Captivating footage of the the release of a whale entrapped in netting

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This is a wonderful video well worth watching!

Who’s looking out for the Ugly stuff? We are!

Some of Australia’s (no Earth’s) biggest celebs have come to the party to help the Wilderness Society spark a conversation about biodiversity.

Biodiversity — isn’t that boring?

No way! Especially when it’s sung by Rosario Dawson in a bug suit, with a cast of critters voiced by Cate Blanchett, Joel Edgerton, Claudia O’Doherty and more. So many wonderful people have given their time to make this music video happen, Diane. We want you to be first to see it.

Save Ugly is aimed squarely at the mainstream. We want all Australians to think about the intact ecosystems that make our living world go round — the very ecosystems Wilderness Society supporters like you have spent 40 years battling for.

We think you’ll agree, Diane, the story’s never been told quite like this before.

The creatures in this video are connected to work we do every day. Look out for the Mary River Turtle, whose habitat we played a role in saving from a proposed dam. And the South-Eastern Long-Eared Bat, which faces likely extinction if gas expansion goes ahead in the Pilliga.

Please watch the video and share it with all who’ll appreciate it. You can help spread the word.

Regards,
Team Ugly
The Wilderness Society

New studies show the wildly disproportionate effect humans have had on life on Earth.

Our planet’s 7.6 billion humans represent just 0.01 per cent of all living things, but that one species has caused the loss of 83 per cent of all wild mammals and half of plants, according to research from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The work was based on comprehensive estimates of the weight of every class of living creature.

Researchers calculated biomass using data from hundreds of studies, which used a range of techniques including satellite imagery and gene sequencing.

They assessed the biomass of different classes of organisms and mapped them against environments that such life could live in across the world.

Using carbon as the key measure, they found all life on Earth contains 550 billion tonnes of the element.

The analysts say bacteria make up 13 per cent of life on Earth, while plants represent 82 per cent That leaves all other creatures from insects and fungi to the largest quadrupeds, making up just 5 per cent of the world’s biomass.

“I was shocked to find there wasn’t already a comprehensive, holistic estimate of all the different components of biomass,” said lead author Professor Ron Milo.

“I would hope this gives people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth.”

Human activity has had such a profound, system-wide effect that some scientists consider this a new geological era – the Anthropocene.

The rise of corollary species such as the domestic chicken is considered one marker of the new era.

The study in question estimates poultry now makes up 70 per cent of all birds on the planet, leaving just 30 per cent in the wild.

Around 60 per cent of all mammals on Earth are livestock, mostly cattle and pigs, 36 per cent are human and 4 per cent are wild animals.

“It is pretty staggering,” said Prof Milo.

“In wildlife films, we see flocks of birds, of every kind, in vast amounts, and then when we did the analysis we found there are [far] more domesticated birds.

“It is definitely striking, our disproportionate place on Earth.

“When I do a puzzle with my daughters, there is usually an elephant next to a giraffe next to a rhino. But if I was trying to give them a more realistic sense of the world, it would be a cow next to a cow next to a cow and then a chicken.”

When the new estimates are compared with those for the time before humans became farmers, the study shows just one-sixth of wild mammals, from mice to elephants, remain today.

“Our dietary choices have a vast effect on the habitats of animals, plants and other organisms,” Prof Milo said.

“I would hope people would take this [work] as part of their world view of how they consume.

“I have not become vegetarian, but I do take the environmental impact into my decision making, so it helps me think, do I want to choose beef or poultry or use tofu instead?”

Koala

This joint event will be undertaken by KAI and MBKR at the Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre (CREEC) at 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary.

Vanda Grabowski, President, Koala Action Inc. (KAI) will provide a general koala education and awareness presentation which will be followed by a presentation given by Lindsay Wickson from Endeavour Veterinary Ecology on the koalas at the Amcor Petrie Mill Redevelopment site.

To conclude the day, Anika Lehmann, President, Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc. (MBKR) will provide an overview about what is involved in becoming a rescuer or transporter of sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

This will be followed by Dr Tania Bishop, Veterinarian, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital will provide an overview of the types of injuries and illnesses coming into the wildlife hospital and the rehabilitation process.

Dave Norman, Mango Hill, North Lakes Environment Group will be singing some of his wildlife-related songs during the breaks between the speakers.

Presentations will take an hour each including question time with a 30 min refreshment break between each speaker. Morning, afternoon tea and lunch will be supplied.

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

Please email Vanda on info@koalaactioninc.org or mykoalas@bigpond.net.au to confirm your booking or ring her on 0407 101 837.

 

With thanks Vanda (aka Wanda) Grabowski

 

President/Secretary, Koala Action Inc.

Representative, Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc.

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You can help protect them by supporting WWF-Australia to buy and remove the last full-time commercial gill net on the northern Great Barrier Reef!
This is big news. I can’t tell you how excited I am about the prospect of removing the last remaining full-time commercial gill net from Princess Charlotte Bay in the northern Great Barrier Reef. Opportunities like this, that will immediately save the lives of thousands of vulnerable sea creatures, just don’t come around very often.We’re currently deep in negotiations to buy this net. But first we need to raise the funds, so we can actually pay up once the final price has been agreed upon.

It’s a bold move. And we’re relying on your help to see it through.

Please, can you donate today to help buy this deadly net, and save the many dugongs, turtles and sharks that get entangled each year?

The northern Reef is home to one of the world’s biggest populations of dugongs, as well as other vulnerable marine life. But nets such as these pose a massive threat to their survival.

Gill nets hang like curtains in the sea and are designed to trap fish, however, there’s no safeguarding other sea creatures from becoming entangled. And once trapped, air-breathing animals can drown within minutes.

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The northern Reef should be a haven for the 6,500 dugongs that call it home, but the threat of net entanglement and drowning is growing as the area becomes more accessible to commercial gill net fishing.

We can’t just stand by and let this continue. That’s why, as well as helping to buy the net, your donation will also support our work towards a ‘Net-Free North’ – the creation of a net-free zone stretching from Cape Flattery to the Torres Strait. It will mean protection from commercial gillnetting for the long-term, and will create a dugong refuge larger than Tasmania!

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Here’s a rough map to show you how large this area is. Imagine how much of an impact your donation could have for the incredible marine life in these waters.

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Once the price is agreed, which we hope is very soon, we’ll only have a very short time to pay up. That’s why your support is so urgently needed today.

Please give what you can to remove this net, and help create one of the world’s biggest dugong havens on our northern Great Barrier Reef.

We know when we all pull together we can have a tremendous impact. Back in 2016, supporters like you helped us buy two fishing licences, saving up to 20,000 sharks a year. It was such an incredible result. If WWF supporters can all chip in again, we can do even more to protect an amazing eco-system and the wonderful wildlife that call it home.

Let’s buy this net and create a Net-Free North.

Thank you in advance.
Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia
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