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Entries from October 30th, 2008

Farewell to a Century of Photographic Wisdom

October 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Blog

If I have a second family it is my former colleagues at the Sydney Morning Herald, especially the photographers. As their work each day demonstrates they are the soul of one of the most important media outlets in the nation and definitely fundamental to capturing life in the City Of Sydney and – at times of […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 30 October

October 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

Right now our water tank here on the NSW south coast is perilously low, which is why I reckon the story of the week is the admission from NSW Premier Nathan Rees that in February Sydney nearly ran out of water. Excuse me? The biggest and most important city in the country nearly ran out […]

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Jack Thompson, The Whitlams – woo the greens with the blues

October 27th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Blog

I have a friend, Wayne Brennan, who says the most interesting things people do are done in the fine grey area where the mundane and the sublime intersect. Wayne also loves music and he regularly plays with the Australian actor, Jack Thompson. For this reason I sat up in my chair last Thursday evening when I […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 23 October

October 23rd, 2008 · 6 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

                     Sometimes it is the little stories that shed light on the big ones. There is a lot of triple-bogey-sized news at the moment and most of it is economic – although, considering the economy (as someone once said) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, every economic story is really an environmental one.

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Scumbags, Slimebuckets, Saviours of the World

October 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

The days are getting longer, the beaches more crowded – it’s the bloomin’ algae season but principal research scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Professor Alan Millar, says have no fear, those dreaded seaweeds come in peace…. So you think algae stuffs up our beautiful beaches, fouls our precious swimming pools, dams and water supplies, makes […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 16 October

October 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

                                            Now to the weather. Real Dirt has been writing about the environment for more than fifteen years and if there is one thing that is certain it is uncertainty. The biggest stories are nearly always the ones that no-one saw coming. But every now and then there is a weather map that looks […]

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Sydney’s original weather calendar…

October 14th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Blog

It’s a great idea: bring a few sailing ships from England to the bottom of the planet and make it more like home. All you need to do is release a few rabbits and foxes, unleash those furry ride-on mowers known as sheep and run cattle which have mattocks for feet. One other thing: let’s […]

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Carbon dioxide: economic nose dive with a triple pike?

October 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments · News

For the past twelve months, John Connor, Climate Institute CEO and a keen amateur bodysurfer, has been riding a huge left hander that’s been breaking off Point Climate Change, selling the message of cutting greenhouse gases. But in just a few short weeks that beautiful wave has closed out and emission cuts look like being smashed on […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 9 October

October 9th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

This week Real Dirt, Fast offers up an amazing fact about rubbish: American airlines throw out enough aluminium cans every year to build 58 new 747 jets. As the Sydney Morning Herald reported: The Trash Landings report, by the Natural Resources Defence Council, also found US airlines disposed of 9000 tonnes of plastic a year, […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 2 October

October 2nd, 2008 · 6 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

Professor Garnaut’s final report on climate change came down this week just as the planet’s economy looked as though it was about to do some weird quantum thing and collapse down to a little black hole the size of a pea. Still those little black holes, as the scientists tell us, can be as heavy […]

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