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Footscray restaurant’s windows smashed twice in one week as residents fear ‘class war’

Sixteen window panels were smashed at 8-Bit over the New Year’s Eve weekend. The burger restaurant has been targeted again. Photo: Jason SouthFootscray burger restaurant 8bit has been targeted by vandals for the second time in a week.
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Over the New Year’s weekend, the burger and shakes venue had its windows smashed. The words “F— off hipster scum” were also scrawled across the front door.

During the early hours of Saturday morning, the Droop Street store was targeted again.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the restaurant was targeted by a man and a woman about 2am.

“A number of windows and doors were smashed with a rock,” she said.

“Police quickly responded, however the pair had fled.”

8bit co-owner Shayne McCallum said he believed the same man and woman were responsible for both attacks.

He said six windows including the glass automatic door were damaged in the latest vandalism.

“We’ll just get some roller shutters and hopefully prevent them from doing anymore damage,” Mr McCallum said.

“We just boarded it up and traded as usual today.

“On the flipside, everyone’s really good, like the community’s been really good.

“They’re like texting me or people I don’t even know doing Facebook messenger and saying ‘we visited the area, we love it, we’re coming for lunch just to support’ and ‘hopefully it will pay for the windows’, some other people wrote.”

8bit is not the only relatively new establishment to be targeted in the rapidly gentrifying suburb of Footscray in recent weeks.

A bag of meat was thrown through the front door of Rudimentary cafe last month, while other bars and restaurants have reported vandalism.

Susan Cram, a resident of Melbourne’s inner west for five years, says locals are worried the vandalism represents a “hidden class war”.

“After the AFL grand final last year the community was so together,” she said.

“For this sort of violence to be happening, this discontent to be brewing and manifesting itself after that wonderful time, is a bit scary. Who’s next?”

Anyone with further information about the vandalism is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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For good of all, we must eat and buy sustainably

I arrived in Australia in February 2011, fresh faced and ready to explore the land of plenty. I dropped my jaw and backpack when I was asked to pay $9.50 for two bananas. They weren’t international prize-winning bananas, they were just two standard bananas.
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Cyclone Yasi had ripped through north Queensland earlier that month, wiping out three-quarters of Australia’s banana crop.

Five years later, avocado eaters tracked the price of the breakfast staple like Wall Street traders as a single fruit reached $7.

These are just two examples of how Mother Earth is putting us back in our place.

We can expect more food price spikes to come as the world warms and heatwaves, bushfires and storms intensify.

Summer barbies will get pricier, as the cost of farmed salmon, beef and wine are predicted to rise.

After a protein fix? Carbon dioxide reduces the protein content of some grains like our daily loaf.

Extreme weather is also shaking up how our food gets from the farm to our plate.

Like crops, highways and railroads are at risk of damage.

During the 2011 Queensland floods, several towns were cut off for up to two weeks, preventing food top ups.

There is generally less than one-month’s supply of non-perishable food and less than five days’ supply of perishable food in the supply chain at any one time – we’re extremely vulnerable.

It’s becoming more difficult to ignore Mother Earth’s warning signs. But we can reason with her.

Supporting our farmers, who work tirelessly to feed us, is a good start.

Eating more plant-based foods, buying the ugly fruit and eating at home more often will also help to make our food supply a sustainable one.

Dr Sinead Boylan is a public health nutritionist at the University of Sydney.

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For good of all, we must eat and buy sustainably

I arrived in Australia in February 2011, fresh faced and ready to explore the land of plenty. I dropped my jaw and backpack when I was asked to pay $9.50 for two bananas. They weren’t international prize-winning bananas, they were just two standard bananas.
Nanjing Night Net

Cyclone Yasi had ripped through north Queensland earlier that month, wiping out three-quarters of Australia’s banana crop.

Five years later, avocado eaters tracked the price of the breakfast staple like Wall Street traders as a single fruit reached $7.

These are just two examples of how Mother Earth is putting us back in our place.

We can expect more food price spikes to come as the world warms and heatwaves, bushfires and storms intensify.

Summer barbies will get pricier, as the cost of farmed salmon, beef and wine are predicted to rise.

After a protein fix? Carbon dioxide reduces the protein content of some grains like our daily loaf.

Extreme weather is also shaking up how our food gets from the farm to our plate.

Like crops, highways and railroads are at risk of damage.

During the 2011 Queensland floods, several towns were cut off for up to two weeks, preventing food top ups.

There is generally less than one-month’s supply of non-perishable food and less than five days’ supply of perishable food in the supply chain at any one time – we’re extremely vulnerable.

It’s becoming more difficult to ignore Mother Earth’s warning signs. But we can reason with her.

Supporting our farmers, who work tirelessly to feed us, is a good start.

Eating more plant-based foods, buying the ugly fruit and eating at home more often will also help to make our food supply a sustainable one.

Dr Sinead Boylan is a public health nutritionist at the University of Sydney.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

For good of all, we must eat and buy sustainably

I arrived in Australia in February 2011, fresh faced and ready to explore the land of plenty. I dropped my jaw and backpack when I was asked to pay $9.50 for two bananas. They weren’t international prize-winning bananas, they were just two standard bananas.
Nanjing Night Net

Cyclone Yasi had ripped through north Queensland earlier that month, wiping out three-quarters of Australia’s banana crop.

Five years later, avocado eaters tracked the price of the breakfast staple like Wall Street traders as a single fruit reached $7.

These are just two examples of how Mother Earth is putting us back in our place.

We can expect more food price spikes to come as the world warms and heatwaves, bushfires and storms intensify.

Summer barbies will get pricier, as the cost of farmed salmon, beef and wine are predicted to rise.

After a protein fix? Carbon dioxide reduces the protein content of some grains like our daily loaf.

Extreme weather is also shaking up how our food gets from the farm to our plate.

Like crops, highways and railroads are at risk of damage.

During the 2011 Queensland floods, several towns were cut off for up to two weeks, preventing food top ups.

There is generally less than one-month’s supply of non-perishable food and less than five days’ supply of perishable food in the supply chain at any one time – we’re extremely vulnerable.

It’s becoming more difficult to ignore Mother Earth’s warning signs. But we can reason with her.

Supporting our farmers, who work tirelessly to feed us, is a good start.

Eating more plant-based foods, buying the ugly fruit and eating at home more often will also help to make our food supply a sustainable one.

Dr Sinead Boylan is a public health nutritionist at the University of Sydney.

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Leave them in cars and pay the price

The state government has reminded people to look after their pets in hot weather. Causing animals to suffer is a criminal offence punishable with fines up to $77,730 or two years’ imprisonment. Picture: iSTOCKAGRICULTURE Minister Jaala Pulford has reminded petowners that leaving their animals inside hot cars is a criminal offence and could see them imprisoned orfined more than $70,000.
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Ms Pulford said on Saturday it was owners’ responsibility to care for their animals, especially as summer temperatures soar.

“Whether you have herds of cattle, a few riding horses or a couple of cats, it is incumbent upon you to look after your animals’ welfare, especially in hot weather by providing plenty of water, feed and shade,” she said.

The state government has made changes to animal welfare laws, allowing officers from Agriculture Victoria, the RSPCA and Victoria Police to issue notices to anyone who commits a cruelty offence.

Previously, inspectors could only issue a notice to an animal’s owner.

Causing animals to suffer is a criminal offence punishable with finesup to $77,730 or two years’imprisonment.

Premier Daniel Andrews’ office released a press release that explained Victoria Police should be contacted whenever an animal is left inside a hot vehicle.

Police are permitted to break into a vehicle to rescue the suffering animal.

Other hot weather advice to animal owners includes:

Not handlingor transportinglivestock during extreme heat. If this is unavoidable, people should plan ahead to avoid handling or transporting their livestock during the hottest times of day, and must schedule access to water and frequent, shady rest stops.Feeding heat-stressed horseselectrolytes and cooling them downby hosing them with cool wateror placing wet towels over them.Exercisingpets in the cool of the day. Do notwalk dogs on hot paths or roads, either.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Leave them in cars and pay the price

The state government has reminded people to look after their pets in hot weather. Causing animals to suffer is a criminal offence punishable with fines up to $77,730 or two years’ imprisonment. Picture: iSTOCKAGRICULTURE Minister Jaala Pulford has reminded petowners that leaving their animals inside hot cars is a criminal offence and could see them imprisoned orfined more than $70,000.
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Ms Pulford said on Saturday it was owners’ responsibility to care for their animals, especially as summer temperatures soar.

“Whether you have herds of cattle, a few riding horses or a couple of cats, it is incumbent upon you to look after your animals’ welfare, especially in hot weather by providing plenty of water, feed and shade,” she said.

The state government has made changes to animal welfare laws, allowing officers from Agriculture Victoria, the RSPCA and Victoria Police to issue notices to anyone who commits a cruelty offence.

Previously, inspectors could only issue a notice to an animal’s owner.

Causing animals to suffer is a criminal offence punishable with finesup to $77,730 or two years’imprisonment.

Premier Daniel Andrews’ office released a press release that explained Victoria Police should be contacted whenever an animal is left inside a hot vehicle.

Police are permitted to break into a vehicle to rescue the suffering animal.

Other hot weather advice to animal owners includes:

Not handlingor transportinglivestock during extreme heat. If this is unavoidable, people should plan ahead to avoid handling or transporting their livestock during the hottest times of day, and must schedule access to water and frequent, shady rest stops.Feeding heat-stressed horseselectrolytes and cooling them downby hosing them with cool wateror placing wet towels over them.Exercisingpets in the cool of the day. Do notwalk dogs on hot paths or roads, either.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

For good of all, we must eat and buy sustainably

I arrived in Australia in February 2011, fresh faced and ready to explore the land of plenty. I dropped my jaw and backpack when I was asked to pay $9.50 for two bananas. They weren’t international prize-winning bananas, they were just two standard bananas.
Nanjing Night Net

Cyclone Yasi had ripped through north Queensland earlier that month, wiping out three-quarters of Australia’s banana crop.

Five years later, avocado eaters tracked the price of the breakfast staple like Wall Street traders as a single fruit reached $7.

These are just two examples of how Mother Earth is putting us back in our place.

We can expect more food price spikes to come as the world warms and heatwaves, bushfires and storms intensify.

Summer barbies will get pricier, as the cost of farmed salmon, beef and wine are predicted to rise.

After a protein fix? Carbon dioxide reduces the protein content of some grains like our daily loaf.

Extreme weather is also shaking up how our food gets from the farm to our plate.

Like crops, highways and railroads are at risk of damage.

During the 2011 Queensland floods, several towns were cut off for up to two weeks, preventing food top ups.

There is generally less than one-month’s supply of non-perishable food and less than five days’ supply of perishable food in the supply chain at any one time – we’re extremely vulnerable.

It’s becoming more difficult to ignore Mother Earth’s warning signs. But we can reason with her.

Supporting our farmers, who work tirelessly to feed us, is a good start.

Eating more plant-based foods, buying the ugly fruit and eating at home more often will also help to make our food supply a sustainable one.

Dr Sinead Boylan is a public health nutritionist at the University of Sydney.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Crack in the Antarctic ice shelf just grew by 17kms. A break could be imminent

A crack in the Larsen C ice shelf as photographed November 10 2016. Photo: John Sonntag/NASAAn enormous rift in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves grew dramatically over the past month, and a massive chunk more than twice the size of the ACT could break away as soon as later this summer, British scientistsreportedthis week.
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If this happens, it could accelerate a further breakup of the ice shelf, essentially removing a massive cork of ice that keeps some of Antarctica’s glaciers from flowing into the ocean.

The long term result, scientists project, could be to noticeably raise global sea levels by 10 centimetres, or almost four inches.

The current location of the rift on Larsen C, as of January 2017. Labels highlight significant jumps. Tip positions are derived from Landsat (USGS) and Sentinel-1 InSAR (ESA) data. Background image blends BEDMAP2 Elevation (BAS) with MODIS MOA2009 Image mosaic (NSIDC). Other data from SCAR ADD and OSM. Photo: Supplied

It’s the latest sign of major ice loss in the fast warming Antarctic Peninsula, which has already seen the breakup of two other shelves in the same region, events that have been widely attributedto climate change.

Scientists confirm that warm ocean water is melting the biggest glacier in East Antarctica

The crack in the ice shelf, known as Larsen C, has been growing at an accelerating rate. Since the beginning of December, it has grown about 17 kilometresin length, after extending 21 kilometresearlier in the year.

The Larsen C rift on November 10, 2016. Photo: NASA, John Sonntag

In total, the rift has grown about 80 kilometressince 2011 (it’s almost 160 kilometreslong in total), and has widened to well over 300 metres. Now, only 19 kilometresof ice continue to connect the chunk with the rest of the ice shelf.

When it breaks away, the loss would be of nearly 5200square kilometresof ice,saythe researchers with Project MIDAS, a British government-funded collaboration based at Swansea and Aberystwyth universities in Wales. That’smore than twice as big as the Australian Capital Territory.

The consequences of the break could be dramatic.

“When it calves, the Larsen C Ice Shelf will lose more than 10 per centof its area to leave the ice front at its most retreated position ever recorded; this event will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula,” said the researchers in astatementabout the rift.

“We have previously shown that the new configuration will be less stable than it was prior to the rift, and that Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbour Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event.”

Here’s an image showing the apparently accelerating advance of the rift, per the Project Midas team:

The British Antarctic Survey alsoreleased a statementon the growing rift, saying a huge iceberg is “set to calve” from Larsen C.

“Because of the uncertainty surrounding the stability of the Larsen C ice shelf, we chose not to camp on the ice this season,” David Vaughan, the survey’s director of science, said in the statement.

The floating ice shelf is fed by the flow of ice glaciers that sit above sea level on the Antarctic Peninsula. As the shelf loses mass, these glaciers could flow more quickly — which would contribute to rising sea levels. Losses from the ice shelf alone, however dramatic, would not have that effect, as the shelf is already floating on water, just like an ice cube in a glass of water.

Fortunately, the Antarctic Peninsula does not contain nearly as much ice as other, thicker parts of Antarctica, such as the West and East Antarctic ice sheets. The potential sea level rise if Larsen C is lost would be measured in centimetres, not feet.

Still, it would subtract a major, enduring feature from the planet, and add to already dramatic changes that have been seen in the Antarctic Peninsula, the portion of the icy continent that extends northward towards South America.

Two smaller ice shelves near Larsen C – Larsen A, and Larsen B – have already largely disintegrated. Larsen B retains a remnant of its former size, but scientists have determined that this ice, too, could vanish before too long. They have also documented that following the collapse of much of the Larsen B ice shelf in 2002, the glaciers behind it sped up their flow towards the sea. Now, the fear is the same process could be unleashed on the larger Larsen C shelf.

The Larsen C ice shelf is more than 300 metres thick, and in spatial extent, nearly the size of Scotland. It is thefourth-largest ice shelf in Antarctica, although nothing compared with the two largest, the Ross and Filchner-Ronneice shelves.

NASA,during a flight in November, captured several spectacular photos of the rift, including the one at the top of this article and also the close-up below. But that was before further extension of the rift last month:

The Antarctic continent is ringed with ice shelves, which are the ocean-front portions of larger glaciers. But as the climate changes, these features have been thinning and in some cases breaking apart dramatically.

The Project MIDAS group did not immediately make a statement attributing the development at Larsen C to climate change, but the fact that the shelf would be “at its most retreated position ever recorded” after the break is certainly suggestive.

Previous researchhas also documented that the Larsen C ice shelf is becoming less thick, and so floating lower in the water, and this appears tied to the warming of the Antarctic Peninsula in recent decades. Warmer seas could also be playing a role.

Now, the wait for the anticipated break begins.

Swansea University’s Adrian Luckman, who heads up Project MIDAS,toldthe BBC that “If it doesn’t go in the next few months, I’ll be amazed.”

Daniela Jansen, a researcher with the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany who collaborates with the Project MIDAS team, largely agreed in an email toThe Washington Post.

“I think the iceberg will calve soon,” she said. “The jumps of the rift tip occurred in shorter time intervals the longer the rift got. This is probably due to the longer ‘lever’ for the forces acting to advance the rift, such as the up and down of the tides or strong winds towards the sea. Whether it will be months or maybe next year, I don’t know.”

The Washington Post

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Leave them in cars and pay the price

The state government has reminded people to look after their pets in hot weather. Causing animals to suffer is a criminal offence punishable with fines up to $77,730 or two years’ imprisonment. Picture: iSTOCKAGRICULTURE Minister Jaala Pulford has reminded petowners that leaving their animals inside hot cars is a criminal offence and could see them imprisoned orfined more than $70,000.
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Ms Pulford said on Saturday it was owners’ responsibility to care for their animals, especially as summer temperatures soar.

“Whether you have herds of cattle, a few riding horses or a couple of cats, it is incumbent upon you to look after your animals’ welfare, especially in hot weather by providing plenty of water, feed and shade,” she said.

The state government has made changes to animal welfare laws, allowing officers from Agriculture Victoria, the RSPCA and Victoria Police to issue notices to anyone who commits a cruelty offence.

Previously, inspectors could only issue a notice to an animal’s owner.

Causing animals to suffer is a criminal offence punishable with finesup to $77,730 or two years’imprisonment.

Premier Daniel Andrews’ office released a press release that explained Victoria Police should be contacted whenever an animal is left inside a hot vehicle.

Police are permitted to break into a vehicle to rescue the suffering animal.

Other hot weather advice to animal owners includes:

Not handlingor transportinglivestock during extreme heat. If this is unavoidable, people should plan ahead to avoid handling or transporting their livestock during the hottest times of day, and must schedule access to water and frequent, shady rest stops.Feeding heat-stressed horseselectrolytes and cooling them downby hosing them with cool wateror placing wet towels over them.Exercisingpets in the cool of the day. Do notwalk dogs on hot paths or roads, either.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Pressure on platypus numbersPhotos, video

DECLINING: The platypus population has seen a continuing steady decline, leading it’s status to be upgraded to “near threatened”. Picture: Piia WirsuDespite being protected, the outlook of the platypus is looking grim,with declining populations and three deaths in Tasmania just this week.
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December saw the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) upgrade the status of the platypusto “near threatened”, noting the steady population decline of the species.

In Tasmania a range of threats are contributing to the droppingplatypus numbers, with habitat destruction, water quality, dogs and feral cats, rubbish andillegal fishingand netting all contributing.

Just this week three platypus carcasses were found in an illegal fishing net in Tasmania’s north-west, where it is believed they became trapped and drowned.

Platypus House operations managerSharon Berryman wants to see the platypus have a higher profile so people are aware of the impact their actions have on the unique species. She thinks it’s all about “education, education”.

“We need to educate children about platypus,” she said.

“Education, understanding and getting people to understand how unique and how different they are.”

Ms Berryman said she has seen some “horror stories”.

“There was a feral cat situation at Exeter where a lady’s cat at night time was going out –[it]eradicated all the female platypus in that area. If you’ve only got a male in that area and you’ve got no females then you’ve got no reproduction,” she said.

Oranother story, wherea female platypus suffocated in her burrow by lining it with plastic she found in the river.

Another major concern to the health of platypus populations in Tasmania is the platypus fungal disease mucormycosis, which was first observed in 1982 and results in open ulcers on platypuses and then death.

It is believed the fungus was introduced to Tasmania via frogs transported from the mainland, but is not known to affect mainland platypuses.

There is little known about the fungal disease, making it difficult to determine the extent of the threat it poses.

Pressure on platypus numbers | Photos, video TweetFacebookMs Berryman would like to see research into the platypus and its threats gain similar traction as that seen in the Save the Tasmanian Devil campaign.

Platypuses have several unique characteristics that distinguish them, most notably they are monotremes –or egg-laying mammals.

The only other monotremes in the world are four species of echidna.

Notoriously shy, the platypus is difficult to breed in captivity. There have been only nine successful recorded breedings worldwide to date.

Ms Berryman said this means there is little backstop if populations docontinue to decline, as captive breeding programs like those implemented to secure the Tasmanian devil repopulation wouldn’t work.

“We’re on the back foot because we would like to understand that whole breeding process so that if something does happen we can fall back on that (captive breeding),” she said.

Additionally, it is believed the platypus only breed every two years, meaning it can take populations a long time to recover after suffering a hit.

“We’re finding that they’re dropping down but we’re not getting them to breed up again ,” Ms Berryman said.

The Platypus House has made breeding their platypuses a priority this summer, with an in-house romance they are hoping will prove fruitful.

“That’s our primary goal,we have a female out with our male and we’re doing everything we can … we’re focusing on what, as a male and a female, they need to do so we’re putting their needs ahead of the business needs,” Ms Berryman said.

“We need to understand that (how they breed in captivity)so that if something does happen to the Tasmanian platypus we’ve got an understanding of how we might be able to help them.”

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