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Entries from July 30th, 2008

Real Dirt, Fast – 31 July

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments · Real Dirt Fast

To mutilate the Redgum song Diamantina Drover: And the carbon saga, goes on and on and excuses roll forever and I won’t be back ‘til the voting’s done. Readers could be forgiven this week for thinking they had woken up in a Groundhog Day of Emissions Trading Stories about who is going to do what, […]

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Carbon Karma – carbonara with a conscience

July 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Blog

By JAMES WOODFORD This week I got served a hearty meal of Carbon Karma. I had to go to Melbourne for work and flew out of Canberra on Monday morning. I try not to be a person who goes around feeling guilty about everything. But when I hop into a 737 Airbus and those massive […]

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Saving the Devils – Fiona Grubb

July 25th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

Fiona Grubb is a south coast based blogger and town planning academic. She loves Tasmanian devils – and as you will see she is as irreverent as one of those marsupials. Yesterday she wrote a fantastic piece that originated from a post on her site – Kiwi Back in Sydney It was run in the […]

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Don’t Compete; Be Different

July 24th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Blog

There is only one piece of business advice I ever learned. It was in an advertisement in an American magazine for some huge investment fund. ‘Don’t compete; be different’.For some reason those words have stayed with me and I thought of them again yesterday when I was talking to my neighbours. Both of them are […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – July 23

July 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

Remember when you were a kid and you’d sit at the kitchen bench with all of your pesky brothers and sisters looking at the Weet Bix box wondering who was going to get to the free cards first? As the sedimentary layers of shredded wheat bricks got lower and lower, someone would finally decide to […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – July 17

July 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Real Dirt Fast

So God’s man in Australia, Cardinal George Pell says he is skeptical about climate change science. We need to populate or perish, he warned this week – another denier outed. There should be a law against him annoying and inconveniencing us rather than the other way around. And, the other good news by the way […]

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Isobel Bennett

July 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Blog

Reading Bruce Thom’s guest viewpoint this week on women and the coast has finally prompted me to put something in writing about Isobel Bennett.Isobel died at 98 earlier this year and although people contacted me about her passing for some reason I could not bring myself to put pen to paper. She wrote many books […]

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New Spectaular Wollemi Find

July 15th, 2008 · No Comments · News

  Archaeological expeditioners, Michael Cartier, and Rik Deveridge prepare to land at Forgotten Ridge in the Wollemi Wilderness.  Story by James Woodford  There is a ridge and a creek in the heart of the 500,000-hectare Wollemi wilderness which are so remote they have never been officially named by Europeans. An archaeologist, Wayne Brennan, and his […]

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Saving the Coast: the impact of women – Bruce Thom

July 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Professor Bruce Thom, Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists Human impacts on the coast of eastern Australia since 1788 have been dramatic if not devastating. When looking at individuals who have made a difference, I am struck by the contribution of women in coastal science, advocacy and conservation. Although there are a few […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – July 11

July 11th, 2008 · No Comments · Real Dirt Fast

My favourite moment of environmental news this week was Professor Ross Garnaut disparagingly dismissing the NSW Treasurer, Michael Costa, as a well known ‘denier’ of climate change science.When the professor said these words he looked as though he had swotted an annoying fly.

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