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Australia remains the only developed nation on the list of global deforestation fronts

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A recent report from the World Wide Fund for Nature names eastern Australia among 24 global deforestation fronts – the only developed nation on the list. In 2015, WWF’s Saving Forests at Risk analysis identified 11 global deforestation fronts including eastern Australia. In WWF’s new report Deforestation fronts: Drivers and responses in a changing world, published today, the deforestation fronts have been expanded to 24 with eastern Australia remaining on the list. “Land clearing rates rocketed after the axing of restrictions in Queensland and NSW placing eastern Australia alongside the most infamous places in the world for forest destruction,” said WWF-Australia conservation scientist Dr Martin…

Preventable blindness cost $530 billion AUD in lost employment in 2020

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A new Lancet Global Health report has found preventable sight loss cost the global economy $530 billion AUD in the year 2020 due to lost employment, with the greatest cost in East Asia ($116 billion AUD) and South Asia ($90 billion AUD).  The report, which examines new and existing research in eye health, was supported by 73 experts, including three from The Fred Hollows Foundation, across 25 countries.  The report also highlights gender and socio-economic disadvantage. For every 100 men living with blindness worldwide, there are 108 women affected. Much of this gender imbalance is due to socio-economic factors, such as reduced…

Yarrow for Wound First Aide

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Image by Pezibear from Pixabay The herb yarrow (Achillea millefoleum) has had many names, attesting to its many, many uses. Its particularly well known for its ability to quickly stop blood loss and help heal wounds. When my son was 8 years old, he cut his foot badly one day on a bit of rusty metal. With his sister’s help he hobbled to the kitchen where I was chopping veggies for dinner. It was the most blood I’ve ever seen issuing from one of my children, and for a moment my brain kind of stopped working. Then, as I reached for a towel…

Mission Australia’s response to Report on Government Services 2021 – Housing and homelessness

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New data released by the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2021 released on 20th January 2021 confirms that of the low-income households renting private rental homes, 50.2% are facing rental stress and are therefore at risk of homelessness – which has remained largely unchanged over the past decade. In relation to Specialist Homelessness Services, in 2019-20, 33.6% of clients who needed accommodation did not have their housing needs met, an increase of 4.9% when compared with 2015-16. Mission Australia Executive, Ben Carblis said: “Still far too many people are suffering with the pressures of rental stress and are on…

Menindee Lakes: Site of massive fish-kill still being mismanaged

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By Jane MacAllister, Water Campaigner, Nature Conservation Council of NSW Almost 35 years ago, the Menindee Lakes in far western NSW was the scene of one of the most extraordinary wildlife spectacles of modern times. Flooding rains at the top of the Darling-Baaka River catchment filled the chain of shallow lakes and attracted more than 140,000 waterbirds from across the continent in a spectacular irruption of life, the likes of which has not been seen since. Fast forward to January 2019, and these same lakes were the scene of one of our most distressing and shameful wildlife disasters – the death of…

Remembering Hannah Clarke, Aaliyah, Laianah & Trey: Through the Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation their legacy lives on

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On February 19, 2020, Hannah Clarke and her three young children were killed when the car they were in was intentionally set alight by Hannah’s estranged husband. In a shocking culmination of years of domestic abuse, the murders of Hannah, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey stands as a devastating example of the insidious nature of family violence and was viewed by many to be a watershed moment in Australia’s response to domestic violence. It is a heartbreaking reality that in the few short months of 2021, five Australian women have already lost their lives to domestic violence homicide.   In the wake of unspeakable tragedy and in response to Australia’s domestic violence crisis, Hannah’s parents Sue and…

New report raises questions about Kakadu rehabilitation plan

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Plans for cleaning up the site of the Ranger uranium mine, which closes in January – and incorporating it into Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu – are being hampered by an unrealistic five-year rehabilitation time frame, uncertainty over funding and fears about a tailings dam leaking toxic contaminants into the surrounding national park, according to a new report.…