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Senate report: hope for vulnerable NSW koalas

Recommendations of a Senate inquiry report into vulnerable koalas, tabled today and instigated by Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, will help halt the dramatic decline in koala numbers in NSW if they are implemented, says Greens Senator for NSW and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

Bob Brown and Lee Rhiannon called for a national inquiry in August 2010, during the Federal election campaign. Koala populations are particularly vulnerable in areas of the central, mid- north and north coasts, parts of the north-west and south coasts.

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Bushwalk delights warrant state park protection

Blog post by Senator Lee Rhiannon

If you have a few spare hours one weekend in Spring visit Sydney's urban bushland - the wonderful array of wildflowers is stunning.

Yesterday I enjoyed the bush colours and the expansive views on a bushwalk around the Narrabeen Lagoon catchment. Just 45 minutes from the city it is impressive how much of the bush is still pristine. The worry is however, that only some of the 55 square kilometres are protected in the Garigal National Park.

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Harvey Norman furniture no friend of Australian native forests

Greens Senator and forests spokesperson Lee Rhiannon has called on Australian consumers to contact retailer Harvey Norman to protest the sale of furniture using native timbers, following the release today of an investigative report  showing  Australian timber is being sent to China, made into furniture then sold at big furniture retail outlets across the nation.

“Consumers have enormous muscle. They can help convince big retailers like Harvey Norman to stop selling furniture from Australian native forests,” Ms Rhiannon said.

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NSW high air pollution - urgent need for new woodheater standards

The Greens have called for the efforts in improving vehicle emissions standards to be extended to woodheaters, responsible for more than a third of hazardous fine particle emissions in Sydney and two-thirds in Canberra. (Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June 2011)

Particles known as PM2.5 are the most hazardous air pollutant, estimated to cause 10 to 20 times as many premature deaths as the next worst pollutant, ozone.

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