Invasion of the Yellow Crazy Ants!

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WDC Successes 2012 Video

To learn more, please visit the WDC web site.

A Simple Choice

The video below is from Animals Australia but is relevant to other countries, including the UK.

New Species of Bottlenose Dolphin Discovered

Mongabay reports that, remarkably, a new species of dolphin has been found in … Australia.

Apparently, there have only been three new dolphin species formally described and recognised since the late 1800s so this discovery is a major event. The newly identified dolphin has been named the Burrunan dolphin after “an Australian aboriginal name given to dolphins in the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung and Taungurung languages, meaning ‘large sea fish of the porpoise kind.'”

Burrunan Dolphin (Tursiops australis)

Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis). Picture courtesy of Monash University.

Action Alert: Stop Live Animal Exports

This video shows evidence collected during WSPA’s recent investigation into the mistreatment of Australian sheep.  Please support WSPA’s campaign to stop live animal exports.  Thank you.

Dolphins Learn to Walk Just For Fun

When I read that studies in Australia by WDCS have revealed an increasing number of dolphins in the wild are teaching themselves to “walk”, I was surprised and intrigued.

Adelaide’s Port River dolphins in Australia have been observed for the past 24 years and two adult female dolphins, Billie and Wave, have been documented tail walking; it seems that tail walking is now spreading through the Port River dolphin community with four other individuals having been seen perfecting their “walking” techniques.

Tail walking is very rare in the wild and in thousands of hours of observation only one other dolphin has ever been observed tail walking in the Port River and then only once. The Port Adelaide dolphins are now tail walking many times each day.

It appears that tail walking has no practical function and is performed just for fun – akin to human dancing or gymnastics.

Please read the WDCS article for further details.

Victoria’s Proposed Brown Coal Power Station a Mistake

Dr. Tim Flannery’s call on Premier John Brumby to stop Victoria’s proposed brown coal power station comes as public opposition mounts against the proposal to build a 600-megawatt plant in the Latrobe Valley.

As of last week, the Environment Protection Authority had received more than 4,000 submissions on the project, most of them objections. The authority said it had never received so many submissions for a project under assessment.

Dr. Flannery told the Sunday Age the future of coal was uncertain and the plant, costing A$750 million, would be waste of money. He said if the power station was approved, voters would not trust Mr. Brumby’s recent announcement to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. ”You can build as much solar as you want, but if you build new brown coal power plants you will not reach your target,” Dr. Flannery said. ”This is a grossly polluting plant and it will be around for 50 years.”

Please visit this page for the full article.

I would go further than Dr. Flannery and say fossil fuels (and nuclear) have no place in a world trying to combat climate change.

What the article does not mention is an oft overlooked additional problem with coal: the impact on human health.  Take the report Coal’s Assault on Human Health by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) for instance.

The report takes a new look at the impacts of coal on the human body.  Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health and the report looks at the cumulative harm inflicted by those pollutants on three major body organ systems: the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system and the nervous system.  The report also considers coal’s contribution to global warming and the health implications of global warming.

Each step of the coal life-cycle – mining, transportation, washing, combustion and disposing of post-combustion waste – impacts human health.  Coal combustion has been linked to these diseases/conditions: asthma exacerbations, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stunted lung development, lung cancer, cardiac arrhythmias, acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, ischemic stroke and developmental delay.  Coal combustion is also suspected of being a cause of asthma development.

the report Coal’s Assault on Human Health by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).PSR is an American non-profit advocacy organization that is the medical and public health voice for policies to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment –  in 1985 they shared the Nobel Peace Prize for building public awareness and pressure to end the nuclear arms race. 

The Coal’s Assault on Human Health report takes a new look at the impacts of coal on the human body.  Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health and the report looks at the cumulative harm inflicted by those pollutants on three major body organ systems: the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system and the nervous system.  The report also considers coal’s contribution to global warming and the health implications of global warming.

Each step of the coal life-cycle – mining, transportation, washing, combustion and disposing of post-combustion waste – impacts human health.  Coal combustion has been linked to these diseases/conditions: asthma exacerbations, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stunted lung development, lung cancer, cardiac arrhythmias, acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, ischemic stroke and developmental delay.  Coal combustion is also suspected of being a cause of asthma development.  the report Coal’s Assault on Human Health by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).PSR is an American non-profit advocacy organization that is the medical and public health voice for policies to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment –  in 1985 they shared the Nobel Peace Prize for building public awareness and pressure to end the nuclear arms race.

The Coal’s Assault on Human Health report takes a new look at the impacts of coal on the human body.  Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health and the report looks at the cumulative harm inflicted by those pollutants on three major body organ systems: the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system and the nervous system.  The report also considers coal’s contribution to global warming and the health implications of global warming.

Each step of the coal life-cycle – mining, transportation, washing, combustion and disposing of post-combustion waste – impacts human health.  Coal combustion has been linked to these diseases/conditions: asthma exacerbations, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stunted lung development, lung cancer, cardiac arrhythmias, acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, ischemic stroke and developmental delay.  Coal combustion is also suspected of being a cause of asthma development.