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From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

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Editorial: The beef about meat

Firstly, let me declare an interest: I have been a vegetarian for 49 years, so tasty cow parts are not high on my agenda.

An operetta and children’s theatre for NORPA

NOPRA has announced recipients of the theatre company’s two artist residencies.

Dreaming about a bucket-list surfing and wellness holiday?

Have you always dreamt about traveling to exotic ‘bucket-list’ beach destinations like Bali or Vanuatu… or are your dreams...

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...

Ballina Shire for the next 4 years: time to have your say

The Ballina Shire Council’s Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2021/22 - 2024/25 will be on exhibition until the 28th of May with provisions for public feedback. 

Northern Star dimming under Murdoch shadow

As democracy advocates and journalists around the world did their best to acknowledge World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in regional Australia, The Northern Star was dimming.

Gary Opit, Brunswick Heads

Warren Kennedy is perfectly correct when he writes that large numbers of species have gone extinct since life began on this planet and that we should always try to minimise our effect on other species.

Scientists have estimated that up to 10 species every year naturally go extinct every year. Almost all of them are tiny invertebrates, and that most species survive for millions of years. Animals and plants large enough to see generally do not go extinct unless struck by major catastrophic events, both planet-wide and regional.

Periods of time when there were relatively few major extinctions were 75 million years, 113 million years, 37 million years, 148 million years and 66 million years in that order.

It was after these events that evolution speeded up, as surviving species evolved to fill the gaps in the planet’s ecological systems and scientists estimate that it took between 15 to 30 million years each time before the health of the Earth’s atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial organs had stabilised.

Regional events have caused some extinctions as sea levels rose or fell, slowly decreasing habitat or allowing immigrants to invade new territories often outcompeting the original residents.

Scientists estimate that humanity is now exterminating 1000 species a year and many of these are key species, essential for the maintenance of the planet’s life support systems.

Species most at risk are often the most successful and populous as they depend on the stability and health of the ecosystems in which they are embedded. Which is why I believe that humanity is highly endangered, being a species dependent on enormous food and energy resources from a collapsing biosphere caused by biodiversity extinctions.


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