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“There is no environmental reason for people to go hungry now or in the future. There is no need to use any more land to sustain humanity… The only limit to creating a planet that future generations will be proud of are our imaginations and our social systems.” Erle C. Ellis writing in the New […]

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We must abandon completely the naive faith that school automatically liberates the mind and serves the cause of human progress; in fact, we know that it may serve any cause. [It] may serve tyranny as well as truth, war as well as peace, death as well as life . . . whether it is good […]

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ONE swallow does not make a spring, and the coldest spring for more than 50 years does not disprove the theory of anthropogenic global warming. *** Picture of a nesting box taken near Stratford-on-Avon yesterday.

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Time to Celebrate Coal not Candles: Viv Forbes

Coal not candles should be the symbol of Earth Hour. It was coal that produced clean electric power which cleared the smog produced by dirty combustion and open fires in big cities like London and Pittsburgh. Much of the third world still suffers choking fumes and smog because they do not have clean electric power […]

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Media Watch Under Scrutiny

MEDIA Watch contacted me on Friday with a barrage of questions concerning my work on the need to restore the Murray River’s estuary. Their line of questioning suggested that I was misleading the Australian public on the important issue of water reform in the Murray Darling. Indeed, the implication was that I am but a […]

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Sustaining Australia on 2,500 Gigalitres of Water

Yesterday a Murrumbidgee food producer, Virginia Tropeano, had a letter printed in the local Murrumbidgee ‘Area News’ explaining that in an average rainfall year it take 5,000 gigalitres of water to keep the Lower Lakes artificially fresh. Because of the sea dykes across the bottom of the Lower Lakes, they are totally dependent on water […]

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Fears Over Fukushima Radiation Overblown: Lawrence Solomon

“The immense suffering that the Japanese are enduring in the aftermath of their earthquake and tsunami is now compounded by torment over radiation releases from the Fukushima nuclear plant. “While the torment is understandable, based on the reported amounts of radiation released, it is uncalled for. The evidence from Japan’s populace — inadvertent guinea pigs […]

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