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'Talk about bullies!': how 2GB's Ben Fordham campaigned for farmers charged with illegal land clearing

Landowners were painted as battling victims of heartless bureaucrats by the Sydney broadcaster. But was he telling the whole story?

• Hear audio of Ben Fordham on 2GB in our podcast Full Story
• Stripped bare: Australia’s hidden climate crisis
• Farmers prosecuted for land clearing allege former NSW minister gave them green light

‘Right now there are more than 100 farmers in north-west New South Wales facing the prospect of being forced off their land because of the aggressive tactics of the Office of Environment and Heritage, who are prosecuting them for clearing their own land,” thundered Ben Fordham on 2GB in July.

“Legal action is being taken because they cleared vegetation on their own farms! They are facing the prospect of fines of a million dollars, and having land locked up for a hundred years. They face fines of $13,000 for every day they refuse to answer questions. Talk about bullies!”

Related: Farmers prosecuted for land clearing allege former NSW minister gave them green light

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Artist creates deepfake birdsong to highlight threat to dawn chorus

Somerset House exhibit will feature natural birdsong being taken over by artificial sound

The dawn chorus is one of the wonders of the natural world, but a discordant note will be struck when a soundtrack of hundreds of birds is heard in London this month. The chiffchaffs, great tits, redstarts, robins and thrushes almost sound like the real thing, but they have been created by a machine as part of a major art installation warning of an apocalyptic world where Britain’s bird population has been allowed to diminish.

The synthetic bird sounds are the creation of the artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, who has worked with scientists at an AI company more used to researching Donald Trump deepfake videos to create the work.

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Easter egg hunts land National Trust in a row over Cadbury’s link to rainforest loss

Two women take on heritage organisation over its contract with the chocolate maker

In one corner were two women, a teacher and a graphic designer, from Cambridgeshire. In the other was the guardian of the country’s heritage and green spaces. Both were engaged in a high-intensity battle – over chocolate.

The usually staid proceedings of the National Trust annual general meeting in Swindon yesterday erupted into a heated row about the conservation charity’s longstanding deal with one of the largest confectionery giants in the world.

We were incensed that a conservation charity would be using a product responsible for the destruction of the rainforest

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'Just don't waste': David Attenborough's heartfelt message to next generation

At launch of BBC nature series Seven Worlds, One Planet, Attenborough says message is finally getting through

David Attenborough has delivered a heartfelt message to children around the world on how they can help save the planet: “Live the way you want to live but just don’t waste.”

At the first screening of the BBC’s forthcoming blockbuster nature series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, the 93-year-old offered his advice to a five-year-old in the London audience. The boy was overwhelmed by nerves when handed the microphone, so his father asked his question on his behalf: “What can he do to save the planet?”

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Calls for Nationals MP Kevin Humphries to face Icac over alleged advice on land clearing

MP says Humphries should face Icac for allegedly telling farmers they would not be prosecuted for land clearing that was later found to be illegal

The New South Wales government is being urged to refer a Nationals MP to the corruption watchdog after the Guardian revealed that at least two farmers facing court said they broke land-clearing laws on his alleged say so.

Two farmers who were being sentenced in the NSW land and environment court in recent months have told the judges hearing their cases that they ignored the old native vegetation laws because their local MP for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, had allegedly told them the laws would be scrapped and there would be no prosecutions.

Related: Farmers prosecuted for land clearing allege former NSW minister gave them green light

Related: Stripped bare: Australia's hidden climate crisis

Related: Australia spends billions planting trees – then wipes out carbon gains by bulldozing them

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