Dr Kathy Townsend from Turtles in Trouble with the debris extracted from a coastal sub-adult flat back turtle in Moreton Bay, Australia. Much of this was plastic bag remnants.
David Attenborough introduces Charlie Veron from the Australian Institute of Marine Science on the future of the Great Barrier Reef at the Royal Society.
A golden Brushtail Possum joey was rescued a few months ago and buddied up with a grey Brushtail joey already in care after his mother had been killed by a car. Their wildlife carer Lynda says “possum joeys tend to do better in care when they have a buddy of the same species to put them at ease. Both joeys having lost their mums are seeking reassurance in each other and it’s working a treat.”
“Finning bans made simple”
- Anyone anywhere interested in shark conservation and shark finning issues should watch this. Short, succinct video in simple English.
The illegal trade of birds into and out of Australia is going virtually unchecked… with two sweeping government investigations failing to prosecute the smugglers they identified.
The investigations revealed the role of sophisticated networks of criminals trading eggs of native parrots with those of exotic parrots from South Africa, Singapore and the Philippines.
But despite having some of the toughest penalties in the world for wildlife crime, up to 10 years in jail and $100,000 fines, the alleged perpetrators were not even charged.
The previous national manager of investigations with the Australian Customs Service says that is because wildlife investigations are poorly resourced…
One word. Beautiful.
WORTH THE READ:
“…The human race makes big decisions based on an economic model that ignores many negative externalities.
A ‘negative externality’ is, very roughly, a way in which my actions impose a cost on you, for which I don’t pay any price.
For example: suppose I live in a high-rise apartment and my toilet breaks. Instead of fixing it, I realize that I can just use a bucket — and throw its contents out the window! Whee! If society has no mechanism for dealing with people like me, I pay no price for doing this. But you, down there, will be very unhappy.
This isn’t just theoretical. Once upon a time in Europe there were few private toilets, and people would shout “gardyloo!” before throwing their waste down to the streets below. In retrospect that seems disgusting, but many of the big problems that afflict us now can be seen as the result of equally disgusting externalities. For example:
One could go on.
Externalities often arise when we treat some resource as essentially infinite — for example fish, or clean water, or clean air. We thus impose no cost for using it. This is fine at first. But because this resource is free, we use more and more — until it no longer makes sense to act as if we have an infinite amount. As a physicist would say, the approximation breaks down, and we enter a new regime.
This is happening all over the place now. We have reached the point where we need to treat most resources as finite and take this into account in our economic decisions. We can’t afford so many externalities. It is irrational to let them go on.
But what can you do about this? Or what can I do?
We can do the things anyone can do. Educate ourselves. Educate our friends. Vote. Conserve energy. Don’t throw buckets of crap out of apartment windows.”
- By John Baez
[Picture: ‘The Blue Marble’ - most famous photograph of Earth taken December 7, 1972, by Apollo 17 spacecraft crew]
An endangered orangutan on Borneo island has survived after being shot more than 100 times with an air rifle.
The female ape, whom conservationists have named Aan, has gone blind in one eye and sustained serious wounds across her body after being repeatedly hit with pellets on the Indonesian part of the island…
Another critically endangered grey nurse shark has washed up on an eastern Australian beach, with its fins removed. The first shark washed up in early August and was a rare young breeding female with both dorsal fins removed - a huge blow.
“The shark was still alive when it was found on the beach and suffered a slow, cruel death.” said MP Cate Faehrmann.
An investigation is under way but the fact of the matter is that current rules and regulations are simply not enough…