Jennifer is in her final year of an Arts (Media and Communications) degree at The University of Melbourne and hopes to work in journalism upon completion. She tries to get out and about rockclimbing, whitewater kayaking and hiking in the wilderness as often as possible, and in between trips tends to her vegie patch and explores Melbourne.
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A workshop of Antarctic experts have warned that the Amundsen Sea Embayment may be near a phase of collapse due to global warming. The sea ice in the embayment acts as a barrier holding back land ice, and its collapse may cause parts of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to de-glaciate. This ice sheet has the potential to cause a 1.5 metre rise in sea levels, and may even cause a rise of tens of centimetres by the end of this century, which would have a drastic effect on Australia’s coastline.
Friends of the Earth
The Brumby Government is set to sign a new 15-year sawlog Allocation Order in July which may see the volume of native forest logging rise by 20-25%. Friends of the Earth and the Wombat Forest Society have criticised computer modelling that provides the basis for the decision, saying the model doesn’t take into account factors such as the large swathes of forest burnt by bushfires, and places higher priority on logging than on maintaining biodiversity and water yield.
ABC Environmental News
The Snowy River Alliance has said that environmental flow releases for the river are only half that of the amount set out by an intergovernmental agreement. The alliance intends to take legal action against the NSW Government for breaching legislation, and in doing so compromising the health of the river. The alliance says environmental flows have been minimised in favour of providing water for irrigation and energy production.
The WWF and the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation have worked together to create a new conservation plan that aims to preserve an internationally recognised Australian biodiversity hot spot that is larger than Victoria in size. To fund the creation of the plan, the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program has provided $367,000.
Australian Conservation Foundation
On World Wetlands Day yesterday, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Greens party both called upon the government to buy fresh water in order to save the Lower Lakes and Coorong in South Australia. The Federal Government has previously baulked at paying for fresh water for this project, but both groups say that the government must act now to stop the wetlands from irreparable damage, particularly as water is readily available on the market and prices are dropping. It is thought that $9 million would secure enough water to save the wetlands, and there is currently a $200 million budget to save these areas.
Fifteen leading scientists have called for a review of labelling and assessment guidelines for genetically engineered (GE) food. The scientists found strains of corn and canola that are not approved overseas because of dangerous side effects are due to enter Australian food supply this year. They support the report released yesterday by Greenpeace which claimed that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) was not adequately protecting consumers from GE food. Although the Federal Government last year committed to not approving GE crops unless it was beyond reasonable doubt that they were safe, FSANZ has approved every application it has received.
The Wilderness Society
West Tamar Council has unanimously voted to not allow Gunns to build a pulp mill pipeline on council land. The Wilderness Society has called on Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett to take heed of the local opposition to Gunns’ pulp mill, and grant no further approvals for the mill’s plans.
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