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May 9, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants

  Ross Kendall The local league derby is always  and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of...

More money for Byron Shire roads and bridges

The NSW government has announced almost $5 million dollars in funding for Byron Shire infrastructure.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

Cartoon of the week – 5 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Thanks for Bob

Jo Faith, Newtown I wish to thank The Echo for printing the article by Bob Morgan, First Nations academic. This...

Thousands of sober stoners march for drug law reform in Nimbin

Nimbin HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said he was surprised at the high turn-out, given a heavy police presence on streets surrounding the rainforest village.

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby

Congratulations to The Echo for the climate crisis updates; I hope these are to be a regular weekly fixture. The mainstream media ignore most of these issues and when they cannot be ignored, like the current fires in the Amazon, they often get it wrong.

For the last couple of weeks we have been bombarded with stories of the Amazon being ‘the lungs of the earth’, ‘producing 20 per cent of our oxygen’, and ‘absorbing huge quantities of carbon dioxide’. None of these is true; they are myths that have been circulated so often that they have come to be accepted as facts despite the complete lack of evidence or logic to support them.

A mature, undisturbed forest, such as the Amazon was until a few decades ago, does not absorb any significant amount of CO2 or produce oxygen. To do that, it would have to increase the biomass of the forest, which by definition it does not do. Only a forest recovering from major disturbance or a newly established forest or plantation is absorbing CO2, keeping the carbon to increase its biomass and releasing oxygen to the atmosphere.

The important and climate-relevant thing any forest does is to store carbon, and if it is disturbed, for example by burning, that carbon is released to the atmosphere as CO2.

Oxygen is a non-issue; there is more than enough in the atmosphere for anything we can do, so take a few deep breaths and get organised to hit the streets at the next Global Climate Strike on September 20.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Hit the streets for what ??? To protest the lack of action the government is taking on GLOBAL Warming?? What are u doing as a individual ?? To minimize your carbon footprint ??? Talk the talk .”.walk the walk .”..ZERO coal , elimination process ”
    Back to the stone ages …not hard …its a emergency right …?? Well lets just see if you can
    Achieve this outcome for mother earth?? Otherwise the hypocrisy,

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