Sunday, October 26, 2008

threats to rainforest

Soy and palm oil seem to be the major threats to rainforest. Palm oil in South-east Asia and soy in the Amazon.

Friday, October 17, 2008

mammals at risk

The updated Red List of Endangered Species was release in early October and ther 1141 species of threatened mammals on the list. That's 25% and 1 in 2 are facing a shrinking population.

Australia's mammals are the most at risk in the developed world: 59 are threatened which one in five. Fifty of those are found nowhere else. The Tasmanian Devil has been the most surprising move on the endangered list due to a viciously "infectious" facial cancer (if it is infectious is it a cancer?)

Total list is 44838 of which more thatn 38% or 16,928 are at risk and 3000 are critically endangered (the highest category of risk so: vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered).

Saturday, October 11, 2008 - I wish that existed

Whinging about Qantas has become a favored Australian pasttime. I've just shot of a letter of complaint. Will I have anymore satisfaction than Mike Keily?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

components of greenhouse emissions

Transport is around 15% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, and more than 50% of that comes from cars. Landfill creates methane which is 23 times more potent than carbon as a greenhouse gas.