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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

Recycling in Australia is in crisis. Can it be fixed?

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Australians take recycling seriously. We recycled 60 percent of the total waste we produced in 2014–15, according to the latest national waste report. For most of us, recycling means we put our waste in the yellow-top bin. That is then picked up, taken to a recycling facility and turned back into its

The dirt on SOIL

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

That sinking feeling: Venice, Rotterdam, Miami, Lagos

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BOOK REVIEW by Jenny Goldie. The Water Will Come – rising seas, sinking cities, and the remaking of the civilized world by Jeff Goodell Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2017. 341 pp. AT THE RECENT  Climate Change Update in Canberra, Professor Mark Howden said sea-level rise, one of the manifestations of climate change,

Pooping for the planet: Part I

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Ask not what the soil can do for you; ask what you can do for the soil. ONE OF THE greatest crimes committed by modern western society is that we use potable water to dispose of what is regarded as waste. Manure, dung, excrement, shit – call it what you will,

Just gone through ‘hottest’ five years

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"More than 260 heat and low rainfall records smashed in one (winter) season in Australia by The Climate Council THE HOTTEST PERIOD on record has been officially confirmed, with the world experiencing its hottest five-years from 2013 through 2017, according to new climate data released today. Ed note: this does not mean

Oceans: Science and Solutions for Australia

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BOOK REVIEW by Nick Goldie. I love a sunburnt country – and its oceans too Australia (surprisingly) is a maritime nation. We have the third largest marine area of responsibility in the world, almost twice the area of our ‘ragged mountain ranges and sweeping plains’. We have maritime territories in three oceans