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Entries from June 27th, 2008

State of the (Landcare) Nation

June 27th, 2008 · No Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Rachel Siewert is an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. At the end of March, Environment Minister Peter Garrett finally announced the Government’s new environment funding package ‘Caring for Our Country’. I say ‘finally’ because the funding under the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) was coming to an end, and they had been dragging their heels […]

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Real Dirt, Fast June 26

June 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Real Dirt Fast

The big, serious story of this week is rising sea levels… Nature magazine published new research by a team of Australian and US scientists. They foundthe world’s oceans warmed and rose at a rate 50 per cent faster in the last four decades of the 20th century than documented in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]

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Nuclear Waterworld

June 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · Blog

Last week’s Nature paper warning that sea level rise will be faster than previously thought brought back a vivid memory for me. In 1995 I was sent to Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia to cover the last French Nuclear tests. It was one of the strangest experiences I have ever had. The island was controlled […]

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Going for green in the renovation nation

June 7th, 2008 · No Comments · Guest Viewpoint

  Caitlin McGee Principal Research Consultant Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney Last year my workplace had its tenth birthday party. The invited speaker was Hugh Mackay, well-known social researcher and author of Advance Australia Where? He told of being seated next to a woman at a dinner party whose entire conversation revolved […]

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Bring Back the Bullockies

June 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Blog

A few years ago I met a bullocky on the south coast who swore that the day would come when it would be economical for him to use his steers for real jobs rather than just as an attraction at country fairs.Watching how he worked in the bush – the way that his mob of […]

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