Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on Thursday deployed their mother-daughter star power to help the effort to save African elephants, brokering an $80m effort to stop the ivory poaching which threatens the animals with extinction..
Tony Abbott’s Great Barrier Reef policy, reported on today, completely ignores the impacts of mining industrialisation, just like Kevin Rudd’s does, say the Australian Greens.
“Tony Abbott has joined Kevin Rudd today with a toothless Great Barrier Reef policy that does nothing to stand in the way of the reef being turned into a dumping ground for dredge spoil and a shipping super highway for the big mining companies,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“Only the Greens are taking heed of UNESCO’s warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be added to the international list of World Heritage sites in danger by next year if the reef continues to be industrialised at such an alarming rate.
“The Greens are standing up to the big mining companies with a plan to stop new dredging and offshore dumping of dredge spoil in this World Heritage Area and put an end to damaging port expansions like Abbot Point.
“While we agree that funding for crown of thorns eradication is needed, the problem will only be exacerbated by the continued mass dumping of dredge spoil which lowers water quality, creating ideal conditions for this invasive species.
“The Greens have a comprehensive $176 million Great Barrier Reef package, which includes increased funding for the Reef Rescue program, which supports farmers improving the water quality of their runoff to the reef, and an extra $20 million a year for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to properly resource its important research, regulatory compliance and community engagement.
“We are also committing $16 million for long-term reef planning to set clear no-go zones for destructive development.
“While Tony Abbott wants to hand federal approval powers for developments that impact on nationally significant environmental assets, like the Great Barrier Reef, over to state governments, the Greens long-term reef plan will ensure Campbell Newman is not given total responsibility for the Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Waters said.
Making Europe a wilder place. With much more space for wildlife, wilderness and wild values. Bringing the variety of life back to Europe's abandoned lands and exploring new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.
(CANADA) Photographer Paul Nicklen has captured images of the extremely rare Kermode "Spirit" bear in a British Columbia forest. A subspecies of the American black bear, the population is believed to only be around a few hundred.
Following a legal battle about whether or not to remove a group of orca whales from the endangered species list, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced they will be keeping their protection.
Its Day 3 of our Tarkine Vigil 'Bear Witness'. Trucks, bulldozers and equipment move into the site every morning. We invite the workers for a cup of tea and cake so that we can share with them what the Tarkine means to us and the reasons it needs to be protected. So far we have had chats with the media and the police. We love the Tarkine and shall continue on until it is protected.
In the latest move by Costa Rican officials to protect the counties waters and wildlife, the Costa Rican Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) has declared shrimp trawling unconstitutional in Costa Rican Waters.
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