canberra moves to protect Great Barrier Reef heritage status

Canberra moves to protect Great Barrier Reef heritage status | Australian environment | Scoop.it
THE federal government is beefing up its protection of the Great Barrier Reef to prevent the UN from stripping it of its world heritage status.
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The environment issues we should be hearing about at this election

The environment issues we should be hearing about at this election | Australian environment | Scoop.it
The forthcoming Australian election will be a critical one for the environment.The most urgent issue is climate change.
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Per person Australia is the worst polluter in the developed world. In the upcoming election, the environment will play a major role. Climate change and temrerature increases will be a hot topic for the political parties in Australia. This article states that Australia should move away from all fossil fuel subsidies and cut pollution by thirty percent. 

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WWF: Australia in grave danger over Great Barrier Reef - Telegraph

WWF: Australia in grave danger over Great Barrier Reef  - Telegraph | Australian environment | Scoop.it
The Great Barrier Reef could be put onto UNESCO’s “danger list”, the WWF has warned, because not enough is being done to protect it.
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The Great Barrier Reef is in danger. Rising temperatures and mining have cause damage to the reef. Pressure from Asia to increase mining and to liquify natural gasses has caused many problems. The crown-of-thorns starfish has also been doing damage to the reef. UNESCO and the WorldWildlife Fund have been putting pressure on Australia to protect the reef. If the ree is wiped out then australia will lose millions of dollars a year in tourism.

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Environmental Problems in Australia

Environmental Problems in Australia | Australian environment | Scoop.it
Popular conception proposes that ecosystems are best protected when locked up and humans are kept away. In Australia, statistics indicate that a different approach is needed
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