Over the last few decades, modern industrialised agriculture has wrought havoc on natural systems. It has razed forests, decimated biodiversity, and has done immense damage to soils.
Today, 5 June, is World Environment Day and the theme is ‘Time for Nature’. It is a theme that asks you to consider the fact that the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate of the earth are what allows us to exist and inhabit this small blue dot in the ever expanding universe.
As the government talks about getting the economy going by proposing the removal of regulations on development, subsidising gas and reducing environmental requirements for coal seam gas development the Rainforest 4 Foundation is taking the opposite approach.
Lismore Councillors are calling on both state and federal governments for support as the community and Council’s workforce suffer disaster fatigue.
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Farmers, forests and climate change: The way that humans use and change the land and its vegetation can have a profound effect on the climate, and can either counteract or exacerbate climate change.
After the fires have gone there are innumerable jobs to do to get farmers and graziers back up and running. A little of your time can make all the difference...
Byron Shire Council is coming to the aid of rural residents who are currently waiting over five weeks to receive drinking water. The Council has now repurposed one of its water carting trucks for drinking water delivery to assist residents who are running short of water.
What’s the NSW government doing about the drought? The Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019 was debated in Parliament last Wednesday, and Byron Shire-based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin presented its second reading.
The drought in parts of northeast New South Wales and southeast Queensland since January is officially the worst on record since 1900, while other areas have had total rainfall figures that are half the average.
The council’s target is for residents to use 160 litres per person per day.
The water minister's plan seem to be to keep pouring out the drought relief and praying for rain in the delusion that once the drought breaks, we can all get back to normal.
Just because we don’t hear about it, that doesn’t mean the drought is over and farmers are still struggling to make ends meet.
The humble Bangalow palms at the entrance to Ewingsdale Road are dead and dying following the driest January on record. But Byron Council says it has no plans to water them.
We often have moments between December and March when we think that this is the hottest summer ever. Well it turns out, this year it is!
Mullumbimby is going green in support of drought affected farmers and they are asking everyone to get involved and dig deep on this Friday November 16.
‘Stormy weather,’ she sings. ‘Yeah right,’ I think, looking out over the valley from my shack under the cliffs. A bit of stormy weather would be good right now. The valley hasn’t seen rain for a while.
There is a range of initiatives happening across the Shire, not least the six trucks with bales of feed that the Mullumbimby Co-Op sent out to struggling farmers on Monday.
Many people in the Northern Rivers district are wondering if there is to be something organised in the way of drought relief this year, as many of our farmers are suffering the worst drought in living memory.
Peter Olson, Goonengerry. From January 1 to June 15 Byron Shire received 1.2 metres or 47 inches less rain than it normally does, a trend that actually began two years ago for the whole east coast of New South Wales.