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Where better to deploy 30,000 military personnel, storming beaches along 1500 kilometres of eastern Australian coastline, but in or near World Heritage Areas, national parks, and other environmental wonders? Through their biennial exercises, US and Australian forces grow more "interoperable", deployable and combat ready. Can their environmental awareness in and around the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park make the world's greatest greenhouse gas emitters, the United States' military, more sustainable, or Talisman Sabre's ultimate objective more convincing? Peace activist Jo Vallentine and Friends of the Earth Robin Taubenfeld question the rationale of the ANZUS alliance and the biennial Exercise, highlighting the risks to environmental values, and challenging Australian troops practicing the defence of their country through rehearsing amphibious invasions. (Photo: Public Domain/Australian Army, 2019. Use of image as well as audio from the US or Australian Department of Defence, and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, naturally does not imply or constitute their endorsement).
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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.
Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.
RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.