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02/25/2020 - 19:01
Herring gulls more likely to peck at items if humans pretend to eat them first It’s the sort a sneaky trick only a gull would learn: by watching how people handle their food, the birds can work out when there are snacks to be had. Researchers found that herring gulls were more likely to peck at items left on the ground if humans had pretended to eat them first. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 17:14
Anthony Albanese accuses Scott Morrison of misleading parliament over his involvement in the scheme. This blog is now closed • Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie’s offices exchanged 136 emails about sports grants program 6.38am GMT We are going to close the blog off for the night, but we will be back tomorrow for the last sitting day this week. The next sports rorts inquiry hearing will start at 9am. Sports Australia will be there. 6.25am GMT The leftwing Peter Dutton (because leftwing apparently covers anything from the left to the right, according to the home affairs minister) didn’t explain his leftwing terrorism is Islamic terrorism comments today, but that is par for the course of the most secretive department in this nation, which just gets more and more power, almost unchecked. Peter Dutton's false equivalence and equivocation around the very real threat of right-wing terror cannot hide his own shameful record or the shameful record of the Liberal and National parties. pic.twitter.com/PMjxo5KBe7 Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 16:30
Nathusius’ pipistrelle sightings reported from as far apart as Cornwall and Scotland An elusive British mammal, the tiny bat Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii), may be more widespread and numerous than previously thought. Sometimes described as a rare visitor or a new coloniser because of climate change, it may have been here decades but had gone undetected. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 14:56
Naomi Seibt, who tells YouTube followers that Thunberg and other climate activists are whipping up hysteria, to speak at CPAC A German teenager dubbed the “anti-Greta” – climate sceptics’ answer to the schoolgirl activist Greta Thunberg – is set to address the biggest annual gathering of US grassroots conservatives. Related: Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai meet at Oxford University Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 11:47
Claim that celebrity campaigns cause ‘enormous damage’ draws ire from animal rights groups He has been called a diva and pretentious, and there are even those who don’t like his acting – but never before has Joaquin Phoenix been accused of causing mental health problems for British livestock farmers. On Tuesday, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) president, Minette Batters, changed all that, opening a new front against the US actor by claiming that he and other celebrity campaigners for veganism had played a part in demonising the UK’s meat producers and doing “enormous damage” to their wellbeing. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 11:30
Protecting against coastal flooding, boosting recycling and ensuring water security are now high priority initiatives Rising sea levels, water security and waste management are among the environmental challenges that Infrastructure Australia has, for the first time, elevated to the top tier of its priorities list. In its latest list, to be released on Wednesday, Infrastructure Australia said it was elevating environmental concerns because climate change was altering the water cycle and was projected to cause sea level rises of 0.4 to 0.6 metres. It also cited a renewed focus on “resilience” in the face of natural disasters. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 11:30
Money will go to Eastern Australia Agriculture – founded by energy minister Angus Taylor – for additional water to save rare wetlands The federal government is spending up to $2m buying water from Queensland agribusiness Eastern Australia Agriculture in a bid to keep an internationally significant wetlands from dying, despite paying $80m to the same company three years ago for water rights for the same purpose. The $80m purchase of overland flows from Eastern Australia Agriculture has been controversial and is now under scrutiny by Australian National Audit Office. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 07:48
Industry’s largest financier pledges to end loans to Arctic oil drillers and coalminers JP Morgan Chase is to end fossil fuel loans for Arctic oil drilling and phase out loans for coal mining under new climate initiatives. The world’s largest financier of fossil fuels set out its plans at an investor event on Tuesday, days after the bank’s economists warned that the climate crisis threatened the survival of humanity. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 06:42
MPs urge review of housing policy as Environment Agency warns against developments on floodplains The building of tens of thousands of homes on flood-prone land is worsening the damage to surrounding areas, Conservative MPs have said, as the head of the Environment Agency warned against new developments on floodplains. Tory backbenchers called on Boris Johnson to review the government’s housing policy over concerns that new homes were either not flood-proof or were exacerbating issues in neighbouring communities. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 04:15
The home affairs minister declares Islamic terror is leftwing extremism after being blasted by Labor for applying false equivalence Peter Dutton has declared that “leftwing terrorism” includes Islamist extremism after being blasted by Labor for applying false equivalence in the national security debate. Dutton’s intervention on Tuesday was triggered by a speech by the director general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) Mike Burgess. On Monday night, Australia’s top intelligence chief warned the threat of rightwing extremism in Australia was real and growing. Continue reading...