Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Early bushfire season warning

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

From News.com.au: Early bushfire season warning ON the last day of the warmest winter on record, Sydney had an ominous preview of the bushfire season that lies ahead. Gale-force winds whipped a small grass fire at Menangle, to the southwest, into a 30m-high fireball over the Hume Highway - one of several outbreaks ...

On the bright side…

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I went to an outdoor cafe for lunch today. The sun was shining brightly, the sky was blue and the temperature was summery, even though it was winter. I drank my cappuccino and reflected that I was living on the bright side of the worst drought in recorded history.

Comments

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Just looked at the comments I needed to moderate. I haven't done that for a while - Word Press 1.2 made comments moderation an unpleasant experience. 1.2 was extremely vulnerable to spammers and comments moderation was a process of deleting hundreds of blackjack and poker advertisements. But now I’m using Word ...

Hottest April

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: April the cruellest month, officially By Wendy Frew Environment Reporter May 3, 2005 NSW has experienced one of its hottest Aprils, exacerbating drought conditions at a time when farmers also face a greater chance of being hit by another drought-driving El Nino. The state experienced an exceptionally warm April, according ...

Syringe on the beach

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

I passed a syringe as I was walking along the beach this afternoon. Its the first time Ive seen a syringe on that particular beach in all the thousands of time Ive been there. I dont think it was a heroine addicts syringe. There was no blood inside it, for one ...

Scary

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

I'm reading the latest New Scientist (12 Feb 2005 No. 2486) which has an article called "Climate Change: Menance or Myth?" It's scary. It systematically debunks the anti-global warming arguments and points out how many of the anti-global warming scientists are in the pay of the oil industry. Then it shows ...

A right-winger attacks global warming

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

From Pittsburg Live: A right-winger attacks global warming By Wayne Madsen Sunday, January 2, 2005 Michael Crichton's new novel, "State of Fear," not only unfairly bashes the global environmental movement but represents yet another example of how multinational corporations and their political allies are invading the popular culture to ...

A hot one…

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

It's supposed to be heading for a top of 42 degrees C today. The hottest November day since weather record keeping began. It was quite a cool night, around 21 degrees C, so I woke up thinking that the record temperature wasn't likely. But in the hour between waking up and ...

Hot

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

I walked around with Chris's eTrex tonight while I was walking the dog. I think I'm getting the hang of using it. I've marked all the locations and views along my usual dog-walking path and it's strange to look at the screen and see the waypoints close in as I ...

Climate fear as carbon levels soar

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

From The Guardian: Climate fear as carbon levels soar Scientists bewildered by sharp rise of CO2 in atmosphere for second year running Paul Brown, environment correspondent Monday October 11, 2004 The Guardian An unexplained and unprecedented rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere two years running has raised fears that the world may be on the ...

Political Nightmare

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

Driving to my boyfriend's house, I turned on the radio and heard it announcing that John Howard's Liberal Party appeared to have won the election. I heard Mark Latham's defeat speech. I heard it suggested that the Liberals nearly had the numbers to totally dominate the Senate for the first ...

Surely this is a joke?

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald online discussion about Labor's announcement it will stop old-growth forest logging if elected: What is the big deal with logging? Where is the evidence that we actually need any of our forests? This is like saying we shouldn't drill for oil. The forests are there for ...

The Great Ocean Road

Saturday, October 2nd, 2004

Went on a coach tour of The Great Ocean Road. I wished for a laptop with wireless internet the whole way so I could blog my experiences as I went. What a beautiful area! My boyfriend and I started the tour in Melbourne City, less than a block from our hotel. ...

To save water, consume less meat

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: To save water, consume less meat By Mark Todd in Brisbane September 27, 2004 Whether or not you think there's a global water crisis depends on where you stand in the world, and what you eat. A person's diet, not how long they spend in the shower, in the main ...

Pop’s Tree

Saturday, September 25th, 2004

God I'm mad. My father cut down the macadamia tree that was planted as a memorial to my maternal grandpa, who died 20 years ago. It was a stringy, low tree because it had been planted in the shadow of Mum and Dads house. Macadamias are rainforest species, and ...

A Dangerous Intersection

Friday, September 24th, 2004

From NASA: A Dangerous Intersection 07.09.04 Scientists recently discovered a link between a massive coral death in Indonesia, man-made forest fires, and El Nino. In 2001, geologist and marine scientist Nerilie Abram went out on a scientific snorkeling expedition in the eastern Indian Ocean. As part of her Ph.D. studies, she was planning to ...

Mimics of the Forest

Sunday, September 12th, 2004

My boyfriend and I walked half way down Lady Carrington Drive in the Royal National Park today. It's a fairly rough dirt road, which people drove their horse and carts down in the late 1800s. Hugging the Hacking River, it goes through fairly disturbed picnic ground bushland at first, but ...

Night Animals

Friday, September 10th, 2004

I've been taking my dog for a 3km walk at night and I've seen lots of animals lately. Last night, I saw a tawny frogmouth sitting on a low branch. It was barely 2 metres away from me when I noticed it. They are beautifully camouflaged to look like tree branches ...

Prozac in the water supply

Monday, August 9th, 2004

Ive heard of fluoride in the water but this is ridiculous! From The Scotsman: THE anti-depressant drug Prozac is being taken in such large quantities in Britain that it has entered water supplies. Experts from the Environmental Agency are calling for an immediate investigation after it emerged that quantities of the medication ...

Cloudy drought

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Under a cloud: how interstate pollution rolls in to keep us high and dry By Richard Macey July 27, 2004 Haze ... it looks like rain but never is. Dark clouds roll in, but little or no rain falls. It's a sight Sydneysiders have become familiar with in recent ...