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Endangered species: what makes the list?

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'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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I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons

I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons | this curious life | Scoop.it
The dilemma in chilling new drama Force Majeure raises philosophical quandaries, but it’s not the first film to do so. Memento, Ida and It’s A Wonderful Life all address the Big Questions
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Are we in the midst of an ice epidemic? A snapshot of meth use in Australia

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Is 10% of the population really gay?

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Alfred Kinsey’s claim that 10% of adults were homosexual was flawed. But recent surveys suggest that, in terms of behaviour, his statistic may be roughly true
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Let’s talk menopause because we are failing 13 million women

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Patients with eating disorders have increased risk of autoimmune diseases

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Monsanto weed killer can 'probably' cause cancer: World Health Organization

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The truth about child soldiers - CNN.com

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EU Task Force to deal with anti-Semitism - J-Wire

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World's Largest Tree Of Life Visualizes 50,000 Species Across Time

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Nine Australian movies to watch in 2015

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The Muslim Nation which saved Jews... - J-Wire

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When a surgeon is not a surgeon

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Fukushima disaster radiation detected off Canada's coast

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Mount Sinai scientists establish link between ALS and the body's response to viral infection

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New link between neurodegenerative diseases, abnormal immune responses found

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Measuring the intangible: Impact of culture on health - The OBSSR Connector

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and America’s Long, Weird Love Affair With Cults

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Dishwashers scrub off allergy protection

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Nanomaterials - Fortune

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Nanoparticles touch nearly every Fortune 500 company and aspect of our lives. They’re in everything from snack foods to clothing to sunscreen. There’s just one problem: We know very little about what happens when they pile up in the environment—or inside us.
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Like respiratory disease in 18th Century industrial revolution mill and textile workers, the many risks to miners that continue to this day, the devastation wrought by exposure to asbestos in many ways and the unknown quantity that is GMO, nanotechnology has enabled some remarkable feats, especially in medicine, but we are at the very early stage of determining the risks that are associated with nanomaterials.

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