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Archive for October, 2005

Tree Clearing in Queensland: One Man’s Battle Against Bureaucracy

About six years ago Ashley McKay a softly spoken cattleman from south western Queensland was prosecuted by the Queensland Government for clearing cypress pine on his property. McKay had a permit to clear trees from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), but not a permit from the Department of Primary Industries (QDPI) Forestry [...]

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Should We Take a Faith-Based Approach to AGW?

In today’s The Age Geoff Strong repeats federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell’s announcement of last week in The Australian, and Tim Flannery’s recommendation in The Weather Makers, that we should stop debating the science of global warming and just accept a human influence on climate. But why would a secular society that respects evidence and [...]

Recycle Sewerage Through The Local Aquifer

I chaired a water seminar for Martin Leet of The Brisbane Institute a couple of weeks ago. Martin has put a report together on the event, click here. I introduced the seminar by suggesting there was nothing more important, after water, than the exchange of information. The first speaker, Blair Nancarrow from CSIRO Land and [...]

GW Politics – An Update

Some of my colleagues were amazed to see The Australian newspaper run Environment Minister Campbell on its front page yesterday with some anxious comments about the threat of global warming. On the same day former NSW Premier Bob Carr launched a new $10 million institute dedicated to educating us about global warming. What does it [...]

GM Politics – An Update

I was getting bored with all the posturing about how Australian farmers would be sued for growing canola contaminated with genetically modified (GM) material, but now it seems there has been some resolution to the issue. Melissa Marino reported in today’s The Age that canola with traces of genetically modified material will be allowed to [...]

Galarrwuy Yunupingu Says Yes to Nuclear Waste

The Northern Territory Chief Minister, Clare Martin, has said she will fight “tooth and nail” the building of even a small nuclear waste facility in the Territory. Australia produces nuclear waste at Lucus Heights., where the Sydney facility undertakes nuclear-related research including for diagnosing and treating cancer, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. The preferred site for [...]

Global Warming for Dummies

Several people have emailed me a piece from the Washington post titled World Temperatures Keep Rising With a Hot 2005 by Juliet Eilperin. The piece was published a couple of weeks ago (October 13, 2005) and evidently impressed many. It begins: New international climate data show that 2005 is on track to be the hottest [...]

Marsh Graziers Don’t Pay for Water

According to the Environment Australia website, Macquarie Marsh grazier’s have a saying “Fat ducks mean fat cattle”. Of course all this is dependent on water. Across Australia there is an expectation that we will all have to pay a bit more for our water, and use water more efficiently. Interestingly Macquarie Marsh graziers get their [...]

The Environmental Romantics will Change Their Tune

Stewart Brand predicts that over the next ten years the mainstream of the environmental movement will reverse its opinion and activism in four major areas: population growth, urbanization, genetically engineered organisms, and nuclear power. I hope he is right! Following is the rational in a piece titled ‘Environmental Heresies’ published byTechnologyReview.com: Reversals of this sort [...]

Food Fashion & Fisheries

There is much ‘food for thought’ in the following piece, from ABC Online: Marine historians picking through 200,000 US restaurant menus since the 1850s, schooner logs and archaeological sites are finding that capricious human tastes have let some species thrive while other stocks have been over-fished for centuries. Americans scorned lobster until the 1880s while [...]