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All the latest news from Phillip Island Conservation Society

Join the Green Army! Is this for you?

The Federal Government is now looking for Green Army participants for Bass Coast Shire projects. You may know someone who is interested.   Here is the information: Connecting people with our environment Join the Green Army! Is this for you? Are you aged between 17 and 24, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and would…

Seagrass -Flickr- Sanc0067 NOAA Photo Library

Seagrass helps protect natural ‘carbon sinks’, study finds

    Seagrass is recovering in Western Port after being largely smothered during the 1980s. New research shows how valuable the seagrass is in capturing carbon. The last thing Western Port needs is dredging to reactivate smothering particles in the water column.   Read the ABC article about it here: http://www.abc.net.au/…/greenhouse-gases-linked-to-…/6086896

black swans at Rhyll, Lisa Schonberg

Draft Regional Coastal plans are now online for public comment

  Draft Regional Coastal plans are now online for public comment. Here is the information about them: Chair Victorian Coastal 10 February 2015 Dear Coastal Stakeholders, We are writing to invite you to help shape the future of Victoria’s coast and contribute to three new Regional Coastal Plans. The three Regional Coastal Boards have developed…

Hooded Plover -Photo BenjaminJJJ

Disastrous Breeding Season for Hooded Plovers

  What a disastrous breeding season the Phillip Island Hooded Plovers are having! Of 14 nesting sites, 36 eggs are known to have been laid, only 8 chicks emerged, and none have fledged. Most of the nesting failures have been due to Raven predation and, to a lesser extent, high tides. It’s hard to know…

World fossil fuel use, carbon emissions & CCS

World fossil fuel use, carbon emissions & CCS

If you have friends who are climate sceptics and can’t be bothered reading the facts, here’s a very short film that might give them a different perspective on carbon emissions: http://www.carbonvisuals.com/blog/wbcsd… Read more at the Carbon Visuals Blog:

Community-owned Renewable Energy

www.basscoastpost.com has news on a whole range of community issues in Bass Coast. You can subscribe to receive their regular updates and check out their community diary.   This week they have a feature on community-owned renewable energy. Here’s a section, with info on a forthcoming “community energy forum”. What a great idea! It would be…

Whale Delivers Calf Close to Wonthaggi Shore

  Amazing news from Parks Vic from nearby Inverloch: Last Friday Wonthaggi Rangers Clare Gibson and Craig Hollins and some Inverloch locals got a rare treat when a mother whale delivered her calf close to the shore.Clare says she wasn’t really prepared for what they saw when they respondedto news that a whale appeared to…

Atlas of World’s Southern Ocean Species launched

The first comprehensive atlas of the world’s southern ocean species – a tome weighing 3.5 kilos – has been launched, with thousands of species listed. Read about it here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-25/biogeographic-atlas-of-southern-ocean-launched-in-tasmania/5694076

Former mayor to contest Bass

Stop Press! Former Bass Coast Shire Council mayor and still a coucillor Cr Clare Le Serve will stand in the Victorian state elections as an independent to fight against the Port of Hastings. Read about it on the basscoastpost website here: http://www.basscoastpost.com/former-mayor-to-contest-bass.html