Media Releases

Below are media releases about the Wild Australia program.

Media Contact

In Australia: Barry Traill
2 Treehaven Way
Maleny. Qld. 4552
Mobile: 0448-793334
btraill@pewtrusts.org

In the United States: Veronica O'Connor
Senior Associate, Communications
Phone:1-202-540-6352
voconnor@pewtrusts.org

July 27, 2010 Outback Carbon Report Press Release

 

June 23, 2010 Can oil exploration and marine life protection co-exist?

Produced by Carly Nason
While pictures of dying oil soaked birds and suffocated fish from Americas BP oil disaster continue to hit our screens, the Australian government is handing out leases for oil exploration in some of our most pristine marine ecosystems. But, 32 of Australias most prominent environmental organisations have now formed an alliance, calling for these environments to be protected. In this story - Michelle Grady, Marine Manager of the Pew Environment Group .

February 15, 2010 Western Australia's Underwater Marvels Revealed with New Technology

Save Our Marine Life, an alliance of leading environmental groups, and University of Western
Australia scientists, today released a new video that captures the amazing marine life of the relatively
unknown underwater canyons and submerged mountain ranges of Western Australia's southern
waters.

October 05, 2009 Massive 'Green Carbon' Store in WA's Goldfields

Western Australia and national and global conservation groups have released new Australian National University Enterprises (ANU-E) research that finds that trees and soils in WA's Great Western Woodlands store and estimated 950 million tonnes of carbon -- equivalent to 50 times the state's annual greenhouse gas emissions.

September 23, 2009 Landmark Agreements Conserve Indigenous Treasures in Northern Australia

The Australian Federal Government and traditional landowners signed the first of two agreements today establishing two immense and globally significant conservation reserves on indigenous lands in the Northern Territory of Australia. The second agreement will be signed tomorrow on-site.

May 28, 2009 Marine Bioregional Planning in the South-west Marine Region

The Marine Bioregional Planning Program started in 2006, aims to develop Marine Bioregional Plans under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) and establish regional networks of Commonwealth Marine Reserves, contributing to the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas. All Governments in Australia have a shared international commitment to establish a national representative system by the year 2012.

May 19, 2009 Australia bioregions for planning

An underwater wonderland spanning 1.3 million sq/km from Kalbarri to South Australia may soon be better protected under government re-zoning plans.

May 19, 2009 Australia government releases DRAFT boundaries for further assessment

 

 

News Articles

Following is a list of relevant news articles about the Wild Australia programme.

August 31, 2010 Whales Feature in Kimberley Ads Pew Environment Group spokesman John Carey said large protected areas had to be set aside if the premier was to keep his promise. "None of the Kimberley coastal waters are in protection - and less than 12 per cent of the region's land area is managed for conservation," he said.
August 18, 2010 Swell Mums See Bishop-Abbott Split
July 28, 2010 Green groups 'not pushing' in Lake Eyre heritage listing By Chrissy Arthur 4730 Conservation groups have pledged they will not be seeking World Heritage protection for the Lake Eyre Basin in Queensland unless local communities want it. The State Government is expected to list some Channel Country rivers under its controversial Wild Rivers legislation. The Western Rivers Alliance represents groups including the Wilderness Society and spokesman Rupert Quinlan says green groups are not interested in pushing for World Heritage protection in the region.
July 15, 2010 Outback ideal for 'pollution bank' The vast, empty tracts of the Australian Outback could provide a massive boost in the fight against climate change, a study has found. Researchers said forests, grasslands and woodlands in a 6 million sq km arc from New South Wales' central west, across the continent's northern rim and down to the West Australian wheatbelt held huge potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
July 15, 2010 Culling farting feral animals could curb carbon, Pew says CULLING the feral animals that burp and fart their way around Australia's outback could eliminate billions of tonnes of carbon emissions, an environmental group says. A study commissioned by the Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group has found that 9.7 billion tonnes of carbon is stored in the nation's central forests, grass and woodlands.
July 14, 2010 Outback key to cutting emissions AUSTRALIA'S outback has been identified as a vast "pollution bank" that could be used to store 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon by 2050. A study commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group has found that 9.7 billion tonnes of carbon is stored in the forests, grasslands and woodlands of Australia's outback. But if those environments were improved, more carbon could be stored - the equivalent of 7.5 million cars off the road every year for the next 40 years.
July 14, 2010 Australia's Outback an emissions 'bank' CANBERRA, Australia, July 14 (UPI) -- Australia's Outback soaks up 9.7 billion tons of carbon emissions and can serve as a significant carbon "bank," a new study indicates. The area could absorb up to an additional 1.3 billion tons of carbon by 2050 through better management, states the study, "Outback Carbon -- An Assessment of Carbon Storage, Sequestration and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Remote Australia," commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group.
July 14, 2010 Out back, opportunities beckon to reduce effect of carbon Australia's outback is a massive carbon bank ready for deposits and its fees would be cheaper than other methods of reducing carbon emissions, says a report to be released today. Research carried out for the Pew Environment Group and The Nature Conservancy investigated five carbon-cutting methods for the outback, which covers three-quarters of Australia. These included reduced land clearance, control of feral animal populations and better fire management.