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‘Hasty' report on oil impacts may be tip of the iceberg

A hastily-organised five-day marine environmental survey commissioned by the Federal Environment Minister in the region impacted by the Montara oil spill shows large numbers of false killer whales, birds and sea snakes in the area.

“The report reveals a high level of diversity and abundance of species and warns that many of these were observed feeding and moving in the oil – activities that the report says are likely to put them at ‘immediate risk’,” Greens Spokesperson on Marine Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert said.

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The Cove in Japan

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Cove follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. 

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The Cove

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Cove follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.

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Christmas Island mining & Pipistrelle Bat

ENVIRONMENT, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS

Senator SIEWERT—I suppose you will find it hard to guess what I want to ask about: Christmas Island. First, I want to go to the issue of mining. I know I have to go to the other part of the portfolio, but I thought I would try you first. Where are you up to with the mining application?

Mr Cochrane—You will have to ask AWD, because we only provide inputs into that process and are not the decision maker.

Senator SIEWERT—Should we do that now or later? If we can do it now, that would be good.

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Biodiversity report highlights need for action: Greens

A report released today on Australia’s biodiversity highlights the need for greater protection of Australia’s unique flora and fauna, the Australian Greens say.

“We need to stop threatening processes such as clearing, improve our environmental protection legislation and improve funding to biodiversity conservation,” Greens Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert said.

“The 2009 Numbers of Living Species in Australia and the World report is a revised edition of a report originally released in 2006 and it shows some alarming trends over the past four years.

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