Author: Kerrod Trott

Talisman Sabre – rehearsal for war with China?

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) says “No!” to the Talisman Sabre War rehearsals currently in progress across much of Northern Australia. A spokesman for IPAN, Mr Bevan Ramsden, said:- “Although they are technically bilateral (between Australia and the USA), the American-style spelling of the exercises, used on alternate occasions, reveals their true nature. These exercises are mainly for the benefit of the military forces of the USA. These forces will practice their military tactics, with Australia and other nations (including the UK, NZ, Canada and Japan) as distinctly junior partners. They are a huge operation, with 34,000...

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Seabird numbers in decline – new report

Thirteen species of seabirds are declining off the coast of south-eastern Australia, a 17-year study by researchers at the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW Sydney revealed. Thirteen species of seabirds are declining off the coast of south-eastern Australia, a 17-year study by researchers at the Centre for Ecosystem Science at UNSW Sydney revealed. The species include iconic and globally threatened birds such as the enormous Wandering Albatross, as well as locally breeding Flesh-footed Shearwater. Working with data collected by seabird enthusiasts of the Southern Ocean Seabird Study Association, who regularly take boat trips out to sea from Port...

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Sydney looks at new ways to solve homelessness

Smart homes with eye scanners, pop up shelters in unused buildings and affordable ownership models are some of the innovative ideas shortlisted for the City of Sydney’s housing challenge. Jurors selected seven entries for new ideas for alternative housing models to increase affordable housing supply across our city and reduce housing stress. The shortlisted entries were whittled down from around 230 as part of the international challenge, which invited innovative housing ideas in the areas of delivery, financing, management, building, ownership and design. They include options for the creative use of space, innovative financing arrangements and socially sustainable models...

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Woollies working to end food waste

In a bid to tackle the $20 billion food waste problem in Australia and its commitment to reduce food waste from going to landfill, Woolworths has announced that 100% of its supermarkets now have an active food waste diversion program in place. From rescuing surplus fresh food and distributing it to hunger relief charity partners, donating stock feed to farmers or sending it for commercial organic composting, all Woolworths supermarkets nationwide now have at least one active food waste diversion partner in place. With these programs in place, Woolworths has recorded an average year-on-year reduction of 8 per cent...

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Cocos Islands drowning in plastic

A new survey on plastic pollution reveals that Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and the territory’s beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris. The study led by IMAS researcher Dr Jennifer Lavers, and co-author Dr Annett Finger from Victoria University estimates that beaches on the Indian Ocean islands are littered with 238 tonnes of plastic, including 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes. Dr Lavers said remote islands which don’t have large human populations depositing rubbish nearby are an indicator of the amount of plastic debris circulating in the world’s oceans. “Islands such as these are like...

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