Artic: Temperatures Continuing to Rise


Artic temperatures are continuing to rise, which will of course have an impact on the amount of Artic ice and sea levels, among other impacts. The following article reports on the issue.

For more visit:
http://www.wwfblogs.org/climate/content/arctic-temperatures-continue-rapid-rise-2011-breaks-record

Australia: New South Wales – Great North Walk Improvements


One of the great multi-day walks in New South Wales has been improved with the addition of additional interpretative signage. The Great North Walk is a 250km walking trail between Newcastle and Sydney. The new signs are located in Palm Grove Nature Reserve on the Central Coast.

For more info visit:
 http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/media/DecMedia12012402.htm

Australia: Western Australia – Gouldian Finch


A new breeding population of the extremely rare Gouldian Finch has been found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

For More Visit:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/12658787/rare-bird-find-in-wa-s-north-boosts-hopes/

North America: Bats – White Nose Syndrome


A fungus is sweeping across North America killing millions of bats. The mortality rate for affected bat populations can be as high as 100%, meaning that bat populations in the USA and Canada are in serious trouble.

For More Visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/19/white-nose-syndrome-bat-fungus_n_1216954.html

Bird Feeding Tips for the Garden


The following link is to an article about feeding birds in the garden. It is an American-based article, but I’m sure some ideas can be gleaned for Australia and other countries.

For more visit:
http://blog.nwf.org/2010/12/ten-simple-tips-for-successful-winter-bird-feeding/

BioFuel Advance: Using Kelp to Produce Ethanol


The following link is to an article about producing ethanol from seaweed, thereby reducing the need for terrestrial biofuel crops.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0120-kelp_power.html

Petition to Ban Plastic Bags


Plastic bags are a proven menace to wildlife, particularly in our oceans. Below is a link to a petition calling on government to bring to an end the use of single use plastic bags for shopping. Please consider signing, as well as actually signing the petition. Thanks.

Visit:
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/petitions/ban-the-bag/