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Justice for the next Generation? The Collapse of Values.

I was honoured to be invited to give the 2018 Hobart Oration. Julian Burnside It is sponsored by the Bob Brown Foundation. Here is what I said. Hobart Oration 23 July 2018:  Justice for the next Generation?  The Collapse of Values. The two great issues our generation is leaving the next are climate change and the treatment of refugees. Climate change I have no hesitation in saying that climate change is the number one issue today: refugees are a second-order issue, ... Read More »

Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault

On a planet of billions, nine represent the strong minority battling murder in the global corruption of land rights Jonathan Watts The Guardian Individually, they are stories of courage and tragedy. Together, they tell a tale of a natural world under ever more violent assault. The portraits in this series are of nine people who are risking their lives to defend the land and environment in some of the planet’s most remote or conflict-riven regions. From the Coral Triangle and ... Read More »

U.N. pact offers hope to world’s climate migrants

The United Nations agreed to draw up a migration pact to cope with the millions of migrants moving from country to country. Now campaigners want nations to follow up with concrete… Lin Taylor Thomson Reuters Foundation LONDON, July 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Be it by flood, drought or hurricane, communities at risk of climate displacement have won vital protection after their plight was for the first time recognised in a… The United Nations agreed last Friday to draw up ... Read More »

Sweden on fire: Over 60 forest fires across the country – Call EU for help

At present, some 60 forest fires are ravaging Sweden and the risk of further forest fires is “extremely high”, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency says (MSB) says. Voice of Europe It has even called for help from the EU, Swedish news outlet Fria Tider reports. According to SOS Alarm, there are currently more than 60 fires across the country of different sizes, they told Sweden’s SVT News on Monday evening. The risk of forest fires is “extremely high in large areas” of ... Read More »

Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight: the science of beautiful sunsets

“A red sky at night is a shepherd’s delight! A red sky in the morning is a shepherd’s warning.” Perhaps this saying came to mind if you caught a spectacular sunrise or sunset recently. Adam Morgan The Conversation Since biblical times and probably before, proverbs and folklore such as this developed as a way for societies to understand and foretell prevailing weather conditions. The “red sky” proverb has endured across cultures for centuries, and modern science can explain why this ... Read More »

Rights not “fortress conservation” key to save planet, says UN expert

Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples calls for a new, rights-based approach to conservation David Hill The Guardian The United Nations Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has released a report highly critical of the global conservation movement and calling for indigenous peoples and other local communities to have a… What exactly is meant by that? It is “the idea that to protect forests and biodiversity, ecosystems need to function in isolation, devoid of people,” the Rapporteur told the Guardian. ... Read More »

‘Serious questions’ over whether Australia’s emissions cuts are real

Methods used to pledge at least $1.15 billion in taxpayer-funded emissions cuts are under a cloud as officials probe whether the environmental benefits credited to the Coalition government’s flagship… Nicole Hasham WAtoday A former government official has told Fairfax Media that the scheme, the emissions reduction fund, has rightly focused on attracting participants to carbon-reducing projects such as revegetation, rather than assessing if the… But critics say a lack of probity in the $2.55 billion Abbott-era policy mean it is impossible ... Read More »

What it’s like to be trapped in a cave

The experience can be harrowing, even when you know what you’re doing By Laura Demarest — Washington Post Gulf News I’d been swaddled in a cold, sopping-wet trash bag for approximately 20 hours, listening to six other cavers shivering and breathing quietly. We were huddled close on the hard ground of a muddy crawlway, a space barely tall enough for sitting up, in an Indiana cave system. Despite my cosy wetsuit socks and the light of a tiny tealight candle, ... Read More »

Where are the UK’s marine protected areas?

As campaigners call for better protection of UK waters and the wildlife within them, we take a look at the special statuses already in place and what exactly they aim to preserve. By Ajay Nair, news reporter SkyNews According to the Wildlife Trusts charity, giving protected status to areas is a “tried and tested” way of protecting habitats and wildlife. In the areas of the sea around the UK with protected status, environmentally damaging activities such as certain types of ... Read More »

The Australian doctor playing a key role in Thai cave rescue

An Australian doctor is at the centre of the desperate attempt to rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Chiang Rai. Josh Dye The Age Richard Harris, an anaesthetist from Adelaide, has been revealed as one of the international dive experts seconded to assist with the difficult and dangerous rescue mission. On Saturday, Dr Harris undertook the dangerous dive through to the 12 Thai boys and their coach. He gave the final approval on the boys’ ... Read More »

Sir David Attenborough: ‘The human race will regret it if we don’t act on plastic now’

Broadcaster David Attenborough tells Sky News that damage to oceans is not irreversible – but the world needs to take action now. By Sarah-Jane Mee, presenter SkyNews Sir David Attenborough exploring the real world has made armchair adventurers of all of us, starting in black and white TV, pioneering colour television. Now, he is bringing us into his virtual world. Hold the World is a new virtual reality experience that takes you behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum ... Read More »

UK on brink of first hosepipe ban since 2012 as Britain sizzles in 33C heatwave

BRITAIN is on the verge of a hosepipe ban with temperatures continuing to soar as the summer heatwave intensifies with forecasters predicting a prolonged dry spell. Simon Osborne Express Water companies are urging customers to voluntarily curb their use to prevent any potential compulsory restrictions. United Utilities, which serves the North West, said it “urgently needed help and support” from its three million customers to stop a ban from being imposed. The region has not had rain for three weeks, ... Read More »

Thai cave boys: the psychology of surviving underground

When 12 young footballers and their coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, it was supposed to be a fun outing after football practice. Sarita Robinson The Conversation But when a torrent of flood water rushed in after heavy rain, the group became trapped on a small rock shelf deep inside the cave’s vast network of tunnels. It was nine days before two British divers, John Volanthen and Richard Stanton, located the group – mercifully alive and ... Read More »

What’s the real price of getting rid of plastic packaging?

The Economics of Change Crunching the numbers of how much switching might cost us How much would it cost to switch to plastic alternatives? Richard Gray crunches the numbers. By Richard Gray BBC Walking along a short section of stony beach, Claire Waluda stoops briefly to pick up something from between the rocks. It is a brightly coloured plastic bottle top – just one of hundreds of bits of plastic that she finds washed ashore on the remote, windswept island ... Read More »

Whale sharks gather at a few specific locations around the world – now we know why

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, but much of its lifecycle remains shrouded in mystery. Authors: The Conversation These gentle giants gather in just a handful of places around the globe – something which has long baffled scientists – but our new research has started to explain why. Better understanding of whale shark movements could help prevent further population loss in a species that has already experienced a 63% population decline over the past 75 years. ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Men don’t get the grief!’ Hunter who posted photos of herself with rare black giraffe she killed has no regrets for her ‘passion’ – and says much of the anger at her is because she’s a woman

The woman at the center of an international storm for hunting down a rare black giraffe remained defiant on Tuesday, saying she has no regrets about the killing or for posing for pictures with the dead giant. By MARTIN GOULD IN ODESSA, TEXAS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM ‘It is something I believe in,’ Tess Thompson Talley told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview outside the ball-bearing factory in Odessa, Texas, where she works. ‘This is more than a hobby for me, it’s a passion.’ And ... Read More »