Archive for ‘Environment’

Platypus on the brink of extinction.

Australia’s iconic platypus is on the brink of extinction.

Once viewed as so bizarre habitat destruction and climate threats have pushed the mammal towards the brink of extinction.

Researchers say platypus numbers may have halved or more since Europeans arrived in Australia, predicting local extinctions may have occurred across 40 per cent of the species’ range due to dam building, land clearing and other disruptions, according to a study published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation.

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Cats kill 1-million birds a day in Australia as bush fires decimate native wildlife.

Not long ago I was walking in the Australian bush admiring the scenary and wildlife when wild cat ran in front of me. Now I don’t know what your impression of a wild or feral cat is like but to me this fella looked like a monster. He was twice the size of a domestic cat and his fangs were very prominent. The picture above gives you some idea of how a once domestic cat evolves once it gets into the wild.

Later that night while trying to get some sleep I heard a loud crashing sound. A feral cat had come into my camp and was attempting to make off with some of the cooking gear. Although all my food was sealed in containers his curiosity got the better of him.

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Are you really getting honey? Perhaps not.

I love my honey and have it on my breakfast most mornings……well I thought I was having honey however it appears almost 20 per cent of Australian honey samples were found not to be pure

 Almost one in five Australian honey samples, including some expensive boutique honey, are fake, according to a ground-breaking study that tested samples of local and international branded honey.

The study, conducted by a team of scientists at Macquarie University, used 100 samples of honey sourced globally, including 38 Australian-branded honey samples.

It found more than half the samples sourced from Asia, mainly China, were adulterated, meaning the honey had been mixed with other non-honey substances.

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Rare species wiped out following devastating fires in South Australia

Kangaroo Island is renowned for its native wildlife — the koalas are disease-free, the bees create the purest honey and it is home to one of Australia’s rarest marsupials.But bushfires that ravaged the 4,400-square-kilometre island have left wildlife experts concerned about the future of some of its threatened species. About a third of the island has been charred. The fire has devastated the Flinders Chase National Park, which is home to koalas, kangaroos, rare birds and marsupials. Threatened Species Recovery Hub deputy director John Woinarski — who is also a professor at Charles Darwin University — said the fires across Australia had been a “holocaust of destruction” for wildlife. “There’s almost no considerable habitat remaining for many species. That leads to local extinction events,” he said. “Places like Kangaroo Island, where much of the landscape has been burnt in a really homogenous and extreme manner, that may mean some of the plant and animal species … may have been eliminated completely. “Certainly, their population liability would have crashed for many of these species and their risk of extinction has been substantially increased.”

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