NCWQ Environment Report: November 2020

By Pat Pepper, NCWQ Environmental Adviser This report covers recommendations from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements which aimed at increasing national co-ordination to prepare better for natural disasters, responding more rapidly, and ensuring the recovery endeavours make communities more resilient.  The status of the flora and fauna and their habitat in the […]

NCWQ Environment Report: July 2020

By Pat Pepper, NCWQ Environmental Adviser Summary: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic  and since more than 70% of all new diseases emerging in humans are thought to have been caught from animals, factors  contributing to  zoonotic transmission are explored e.g. conditions in wildlife wet markets, illicit global wildlife trade.  Environmental and cultural issues are […]

NCWQ Environment Report: February 2020

By Pat Pepper, NCWQ Environment Adviser Update on impact of lack of reliable water on regional communities and industries and the environment.    The Problem: In my NCWQ Environment Adviser’s Report, November 2019, I drew attention to the fact that many billions of megalitres of water can flow out to sea while other parts of the country suffer extreme drought.  The freshwater […]

NCWQ Environment Report: April 2020

By Pap Pepper, NCWQ Environmental Adviser The environmental issues of two major recent occurrences, the 2019-20 bushfires and the coral bleaching of reefs in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are discussed – Why they occurred, the consequences and some actions being taken or that have potential. The 2019-20 bushfire season was disastrous with at least 34 […]

NCWQ Environment Report: November 2019

By Pat Pepper,NCWQ Environment Adviser The Problem: Too much water or more often not enough is a perennial problem in Australia. Recently billions of megalitres (ML) of water flooded out to sea while major parts of southern Queensland, NSW, and South Australia remained in extreme drought. Feb 2019 The situation remains dire for some […]