Archive | January 2015

Koalas in Peril in Southern Australia and Victoria- Call for All Knitters


A Wildlife hospital in Southern Australia has issued a mitten appeal to help treat koalas with burnt paws following the fires in South Australia and Victoria.

Struggling heat-stricken koalas with burnt paws are in desperate need for mittens followed by the devastating bushfires in South Australia and Victoria.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has launched a public appeal in a bid to get cotton-made mittens from knitters to help treat injured koalas.

The injured marsupials typically come into care with severe burns, especially on their paws, caused by contact with burning trees or from fleeing across fire grounds.

It comes as South Australia endured the state’s worst fire conditions since the Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday, destroying more than 30 homes and leaving 134 people injured.

When koalas come into care, they get treatment with burns cream and their paws would be covered with bandages before being protected with the special cotton mittens.

‘We don’t know how many mittens we need but once the grounds are reopened to the wildlife rescuers, they will begin their black walk,’ an IFAW spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.


PSC’s Technical Hearings on Badger Coulee High Voltage Transmission Line

transmission line

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is holding technical hearings this week in Madison as they assess the need and impact of the American Transmission Company (ATC) LLC and Northern States Power Company ‘s joint application to construct and operate a high voltage 345 kV electricity transmission line called Badger-Coulee line from the La Crosse area in Lacrosse County to the greater Madison area in Dane County, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) will determine whether and where American Transmission Company (ATC) and Xcel Energy may build the line, which could encroach on as many as 556 residences, as well as forest and public lands. The transmission line is expected to cost up to $580 million.

Opponents of the project say the project is not needed and and that it would allow utilities to profit by trading energy while discouraging more cost-effective alternatives such as energy efficiency and solar power.

The PSC held five public hearings in December with the majority of those speaking voicing opposition to the project.

At the technical hearings this week, commissioners are hearing from the applicants, the PSC’s professional staff, and 25 registered intervenors.

The 3-member commission, with 2 of the 3 of the commissioners having been appointed by Governor Walker, is expected to issue a final decision in April, 2015.