Given my research background, I found this particularly interesting. It is only amatter of time before this sortof story becomes more and more prevalent, not just with insect pests but also fungal pathogens, viruses and phytoplasmas. The Australian banana industry, 90% of which is centred in a small area in north Queensland and 95% of which is comprised of one variety of banana (dwarf cavendish), is highly susceptible to climate-change induced changes in pest and disease phenology. Some of the threats are not as relatively benign as mealy bugs and scale as in the following story. For example, a mutation of Panama disease tropical race 4 has the potential to completely destroy the entire industry as nearly happened with the Gros Michel variety decades ago. It is only a matter of time before conditions are perfect and our border protection fails again.
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Climate change blamed for Costa Rica’s national banana emergency / News Briefs / More news / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times
So how's Abbott's Australia traveling so far? asks Kaye Lee. In a nutshell, judging by her evidence below, very badly.
We have been condemned worldwide for our moves to repeal the 'carbon tax', our abolition of climate change bodies and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) (even though it’s making a substantial profit), our failure to send a politician to the Warsaw climate change talks and our refusal to provide any funding for the Green Climate Fund.
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Well its the weekend Liberal & National Voters all around our wonderful country of Australia. Get your Champers cracking because this week you have achieved...
Hitting the Disadvantaged where it hurts..Plans to Cut up to $250 dollars a fortnight from people with a disability by moving them from the Disability Support Pension to NewStart. http://www.greens.org.au/news/income-management-and-disability-support-cuts-government%E2%80%99s-agenda
Ignoring the Needs of Regional Australia..
Dear Australians who voted for Tony Abbott,
I’m seriously unhappy with you. You might think that you understand why this is the case. You might think that I’m disappointed because the Labor Party is no longer in power, and it would be a lie for me to say this doesn’t contribute to my dissatisfaction. But what’s more important, and what’s driven me to write this letter to you all, is something far larger than the people who get elected.