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Brandy-flavoured bogong moth, a new bush-tucker sensation

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

They were a scourge across NSW but bogong moths have become a tasty gourmet treat, reported The Daily telegraph (13/10/2007, p.3).

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Radio-controlled moths a new force in “urban espionage”: US scientists inject computer-chips into bug larvae

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

If it worked, it would give a new meaning to being bugged: a moth fluttering in through an open window may be just a nuisance today, but the time may not be far off when it would have far more sinister overtones, wrote Richard Macey in The Sydney Morning Herald (13/10/2007, p.6).

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Queensland faces razorback boar surge; many being trapped in state’s far north; hundreds of feral pigs descend from the hills in the dry season

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

According to Peter Michael in The Courier Mail (11/10/2007, p.15), a number of razorbacks were being trapped in Queensland’s far north. Boar invasion: Residents are increasingly complaining of face-to-face encounters with wild boars as the urban sprawl of fast-growing Cairns and Mission Beach sees more housing lots backing on to World Heritage rainforest. Homeowners have reportedly been charged and pet dogs attacked as hundreds of feral pigs —some 2m long and weighing 150kg — descend from the hills in the dry season to forage for food.

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April 2008 Murray system disaster forecast; tree deaths, massive fish deaths, as water falls below the intake-pipes

Posted by waterweek on 21 September 2007

Water-levels below Lock 1 were projected to fall from their current level of 0.25m Australian Height Datum (AHD), to negative 0.6m AHD in April 2008. Under these projected conditions, massive fish death in the Lower Lakes is more likely. For the worst case scenario, water levels will continue to fall, reaching negative 1.5m AHD in the latter half of 2008. Salinity would rise and make what small irrigation water which was available, poisonous to crops and trees.

MDB levels

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41,415 species on the IUCN Red List and 16,306 were threatened with ex­tinction, up from 16,118 last year

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The global extinction crisis con­tinued with the World Conser­vation Union (IUCN) Red List of threatened species, released yes­terday, showing apes, vultures and dolphins all in danger, reported The Courier Mail (14/9/2007, p.38).

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Studies in WA-279-P for Blacktip devt find diverse and abundant marine life fauna, Drillsearch report shows

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

There was limited information available concerning the benthic communities in the permit area; however, a previous study by Bowman Bishaw Gorham (unpublished data for Blacktip Project) encountered sandy substrates containing shell and crustacean fragments, and pebbles of terrestrial origin, according to the Drillsearch Energy Limited, Drilling of Marina-1 Exploration Well EPBC Referral Submission (24/7/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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