What is a life cycle?

The Africa Planet Index reveals a decline of nearly 40% in biodiversity on that continent over the past 40 years – not only have the natural systems degraded but the rapid population growth, increasing prosperity and changing consumption patterns have increased the population’s ecological footprint – pressure on biodiversity is also coming from other nations, such as China, which is depending increasingly on Africa’s resources. Source EcoNews 01/06/12.

The question of how bad global warming will get has long been cast in terms of how hot the world will get – but perhaps more important will be how much rising greenhouse gases crank up the water cycle – models predict that a strengthening greenhouse will increase precipitation where it is already relatively high and decrease it where it is already low. Source Science 27/05/12.

The prevailing view has been that the world’s supply of oil is running out and global production will peak possibly as soon as the end of this decade – now a new theory suggests that oil production will start to fall by 2020 – but not because we’re running out, we just won’t need it. Source New Scientist 19/05/12.

If electric vehicle charging is unmanaged and about 50% of drivers charge at peak periods, then the cost of meeting the additional peak demand in the National Electricity Market could be $1.8 billion by 2020. Source CE Daily 31/05/12.

NSW has become only the 2nd place in the world to trial the idea of social benefit bonds – private investors buy bonds in community programs – dividends are paid by the government when the social goals are met. Source ABC 040612.

Personal wealth across Australia increased by just 0.3% in 2011, compared with 1.9% globally as wealth rates in major developed economies declined – the growth globally came from emerging markets, where wealth jumped by 10%, with China leading the way with wealth up almost 20% in one year – Australia was again ranked 17th country in terms of number of millionaire households SmartCompany 050612.In the most recent quarter, the ACT led in the productivity gains with 6.6% – Victoria 3.7% – NT 3.1% – SA 2.7% – Tas 1% – NSW and WA 0.5% – Qld minus 1.9% DT 120612.

Manufacturers are increasingly moving from the concept of supply chains to supply circles – minimising the use of inputs whether they be materials, energy or water – repairing, recycling and reinventing products, components and materials – reducing costs and increasing productivity while reducing their environmental foot print McKinsey Quarterly 160612.

Australia’s food manufacturing exports are worth up to $17 billion a year – bigger than education or tourism – but now Australia risks becoming Asia’s farm rather than an exporter of quality foods – supermarket wars, rising input costs and a high dollar have been crunching manufacturers – Heinz and McCains have closed factories in Victoria and Tasmania and shifted production to lower-cost New Zealand – Anzac biscuit maker Unibic has collapsed SMH 160612.

Japan’s Kirin’s National Foods, the owner of Dairy Farmers, wrote off $1.2 billion in Australia and the Murray Goulburn Co-operative has mothballed a plant and shed 12% of its workforce –SMH 10612.

Kraft Foods Australasia has seen its earnings drop by two-thirds between 2008-10 but it is maintaining a focus on the opportunity to reach the Asian middle class market which will swell to 1.6 billion consumers by 2020 – a Prime Ministerial Taskforce will be recommending that Australia create a food innovation centre built around collaboration of multinational and small-to-medium sized enterprises, the CSIRO and universities to address the opportunity SMH 160612.

Glass half full – Economics commentator, Ross Gittins, points out that there have been 17,000 jobs lost in a list of 25 recently reported layoffs – and that this is comparable with the number of people leaving jobs voluntarily every month – as well, 46,100 full-time jobs were created in May and average weekly wages rose 4% in 2011-12; official interest rates are 3.5%; inflation is 1.6%; GDP growth is 4.3%; house prices have dropped an average of 5%; and WBM 030612.

Thank you for the material Garry Reynolds, Caring for our Country.

Opinions published by The Land

CO2Land org finds it puzzling to see so few of the readers participate in the polls! Would more readers participate and could it be better representative if the sample of opinion was changed to: Did you like the article/story? Would readers be more empowered to influence through their opinion? Is it just too boring?

Polls June to July 2012 with a Greens Poll from April thrown in:

Q: Do you believe the Coalition will repeal the Carbon Tax as promised?

Yes (60.3%)

No (39.7%)

Total Votes: 511
Poll Date: 09 July, 2012

 Q: Do you think we need a new national agricultural lobby?

Yes (44.5%)

No (55.5%)

Total Votes: 629
Poll Date: 02 July, 2012

Q: Are you ready for the Carbon Tax?

Yes (21.6%)

No (78.4%)

Total Votes: 874
Poll Date: 25 June, 2012

Q: Now more than one year on from the live export ban, do you think the government made the right decision?

Yes (15.4%)

No (82.3%)

Undecided (2.3%)

Total Votes: 751
Poll Date: 18 June, 2012

Q: Do you support the construction of wind farms in your area?

Yes (50.8%)

No (40.9%)

Undecided (8.2%)

Total Votes: 716
Poll Date: 11 June, 2012

Q: Are you more likely to vote for The Greens following the resignation of Bob Brown?

More likely (3.8%)

Less likely (4.9%)

About the same (10.6%)

I will never vote Green (80.7%)

Total Votes: 715
Poll Date: 23 April, 2012