Pittwater Life

Government blames for our failing environment laws

Government blames for our failing environment laws
Peter Burnett ,Australian National University

Late last week, the federal Auditor-General Grant Hehir tabled a damning report on federal authorities’ handling of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Incredibly, he found Australia’s premier environmental law is administered neither efficiently or effectively.

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One cat, one year - 110 native animals

One cat, one year - 110 native animals
Queensland, Charle Darwin, Sydney, Murdoch and Australian National Universitys

We know feral cats are an enormous problem for wildlife – across Australia, feral cats collectively kill more than three billion animals per year. Cats have played a leading role in most of Australia’s 34 mammal extinctions since 1788, and are a big reason populations of at least 123 other threatened native species are dropping.

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Pittwater's Noxious Weeds

Pittwater's Noxious Weeds
Alison Guesdon

With so many wanting to be outdoors instead of indoors, and then wondering what to do to 'keep moving' while there, an opportune time to rid our gardens of the weeds that spread into our bush reserves and playfields presents itself, especially in the case of those like lantana or cassia senna, currently easy to spot with those bright yellow flowers. Weeds such as this, imported from other places prior to Australia working out they don't suit here, spread into areas they shouldn't be, displacing the native vegetation and this as a food source for native animals.

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Sparkling dolphins swim off our coast...

Sparkling dolphins swim off our coast...
Dr Vanessa Pirotta - Maquarie University

It was a stunning example of “bioluminescence”. The phenomenon is the result of a chemical reaction in billions of single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates congregating at the sea surface.

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how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat

how white roofs help to reflect the sun’s heat
University of Wellington

Generally, white materials reflect more light than dark ones, and this is also true for buildings and infrastructure. The outside and roof of a building soak up the heat from the sun, but if they are made of materials and finishes in lighter or white colours, this can minimise this solar absorption.

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A major scorecard gives the health of Australia’s environment less than 1 out of 10

A major scorecard gives the health of Australia’s environment less than 1 out of 10
Australian National University

Australia’s environment is in terrible shape. A major report released by the Australian National University this week assessed our weather, oceans, fire, water, soils, vegetation, population pressure and biodiversity – and gave an overall score of 0.8 out of 10. Environmental conditions are now the worst seen in many decades, if not centuries.

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COVID-19 basics explained

COVID-19 basics explained
The Conversation

You’re probably inundated with news and messages about coronavirus at the moment. But how do you know if you’re consuming evidence-based information or just speculation and myth?

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Country Life Exhibition Features Elvina Local

Country Life Exhibition Features Elvina Local
Pittwater Life / Country Style Magazine

Elvina Bay Local, Michelle Ball, is one of the featured artists in Michael Reid and Country Style Magazines exhibition "The Country Interior". The exhibition is open from march 6-29th.

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