Pesticides hurting Great Barrier Reef: report

The Queensland and Federal Government’s first report card on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef has found pesticides used in agriculture  are causing significant problems for the reef.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-13/great-barrier-reef-report/2837758

Study links pesticides to ADHD

A new study has found links between a pesticide that is used in Australia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/20/2988554.htm?site=news

Push for maverick techniques to restore landscape

IN WHAT he says is the biggest challenge of his career and potentially the most important project in the nation’s history, the former governor-general Michael Jeffery is launching a national campaign to restore Australia’s degraded landscape. http://www.smh.com.au/national/push-for-maverick-techniques-to-restore-landscape-20090911-fkqi.html

Toxic spray weed fumes kill gardener

JUST as he always did, Sam Vella went out to spray his market garden with herbicide yesterday morning but only a few minutes later he was dead and his daughter was in hospital after ingesting the toxic fumes. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-act/toxic-spray-weed-fumes-kill-gardener/story-e6freuzi-1225853834599

Banned chemical on shelves despite fears it can harm health

A POISON which Australians commonly apply in powder on their pets and dust or spray in their gardens to control fleas, ticks, caterpillars and aphids is still freely available in Sydney shops even though the pesticides watchdog banned it this year over concerns it can endanger human health. http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/banned-chemical-on-shelves-despite-fears-it-can-harm-health/2007/10/21/1192940905073.html