Media Release: Update on Warrumbungle National Park


The link below is to a media release with the latest information regarding the rehabilitation of Warrumbungle National Park following the devastating bushfires that swept through the park. Progress is continuing and various sections of the park have now been reopened.

For more visit:
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/media/OEHMedia13062701.htm

Will dumping Australia’s climate-savvy prime minister help the climate?


Grist

In terms of climate policy, Australians face a choice between fairly good and downright evil in an upcoming federal election.

The face of evil belongs to climate skeptic Tony Abbott, leader of the opposition Liberal Party (which, in topsy-turvy Down Under fashion, is in fact conservative).

And the face of relative good is … in some disarray at the moment. Power brokers in the Labor Party, which narrowly holds power in the country, this week stripped the prime ministership away from Julia Gillard and handed it back to former leader Kevin Rudd. They believe this move will help them win the election, which is tentatively scheduled for September.

The stakes are high. Australia is among the world’s worst per-person contributors to climate change. The country is a huge producer of coal, exporting a lot and consuming a good bit itself. And it’s been suffering heavily from climate change in recent…

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In win for fish, oil companies allowed to abandon old rigs


Grist

For all the harm that the oil and gas industry inflicts on wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, it does offer the marine ecosystem at least one big benefit. Offshore oil-drilling rigs serve as artificial reefs, providing shelter for animals and an anchor for plants, coral, and barnacles. Yet once a well is tapped, the federal government has required the drilling company to uproot its rig to help clear clutter that could obstruct shipping.

Following complaints from fishermen and conservationists, however, the Obama administration is easing those rules. It announced this week that it is making it easier for states to designate abandoned drilling infrastructure as special artificial reef sites.

The move is a win-win. Fish, turtles, and other wildlife get to keep their underwater metropolises — and drilling companies can save on the costs of rig removal. From Fuel Fix:

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Spain: Donana National Park Threatened By Strawberries


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the threat posed to Donana National Park in Spain by strawberry farms.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/28/strawberry-spain-donana-wildlife-iberian-lynx

Travel: What to Pack


When I travel there are things I always pack and there is a way I always pack in order to maximise the available space I have in a very small car. Space is at a premium and never is that more the case than when I carry a pack over several days through the Australian bush. So what one packs and how it is packed can be a very interesting topic of conversation to me. The link below is to an article that takes a look at what to pack when travelling.

For more visit:
https://medium.com/roaming-the-earth/69784ea9351