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The therapeutic power of gardening


Can anxious minds find solace working with plants? A therapist and her husband, a garden designer, say yes. By Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 17 August 2020 IN MID-MARCH, in the tense week before the British government announced its belated coronavirus-induced lockdown, certain everyday products became extraordinarily hard to find. Panicked buyers swept up

Surprise! NSW embraces renewables big time


“How Australia’s State energy ministers are turning the tables on Angus Taylor” is the promising headline of a Guardian Australia story by Simon Holmes à Court. It outlines the positive renewables revolution in NSW that has quietly gathered speed since 2018 and a new environment/energy minister. Here’s a few sentences and

Renewables confidence rises as solar boom shows no sign of fading

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By Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald. INVESTOR CONFIDENCE in clean energy is rising strongly, led by interest in NSW’s new renewables zones, while the boom in solar rooftop installations shows little sign of tapering. The latest semi-annual survey of renewable energy generators and storage firms by the Clean Energy Council showed

Medicinal cannabis is legal in Australia

but people like Grace are still turning to the black market. By Sophie Kesteven and Michele Weekes for Life Matters, ABC AFTER GRACE* was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, she turned to medicinal cannabis. But accessing it through legal medical channels was a challenge: she faced long waiting times and substantial

Photographs and drone footage capture the grim reality


Cobargo area bushfire survivors. — Burnt out — The smoke has lifted and exhaustion has set in. Still without water or heating, some bushfire survivors are struggling through a bitter winter. By Stephanie March and Sashka Koloff with photography by Harriet Tatham — ABC News, 7 July 2020 — VIEW FULL CONTENT

Why Orange Roughy should be off the table


Orange roughy fishery report recommends ‘sustainable seafood’ status — but is slammed by conservation groups By Nick Kilvert, ABC Science CONSERVATION GROUPS have slammed moves to reclassify Australia’s orange roughy fishery as sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification guidelines. CAPTION:  Orange Roughy live for over 140 years and don’t reach sexual