Greenland: Natural Resources Exploitation Rapidly Advancing


The article below reports on the opening up of Greenland for oil and mining exploration.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/31/europe-greenland-natural-resources

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Article: The Black Sea and Carbon Removal


The link below is to an article that looks at how phytoplankton removes carbon in the Black Sea, Russia.

For more visit:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78705

Article: 3000 New Amphibian Species in 25 Years


The link below is to an article reporting on how 3000 new species of amphibians have been found in the last 25 years, however, climate change is a threat to them all.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0731-7000-amphibians.html

Article: First Photos of New Monkey in China


The link below is to an article (with photo) reporting on the first photos of a newly discovered Monkey in China, the Snub-Nosed Monkey.

For more visit:

First pictures of newly discovered monkey in China published.

Australia: Massive Reserve in Tanami Desert Created


Aboriginal rangers will be managing a new reserve in Central Australia’s Tanami Desert region. The reserve is to be called the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area, which forms part of the Trans-Australia Eco-link which joins Arnhem Land with the Great Australian Bight. The link below is to an article that looks at the creation of this new reserve.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/tanami-desert-indigenous-reserve-bigger-than-tasmania.htm

Blackbutt Reserve


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Since I was unable to visit Gap Creek Falls the other day, I decided I might pop in to have a look at the new animal enclosures at Blackbutt Reserve near Newcastle. I will say straight off the bat that I do have something of a prejudice against Blackbutt Reserve, as I see the place as nothing like a natural bush setting, it being far too ‘corrupted’ by human activity, weeds and the like. Having said that it is a good place for a family or group outing/event. It certainly has its place, but it is not a true nature reserve (in my opinion).

Visitor Centre

ABOVE: Visitor Centre

I do think that some well designed animal and bird enclosures at Blackbutt could lift the value of the reserve dramatically and make it a really great place for families, especially young families. There are opportunities for educational visits for kids, possible environmental…

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