Crocodile Safari Hunting in the Northern Territory: is it Moral?

This week Nigel Scullion, Senator for NT and the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs re-opened the controversy over safari hunting when he opined that safari hunting of crocodiles in the Northern Territory could be taking place within a year. As fast bowler Glen McGrath found out to his detriment when…

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Progress on Climate Change – Some Good News (if you are an optimistic person)!

  Conservationists can be a dreary bunch of people; good news is in short supply there is always a looming “environmental crisis” or species facing extinction that they want to bring to the public’s attention. However a couple of stories from last week, the G7 Declaration and news on China’s…

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Renewable Energy Target: Changes for the Better?

The government  introduced a Bill into parliament last week to amend the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The Bill, if it passes the Senate will to reduce the amount of electricity that must come from renewable sources by 2020 from 41,000 GWh to 33,000 GWh. The change is being proposed by…

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UNESCO: the Great Barrier Reef is not “In Danger”

UNESCO, the UN agency charged with environment conservation, has completed its investigations and hearings into the health and management of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) World Heritage Area and released its “Draft Decision”.  The Report does not recommend including the GBR on the list of “World Heritage in Danger”. Instead…

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Musings on the ethics of artificial reef construction

Yesterday I was listening to discussion on the radio about a planned artificial reef near Geographe Bay in the south west of Western Australia. Information on the artificial reef plan can be found at the Fisheries department web site [http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/docs/media/index.php?0000&mr=846]. The commentators were arguing about the costs and benefits of…

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Climate Change and the Ethical Position of Australian Political Parties

Last Friday the lead article in the Financial Review referred to tensions between the Gillard government and the Greens fuelled by the government’s energy blue print (to be released later this year), which will back the dominance of LNG and coal seam gas (CSG). In essence the government sees development…

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