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Archive for November, 2006

How was the 2006 Hurricane Season?

Following Hurricane Katrina and Al Gore’s movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ many have come to expect an increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes hitting the US coast each year as the so-called “climate crisis” intensifies. According to the US National Climatic Data Center, over the 10 years to the end of 2005, seasonal activity [...]

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Thinning Forests To Increase Water Yield

“Despite being portrayed as a villain, timber harvesting in the form of thinning can substantially counteract the impact of fire regrowth on water yield. The benefits of regrowth thinning have been widely studied throughout Australia. In Melbourne’s catchments, strip-thinning trials have shown that up to 2.5 million litres a year of additional run-off can be [...]

New Coal Mine Not Given Go Ahead As It Will Produce GHG Emissions

On Monday I read in The Australian that the NSW Land and Environment Court ruled Centennial Coal had failed to adequately consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from its proposed Anvil Hill coal mine in the Upper Hunter and so the approval it got from government for its environmental assessment is void. So at [...]

Fishers Snagged: Not Farmed, Then Not Organic

According to an article in yesterday’s New York Times the market for organic foods continues to grow with sales reaching US$13.8 billion in 2005 compared with US$3.6 billion in 1997. But there’s not much ‘organic seafood’ about because of problems with definitions and also what fish eat. Now I would have thought a wild Atlantic [...]

All The Best To Richard Ness

Last week the US President, George Bush, visited Indonesia to discuss amongst other things “investment”. No doubt some radical environmentalists along with some Islamic fundamentalists don’t want foreign investment in Indonesia. Like the activists in the new documentary ‘Mine Your Own Business’ they would perhaps like the many Indonesians still living a subsistence existence to [...]

Farming in Nigeria: A Note from Russell

In the following note from Russell, which was originally posted as a comment on a thread about how biotechnology benefits American farmers, he tells us something about farming in Nigeria and how white farmers from Zimbabwe are being invited to settle in Nigeria: “Several comments refer to the link between agricultural subsidies and the impoverishment [...]

GM Crops Benefit US Farmers: New Report by Sujatha Sankula

A new report entitled ‘Quantification of the Impacts on US Agriculture of Biotechnology- Derived Crops Planted in 2005′ by the US National Centre for Food and Agricultural Policy begins with the key findings that: “American growers continued to choose biotechnology-derived crops in 2005, the tenth year of their commercial planting, because they realized significant benefits [...]

More Than One Striped Possum: A Note from Neil Hewett

Hi Jennifer, I photographed this striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) at Cooper Creek Wilderness on the 21st October, 2006, and I was very pleased to see that this photograph of a striped possum, was in fact, two. Sparsely distributed throughout the wet tropics and along the east coast of Cape York (Australia), the species is spectacularly [...]

Wrong ‘Shot’ at Atlantic Conveyor Belt Speed?

Last year Harry Bryden published a paper* in the journal Nature which indicated that there had been a 30 percent decline in the northward flow of warm water in the Atlantic Ocean. This was interpreted by many as another sign of climate change with potentially catastrophic consequences. Also known as the ‘Atlantic Conveyor Belt’, this [...]

Why Greenpeace No-longer Battles Norwegian Whaler on the High Seas: A Note from George McCallum

Hi Jennifer, Since 1999 Greenpeace has not conducted an anti-whaling campaign at sea against Norwegian whalers. According to Greenpeace, such campaigns are now considered “counter productive”. One has to wonder then, why Greenpeace considers actions against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean “productive”? With this season’s Greenpeace anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean almost upon [...]