Environment and Vegetation

Save our elms brochure

Spring is coming on, and many elms around Bathurst will once again be under attack.

This is a guide (see PDF file attached) to treating elms for Elm Leaf Beetle. BCCAN does not have the expertise to advise; this brochure is offered for information only.

National Tree Day 2017

The following is a media release from Bathurst Regional Council

Bathurst Regional Council and Planet Ark are inviting residents to take part in a local National Tree Day event on Saturday, 29 July.

This year’s event will take place at O’Keefe Park located along Eglinton Road, Abercrombie. The aim of the event is to assist with rehabilitating the Macquarie River by planting native riparian plants along the banks of the river.

Life Cycle of an Elm Leaf Beetle (Xanthogaleruca luteola)

Elm leaf beetle diagramBy David Goldney

Climate Change and Ocean Pollution

Climate Change and Ocean Pollution

By Laurana Smith

(B.A. Resource and Environmental Studies and former Environmental Officer)

 

 Introduction

When we think of Climate Change we often think of rising sea levels threatening coastal real estate and agricultural land, and shifting weather patterns with predicted increases in extremes of drought and intense storm events. However, there is another less well understood threat: the potential for a significant increase in pollution, in particular coastal and ocean pollution.

Chris Marshall's paper on the Bathurst landscape

Chris & Mary Marshall have now retired to the south coast. They will be sorely missed by environmentalists in Bathurst. You can read Chris's outstanding paper on the Bathurst landscape by downloading the PDF.

More City Shade Trees, Please!

Street tree foliage, Bathurst

By Warwick Artis

Bathurst’s extended CBD area currently has an estimated 2% street tree canopy cover that compares very poorly with the recent survey of 39 council areas in NSW where the benchmark is 15% to 20%.  

Greens NSW response to BCCAN questions

Re: Greens NSW response to the Bathurst Community Climate Action Network questions for candidates in the 2015 Bathurst State Elections.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on issues of concern to your organisation in the lead up to the 2015 state election.

I am responding in my capacity as the energy spokesperson for the Greens NSW. The below answers to your questions have been developed in conjunction with my colleagues David Shoebridge, Jeremy Buckingham and Mehreen Faruqi, who have responsibility for some of the issues raised.

Cas Coleman's (ALP Candidate Bathurst) Response to BCCAN questions

Q 1 Do you consider climate change to be a serious threat? What State government policies would you advocate to combat climate change?

Yes it is a serious threat. I advocate policies that will increase the use of renewable sources of electricity, improve renewable energy technology and drive NSW towards a renewable energy economy.

A NSW Labor government will:

Deliver 20% of the state’s electricity use from renewable sources by 2020, and legislate this target.

Spaceship Earth in Trouble

By Scott Paterson

The entire population, faced by the threat of climate change, has been flung into a state of complete panic (below right)

In 2003:

"[Critics of the pact] often say, half-jokingly and half-seriously, that Russia is a northern country and if temperatures get warmer by two or three degrees Celsius it's not that bad - we could spend less on warm coats and agricultural experts say that grain harvests would increase further," he told the conference."
 -- Vladimir Putin, President of Russia1

In 2010:

At a meeting of international sporting officials in Moscow on July 30, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced that in 14 regions of the country, "practically everything is burning. The weather is anomalously hot." Then, as TV cameras zoomed in on the perspiration shining on his forehead, Medvedev announced, "What's happening with the planet's climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate."
 -- Dimitri Medvedev, President of Russia 2

After hurricane Sandy 2013:

Local climate group calls on council to oppose Coal Seam Gas extraction

Media Release: 19th August 2014

Bathurst Community Climate Action Network supports the call for a no coal seam gas policy for Bathurst Regional Council.

Councillors should represent the community’s concerns over the extraction of coal seam gas, said Tracey Carpenter, President of BCCAN. Farmers, environmentalists are united in their opposition to further expansion of the toxic and damaging processes used in CSG extraction throughout Australia. We do not support any expansion of the climatically endangering and polluting fossil fuel industry here or anywhere else.

4Corners report "Battle for the Reef"

Last night's 4Corners report  "Battle for the Reef" is likely to be of interest to BCCAN members.

In January, the body tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef approved a plan to dump three million cubic metres of dredge spoil inside the marine park to expand the Abbot Point coal port.

The decision by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has shocked and angered the scientific community. Internal documents obtained by Four Corners reveal deep divisions between the scientists and bureaucrats behind the decision. They show that the dumping was approved despite previous recommendations from senior scientists that it be rejected.

"That decision has to be a political decision. It is not supported by science at all, and I was absolutely flabbergasted when I heard." - Dr Charlie Veron, marine scientist

Coal Mine's Rejection on Global-Warming Grounds Has Major Implications (ICN)

Inside Climate News reports that an American federal judge "has blocked a coal project in the wilds of Colorado because federal agencies failed to consider the future global-warming damages from burning fossil fuels."

U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson's decision halts exploration proposed by Arch Coal that would have bulldozed six miles of roads on 1,700 untrammeled acres of public land.

When the agencies touted the supposed economic benefits of expanded coal mining in the Sunset Roadless Area, Jackson ruled, they should also have considered any global-warming costs.

The argument is a reasonable, and sensible one, insofar as not defining the environmental costs, to any degree, implies there is zero cost, which in light of current global circumstances is clearly not the case:

In the Colorado case, the judge wrote, "by deciding not to quantify the costs at all, the agencies effectively zeroed out the cost."

That violated a key precept of the National Environmental Policy Act, the judge said, which requires a "hard look" at all the environmental costs of government decisions.

Taking care of investments and environment

"We are also seeing an increased focus on the risks of stranded fossil fuel assets, evidenced by growing divestiture trends

Thea Ormerod, president of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, recently gave a presentation at Rahamim on the benefits of channeling our investments away from fossil fuel industries.

As Thea explained, "voting with our feet" when we change our banking provider sends a significant message to the banks. She believes that, while recycling is beneficial to the environment, ethical investments (changing banks, super funds) are more effective in accelerating change toward a clean-energy future.

"Investing in an ethically managed fund or super fund is one of the biggest, yet easiest, things someone can do to make a real difference on a range of environmental and social issues."   [Source: http://www.arrcc.org.au/invest-ethically]

Now comes yesterday's announcement in the Australian Financial Review (and on the Bendigo Bank website) that

"Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has become the first major bank to publicly oppose investing in coal and gas projects, joining a number of big super funds making similar moves."

Great Western Highway Upgrade Through Kelso

Here is the latest draft plan for the upgrade to the Great Western Highway from Boyd Street to Ashworth Drive.  In summary, the improvement consists of road-side trees from Littlebourne Street to Ashworth Drive.  However, no trees are planned for the section from Boyd Street to Littlebourne Street.

A peerless evening

Christopher Monckton’s denial that climate change is human induced is like a snake oil salesman telling you what is easier to hear. Only that this salesman is paid for by those who have a vested interest in people not facing reality says Tracey Carpenter President of Bathurst Community Climate Action Network.

She says the antics of the British classics scholar and hereditary peer would be amusing if his views were not so dangerous.

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