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Why does the turtle cross the road?

turtle on road

By Merran Laver & Phil Machin, Wildcare. IT MIGHT APPEAR as a rock on the road, but on closer inspection a living, breathing turtle could be sitting there on the bitumen. Just by increasing driver awareness, the lives of these long-necked reptiles on our roads in the summer months can be

Conservation group exposes clearing threat to koala/wildlife habitat

koala habitat loss, credit Briano WWF Australia

NSW ministers knew this. By Nature Conservation Council. THE NSW NATURE Conservation Council has released freedom of information documents showing the Berejiklian government knew its new land clearing laws would cause extensive harm to wildlife habitat but pressed ahead with the changes anyway. “This is damning evidence that the Environment Minister approved these

The Tao of Poo

Pooping for the planet: Part III “A young English couple was visiting with me one summer after I had been composting humanure for about six years. One evening, as dinner was being prepared, the couple suddenly understood the horrible reality of their situation: the food they were about to eat was

(In case you didn’t know) National party drives NSW environment policy: water, biodiversity, national parks at risk

land clearing NSW

THE NSW NATURE Conservation Council, which has taken the state government to court over regressive new land-clearing permissions, has lauded a report exposing Coalition internal divisions and maneuvers over environmental policies. These policies have the National Party tail wagging the Liberal Party dog – variously on water extraction, logging, or land

Recycling in Australia is in crisis. Can it be fixed?

australians recycling

Australians take recycling seriously. We recycled 60 percent of the total waste we produced in 2014–15, according to the latest national waste report. For most of us, recycling means we put our waste in the yellow-top bin. That is then picked up, taken to a recycling facility and turned back into its

The dirt on SOIL

Pooping for the planet: Part II BACK IN THE early years of my academic career I worked in a university department with a number of soil scientists. ‘Soilies’ are, generally speaking, affable types who wear sturdy boots and get inordinately excited about digging holes in paddocks. In their natural environment they tend

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