Author: Kerrod Trott

Climate change drying soil, threatening water supplies

The widespread drying of soils, due to higher evaporation rates due to global warming, is shrinking water supplies to the point that drought-like conditions may become the norm in many parts of Australia. At a news conference held in Sydney, Prof Ashish Sharma of the University of New South Wales – who led the most exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers to date – said that climate models had predicted that, for every 1˚C of warming, the warmer atmosphere would be able to store 7% more moisture. The models also expected that this would lead to a roughly...

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Lonely Christmas looming for many

A new Australian Red Cross survey reveals around one in three Australians recall feeling isolated or lonely last festive season. Of those of who recalled feeling isolated, close to half said it was because friends and family were far away, and four out of ten felt out of place with those nearby. As Australia turns its focus to reconnecting with friends, family and festive celebrations, Red Cross launches its annual Season of Belonging appeal. CEO of Australian Red Cross Judy Slatyer said: “Our survey shows that one in three of us felt a little lonely this time last year,...

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Make your seafood feast sustainable this Christmas

Australia’s peak marine NGO is calling on all ocean loving Australians who also love their seafood to shop sustainably this festive season. AMCS Sustainable Seafood Program Manager, Adrian Meder said, “The festive season is a great time to enjoy quality, fresh seafood from around Australia. But none of us want our ocean wildlife and their homes harmed just to put seafood on our plates. Some fisheries continue to impact threatened dolphins, endangered sharks and turtles. “Australians are looking for healthy Australian seafood choices that are genuinely sustainable. By using our independent, user friendly guide we can help ensure there...

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Australia isolated on climate change: Oxfam

Australia is poised to fall even further behind in the global race to tackle climate change amid a groundswell of support for urgent action, Oxfam Australia warned today as leaders from across the globe gathered in Poland for the United Nation’s annual climate change conference. Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Simon Bradshaw, who is in Poland attending COP 24, said the Australian Government was continuing to ignore the undeniable and pressing need to step up its commitments in the face of the dire warnings of failing to do so. “Australia has failed to heed the insurmountable evidence of what...

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Please help Micah Projects’ Christmas Hamper Appeal!

Each year at Christmas, with the help of volunteer supporters, Micah Projects provide opportunities for the people they work with to celebrate and enjoy the festive season. Last year, they organised, packed and delivered over 500 food and fresh fruit hampers for the individuals and families they support. You can help by donating goods from our Hampers list or money to purchase fresh fruit and groceries.  Micah Projects urgently need NON-PERISHABLE food items for our hampers. You can also help to prepare and deliver Hampers on Monday 24th December 2018. There are many volunteering opportunities available. Roles are:    ...

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