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Nearly half of 200 Australian species are threatened by climate change, according to our research published today in PLOS ONE.Climate change is one of the major contributors to global biodiversity loss, and plant and animal species can be affected by climate change in different ways. Some may be directly affected by sea level rise or snow melt, whereas some may lose a pollinator or prey species that they rely on.
Koala numbers at Cape Otway near the Great Ocean Road in southern Victoria are at ‘unsustainable levels’, according to the Victorian Government.
The government has announced health checks that are to be carried out on the animals and said koalas that were sick or injured may be euthanised.
Claims by the Prime Minister’s chief business adviser about climate change have been rejected by the head of the Bureau of Meteorology as “incorrect”, irrelevant and “old red herrings”.
Earlier this month, Maurice Newman, the chairman of the Prime Minister’s business advisory council, came under fire after he wrote in The Australian that scientific modelling showing the link between humans and climate change was wrong and the real agenda was a “new world order” led by the United Nations.
In a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, Greens climate spokeswoman Larissa Waters read through the opinion piece, paragraph by paragraph, asking the bureau’s director of meteorology and chief executive Rob Vertessy to respond to Mr Newman’s claims.
“There are multiple statements which assert facts about climate science which I’m intrigued on the bureau’s view about,” Senator Waters said
“And given the invitation to do so, I shall go through them all.”
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A cartwheeling spider, a bird-like dinosaur and a fish that creates “crop circles” on the sea floor are among the species identified by the State University of New York’s (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) top 10 new species for 2015.
Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known. But an estimated 10 million species are still unknown to science.
Tomorrow at TedX Sydney’s Opera House event, high-profile neurosurgeon Charlie Teo will talk about brain cancer. Last Saturday Teo was on Channel 9’s Sunrise program talking about the often malignant cancer that in 2012 killed 1,241 Australians. During the program he said:
Unfortunately the jury is still out on whether mobile phones can lead to brain cancer, but studies suggest it’s so.
Teo’s name appears on a submission recently sent to the United Nations. If you Google “Charlie Teo and mobile phones” you will see that his public statements on this issue go back years.
Back in 1999, I made an upsetting discovery. By comparing the temperature tolerance of reef-building corals with the projected effects of rising carbon dioxide levels, I found that the oceans would soon grow too warm for corals to bear, meaning that coral-dominated systems like the Great Barrier Reef would disappear within 30-40 years.
Much as I tried to find a mistake in my reasoning and calculations, the numbers kept telling me that one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems would disappear in my lifetime.
The Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sandakan is doing amazing work to rehabilitate and release Borneo Sun Bears back to the wild. Arrived because they have had their homes destroyed in deforestation, being captured and kept as pets, and even one that escaped being sold for his liver bile. This slow gentle creatures of the forest can be watched from the viewing area, as they dig up roots and chew thro bark after insects and honey. After the panda they are the second rarest bear in the world and are now at high risk of extinction. These amazing creatures are essential for the forest, to keep termites down, and they make holes in the tree trunks that other animals can nest in.
Check out the BSBCC work at; http://www.bsbcc.org.my donate, adopt, volunteer, save them. x
When we started designing the world’s first fully self-driving vehicle, our goal was a vehicle that could shoulder the entire burden of driving. Vehicles that can take anyone from A to B at the push of a button could transform mobility for millions of people, whether by reducing the 94 percent of accidents caused by human error (PDF), reclaiming the billions of hours wasted in traffic, or bringing everyday destinations and new opportunities within reach of those who might otherwise be excluded by their inability to drive a car.
via Official Google Blog.