New ways of ‘being together apart’ can work for us and the planet long after coronavirus crisis passes


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Andrew Glover, RMIT University and Tania Lewis, RMIT University

Most major corporate, academic and other networking events have been cancelled because of the risks of spreading the coronavirus while travelling or at the events themselves. This flurry of cancellations has even spawned a literally titled website: https://www.isitcanceledyet.com/. But the changes in behaviour now being forced upon us might benefit the planet in the long term as we find and get used to other ways of holding meetings.

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving the development of these alternatives to physical travel and meetings much more strongly than climate change had to date. With many countries closing their borders, limiting domestic travel and imposing restrictions on large gatherings, few conferences are likely to proceed in the coming months of 2020.




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How changes brought on by coronavirus could help tackle climate change


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Australia: Wessel Islands – Aboriginal Art Work Discovered


The link below is to an article reporting on the discovery of some extremely important Aboriginal art work in the Wessel Islands of the Northern Territory, Australia.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/aboriginal-rock-art-may-depict-first-ship-arrivals.htm

Antarctica: Ozone Hole Healing


The link below is to an article that brings some good news regarding our environment – the ozone hole over Antarctica is healing and should continue to do so. This is a story that shows we can manage the environment in a much better way when nations actively work together to solve the problems we face.

For more visit:
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/02/08/Antarctic-ozone-hole-said-shrinking/UPI-95971360358097/

Australia: Victoria – Healesville Sanctuary


The link below is to an article reporting on the work being done at Australia’s Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/healesville-sanctuary-captive-breeding-alpine-species-.htm

Gilbert’s Potoroo: Back from the Brink


The link below is to an article reporting on the work being done to save Gilbert’s Potoroo from extinction.

For more visit:
http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/back-from-the-dead-gilberts-potoroo.htm

Antarctica: Ross Sea Marine Sanctuary


The link below is to an article that reports on work being done to create a massive marine sanctuary in Antarctica.

For more visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/antarctica-marine-sanctuary_n_1882958.html

Holiday Planning – Website


My holiday planning is now going ahead with the now settled ‘NSW North East Wilderness Walks 2011.’ This trip will include walks in both the Cathedral Rock National Park and Dorrigo National Park. I have begun work on a web page for the trip, which will continue to be uploaded with the latest information and news leading up to the trip, during the trip and post-trip.

The page can be visited at:
http://kevinswilderness.com/NSW/NSWNorthEastWildernessWalks2011.html