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Logging in NSW’s south coast is threatening the region’s last-known koala colony with extinction.

  • Logging in NSW's south coast is threatening the region's last-known koala colony with extinction.


Conservationists have called on NSW Premier Kristina Keneally to put an end to logging on the state’s south coast which they say will lead to the extinction of the region’s last-known koala colony.

Forests NSW have started logging in the Mumbulla and Murrah State Forests despite repeated calls for the area to be protected, conservationists said on Monday.

‘The decision not to abandon logging in the southeast forests risks the extinction of this small but significant koala colony, including mothers and their young,’ a spokeswoman for South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA) said

Koalas at risk in southern NSW | Environment | BigPond News

Talking about Sea lizards found in Cudgera Creek | Tweed News | Local News in Tweed | Tweed Daily News



Sea lizards found in Cudgera Creek | Tweed News | Local News in Tweed | Tweed Daily News
Ted Brambleby, of the Marine Environments Field Study and Resource Centre Hastings Point, said the glauca was a special breed of nudibranch which floated on the ocean film and lived with the blue bottle.“It feeds on the blue bottle’s tentacles capturing in the process un-discharged nematocysts (stinging cells) and incorporates them into one or more of the many cul-de-sac-like branches of their intestines,” Mr Brambleby said.“These branches extend out into finger like growths that not only enable the sea lizard to float but can be used as a means to discharge the pirateered blue bottle stinging cells for its own offence or defence.“The tentacles of the blue bottle regenerate itself after ingestion by the sea lizard.”

Talking about Margaret River named top surf break | Environment | BigPond News



Margaret River named top surf break | Environment | BigPond News
Margaret River has officially joined the ranks of the world’s top 10 surf breaks, being named as Western Australia’s first national surfing reserve.The south-western surfing mecca has long been regarded as one of the world’s best breaks, and has also been shortlisted with Sydney’s Bondi Beach and the Gold Coast to become one of three Australian world surfing reserves in October, joining Malibu Beach in California and Waikiki in Hawaii

Talking about Butterflies ‘fly early as planet warms’ – ABC News $Australian Broadcasting Corporation$



Butterflies ‘fly early as planet warms’ – ABC News $Australian Broadcasting Corporation$
Australian scientists say they have uncovered a "causal link" between the early emergence of a common butterfly and human-induced global warming.Dr Michael Kearney of the University of Melbourne and his colleagues report their study on the butterfly heteronympha merope in this week’s issue of Royal Society journal Biology Letters."It’s now coming out about 10 days earlier than it was 60 years ago," Dr Kearney said."When you look at the air temperatures over that time, it’s getting warmer."

Talking about Hypocrisy: A Parliamentary Procedure « The Enterprise Blog



Hypocrisy: A Parliamentary Procedure « The Enterprise Blog
Any veteran observer of Congress is used to the rampant hypocrisy over the use of parliamentary procedures that shifts totally from one side to the other as a majority moves to minority status, and vice versa. But I can’t recall a level of feigned indignation nearly as great as what we are seeing now from congressional Republicans and their acolytes at the Wall Street Journal, and on blogs, talk radio, and cable news. It reached a ridiculous level of misinformation and disinformation over the use of reconciliation, and now threatens to top that level over the projected use of a self-executing rule by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the last Congress that Republicans controlled, from 2005 to 2006, Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier used the self-executing rule more than 35 times, and was no stranger to the concept of “deem and pass

Talking about Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner : The New Yorker



Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner : The New Yorker
In the history of product launches, the rollout of the Obama Administration’s plan to stabilize the financial system was in the category of “Ishtar,” smokeless cigarettes, and New Coke. On February 10th of last year, the newly appointed Treasury Secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, appeared in the Treasury’s Cash Room to outline proposals that would relieve banks of toxic assets, force them to undergo stress tests, and provide relief for struggling homeowners. Immediately after Geithner’s speech, the Dow fell sharply, and it closed the day down 382 points. Critics from all quarters dismissed Geithner’s plan as vague and inadequate. “Has Barack Obama’s presidency already failed?” Martin Wolf, the Financial Times’ influential economics commentator, wrote. “In normal times, this would be a ludicrous question. But these are not normal times

Talking about ABC Sport – Kookas end German Cup dominance



ABC Sport – Kookas end German Cup dominance
Power-packed Australia proved third time lucky as they won the hockey World Cup after a 24 year hiatus with a 2-1 win over defending champions Germany in New Delhi.Luke Doerner scored the winning penalty corner 11 minutes from the end after Edward Ockenden had put the Kookaburras ahead in the sixth minute and Moritz Furste drew level for Germany in the 48th.Doerner’s eighth goal in the tournament made him the joint leading scorer with another penalty corner specialist Taeke Taekema of the Netherlands

Talking about Mr Shuffles has keepers wrapped around his little trunk – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporat



Mr Shuffles has keepers wrapped around his little trunk – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporat
Staff at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo have described how they were overwhelmed with emotion when they realised a baby elephant previously thought dead had been born alive. The staff have been unable to tear themselves away from the male baby calf since it was born in the early hours of yesterday morning.Vets had announced earlier this week that after a pregnancy of almost two years, the calf of first-time mother elephant Porntip would be stillborn.They believe the calf survived the labour in a coma, explaining why no vital signs were detected during examination