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Audit criticises VicForests application for FSC rating

Stephen Cauchi, The Age, July 5, 2014

VicForests needs to ''significantly'' improve its care of the state's forests if it wants international accreditation of its timber products, according to an unflattering audit.

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Leadbeater's possum death fuels survival fears

Bridie Smith, The Age, June 26, 2014

Conservation scientists have expressed concern about the genetic health of the last population of lowland Leadbeater's possums, after a fatally diseased possum arrived at Healesville Sanctuary from the wild and died.

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Auditor-General report slams federal Environment Department checks

Lisa Cox, SMH, June 21, 2014

Environmental checks on new mines, waste dumps and resource developments are not being properly carried out, according to a damning audit of the federal Environment Department.

An Auditor-General's report has highlighted serious problems with the department's enforcement of environment laws and slammed its "passive" approach to ensuring developers comply with conditions to protect areas such as the Great Barrier Reef.

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Audit office uncovers serious problems with Environment Department's monitoring of major projects

Jake Sturmer, ABC, June 20, 2014

Serious deficiencies have been found in the Department of Environment's monitoring of major projects, according to a report from the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO).

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Australia’s economy will suffer if we fall behind on climate action

Martijn Wilder, The Conversation, June 18, 2014

Australia’s economy faces grave threats from climate change, but the greatest threat is if we do not make a serious effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s not just the physical impacts of climate change that will hurt Australia’s economy. In a new report released today by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, I and others argue that falling behind on reducing greenhouse gas emissions leaves Australia’s economy vulnerable to global efforts to tackle climate change.

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Anti-mine group Save the Tarkine scores court win in battle to halt Shree Minerals venture

Claire Todd, ABC, 18th June, 2014.

Anti-mining group Save the Tarkine has had a court win as it tries to stop production permanently at Shree Minerals' new iron mine in Tasmania's north-west.

The group has won the right to see why the company has been allowed to store acid-producing rock above ground.

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To save Australia’s mammals we need a change of heart

John Woinarski, Peter Harrison, The Coversation, June 12, 2014

Twenty-nine Australian land mammals have become extinct over the last 200 years, and 56 are currently facing extinction. These losses and potential losses represent over a third of the 315 species present at the time of European settlement.

We recently published the first review of all Australian mammals, finding that Australia has the worst rate of mammal extinctions in the world, and the situation isn’t improving thanks to feral predators such as cats.

In response, Environment Minister Greg Hunt has proposed investing in research for a cat-killing disease as a form of biological control. But while biological control will be part of the solution, it is not the silver bullet. The real solution will have to involve a change of heart.

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Sounds of a wild night in the forest

ABC Radio National - Off Track, Saturday 31 May 2014

The sun is setting, slowly dipping the forest into darkness. It’s weakening grasp on the day releases the cold air from its grip on the ground.

Around you, the forest is singing a song about the passage of time, if only you know how to listen.

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Letters in the Age - May 31, 2014

The Age Letters, May 31, 2014

State's disregard for science and economics

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Axe VicForests or chop off the public money

Josh Gordon, The Age, May 28, 2014

The age of entitlement is alive and well in Victoria. At least when it comes to the logging of native forests, a proposition that has become so financially fraught the government is considering getting into the business of firewood collection and chipboard production just to prop it up.

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