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Endangered species: what makes the list?

Endangered species: what makes the list? | this curious life | Scoop.it

'In 1999, Robert Hill’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC Act) was enacted. One of its hard-fought provisions was that threatened species (and ecological communities) had to be considered as part of any development. Attached to the Act was a list of the species to be considered.

 

This original EPBC list was inherited from the former Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council. The Council created an amalgam of lists from the states and territories. Each list had a different level of skill and thoroughness in its making, and degree of sensitivity to local politics and special pleading.

 

Since then it has been managed by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, a group of eminent biologists from around the country with expertise in different animal and plant groups. They advise the minister on what should be listed and what not.

 

However, though the committee has put in long hours, it is a cumbersome process, dependent in large part on ad hoc public submissions. Changes since the original composition of the list have been few compared to the number needed. There are still errors from the original list that fail to reflect real extinction risk.

 

The result is that the EPBC list looks quite different to the lists of Australian threatened species developed under the guidelines of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Yet the IUCN Red List guidelines, refined over a 50 year period and applied globally, differ little from the criteria used for EPBC listing.............'

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Researchers document world-first fire tornado - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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The world's first confirmed case of a fire tornado has been documented by Canberra researchers, using evidence collected from the devastating 2003 Canberra bushfires.
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What are the future megatrends all Australians need to know about?

What are the future megatrends all Australians need to know about? | this curious life | Scoop.it

If hindsight is such a wonderful thing, surely foresight would be better.  CSIRO identifies 6 future megatrends:

 

The megatrends are:

 

“More from Less” – the decline in resource availability while demand is increasing;

“Going going gone” which addresses the risk of biodiversity loss due to human activity;

“The silk highway” meaning the world’s economic centre is shifting to Asia;

“Forever young” where the ageing population is both an asset and a challenge;

“Virtually here”; the impact of increased digital connectivity; and

“Great expectations”, reflecting the human desire for more intense personal experiences.

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Doctor from 'Dickensian' hostel suspended - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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A doctor who treated boarding house residents where six mentally ill residents died is suspended, leaving authorities scrambling for replacement services.

 

Appalling medical 'care' and double standards for rights of tenants with mental illnesses may now be addressed after too many deaths................

 

'Licensed boarding houses are private businesses that run for a profit and accommodate people with disabilities who choose their own medical practitioners, except those under guardianship.

 

A Background Briefing program on RN in June heard that there had been 20 complaints to the department about the boarding house but it was local police officers - not the department - who went to the coroner.

 

Five of the six residents who died at 300 Hostel were Dr Reitberger's patients.

 

'[The Coroner] Ms Jerram recommended the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists review the deaths and the use of multiple anti-psychotics to establish protocols for prescription and monitoring the general health of patients.

 

But when contacted for comment, the college did not know of the inquest or its recommendation.'

 

 

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We love to hate the common myna, but what should we do about it?

We love to hate the common myna, but what should we do about it? | this curious life | Scoop.it
In Australia we are all too familiar with devastating environmental impacts of introduced species such as foxes, rabbits and cane toads.

 

'In 2005 the Australian community voted the common myna as the top “pest problem that needs more control”. They were more worried about mynas than cane toads, foxes, feral cats and rabbits. Many scientists, on the other hand, question the seriousness of myna impact and the type of management (if any) that is warranted.'

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Nowhere Else a steal for tourists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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A road sign to Nowhere Else is a frequent target for thieves and souvenir hunters and proving costly to replace.
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First map of Australia's twittersphere | Australian Policy Online

First map of Australia's twittersphere | Australian Policy Online | this curious life | Scoop.it

'The map reveals clusters of interest in the ‘Twittersphere’ – the part of the estimated two million Aussies using Twitter – around major themes such as politics, the arts, sport, food, agriculture, rock bands, religion, real estate, business, celebrities, education and social media. It shows how strongly or weakly these interest networks interlink with one another and with the ‘Australian mainland’ in the map.'

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Media managing all the way to political oblivion - On Line Opinion - 21/5/2012

Media managing all the way to political oblivion - On Line Opinion - 21/5/2012 | this curious life | Scoop.it
Even as the contrast between left and right fades in mainstream politics, politicians continue to conduct ideological warfare.

 

'The less you stand and fight, the more ground you lose. And the mindset inwhich one makes progressively riskier and more desperate assertions of one’sown economic bona fides by promising a surplus come what may, is one in whichthe deficits funding the fiscal stimulus become something shameful, rather thanthe Government’s crowning achievement.'

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Staying Power: The enduring footprint of Australian film

'[Australian film has the] ability to tell our stories through image and sound, infused with cultural nuances, has a powerful impact on how Australians see themselves, how they see others and how others see Australians.

 

Feature films lead this charge.'

 

Patterns of screen media consumership were analysed over a five year period revealing motivation for and changing manner of consumption.

 

http://apo.org.au/research/staying-power-enduring-footprint-australian-film

 

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Global Climate Action Map

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So what countries are taking action on climate change? A new, interactive map by The Climate Institute shows who's doing what.

 

'So which countries are acting on climate change? And how does it compare to what were doing here in Australia?


The Climate Institute has just launched a new, interactive map that enables users to track and compare country actions. Check it out & spread the word!'


http://globalclimateactionmap.climateinstitute.org.au/

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Beevor joins Lateline - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Anthony Beevor, author of highly regarded histories like Stalingrad and D-Day, joins Lateline to discuss the nature of war and its costs.
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Too rich to regulate: the banks got away with it - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Too rich to regulate: the banks got away with it - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
The world's bankers have got away with the greatest two scams in history - the US Subprime Mortgage Affair and the Great Euro Periphery Heist.

 

'........leaving aside the (remote) possibility of arrests over Libor rigging and the slap on the wrist for StanChart over Iran, you'd have to say the world's bankers have got away with the greatest two scams in history, which are the US Subprime Mortgage Affair and the Great Euro Periphery Heist.

 

Not only have they not been arrested in their pyjamas, they haven't had to give back their bonuses, regulators are getting nowhere, and governments are still bailing them out with cash and cheap money.'

 

'...........Not only has there been no Ferdinand Pecora, the fierce senior counsel to the US Senate Committee on Banking and Currency in 1932 whose name went on their report, but the efforts to re-regulate them have been pathetically easy to deal with (the banks have been playing whack-a-mole with politicians) and central bankers have been keeping the insolvent banks alive with cheap money.

 

This time, you see, the banks are "too big to fail". That means they are too big to prosecute as well, by the way, since prosecution usually means failure, and they're too rich to regulate. That means bankers are above the law as well as fantastically rich and powerful.'

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Study highlights healthcare failings - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Study highlights healthcare failings - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
A landmark study has found serious shortfalls in the standard of healthcare for patients visiting GPs and local hospitals.

 

"The proportion of best practice care across these 22 conditions to Australian patients is 57 per cent; a little over half the care delivered is best practice in line with international and national evidence," he said.

Professor Braithwaite says the quality of care received by the remaining 43 per cent of patients varied significantly.

"Some care would be just a little bit out of date, maybe you're getting version two of a drug, not version three, and some care that really isn't what we would like, it's below standard," he said.

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Radhika | Dumb, Drunk & Racist | Starts Wed, 20 June at 9.30pm, ABC2

http://www.facebook.com/ABC2.au Australians get a bad rap overseas, and our stocks seem especially low in India. In fact, a sizeable chunk of India's 1.2 bil...
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A glimpse from one side of the dog fence - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A glimpse from one side of the dog fence - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
Meet Glen Coddington, the man charged with maintaining a big chunk of Australia's 5,600-kilometre-long dog fence.

 

'At 5,600 kilometres long, the dog fence is the longest barrier in the world. It begins on the Nullabor Plain near the Western Australian border, meanders through South Australia’s arid north, delineates the border between New South Wales and Western Queensland and finishes on the Darling Downs.'

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Lessons From Europe's Racist Right | newmatilda.com

Lessons From Europe's Racist Right | newmatilda.com | this curious life | Scoop.it
There are striking similarities between Anders Breivik’s manifesto and the rhetoric of Europe’s newly popular far right politicians.

 

So Anders Breivik admired John Howard's stance on immigration, multiculturalism and'border control' - who would have thunk it??

 

While drawing some long bows at times, this article highlights how fear and ignorance and misinformation makes for strange bedfellows.

 

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