Wetland Group Pockets $3.8 Million in Water Sales

A student from RMIT (a Melbourne University) is doing a project on water and has asked me how environmental water is allocated. There is no national or state-wide ledger (or website) showing how environmental water is acquired and allocated. The following example is based on information that I have received from the NSW Murray Wetland […]

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If Another 5 Years of Tony Blair, And

The big news this morning is that exit polls suggest Tony Blair will be re-elected to lead Britain for another 5 years. What does this mean for the environment? Blair clearly cares about the environment and is concerned by what he sees as a situation of general and accelerating deterioration in the global environment. He […]

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Pilliga-Goonoo Lock-up Announced

The NSW Government has finally made a decision on the Pilliga-Goonoo forests and the decision is likely to decimate local timber communities. Click here (jpg 136kb) to see a picture of 24 Pilliga West State forest, one of the WCA so-called iconic areas. The decision to ban logging over a further 350,000 hectares will have […]

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John Quiggin’s Publications

Following my blog post of 26th April (Australia’s Highest Paid Blogger) John Quiggin has written to me asking that the following information be provided by way of clarification with respect to the paragraph in that blog post starting “Quiggin’s University home page gives a list of his submissions, newspaper articles, conference and …”. “The project […]

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The Hunter’s Legacy

Greenpeace co-founder and its first President Bob Hunter died yesterday aged 63 following a battle with prostate cancer. Hunter was a journalist by training. He wanted to stop whaling and nuclear testing and in many ways succeeded with his brand new environment group Greenpeace where others had failed. He wanted to “affect the attitude of […]

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Interests versus Propaganda

“The reality is that all scientists have personal ideologies, motivations and goals – all of which can potentially introduce bias into research. Scientific work should be evaluated on its merits, not on ‘conflicts of interest’ that may or may not exist,” wrote Elizabeth Whelan recently in Spiked Online. Playing the card of ‘conflict of interest’ […]

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Back from Extinction!

I was rather excited to read this morning that a woodpecker considered extinct since 1944 has been rediscovered. The story is at ABC Online. According to Cornell University ornithologist Tim Gallagher, “Its like a funeral shroud has been pulled back, giving us a glimpse of a living bird, rising Lazarus-like from the grave.” I just […]

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What do Geologists know about Climate?

After Michael Duffy interviewed Prof Bob Carter on climate change on his ABC radio program Counterpoint, there was comment on at least one web-blog site. John Quiggin wrote: “It would be more accurate to describe Carter as a prominent research geologist with a personal interest in the issue of climate change, and a strongly-held view […]

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