Article 28/10/2021

Good Earth news: issue one

Carol Fung By Carol Fung

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The world’s oldest living rainforest has been returned to its custodians.

The world’s oldest living Daintree rainforest, ‘Kaba Kada – the rainy place’, has been returned to its custodians in a historic handback ceremony in Far North Queensland.

The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people have taken formal ownership of 160,213 hectares of country stretching from Mossman to Cooktown, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park estimated to be around 130 million years old, as well as Ngalba Bulal, Kalkajaka, and Hope Islands.

“This is where we belong on country, on bubu – on land,” Yalanji traditional owner and Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation director Mary-Anne Port said. “All our ancestors called us back to home.”

Source: ABC

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef by Manny Moreno
Indigenous team members at Mossman Gorge Centre, which was the dream project of Kuku Yalanji elder Roy Gibson. Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park is a site of great importance to the indigenous Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. @mossmangorge

South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse.

Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply.

South Australia is a dry state – extremely vulnerable to climate change – with abundant wind and solar resources. These factors gave it the motivation and means to transition to renewables. The state government has set a target for 100% renewable electricity by 2030. By 2050, renewables could generate 500% of the state’s energy needs, with the surplus exported nationally and internationally. 

Source: The Conversation

A state government grant helped establish a solar greenhouse, which relies on sunlight and seawater to grow tomatoes. Source: Sundrop Farms.
South Australia is a world leader in renewables deployment. Source: ABC News, Carl Saville.

Platypuses to be reintroduced to Australia’s oldest national park.

UNSW Sydney scientists are preparing to reintroduce platypuses to the country’s oldest national park after they disappeared from the area almost 50 years ago.

It’s unclear why platypuses disappeared from the park – a chemical spill in the 1980s, or a series of droughts, or poor water quality linked to coal mining. The animals are particularly vulnerable to severe drought and bushfires due to climate change. The effort, in conjunction with WWF Australia, Taronga Zoo and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, hopes to reintroduce the furry mammals into the park by late 2022 to preserve platypuses for future generations. 

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Source: UNSW

UNSW Sydney scientists are leading a project to bring the iconic mammal back to Royal National Park after almost 50 years. Platypus Conservation Initiative/Gilad Bino.
Carol Fung By Carol Fung