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G20, Barack Obama and koala diplomacy

Gold Coast Ibis series in Blank magazine

By Mic Smith

Gold Coast's Ibis Management Coordination Group (IMCG) and Ecosure have participated in the recent annual National Ibis Census.

Gold Coast’s Ibis Management Coordination Group (IMCG) and Ecosure have participated in the recent annual National Ibis Census.

A few facts about GC ibis everyone should know

 

Ibis on the Gold Coast have to be managed to keep their numbers below 2500 and avoid negative interactions with people

Ibis on the Gold Coast have to be managed to keep their numbers below 2500 and avoid negative interactions with people

Jackie Chan joins fight against rhino horn trade

(Ambos)ele

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Once every few years a group of Tsavo eles journeys to Amboseli. Recently, we did the same. We flew into the late afternoon sun, away from the ochre dusts, towards Kilimanjaro. Ever since I was a child in Cornwall, I have loved traveling west – it’s always felt like going home, with the added gift of another minute or two of light at the end of the day.

This was no different – we flew past the cliffs of Kichwa Tembo, tracking the Tsavo river. We passed over an old friend of a fig tree we had filmed for ‘The Queen of Trees’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy86ak2fQJM). We were well above bird watching height, but I knew the shapes streaming from its canopy would be green pigeons – just as I knew their presence meant the tree must be fruiting.

Then on to Mzima – in the late light, the water…

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Responsible media use of drones should be exempted from laws: Goldberg #G20Griff

Originally posted on journlaw:

By MARK PEARSON

Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – raise a host of legal and ethical issues but responsible journalism should be exempted from many legal restrictions, according to international media law expert Dr David Goldberg.

Dr Goldberg was co-author (with the ABC’s Mark Corcoran and Oxford’s Robert G. Picard) of the Oxford Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism report ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Journalism’ in June, 2013.

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Dr David Goldberg and ABC drones co-ordinator and foreign correspondent Mark Corcoran at the G20 Drones Symposium at Griffith University

He was addressing the Drones, Privacy and Journalism symposium at the Griffith University campus at South Bank in Brisbane tonight (November 4).

He was joined by former ABC Foreign Correspondent reporter Mark Corcoran (now with ABC News Online and leading the ABC’s drones program) and The Australian’s legal affairs editor Chris Merritt who formed the panel responding to…

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Shark nets: Help or hindrance?

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PatrickPatrick Molnar investigates.

It was a beautiful sunny and calm day on the Gold Coast while we were following a whale family for about 20 minutes. Tourists and locals were enjoying the closeness of these magnificent animals when suddenly one of the crew members said that we had to change direction, so as not to deflect the whales to the shark nets.

If you are living in Queensland, you have probably heard about the Shark Control Program that creates debate in almost every corner of Australia. Even brothers can argue on this topic. Some believe shark nets are a great way to keep surfers and swimmers safe in the water, but more people believe the opposite because of the great number of non-targeted marine life that have been killed by shark nets.

Shark nets and drum lines are the two most common types of shark control that exist in Australia…

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Wild koala vaccination trials clear chlamydia

Chlamydia expert Peter Timms from USC says the vaccine helps prevent koalas with chlamydia from developing disease symptoms and protects uninfected koalas from infection

Chlamydia expert Peter Timms from USC says the vaccine helps prevent koalas with chlamydia from developing disease symptoms and protects uninfected koalas from infection

Researchers from the University of Sunshine Coast are confident they are “heading in the right direction” to get a vaccination for the chlamydia bacterial infection that is sending thousands of koalas blind and infertile.

Read more here.

Events for National Bird Week

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National Bird Week (Oct 20-26) is quickly descending on us and there’s lots of citizen science things to do.

Check out Bird Queensland and Birdlife Southern Queensland’s Twitcherthon Oct 17-19. (Keen and experienced birders are sometimes called ‘twitchers’.)

For all those ibis lovers on the Gold Coast there’s the National Ibis Census on Oct 26.

And there’s the big one, the biggest citizen science project in Australia the Aussie Backyard Bird Count Oct 20-26 with a new app for your phone.

For more info check out my article in Blank GC magazine.

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See @ConversationEDU for @journlaw’s five reasons the Australian #natsec laws damage media freedom

Originally posted on journlaw:

By MARK PEARSON

The Abbott government’s latest tranches of national security and counter-terrorism laws represent the greatest attack on the Fourth Estate function of journalism in the modern era. They are worse than the Gillard government’s failed attempts to regulate the press.

Unlike most other Western democracies, Australia has no constitutional instrument protecting free expression as a human right. Few politicians can resist the temptation to control the flow of information if the law permits.

Here are five reasons that this latest move is damaging the democratic cornerstone of press freedom:

  1. It is legislative over-reach
  2. It gags reportage of a key public issue
  3. It compromises the separation of powers
  4. It spells the end for the confidential source
  5. Exemptions effectively license old media over new media.

See The Conversation today for the full article.

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Ban Ki Moon makes wild trade statement

“Let us send a powerful message through the United Nations that we are united against criminals in this despicable trade.  And that we are united in support of sustainably managing our natural resources for the benefit of all people as well as animals and the habitat.  We need Peace with Nature.”

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