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Entries from May 31st, 2008

CLIMATE CHANGE; everything you need to know to sound clever at a dinner party

May 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment · News

Story by Lin Sutherland  reproduced with permission from Explore, the Australian Museum magazine, vol 30 (2) pp 24-27 © Australian Museum 2008. CLIMATE CHANGE A GEOLOGIST’S VIEW Climate change is not new to Australia. Our ‘rocky’ records hold many clues to past climates, which is why debates about climate change need geology on the agenda, […]

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NO MORE BUNNY BUSINESS; the end for Centennial Park’s dirty wotten wabbits

May 31st, 2008 · No Comments · News

  By JAMES WOODFORD Andrew Glover’s clandestine raid on Centennial Park would have left Elmer Fudd wide-eyed with awe. Glover is the managing ranger with the Moss Vale Rural Lands Protection Board, and is used to complex and controversial shooting tasks. In the past he has shot wild pigs at Hurstville and deer in the […]

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ROCK DOCTOR TAKES THE PULSE OF AUSTRALIA’S PREHISTORIC ART

May 27th, 2008 · No Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Prof. Paul S.C. Taçon School of Arts Gold Coast campus Griffith University, Qld 4222 p.tacon@griffith.edu.au I am fortunate to have worked in incredible natural and cultural landscapes around the world, many of them in remote parts of Australia.   I work closely with indigenous people to study rock art – paintings, drawings, engravings, stencils, prints and […]

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PROFESSOR DAVID BOOTH TAKES ON MARINE PARK BULLY BOYS

May 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · News

David Booth Professor of Marine Ecology, UTS Chief Scientist, Sydney Institute of Marine Science You’d think from the rhetoric floating around debate on the validity of NSW marine parks of late that scientists were equivocal about their benefits. Some scientists have claimed that park establishment is politically driven, and there is no science behind them, […]

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Kevin Rudd Hacks the Head off the Home Solar Industry

May 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Blog

As a post election party hit its straps last year I watched as a solar installer I know took a campaign poster of then-Prime Minister Howard and burnt it with glee.The incoming Rudd Government was making the kinds of comforting noises that could have put anyone worried about climate change to sleep. Labor instantly ratified […]

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TODDLER GURU, ROBIN BARKER, ON DISPOSABLE NAPPIES

May 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

Ask any working family – single-use nappies are convenient and easy to use. But like many of life’s little conveniences, environmentally they are on the nose. Single-use nappies are not recyclable, they take years to decompose and use considerably more raw materials and energy in their manufacture than cloth nappies. Apart from environmental issues single-use […]

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HOW GREEN IS YOUR GOD? Comment piece by Dr Steve Douglas

May 15th, 2008 · No Comments · News

Story by Dr Steve Douglas Keep an eye on any Church-owned bushland. In spite of the growing list of environmental policies and proclamations emerging from the Churches, they continue to pursue the construction of facilities such as schools and nursing homes in areas of remnant vegetation. They’ll likely comply with all the environmental laws in […]

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SOLAR INSTALLER BLOWS A FUSE

May 15th, 2008 · No Comments · News

By Luke Williams LJW Solar It’s amazing that a government whose pre-election environmental position was considered so strong has now crushed the grid connected solar power industry. Rudd may not be as smart as he looks after all. However, you would think that the Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, of all people, would want to […]

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ROCK DOCTORS CATCH UP WITH WHAT LIES BENEATH SYDNEY’S SKYSCRAPERS

May 15th, 2008 · No Comments · News

By JAMES WOODFORD Walk around the Sydney CBD block bounded by Kent, Sussex, Napoleon and Erskine streets and you are on top of a cultural Ground Zero. Below your feet is one of the first places in Australia where the stone age ended and the industrial revolution began. And ironically that very spot is one […]

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IF TREES COULD SPEAK

May 15th, 2008 · No Comments · News

By Bob Beale Australia’s story is written in trees. You can read its ancient origins in the cool mystical Antarctic beech forests of the south and in the vibrant green rainforests of the north. The tale of its long slow drift into drought and fire is imprinted in the black furrowed bark of the brigalow, […]

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