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Mass extinction around the corner for a million species: UN report
Over a million species of plants and animals are under threat of extinction, according to a major report which says nature is in more trouble now that at any time in human history. Species are being lost at a rate tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past, and the disaster is a direct result of decades of human activity scarring the land and sea. The findings of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, put together for the United Nations by 450 experts from 50 countries, found more than half a million species ‘have insufficient habitat for long-term survival’ and will likely go extinct, many within decades. Despite the apocalyptic scenario, scientists say there is still time to save the Earth if governments, companies and individuals take action. 

UN Report


UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

PARIS, 6 May – Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.
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Also: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-06/biggest-global-assessment-of-biodiversity-sounds-dire-warnings/11082940
and:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/06/human-society-under-urgent-threat-loss-earth-natural-life-un-report  

and yet some landholders in Qld still throw a tantrum when the government tries to do something curtail unsustainable tree clearing.


Federal Election Sat 18 May

Vote For the Environment

             Capricorn Conservation Council is non party political and does not support any specific candidate or political party.  However we do urge people to think seriously about environmental issues, inform themselves of the environmental policies of the various parties and candidates, and VOTE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT at the upcoming election.         

This election will be a watershed for how Australia deals with the major issues that we face, in particular - Action on Climate Change.  Please give your highest priority to those parties and candidates who have a positive plan for addressing Climate Change.  It isn't that hard.

Remember to number every square for the House of Reps and
number 1 to 6 above the line or 1 to 12 below the line for the Senate


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Rookwood Weir - what a waste of money 

At last someone has been game enough to declare that "The Emperor has No Clothes".   ( - but nobody is listening, including The Rockhampton Morning Bully and all politicians,)

 Infrastructure Australia  has announced in a media release on 13 July 2018 that the costs of the project are likely to exceed benefits, and that the weir will deliver much more water than what's actually needed. 
Infrastructure Australia says the business case does not support the short and long-term reasons for building the weir.  
"The short-term need to provide an additional 4,000 megalitres of water to the Livingstone Shire Council region does not currently require the construction of a weir which could provide 76,000 megalitres each year," the body says in an assessment released on Friday.   It also points to an uncertain demand for water for irrigated agriculture.

"The other driver for the project - connecting the Lower Fitzroy River to Awoonga Dam to diversify supply - is a longer-term need and most likely not required until 2037," it says.  
"There is significant risk with the uncertain demand for additional water, particularly for irrigated agriculture."

Infrastructure Australia said more work needed to be done to strike binding customer agreements for the water the weir would provide, and therefore greater economic certainty.

"Infrastructure Australia has not included the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project (Rookwood Weir) as a Priority Project on the Infrastructure Priority List at this time."


In spite of this, politicians of all major parties, including Council mayors, are lining up to support this ridiculous project which has really become just a "make work" scheme.  


In a breathtaking piece of nonsense logic, politicians are blatently saying that the weir can provide for irrigated agriculture and prevent Rockhampton from running out of water in dry years.  Well, if you use the water for agriculture, then in dry years there will be nothing left to save Rocky.   You can't have both.  

CCC has long opposed the spending of a huge amount of taxpayer money on an enormous white elephant.  This weir will greatly reduce the habitat of the two turtles that inhabit the Fitzroy River.    
See Rookwood page 



Middle Island Underwater Observatory (MIUO)
 Read here CCC's summary of concerns  regarding the safety and condition of Middle Island Underwater Observatory. Could the saga of Tower’s rusting Tower of Fable be a lost sketch from BBC’s “Yes Minister” or “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” – King of Swamp Castle: “When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. And that one sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that’s what you’re going to get, Son, the strongest castle in all of England.


Outraged? Here’s some useful contacts to state your views:

GBRMPA: (07) 4750 0700
QPWS
Marine Parks: 13 QGOV (13 74 68) 
Federal MP for Capricornia: (07) 4922 6604               
State MP for Keppel: (07) 4939 5732
Federal Environment Minister: https://onlineservices.environment.gov.au/contact-your-minister

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Tree Clearing

Broadscale Tree Clearing
  When the LNP came to power with Campbell Newman as  Premier in 2012, tree clearing controls were greatly relaxed.  Clearing rates sky-rocketed.  Queenslanders are now clearing about 250,000 hectares  per year. Most of what is yet to be cleared is the more marginal country.  Land clearing is the biggest single contributor to species extinction, for which we have the worst record in the world.  
For more analysis of  policies of the main parties concering environmental issues for this election go to these websites:
Australian Conservation Foundation  
Queensland Conservation Council  
National Parks Association Qld.
World Wildlife Fund 



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