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Entries from September 29th, 2008

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s Amazing Speech on Bailing out the Billionaires

September 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments · News

Already today we have heard news of polls showing that as belts are tightening so is environmental will. I know the US $700 billion bailout isn’t strictly an environmental story but it will be the mother of all excuses for why we have to defer action on climate change. I recommend taking a few minutes to […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 26 September

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

It’s not big environment news yet but it sure will be. What I am referring to is the unstoppable flood of bad money pouring into the swamps of economic disaster over in the United States. Right now whether the bailout goes ahead or not it feels like something very big and bad is brewing – what […]

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It Couldn’t Happen Here?

September 24th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

The mind boggling disaster of the Chinese milk contamination scare has prompted one of Australia’s leading authors and commentators on baby and toddler issues, Robin Barker, to again ask the question: how safe is baby milk formula? We are all horrified by the reports of tainted formula emerging daily from China. The latest figures state that […]

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A Real Dirt treat – 10 new photos of the Arnhem Land Rock Art

September 22nd, 2008 · 4 Comments · News

One of the newly discovered sailing ship paintings found in the Wellington Range, Arnhem Land….

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The rock art that redraws our history – SMH/REAL DIRT EXCLUSIVE

September 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments · News

James Woodford HIDDEN in rugged ranges in north-west Arnhem Land, a spectacular treasure-trove of Aboriginal rock art is set to rewrite the history of Australia. In a find that has stunned archaeologists and anthropologists, a vast wall of about 1500 paintings chronicles the history of Aboriginal contact with outsiders, from Macassan prows and European sailing […]

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Link to Arnhem Land rock art – audio visual

September 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment · News

Stunning pictures and audio in this special SMH slideshow from Djulirri Rock shelter in Arnhem Land – prepared by Rick Stevens, James Woodford and Paulina Vidal

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Millennia in Pictures: SMH/REAL DIRT EXCLUSIVE FEATURE

September 20th, 2008 · No Comments · News

Pictures and story by James Woodford Hidden in Arnhem Land’s remote Wellington Range is a maze of tortured sandstone and an enormous overhang hiding one of the world’s most important rock art panels. The Djulirri rock shelter’s 1500 stunning paintings are a record of all that makes people marvellous and terrifying, a spectacular narrative spanning […]

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Real Dirt Fast – 18 September

September 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

Here is a photo of the view from my tent on the edge of a cliff, looking across the ocean from the northern tip of Arnhem Land. It’s where I have been for a couple of weeks so now you can see why I haven’t done the last two editions of Real Dirt, Fast! Apologies. […]

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Solar: The Great Leap Forward

September 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Blog

By JAMES WOODFORD Necessity, as the saying goes, is the mother of invention. As electricity prices soar and fuel prices vacuum-clean cash from our wallets it is going to be interesting to see what new technology hard-pressed humans will conjure. The mother of them all is nature and the latest solar research coming from institutions […]

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Hazard Reduction Burning: ecological or pathological? SMH/REAL DIRT EXCLUSIVE

September 8th, 2008 · 19 Comments · News

Picture by Rick Stevens Story by James Woodford It’s spring, and soon we’ll start to get sensationalist stories predicting a horrendous bushfire season ahead. They will carry attacks on agencies for not doing enough to reduce fuel loads in forests close to homes, for unless those living on the urban fringe see their skies filled […]

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