What are we doing? At the 2015 climate change talks in Paris, Australia committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030. Some say it’s not enough; nevertheless, it’s a significant reduction to be achieved in less than 13 years. Over this past summer, Australia
A Single Tree – voices from the bush Compiled by Don Watson Penguin Random House, Australia 2016, 416pp Reviewed by Jenny Goldie Brandishing a $50 Christmas gift voucher from my son, I raced into the bookstore, meaning to buy the much acclaimed 2014 book by Don Watson, called “The Bush”. In my haste I
Jenny Goldie reports that US President-elect Trump’s mooted dismissal of climate action may galvanise other countries to bigger solutions. “I want to throw up. NY Times is predicting Trump. This is the worst thing ever.” So emailed my New York-based niece within hours of polls closing in the United States. I sympathised,
How often do we hear that those in developing countries have had little hand in causing climate change? Certainly, when you compare annual greenhouse gas emissions per capita (Rwanda 0.06 tonnes; India 1.64 t; Australia 16.75 t), it is a perfectly plausible proposition. Indeed, to argue that the poor might be
One tenth of all Canberra homes have roof-top solar panels. It was hard, however, for people renting or living in apartments to reap the benefits of the solar revolution. Now, with the ACT government leading the way, everyone has the opportunity to pool their resources and fund large-scale solar projects. On
Walter Jehne, a retired soil microbiologist and now with Healthy Soils Australia, will look at the history of farming in the Monaro region since it was first sketched and surveyed by Stewart Ryrie in the 1840s. Climate Action Monaro has invited his involvement. Jehne noted:"Back then, it was much more vegetated
Energy and innovation With severe bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, global carbon dioxide levels passing the symbolic milestone of 400ppm, and wildfires raging across southwest United States, it is easy to lapse into despair about climate change. So a recent spate of good news stories came as a welcome antidote.
Tree-planting efforts, to lower greenhouse gas emissions, wiped out In 2013, under the Campbell Newman government, Queensland relaxed its land clearing laws. Over the next year, 300,000 hectares of native woodlands were cleared in the state, releasing 36 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, more than six per cent of