Scientists say Australia’s deteriorating environment is now a threat to humanity and society in a shocking new report
There are fresh fears for Australia’s environment today as a new report finding it is in a critical state after five years of deterioration.
Climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and mining are all wreaking havoc on the country’s natural ecosystem.
The review was completed by scientists in 2021, but was held back by the previous Morrison government until after the federal election. Read more.
It found abrupt changes in many of Australia’s ecosystems over the past five years, with 19 showing signs of collapse.
Environment and Water Minister, Tanya Plibersek, says it’s a “shocking document” telling a story of crisis and decline in the nation’s environment.
Among the issues listed in the document are:
- There are now more non-native plant species in Australia than native ones
- The number of species listed as threatened has increased by 8 per cent since 2016
- Up to 78 per cent of Australia’s coastal salt-marshes have been lost since European colonisation
- Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent
- Since just 1990, more than 6.1 million hectares of mature forest have been cleared
The report also says there isn’t enough funding dedicated to the environment and there has been a lack of coordination across jurisdictions to properly address the issues.
Scientists are convinced the deteriorating environment is now a threat to humanity and society as we know it.
Andrew Tate supports Russell Brand amid assault claims
British actor and former kickboxing world champion Andrew Tate has joined forces with Tesla CEO Elon Musk to express their support for actor Russell Brand, who is currently facing sexual assault allegations.
Tate and Musk both took to their respective social media platforms to share their views on the matter, igniting a debate on the importance of due process and the presumption of innocence.
The allegations against Brand surfaced last week, leading to a significant media frenzy.
The actor, known for his roles in popular films and his outspoken political views, vehemently denies the accusations. In a series of tweets, Tate stated, “It’s crucial that we remember the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ in cases like these. Rushing to judgment can have severe consequences for all parties involved.”
Elon Musk, a vocal advocate for justice reform and individual rights, echoed Tate’s sentiments. He tweeted, “We must ensure that justice is served fairly, and that includes affording Russell Brand the same rights as anyone else. Let the legal process run its course.”
The support from Tate and Musk has sparked a wider conversation about the complexities of handling such allegations in the public eye. Many of their followers have praised their commitment to due process, while others argue that supporting the alleged victim is equally important.
Andrew Tate and Elon Musk’s public support for Russell Brand has brought the issue of sexual assault allegations and the presumption of innocence to the forefront of public discourse. The case serves as a reminder of the importance of a fair legal process and the potential consequences of rushing to judgment.
Can China’s trading partners keep relying on it for growth?
China’s growth over the past few decades has lifted many of its largest trading partners. But as it begins to slow, can those countries rely on it to save them from recession?
China has begun lifting tariffs on key agricultural products, sending the exports of its trading partners to record highs.
Australian agricultural exports in 2022-23 reached a record high, driven by strong demand from China as trade tensions eased.
The Rural Bank’s report revealed a robust winter crop contributed to a significant increase, with agricultural exports totaling $79.9 billion, marking an 18% year-on-year rise and the third consecutive year of growth.
All top 13 export markets saw year-on-year growth, with 12 of them reaching record levels.
But as the world’s second largest economy begins to slump, what will happen to so many of the world’s economies that have grown alongside the behemoth?
Sam Bankman-Fried’s attempt to be released from jail is denied
Sam Bankman-Fried’s request for immediate release from a Brooklyn jail to better prepare for his upcoming criminal trial, set to commence in less than a month, regarding the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange, was rejected.
While the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan denied Bankman-Fried’s plea, it did announce its intention to refer the matter to the next available three-judge panel for further consideration.
A spokesperson for Bankman-Fried declined to provide a comment on the development.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan had revoked Bankman-Fried’s $250 million bail on August 11, alleging that the former billionaire had likely tampered with witnesses on at least two occasions.
Bankman-Fried swiftly appealed this decision, contending that he would be unable to adequately prepare for his scheduled trial on October 3rd while incarcerated.
Prosecutors have accused Bankman-Fried of embezzling billions from FTX customer funds to cover losses at Alameda Research, his hedge fund.
Bankman-Fried’s incarceration followed his sharing of personal writings by Caroline Ellison, Alameda’s former chief executive and his former romantic partner, with a New York Times reporter. He has pleaded not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges, arguing that he shared Ellison’s writings to protect his reputation, rather than to intimidate her.
In court documents filed on Tuesday, Bankman-Fried’s legal team asserted that the arrangement allowing him several hours a day to review evidence on a laptop at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn had proven inadequate. They cited an instance where he lost over four hours due to a prisoner count and additional time over the weekend.
The US Attorney’s office in Manhattan confirmed that the jail had authorized Bankman-Fried’s acquisition of a second laptop.
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