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Queensland land-clearing plan gets go-ahead

Queensland land-clearing plan gets go-ahead | Geography | Scoop.it
A controversial plan to allow Queensland farmers to clear their own land as they see fit is a rubber stamp from reality.

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Alouise Somera's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:43 AM

An article about how Australian land rich with vegetation is being cleared for further agricultural developments.

An ecological dimension is how people are reacting with the environment, as seen through the fact that humanity is slowly decimating the remaining natural environment in favour of developments which will benefit soley mankind.

A spatial dimension is where the issue exists, it being in Queensland's forest areas.

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Water management a disgrace, says Henry

Water management a disgrace, says Henry | Geography | Scoop.it
Australia's record on water management has been a disgrace, Treasury secretary Ken Henry says in a scathing critique of the nation's environmental bungles.

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Alouise Somera's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:02 PM

Water management in Australia has been poorly-handled, resulting in severe environmental repurcussions such as the loss of species, water resources and hardwood forests.

An ecological dimension would be how people are responding to this issue, as the majority of the Australian public remain ignorant or oblivious to the true impact of such an urgent and pressing environmental issue.

A spatial dimension would be the scale of this issue, being nation-wide and rather enormous as it has eradicated entire species, hardwood forests as well as destroyed valuable water resources.

Bernadette Bell's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:02 PM

This article is about the poor waste management within Australia

Hannah Rizzo's curator insight, July 28, 2013 6:13 PM

This article discusses water management within Australia, which has been dealt with inaadequatley and resulted in massive environmental destruction, due to practices such as fishing, farming, hunting and forestry. The issues discussed in this article reflect both the ecological and spatial dimensions of Australian water management, and highlight society's tendency to ignore problems such as these often until it's too late.  

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Urban growth takes heavy toll on native animals

Urban growth takes heavy toll on native animals | Geography | Scoop.it
Eight koalas have been hit by cars in the past month near the town of Gisborne, 10 kilometres north-west of the Melbourne boundary.

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Alouise Somera's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:51 PM

This article explains how urban growth has had an impact on Australia's fauna. With the increase of urban growth and hence a rise in vehicles on the road, many animals such as koalas have become roadkill victims or severely injured.

An ecological dimension explored in this article is the ecological impacts of humans, which can be seen in how humans and their vehicles have increased the number of injuries and casualties in Australian fauna.

A spatial dimension is how the issue varies from place to place. The suffering and number of accidents involving Australian fauna will only increase with the increase of urban growth or where cars specifically tend to drive through.

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Scientists demand urgent action on reef mine plans

Scientists demand urgent action on reef mine plans | Geography | Scoop.it
Australia's leading marine scientists demand governments take better care of the Great Barrier Reef just weeks from key UN meeting considering impacts of proposed coal and gas development at the world heritage site.

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Spatial dimension: Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Currently, tourism in the Great Barrier Reef generates $4.228 billion in Australia- a major money source to the Australian economy. With this however, over the past few years, tourism has also led to the damage of the reefs. 

"The Australian government adopted a water quality target which revolved around 'reducing human-cause imputs into the world Heritage Area of silt, nutrients, toxic pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic pollutants to as close to zero as possible.."

Scientists are demanding action with an increase to damage in the reefs. Being home to many unique biophysical processes, it is vital that action takes place to preserve these endangered and precious species.

[http://www.greatbarrierreef.org/tourism_overview.php]

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Clodagh Byrne's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:42 AM

I agress with Australia's leading marine scientists, believing that governments need to take better care of the Great Barrier Reef. It is important that they consider the impacts of coal and gas developments at this world heritage site.


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Sandbag strategy leaves beach's future living on the edge

Sandbag strategy leaves beach's future living on the edge | Geography | Scoop.it
Emergency work to prevent further coastal erosion at the northern NSW town of Kingscliff has been stalled by red tape.

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Bernadette Bell's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:51 PM

This article is about homes having to place sandbags in order to stop erosion 

Alouise Somera's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:07 PM

Erosion problems concerning a NSW coast have resulted in emergency methods used to temporarily rectify the situation.

An ecological dimension would be the way people are responding to this issue, seeking a temporary solution to this problem by using sandbags to combat erosion.

A spatial dimension is why the issue exists in such a location. Erosion exists specifically in coastal areas as besides typical natural processes such as storm events eroding the coast, sped-up climate change has resulted in rising sea levels which cause such erosion.

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Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches

Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches | Geography | Scoop.it
CSIRO survey highlights the proliferation of debris.

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Alouise Somera's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:46 PM

This article highlights the amount of waste and rubbish that ends up in natural areas such as Australia's beaches.

An ecological dimension is how people interact with the environment. In this article, it is clear that humans are clearly mistreating the environment, carelessly resporting to dumping their rubbish in the natural environment.

A spatial dimension is what is the scale of the issue. The scale of this issue is rather large as it exists almost everywhere.

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Air quality in Sydney breaches safe levels 19 times

Air quality in Sydney breaches safe levels 19 times | Geography | Scoop.it
Sydneysiders endured 37 days of high air pollution last year, with air quality breaching national standards on 19 days, says the NSW opposition.

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Spatial dimension: Sydney Australia.

Last year, the Sydney air quality breached the national standards, with over 30 days of high air pollution. 

"Air quality was a major environmental and health issue in the Sydney Basin, with experts putting the cost to human health at more than $4.7 billion each year."

Many biophysical processes have been disturbed by this increase in air pollution in sydney, including that of crane flies (etc) , as well as contributing to global warning. Not only have wildlife been impacted by this air pollution, but human health is put at risk by an estimated $4.7 billion a year.

There needs to be some governmnent action to make sure that air quality levels are maintained under the National Air Quality Standards. 

[http://environment.nationalgeographic.com.au/environment/global-warming/pollution-overview/]

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Clodagh Byrne's curator insight, July 17, 2013 7:57 PM

I was very interested to find Sydney's record as the city with the dirtiest air in Australia, increased last year. I belive this record will continue to expand on a yearly basis.

Sarah's comment, July 26, 2013 9:56 PM
Sydney's air quality has breached national standards has boosted our state's status as having one of the dirtiest air in our Country. (Far more dirtier than Western Australia) The Ecological Dimension for this case is the continual pollution of fossil fuels and the spatial dimension is occurring in Sydney Australia
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Mojave Mirrors: World's Largest Solar Energy Ready to Shine

Mojave Mirrors: World's Largest Solar Energy Ready to Shine | Geography | Scoop.it
Ivanpah, the world's largest solar thermal plant, is to begin generating power this summer. Challenges included relocating a population of endangered desert tortoises.
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Spatial dimension: Ivanpah Desert, California.

There are many advantages to the use of solar energy. Being a natural source of energy from the sun, solar energy can be harnessed and generated for electrical uses such as powering domestic aplliances; as well as on a larger scale, it can be used to fuel companies. Solar energy may also be used as a source of heat energy and is often used in today's world to heat pools and homes.

Although solar energy has many advantages which make it a clean and affordable energy source, large areas of land are needed to set up solar thermal plants. Solar thermal plants are stations covered in solar technology which harness and power solar energy to various parts of the world. The negative side to this is that natural habitats to various animals and plants are destroyed to make room to build these solar thermal plant stations. 

Currently, the government is looking at building "the World's largest" solar thermal plant station in Ivanpah which would mean that the home of many species would be lost. In particular, the already dangered desert tortoise will be forced to relocate which might result in extinction. Therefore, the biophysical processes of the desert tortoise will be disturbed [see image below of the desert tortoise]. 

[http://rateeveryanimal.com/2011/11/10/desert-tortoise/]

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