Australia: The Election and the Environment


The link below is to an article that looks at the election in Australia and making the environment an election issue.

For more visit:
http://www.wwf.org.au/?7660/Reef-and-climate-key-issues-this-election

Earth Hour 2012: Tonight


The link below is to an article on Earth Hour 2012, which is being held tonight. The article below includes a history of the event, which is now a global movement for ‘change.’ However, just how much change is brought about by Earth Hour is still a matter of debate. There seems to be more of an emphasis on going beyond the hour this time round, which is a far better way of drawing awareness to the need of green energy for the future and the major issue of climate change that is facing the planet. If the event is to is bring lasting change, we need to move beyond the hour as just a fun thing to do and actually bring about change to the way we live our lives the world over. There is a long way to go, as can be seen with the great difficulty of reaching any useful agreements on CO2 emission reductions and the like. Hopefully awareness can bring about real change through this event.

For more visit:
http://www.kleenexmums.com.au/sustainability/earth-hour/the-hour-of-no-power/

Artic: Massive Rise in Freshwater


The amount of freshwater in the Artic is growing. The following article reports on the issue and what is happening in the far north of the globe.

For more visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16657122

Artic Erosion Becoming a Massive Issue


The following article concerns the alarming rate at which the Artic is eroding thanks to Climate Change. It is a very concerning article.

For more visit:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/04/110418-arctic-erosion-global-warming-ice-environment/?source=link_tw20110418news-arctic

 

Overfishing: Predator Fish Decline has Led to Surge in Smaller Fish


The following link is to an article on what may at first appearance seem not a major issue. However, upon further consideration, the surge of smaller fish populations around the world due to a decline in larger predator fish species and sharks has growing complications for our oceans.

For more visit:
http://www.bemoreeco.com/2011/03/05/how-the-demise-of-the-shark-has-led-to-our-oceans-becoming-packed-with-sardines/

 

Noise Pollution: Squids and Octopuses


The following link is to an article that looks into how noise pollution impacts squids and octopuses. An enlightening article on an issue that is becoming clearer all of the time.

For more visit:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/oceans-noise-pollution-causing-massive-trauma-squids-octopuses.php

Destination: Back Packing Holiday


I have pretty much determined that my holiday is going to be a back packing trip through the wilderness along the ‘Tops to Myall’s Heritage Trail.’ Now I need to decide on just what part of the trail I’ll do, if indeed not all of it.

One of the determining factors for the trip will be the availability of transport. I would need to get to the Barrington Guesthouse in order to start the walk if doing the whole walk, or either get home from the Gloucester area or to the Gloucester area to start the walk. The start from near Gloucester wouldn’t be an issue – that would be fairly easy to solve with Countrylink and family I think (combo). I’m not sure about the Guesthouse option just yet, but looking into it a little. I could easily walk from where I live to the Gloucester area (and for that matter do a return walk if necessary – though I’d prefer to not do so). I also think that Countrylink could easily drop me off near the start of the walk up that way (along the Buckets Way) should that be necessary.

The most likely outcome is that I’ll travel to Gloucester with Countrylink and then get a lift to the walk starting point from my family the next day. I could try getting a lift to the guesthouse with the family also, but that is unlikely to be an option I would think.

Copenhagen Summit Fails to Deliver


In news that has delighted the ears of climate change sceptics the world over, the Copenhagen summit on climate change has failed to deliver anything of real value that will actually make a difference. It is truly disappointing that even in the face of a massive environmental disaster that will affect the entire planet, global leaders have failed to lead and work together in finding solutions to the major issues we face over the coming decades and century.

Newspapers in Australia have reported the failure of the summit and are reporting on the leader of the opposition gloating over the failure of the summit. His solution is to ignore the real issue and hope that the Australian people prove to be as oblivious to climate change as the coalition he leads.

Typically, the usual anti-Kevin Rudd biased journalists and climate change sceptics of the newspaper (The Sunday Telegraph) I read this morning, were also quick to pour further scorn on the Prime Minister and the problem of climate change itself (which they deny). One particular vocal climate change sceptic in the Sunday Telegraph has very little credibility with me and I find his obsessive anti-Rudd tirades more than a little tiring. This self-opinionated buffoon is little more than an embarrassment for both the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph for which he also writes. His columns are becoming more of a personal vendetta against Kevin Rudd than anything resembling real journalism.

I’ll be finding a better way to become acquainted with the daily news than continuing to read the biased diatribes that continue to be put forward by these papers in future. I’ll also be hoping that our leaders can overcome the various preoccupations each have with self-interest (whether it be personal or national) in order to reach a real workable agreement on dealing with the growing threat of climate change