EnvironmentFostering debate - a range of opinions

Air travel highlights climate change policies inconvenient truth

Flying is an example of greenhouse gas emissions activity that will not achieve net zero by 2050. It’s emissions are likely to increase over the next 20 years. Terrestial CO2 abatement is not a long-term solution as the farm land it takes place on is needed for food production and to support the planet’s ecosystem functions.

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Macedon Ranges ShireWorld Food & Markets

Local food ignored in council’s Climate Emergency Plan

Support for local food production not a Macedon Ranges Shire Council priority.

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Macedon Ranges Shire

Council hears knock but door remains shut on pedestrian and wildlife safety

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council had an opportunity to give its residents an enlightened road safety plan to enhance living in a rural setting and interacting with nature. Instead its plan continues to prioritise driver convenience above public and wildlife safety on rural roads close to shire towns.

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Soil carbon types & carbon flows

Proliferation of soil carbon credit projects despite scientists urging caution

Emission Reduction Fund soil carbon projects are proliferating on Australian farms despite warnings from scientists they are not providing permanent carbon abatement.

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EnvironmentMacedon Ranges ShireWorld Food & Markets

Romsey Structure Plan skittles environment, local food and lifestyle objectives – Why it should be returned to authors for further investigation

If re-written with a vision to embrace solutions to lower greenhouse gas emissions, abate carbon dioxide, use nature to address the Climate and Biodiversity emergencies, and encourage local food production, the Romsey Structure Plan would provide a blue print for sustainable development within town boundaries across the shire and give resident families the life styles they move to the shire to experience.

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EnvironmentMacedon Ranges Shire

Wildlife rescue services provide clues to native animals threats

Wildlife rescues and road kills increasing as vehicle drivers maximum speed limit remains unaltered in wildlife hot spots.

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Soil carbon types & carbon flows

Gap between soil carbon abatement science and trading credits growing wider

Two new publications about the science of soil carbon abatement do not align well with the optimism amongst carbon project facilitators for achieving permanent, commercially large increases through changing land management practices.

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Macedon Ranges Shire

Roadkill update: another wombat killed

Wildlife road kills continue on minor rural roads west of Romsey which have a default 100km per hour maximum speed limit when the safe speed for wildlife, pedestrians and cyclists is less that 50km per hour.

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Macedon Ranges Shire

Shire’s Romsey growth options are missed opportunity to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gases

The Romsey Structure Plan Options and Scenarios fail to account for their housing estates greenhouse production and the lost opportunity to sequester greenhouse gases and recover biodiversity with enlightened farm land use change around the town.

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Pasture Trial ReviewsSoil carbon types & carbon flows

Adding tonnes of manure and compost to perennial pastures didn’t change soil carbon

Anecdotal examples of increasing soil carbon stocks by changing livestock grazing and pasture management are common, but long term statistically significant trial data demonstrates making a significant change is likely to be difficult especially in perennial pasture paddocks where the existing carbon level in above 3%

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