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Now Or Never

Bryan Walker Nov 03, 2009

“It is all too possible that we will fail to achieve sustainability, and that the blind watchmaker will once again…reset the balance of a severely diminished living Earth.”                                                                                                              That’s the possibility that Tim Flannery hopes we can yet avoid. He makes the statement early in his essay Now Or Never: Why We Must [...] … Read More

Climate Change in Africa

Bryan Walker Nov 01, 2009

We need to have it spelt out. Africa will be hit hard as the effects of climate change fall disproportionately on the world’s poorest people and countries. Camilla Toulmin’s book Climate Change in Africa surveys those effects and focuses on the adaptation measures needed to lessen the impact of what lies ahead. She endorses the [...] … Read More

…Some fish, some barrel

Gareth Renowden Oct 29, 2009

I’m afraid he’s at it again. Wishart, that is. It seems he can’t stop himself from reading Hot Topic and then posting his reactions. In his latest excursion, he reads a comment of mine, and then feels the need to once again demonstrate the depth of his understanding. He begins thus: Can you believe the chutzpah? [...] … Read More

Helices turn right or left

Vic Arcus Oct 29, 2009

I was in the garden this weekend and I saw the new tendrils on our passion-fruit vine winding their way outwards from the main stem of the vine. The tiny passion-fruit leaders form helices which grasp onto, and wind their way around the wire which we attached to the wall. The new spring growth in the garden has lots of … Read More

Telling porkies to Parliament (first reprise)

Gareth Renowden Oct 22, 2009

There are hours of harmless fun to be had digging around in the submissions to the Finance & Expenditure Committee on the government’s proposed amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme [full list here]. There’s some good stuff — the Institute of Policy Studies/Climate Change Research Institute submission [PDF] is scathing: The Bill [...] does not provide [...] … Read More