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Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2017

Clean Up Australia Rubbish Report

Balloons come under the category of rubber in this report. The good news is that, rubber only counted for 1% of all rubbish collected. 73.1% of this 1% consisted of gloves, shoes and thongs. Balloons did not even rate their own category, or in fact, a mention, at all. Having said that, balloon litter is still being found in our environment and perhaps our aim for a zero result is over optimistic, but still a very worthwhile goal.

https://issuu.com/clean_up/docs/rubbish_report_2016_-_cua/2…

Helium Discovery

Recent concerns about a worldwide shortage of helium have been alleviated by the discovery of a massive reserve in Tanzania. This, together with new methods of discovering helium, one of the most common elements on earth, is good news for all concerned.

www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/28/huge-helium-gas-tanzania-east-africa-averts-medical-shortage

Climate Change

Some interesting articles in The Guardian as to the devastating effect of global warming, due to climate change. These are confronting articles demonstrating the great need to continue to protect our Rain Forests and to support the worldwide movement for “a canopy of trees”. Logically, this includes the support of the production of latex and the planting of tens of millions of rubber trees for this purpose. Latex balloons are biodegradable and if disposed of correctly, leave only a positive environmental footprint.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/antarcticas-ice-free-areas-to-increase-by-up-to-a-quarter-by-2100-study-says

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/07/australias-vast-kelp-forests-devastated-by-marine-heatwave-study-reveals

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/19/great-barrier-reef-93-of-reefs-hit-by-coral-bleaching

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/sep/30/fish-shrink-climate-change

Brian Gray