Archive | April, 2007

The disposal of our heritage

Douglas Shire Council (DSC) has authorised the public release of its Blue Hole Reserve draft Management Plan, which aims to create a reserve for community purposes at a site of global environmental and cultural heritage significance, at the centre of the Daintree Cape Tribulation rainforest. The underlying objective, it would seem, is to commandeer a […]

Continue Reading

The Guillemot and the Mirror

This is a guillemot (Uri aalge). A seabird found along the Scandinavian coast. This fellow is suffering from a leg injury and recoverying at a small animal rehabilitation centre north of Stockholm in Sweden. According to Ann Novek, who sent in the photograph, some birds are more relaxed with a mirror for company.

Continue Reading

Sweden’s Smallest Owl

Hi Jennifer, We run a small animal rehab centre north of Stockhom in Sweden. Due to some problems with rooms, activity has slowed downed a bit. Usually we have about 1200 patients each year – all species of birds and small mammals (mostly hedgehogs). Mortality rate is about 50 percent. This is not too bad […]

Continue Reading

A Few Thoughts

I apologise for not posting very much over the last week. I have been somewhat preoccupied with my trip to Indonesia. I am leaving next Thursday for 10 days. I am not sure whether I will have good internet access while I am away. I will be visiting Buyat Bay in North Sulawesi. This is […]

Continue Reading

Another Pedia

It’s not on the net, but it’s in the hard copy of today’s The Australian(pg 36), an article entitled ‘Wikipedia references a source of anxiety‘ detailing how “male, crude and given to the concerns of the rich middle class” is the internet, but, not subject to the control of media barons. The article begins by […]

Continue Reading

Koalas Extinct in 7 Years: I Don’t Think So!

“Extreme drought, ferocious bushfires and urban development could make koalas extinct within seven years, environmentalists are warning,” in an article in new online journal The Brisbane Times. “Alarms about the demise of the iconic and peculiar animal, which sleeps about 20 hours per day and eats only the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, have been […]

Continue Reading

Government Will Legislate to Store Greenhouse Gases?

I can’t image anyone complaining about having carbon dioxide stored under their house, but in an article entitled ‘Carbon storage won’t be optional’ Matthew Warren, writing for The Australian, begins with the emotive statement that: “Australian may be stripped of their right to block the storage of greenhouse gases beneath their land under laws being […]

Continue Reading

New Report Outlines Potential Challenges To Australia’s Claim to Antarctica

In a new report by The Australian Strategic Policy Institute it is claimed that the validity of Australia’s territorial claim over 42 percent of Antarctica will face more challenges. “There is going to be a lot more pressure on Antarctica – climate change, illegal fishing, more tourists, bio-prospectors,” he said. “If peak oil hits stratospheric […]

Continue Reading

Website by 46digital