" But in the clamor to save and spread the world’s forests, are grasslands getting the short end of the stick?
In a recent issue of Science, William Bond, a grasslands researcher and professor at the University of Cape Town, writes that “old growth” grasslands around the world are threatened by the purposeful planting of forest where none was before – a process called “afforestation.” This differs from “reforestation,” in which trees are planted in a previously deforested area. A big issue at play here is the lack of research on tropical grassy ecosystems, Bond writes. He’s concerned that not all of the land presumed deforested has actually been artificially cleared, and that planned reforestation efforts could actually be accidental afforestation – destroying native grasslands in the process.
This, Bond says, could not only be bad for the grasslands themselves and the wildlife that inhabit them, but also for the global climate. He points to the albedo – solar reflection – ability of grasslands. He writes that while forests sequester carbon and help keep it out of the atmosphere, their dark canopies absorb solar radiation, which in turn warms the air. Light-colored grasslands, on the other hand, reflect that radiation back towards space.
Grasslands – tropical grasslands, in particular – have high levels of biodiversity and are home to multitudes of species, many which depend on their ecosystems’ unique conditions to survive. "
A Broelman cartoon for the Bushwacker blog at Farming Ahead.
'OPINION: Multiple partners with differing agendas a recipe for disaster' " In addition to the Murray Darling Basin Authority and its plan, there are four state governments with very distinct and at times directly opposing interests; then there is the Council of Australian Governments that has attempted to wrangle the involved states through the Intergovernmental Agreement on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray Darling Basin; with the added Federal oversight of the Council on Federal Financial Relations through its National Partnership Agreement on Implementing Water Reform in the Murray Darling Basin; and, finally, the more than a passing interest in all matters Murray Darling – the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
What could go wrong I hear you say, well apparently nothing a bit of heavy-handed earthworks can’t resolve apparently. "
Mulga is essential as a drought feed to livestock. Changes to Qld vegetation laws will hit first those who depend on this vertical hay stack in the time of drought. Mulga is a hardy tree that quickly regenerates when the rains come.
" CLARENCE River fishos' frustration with State politicians continues after a Bill to mandate labelling of Australian caught seafood in restaurants and other outlets failed to pass State Parliament.
NSW Parliament last week voted on a Private Member's Bill introduced by the Labor MP for The Entrance, David Mehan. The Bill was defeated 46 to 35. Only National and Liberal MPs opposed the Bill.
The general manager of the Clarence River Fishermen's Co-operative, Danielle Adams, said the co-op was disappointed the issue continued to drag on. "Legislation to promote local caught seafood ahead of imports was one of the things the government promised as part of the restructure of the fishing industry," Ms Adams said.
"We were disappointed the Bill didn't go through. The way the industry is headed we thought it was essential for our future."
Ms Adams said Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, who voted against the Bill, had reassured her there were good reasons for not passing it.
"He's promised the government will come up with something better in the future," she said.
Mr Gulaptis denied the government was playing politics by voting down the Bill because it originated from the Opposition.
"The Bill Labor submitted was not comprehensive and was poorly thought out," Mr Gulaptis said. "For example it wanted industry labelling, but did not stipulate any measures to cover non-compliance." He said the Bill also failed to consider Federal Government's country of origin labelling legislation. "
It is worthy that Land Court member* Peta Stilgoe took time from a busy court schedule to address landowners in a series of workshops organised by the Gasfield Commission.
The workshops, throughout Qld's Western Downs or since coal seam gas activity the region has become known as the Surat Basin, were on the topic of dispute resolution between landowners & CSG companies.
There is one simple preventive solution that the government could put into place that would reduce dramatically the amount of disputes.
Give landowners the 'Right To Say No'. Landowners are currently forced into these negotiations which enlarges an unfair unbalance of power. By giving landowners a right that they are entitled to, if they choose to sign an agreement, it would be one that is greatly improved & less likely to lead to disputes. . . * ...The title "member", is for the person who presides over the Land Court; similar to a magistrate or judge in the higher courts.
As usual, the Chinchilla News provides impotent and underwhelming coverage of an event that is further demonstration how little actual representation of the people impacted by this industry there is. This is another industry/government bias load of spin and is most definitely not representative of the experience of landholders who had to spend their lives savings and experienced this process just last year. -Site visit not undertaken -not held in the court closest to the community -not a business to business relationship - multinational to individual family forced to engage Further the magnificent alternative processes that the Queensland Government ensures are "available to help you reach agreements" to a contract you are forced to enter into and where you are the only person not being paid to be at the table include: -step one: a conference where you are not allowed a lawyer -step two: you are required to pay all costs of the third party And lastly how ironic that the shills for the gas industry (GasFields Commission) responsible for rampant human rights impacts quote Martin Luther King - best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience. Go set a watchman!
" AgForce has called on the Queensland government to get on with the job of reforming the state's 2.6 million-hectare network for travelling livestock rather than kicking the issue into the long grass.
AgForce cattle board director, Peter Hall, said with many parts of Queensland entering their sixth year of drought, ensuring the state's stock routes were managed and maintained properly was now more important than ever.
"The stock route network has been plagued for decades by issues such as overgrazing by producers, unmanaged weed infestations and an inadequate fee structure that meant infrastructure such as watering points were not maintained or renewed," he said.
"AgForce joined with councils and the Queensland government in mid-2017 to hammer out the 'Longreach accord', which outlined eight key requirements for stock route reform, around issues such as fees, oversight, an education program and the development of a state management plan.
"It's incredibly disappointing that Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham is now claiming we can't move forward because drovers, conservationists and indigenous groups - whose views were gathered in previous stock route reform processes - need to be consulted yet again. "
There is nothing like empty supermarket shelves for the urban population to finally realise that there may be a farm based or a transport problem beyond those bright city lights.
'Fruit-fly controls akin to managing natural disaster, says Tasmania’s Primary Industry Minister Jeremy Rockliff'
" CALLS to strengthen Tasmania’s biosecurity borders are growing, with supermarket giants in the island state removing some fresh produce from shelves as fears of a major fruit-fly incursion escalate.
Apple and cherry grower Shane Weekes, from Ayers Orchards at Spreyton in the fruit-fly control zone, said the arrival of infected fruit was inevitable.
“Biosecurity Tasmania never had a chance on this, based on the issues of little cherry virus, blueberry rust, myrtle rust and now fruit fly,” Mr Weekes said.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers AssociationTFGA chief executive Peter Skillern said, “Fruit-fly infected fruit from Victoria has been located, but this does not mean that it is the origin of the Tasmanian incursions or the only origin,” “This issue points to the critical need for Tasmania to invest heavily in our own biosecurity, a position that the TFGA has been advocating strongly for a number of years.
Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the potential breakdown in this system was of serious concern. “I believe the incursion should be managed in a similar way to a natural disaster,” Mr Rockliff said. "
Most certainly not! The author works for Voiceless, a radical animal rights organisation that seeks to remove all animal agriculture through incremental changes. So while giving animals a legal right or "personage" isn't mentioned in this article and while the headline masquerades with the human right to a healthy environment, it is one step back from giving a right to the environment or an environmental feature itself.
The article is presented in loaded terms, taking on the high moral ground mode, avoiding objective thinking that would expose a poor argument. What is a human right to the environment or the morphing to the environment’s right? That is very subjective, based on your worldview. It is very much open to abuse and as a tool for activists to engage in endless lawfare.
What is needed is sound, well thought out and importantly definitive planning & environment laws. For these laws to be fairly administrated and compliance enforced on those who break the law.
Farmers, fishery & forestry are already subjected to competing, complex & duplicating environmental laws. This will only add another dog breakfast that will be difficult to live with. ... Read MoreSee Less
" It’s time that opportunistic politicians and green bureaucrats were taken out of the conversation and suitably qualified people, including those in rural communities with skin in the game were valued and listened to.
People living and working in irrigated areas have turned themselves inside out to try and accommodate the political process involved with the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Regional communities and industries did everything they possibly could to meet community, consumer and political expectations.
This has not been recognised. It is well past time to recalibrate and find practical solutions to this murky water mess. We would all benefit from a 10-year moratorium on water recovery in the Murray Darling Basin. Over the past 10 years we have suffered a highly disruptive revolving door of water bureaucrats and politicians.
Our hard-working rural people and their local environments need a well-deserved break.
During an amnesty we would need a comprehensive Federal Royal Commission, which takes in all aspects of water management in all state and federal departments.
The Royal Commission should comprise a water audit, evaluate environmental conditions, challenge the status quo of the lower lakes, and interact with industry. "
" Australian farmers, who have always fixed their own machinery, are keeping a close eye on the US case.
Western Australia farmer Paul Green said Australia might be in even greater need for a "right to repair" movement than the US.
The ACCC has found car manufacturers are withholding their technical information and may require them to share with independent manufacturers.
The days of home tractor repair are coming to an end with machinery technology and tightening intellectual property restrictions meaning farmers are forced to pay big bucks to fix their machinery.
When Nebraska farmer Tom Schwarz bought a tractor he did not realise he would be bound to his John Deere dealer who holds onto intellectual property rights to fix it.
"When you paid the money for a tractor, you didn't actually buy the tractor … because all of the intellectual property is still theirs," "You just buy the right to use it … for life."Farmers and independent machinery repairers across the United States are now campaigning for the right to fix their own machinery.Mr Schwartz had always bought second-hand parts to keep his machinery going, but is now forced to call a dealer because of its software.
In Nebraska, a "fair repair" law is being proposed to allow farmers to repair their own tractor.
If successful, the Right to Repair Act would make it mandatory for companies to disclose their diagnostic software and sell parts. "
Good luck to them with that... personally even with the legal right to fix it, the computerised stuff would leave me cold..I s'pose the upcoming wizzkids who have been bought up in the computer age will cope.. I'll just stick to me Model T, XK Falcon Ute and the 165 MF ....😏
I can see a market for cloned software for all machinery, trucks and cars, hackers could make a fortune selling pirated software. If the software supplied by the manufacturers fails and caused loss of income and production shouldn't the user be able to sue them on the basis that they withheld access to a major component of the equipment. Perhaps when the equipment is purchased a lifetime subscription that is transferable should be included in the price of the vehicle.
I would never buy a tractor without a Wiring Diagram or the ability to fix it myself - The damn things can sit on the lot getting old before I would buy one and old tractor does me just fine screw the tech