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Predators help humans far more than theyre given credit for, despite the antagonistic nature of the relationship, according to a review of studies. While predators and scavengers are a large source of conflict, such as big cats in Africa and Asia or dingoes in Australia, there are many examples where they may provide benefits to humans, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia, said in a statement. Our paper identifies studies that have shown these benefits across a broad spectrum. If reintroduced in parts of the U.S., mountain lions could help keep the deer population in check, which would likely lower the number of deer-car collisions, one study found. Photo by Julia Larsen Maher/WCS. Predators are typically better known for harassing pets and livestock, or being a source of disease, than they are for the valuable and often less visible services they provide. But predator numbers are down around the world: Leopards are found in less than a quarter of their historical range, for example, and most vulture species numbers are sliding too. Those types of trends have scientists worried that we might not understand predators importance before its too late. So OBryan and his colleagues combed the scientific literature, searching for information about how these animals impact our lives. Their review uncovered many examples of documented benefits from predators, from mountain lions reducing deer-vehicle collisions and bats saving corn farmers billions per year by reducing crop pests, to vultures savings millions in livestock
Steel Horses Cruising Motorcycles Social Club is typical of how small, niche clubs are becoming more popular while larger motorcycle clubs are struggling to retain members.
With its emphasis on small membership, riding every Sunday, plenty of social meetings and fun, the Brisbane-based club is the antithesis of big, impersonal and political clubs.
Most of our members have come from other clubs that are just too big, says president Steiny.
A big club is not necessarily a good thing. They can be too cliquey. Youre better off with a good core of members.
Steel Horses was started in Brisbane in 2009 by members of other motorcycle clubs. They wrote some rules and immediately incorporated the club for insurance reasons, so members knew they rode at their own risk.
It now has about 26 members and while they are always interested in new members, they see the club stabilising around an ideal 30 members.
Steiny says they did get a little too political at one stage, so they moved back to our roots of riding and social activities.
He says the club is an ideal size because everyone knows everyone else in the club and cliques dont develop like they do in bigger clubs.
Steel Horses has an emphasis on riding with a long ride (300-500km) every Sunday even if it falls on Christmas Day, plus unofficial breakfast ri...
Front Line Action on coal has again halted coal trains running to Adani-owned Abbot Point Coal Port.
Tayla Jay Haggarty is currently suspended above train lines running to the port, with her suspension system attached to the rails.
The Brisbane student hoisted herself into position high above Aurizons coal railway in the early hours of the morning, and alerted authorities that she had blocked the train line.
I think its really sad but also interesting that for me, as a person, to peacefully occupy this tree is a crime, but the actions of corporations such as Adani who are profiting off the destruction of this beautiful country are not only accepted but encouraged by this government. said Ms Haggarty.
Frontline Action on Coal has been active in Bowen and the Galilee region for almost six months now and has stopped work on the construction of a new rail line and operations at the Abbot Point coal terminal numerous times.
The group has already caused significant financial burden to the Adani and Aurizon companies through work delays, demonstrating a high level of risk to potential investors.
We expect that the Queensland government will adhere to their promise to not approve any public funds for Adanis disastrous coal mine, and veto any NAIF loan to Aurizon for a new rail line Ms Haggarty said. We will continue to use peaceful measures to disrupt any company that threatens the Galilee with dangerous fossil fuel projects.
Brisbane motorcycle custom shop Ellaspede is running a new event called Backroads or Bust where you could be a winner simply for showing up on time!
The ride is on March 3 from Brisbane to Byron Bay along the backroads over the border, but with a twist!
Its not the fastest to get to the destination who is the winner, but the rider who arrives at a precise elapsed time, says spokesman Hughan Seary.
Weve done a few checkpoint and standard time road rides before, but this is the first one with a cash prize for the rider who arrives closest to our standard time, he says.
The purpose of the event is just to have a big old road ride as we havent done one for a while.
Plus well be finishing up at The Department of Simple Things in Byron Bay, which is a rad mens shop that will be featuring some of the Ellaspede soft goods during the month of March.
Its typical of Ellaspede to organise unusual events such as their annual Dust Hustle.
Riders pay $30 to enter which includes a coffee at Ellaspede in Brisbanes West End, coffee at the halfway stop at Iron & Resin Garage on the Gold Coast and a barbecue lunch at the finish point.
And $10 from each entry goes into a prize pool for the rider who arrives closest to the allotted time.
Riders will be sent off in waves and timed. The closest to the standard time previously recorded by Ellaspede riders obeying the route and legal speed limits.
Were currently sitting at just under 60 already registered and Id like to get at least 100 so that we can give away $1000 cash, Hughan says....
I am delighted to publish this guest post from my colleague Nick Behrens from QEAS on the GST redistribution inquiry currently being undertaken by the Productivity Commission. Views expressed are Nicks, and are not necessarily shared by me. That said, I find it regrettable the PCs draft inquiry report advances options that forgive WA for its poor public financial management during the term of the Barnett Government, to the detriment of all other states and territories. Queensland certainly needs to exert influence on the PC inquiry before it finalises its report later this year, as Nick argues below. GT
Has Queensland dropped the ball on the GST Carve-Up Review?
by Nick Behrens, Director, QEAS
Many readers will no doubt be aware that the Productivity Commission is currently undertaking an inquiry into Australias system of horizontal fiscal equalisation (HFE), which underpins the distribution of GST revenue, and has been an issue of hot contention among States and Territories for decades. The Inquiry is considering the influence the current system of HFE has on productivity, efficiency and economic growth and whether there may be preferable alternatives.
I have previously asked is this Inquiry a threat or an opportunity for Queensland given that in 2017-18 as a State we will receive close to $15 billion in GST or 24 per cent of all money available despite having only 20 per cent of Australias population. My view is it is undoubtedly a threat.
The proposal with the most profound implications for Queensland is that HFE should no longer aim to raise the fiscal capacity of each state to same as the highest state (currently WA), but instead to the average or to the second highest State (currently NSW). If actioned, Queensland will continue to be a net beneficiary of GST distribution. However, the extent of our benefit would be reduced by $729 million each year if HFE is to the second highest state or by $1.6 billion if it is to the average. These numbers would change from year-to-year, as the extent of HFE in Queenslands favour varies from year-to-year, and has at times resulted in a re-distribution away from Queensland (when we were penalised for high royalty revenue). However Queensland has generally been a beneficiary of HFE, and the PCs proposals are expected to be adverse for the State over the long-term.
My fear is that Queensland is being outgunned in the war among States in advancing their interests. It appears we may be more reliant on political rhetoric to progress our case as opposed to the substance of good representation underpinned and advanced through evidence and statistical research. While there are some very good and well reasoned arguments advanced in the Queensland Governments submissions, I think we can do considerably better. Ou...
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Forget clicktivism, where concerned citizens take a stance through social media: anti-Adani protesters from all over Australia, millennial through to baby-boomer and beyond, are taking direct action.
Twelve environmental activists have returned to the northern rivers from Bowen, in north-central QLD, where they participated in a protest camp partly aimed at stopping the proposed Adani mega-mine.
The pilgrimage began in Coffs Harbour for some, before protesters from the Byron and Tweed shires climbed on board a repurposed yellow school bus last week destined for Camp Nudja, about eighty kilometres southwest of Adanis coal export port at Abbot Point.
Protesters included a naturopath in her forties from Bangalow, a filmmaker and a worker, both in their twenties and from Mullumbimby, and a former schoolteacher and former builder in their sixties living in Pottsville.
Liisa Rusanen described herself as a mother of two from Coffs Harbour who had never locked on in protest before.
But last week she joined other anti-coal protesters to discreetly plan a very public anti-Adani protest: a temporary shutdown of the companys coal-export operations at Abbot Point.
We knew how to stop the conveying belts before we got there, said Ms Rusanen.
We were locked on for about six or seven hours in the end.
The first thing police did when they arrived was take our food and water, and they told us we were welcome to have food and water if we released ourselves, but they werent going to give it to us as long as we were locked on.
QLD police arrested Ms Rusanen and four other protesters locked to the conveyor belt on Thursday.
1777 - Capt. James Cook anchored the Resolution in Adventure Bay
on his third southern expedition.
1788 - Gov Phillip and his men were warned away from the
southern end of Botany Bay by Aboriginal People with spears
shouting, Wirra, Wirra! . Later that arvo one of Phillip's men was
ordered to drop his dacks to answer questions the Indigenous People
had about the sex of these white people.
1790 - Fletcher Christian, that dashing daring dude made a BBQ of The Bounty to stop any mutineers from changing their minds....yep, that'll do it Fletcher!
1796 - Blasphemy!!! A general order was issued in the colony that prohibited all distilling of spirits.
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