Pooping for the planet: Part III “A young English couple was visiting with me one summer after I had been composting humanure for about six years. One evening, as dinner was being prepared, the couple suddenly understood the horrible reality of their situation: the food they were about to eat was
Pooping for the planet: Part II BACK IN THE early years of my academic career I worked in a university department with a number of soil scientists. ‘Soilies’ are, generally speaking, affable types who wear sturdy boots and get inordinately excited about digging holes in paddocks. In their natural environment they tend
By Robin Tennant Wood, writing from eastern Palerang. ONE OF THE LARGEST factors influencing biodiversity decline is loss of habitat. Peri-urban development, rural subdivision and the so-called ‘tree change’ movement have resulted in vast tracts of wildlife habitat being lost. This, in turn, pushes wildlife to the margins of their habitat
Plus newly elected: mayor and his deputy Braidwood focus dissected. Images: QPRC facebook. The newly elected QPRC met for the first time in Queanbeyan on 20 September to elect a mayor and deputy mayor. In front of a packed public gallery, Tim Overall and Trevor Hicks were elected to those positions respectively by
I was recently in a Canberra supermarket with a friend, when I paused by a display of coloured boxes. “Oh, you can’t buy those,” my friend announced. “Coffee pods. Think of the waste.” “Really?” I replied, and looked pointedly at my friend’s shopping trolley. Every single item was packaged in plastic. Everything.
Robin Tennant-Wood interviews Deborah O’Brien author of The Rarest Thing An article about mountain pygmy possums was the inspiration behind Deborah O’Brien’s latest novel, The Rarest Thing. Following a successful signing of her new book at Miss Ruby's Bookshop on 26 November, Deborah spoke to me about the novel, pygmy possums and