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News Update Archive

Logging disputes at the mercy of public opinion

October 7, 2009

Disputes over logging are often hijacked by sentiment instead of facts, says Mark Poynter from the Institute of Foresters of Australia. See Age article.

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Green Black Alliance Fractures in Sunshine State

September 17, 2009

Cape York Aboriginal Communities have decided to take on legal advice on Anna Bligh's Wild Rivers legislation. Aboriginal elders fear the legislation, to be enacted at the bidding of the Wilderness Society, will prevent Aboriginal communities from utilising their traditional lands.

See Wiki lawyers take on rivers battle

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Whistle stop tour on Climate and ETS

Thursday 13 August 2009

Acting AEF chairman, Alex Stuart and several members attended a presentation in Sydney last night at which about 50 people were present along with SBS.  The presentation was given by Professor Bob Carter and Dr Jay Lehr, science director of the Heartland Institute in the U.S.

Bob Carter, Jay Lehr and Max Rheese have done a whistle stop tour of Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane over the last week to talk to as many audiences as possible ahead of the senate vote today and bring media attention to the issue of the ETS and how the government is dealing with climate change.

Bob Carter did a side trip to Canberra yesterday to brief parliamentarians at the invitation of Senator Steve Fielding. (See press report.) 

The tour, run by the Australian Climate Science Coalition, has received quite good coverage from ABC Lateline, ABC radio, Sky News, Brisbane Courier Mail.

Real heat generated by vested interests by Dr Lehr was published in the Brisbane Courier Mail.

The defeat of the ETS legislation in the senate today has given the forces of reason 3 more months to encourage debate on the issue - so the more support for the online petition at ListenToUs the better.   

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Forester and AEF member Mark Poynter in On Line Opinion reports on how scientists with close connections to the Wilderness Society have coordinated their research with a campaign to remove the timber industry from Australian forests.

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At talks presented in Bendigo, Shepparton and Albury, AEF member Professor Bob Carter gets the message across that Australia has nothing to gain but a lot to lose from the Emissions Trading Scheme. See regional press reports here and here.

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Lessons not yet learned: a bushfire tragedy

Apart from the terrible human and animal suffering from the continuing bushfire crisis in Victoria, the tragedy of this event is the failure of public land managers to heed lessons already learned from past holocausts. More

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An unsustainable future - Dr Tom Quirk

"Policy for reducing carbon dioxide emissions now appears to be double-barrelled with a target for renewable sources for electricity generation with government subsidies and a carbon tax in the form of an emissions trading scheme. Neither approach appears to be realistic, possible or even plausible." Read the rest of the article at On Line Opinion.

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The Victorian Government's plans for the Murray River forests increase fire risks says AEF Executive Director Max Rheese. See The Australian (13-2-2009).

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"Bushfire management: where to from here" On Line Opinion article by Roger Underwood (AEF member)

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Australia Lacks Capacity to Meet Carbon Reduction Targets. AEF media release

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Declaring four new national parks in northern Victoria is not the way to protect the Murray and its associated red gum forests according to Mark Poynter, a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia and the AEF. See his article in the The Age of January 2: As red gum forests turn green.

Max Rheese makes a similar point in a letter in The Australian of January 4.

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GetUp’s global warming television ads are dishonest and inaccurate See AEF Media Release.

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This editorial in The Australian on Dec 17th 2008 highlights how badly the Fourth Estate have let the Australian public down “….naive, prone to hyperbole on environmental issues, ideologically blinkered and lacking logic and analysis skills”

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Friends of the Reef not worried about global warming

"THE Greens reckon the Great Barrier Reef is a casualty of Labor's lower-than-expected emissions reduction target, but for those who work among the corals, forecasts aren't so bleak." The Australian Dec 17th 2008.

Miranda Devine in the Sydney Morning Herald writes about the address that Professor Bob Carter will give at the AEF Annual Conference in Canberra on October 11th. This will be one of three presentations on climate science at the conference.  Read what she had to say: Act hastily, roo the scare tactics.

Also see Bob Carter's article, "Knock knock: Where is the evidence for dangerous human-caused global warming?" in Economic Analysis and Policy.

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"If everyone switched to organic farming, we couldn't support the earth's current population - maybe half." - Nina V. Fedoroff .  According to the New York Times, Ms Fedoroff is an Advocate for Science because of her views that science supports the introduction of GM foods.  Read the interview here.

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Green Threat to Reason is an article on Andrew Bolt’s Herald Sun blog about AEF member Professor Ian Plimer’s recent speech in Brisbane about the new religion of environmentalism.  It can be viewed here

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"If everyone switched to organic farming, we couldn't support the earth's current population - maybe half." - Nina V. Fedoroff .  According to the New York Times, Ms Fedoroff is an Advocate for Science because of her views that science supports the introduction of GM foods.  Read the interview here.

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The 2008 Conference was filled with informative presentations on contemporary issues. For an update on the conference, look here.

The 2009 Conference will be held in Perth during September.

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Here is a paper with some interesting things to say on why people adopt and hold on to wrong ideas.
 
'Ignorance is Contagious, the importance of critical thinking in environmental management', presented by Dr Ian Woodward at a recent Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand seminar in Tasmania.

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Mark Poynter writes at On Line Opinion on the reasons behind the rise of blog sites and community dissatisfaction over the media coverage of environmental issues, in particular the Rivers and Red Gum Environment Alliance campaign to see the introduction of community friendly public land classifications.  Read the article here

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AEF director Jennifer Marohasy had a feature article published by the Weekend Australian on August 23rd presenting some facts on salinity levels, rainfall and temperature.  The article dispels many of the popular myths that abound on these subjects.  To see the graphs which support the article go to Case of the warm and fuzzy.