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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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Is hydrogen part of a sustainable energy future?

There’s a lot to like about hydrogen. For starters, it’s abundant. Hydrogen can store excess renewable power. When liquified, it’s more energy intense than fossil alternatives. In a fuel cell, it can generate electricity. When it’s burned, the only by-product is water.

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Miracles left, right and centre?

It's emerged Scott Morrison had used a taxpayer-funded VIP jet to attend a Pentecostal conference on the Gold Coast.

Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

Government fails to support dying at home in Northern Rivers

Approaching the subject of dying is always tricky, often awkward, and never easy. But when you are faced with caring for someone at the end of their life, it helps if you can find support from people who have already navigated the path.

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.

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm

Hilary Bain’s well intentioned article encouraging seed saving, promising acclimated seeds for everyone, seems to ignore national migration – the hungry hordes from the cities decending on our quaint little shire. I am envisaging sweet vegans facing up to marauding Hells Angel-like gangs, ‘But they’re my seeds!’

Of course Hilary and I would also prefer to ignore the sudden threshold of species death that applies to plants as much as humans.

When some combination of temperature, and dryness or humidity, non-linearly overwhelms the physiology, a whole species of food or predator suddenly collapses irreversibly.

We must avoid placing all our seeds under one band-aid. Too much focus on mitigation is a path to palliation. Our best chance of survival is the uncompromising path of rapid environmental restoration, and the obliteration of the fossil fuel industry. Otherwise life on Earth could make the cold poisonous soils of Mars feel like paradise.

Extinction Rebellion needs everyone, and every part of everyone.

Right now, this week, when you have finished reading The Echo, you and friends can take a break, drive to Varsity Lakes, and catch a train to Brissy.

Come and stand beside us in non-violence to awaken arguments that can lead us to restore our beautiful World.

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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

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Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.