20 August 2014

Cost of Natural Disasters Could Double in the Next 6 Years

Written by Emma Luimes
The cost of natural disasters could double in the next six years according to research conducted by The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

The ABC reported that emergency workers have been warned that the intense weather Tasmania experienced in the last few weeks could become more common.

The CRC report recommends that funding for natural disasters needs to be reviewed because of the “recent trends in the costs for natural disasters in Australia”.

Australia has not reviewed its disaster funding arrangements since 2002.

The report says there is a “critical need” to continue research into the impacts of locked-in climate change and demographic changes.

18 August 2014

Chickpea, Lentil, Quinoa and Spinach Stew

Recipe by Gina Fenech
Serves: 2-3
Cooking Time: 25min


14 August 2014

Botanists Fight to Save Tasmanian Ancient Root

Written by Katy Rohl
Lomatia Tasmanica, more commonly known as King’s Holly has been making headlines recently as potentially the worlds oldest plant. Scientists have recently been working relentlessly to attempt to replenish this endangered species and save King’s Holly from extinction.

Tasmanian explorer Denny King first uncovered the ancient species, Lomatia Tasmanica, in 1937. However, at the time, it was unclear as to the incredible age and rarity of this marvelous discovery. According to Greg Jordan from the University of Tasmania, “definitely to date it’s probably the best candidate for the oldest plant in the World.” It is believed that this unique plant is at least 43,000 years old. Therefore, Tasmanian botanists are working tirelessly to implement an intensive breeding program within Tasmania’s Royal Botanic Gardens for the root in the hopes of returning the species from its endangered status. This breeding program began in 2004 and botanists are still working to perfect the reproduction of the species.

13 August 2014

"You Can't Afford Me" Says Hot Potato

Written by Bexy McFly

Move over, Miranda Kerr. Cabbage is the new supermodel.

It’s no longer just humans dealing with image issues and feeling as though they’re ‘not good enough’. Less than perfect produce that doesn’t make the cut on Supermarket’s Next Top Model are sent back to the ground they came from, or turned into livestock feed. This means that 30 to 40 per cent of vegetables grown in Tasmania don’t even make it to the shelves. And the ones that do are so expensive that maintaining a healthy diet would cost Tasmanians almost half of their household budget, a University study has found.

6 August 2014

Cosmetics and Animal Testing Policy Consultation: Help to Ban Animal Testing in Australia

Written by Emma Luimes

The Labor Party is calling on Australians to have their say about animal testing in the Cosmetics and Animal Testing Policy Consultation.

The consultation is a commitment made by the party last year in an effort to phase out the importation, manufacture, sale and advertising of cosmetics and ingredients that are tested on animals in Australia.

Your participation in the consultation will help to put an end to animal cruelty.

Similar campaigns in other countries have been successful in phasing out animal testing on the final product and their ingredients.

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