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Environment

Mitigation strategiesSustainability

Food waste

Food waste Sal Dugan If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China. It’s quite a statement isn’t it; makes you think, makes you curious. The quote was writ large in a recent Medibank Private magazine, Full of…
6 July 2024
EnergyHouse design

All-electric, efficient homes reduce energy bills

All-electric, efficient homes reduce energy bills Howard Elston Based on my experience, all-electric, efficient homes offer an exciting future for residential dwellings in Australia, particularly when it comes to minimising energy bills. For my monthly bill in May, I paid $55 for my home’s energy needs. That’s all the electricity…
6 July 2024
Energy

Nuclear Power is not the answer

Nuclear Power is not the answer Chris Thompson Nuclear power for Australia is in the news. I don’t fear nuclear power. Statistically speaking, adverse health outcomes are much less likely for people living close to a nuclear power station than, say, a coal mine or power station – or even…
23 June 2024
Book ReviewsClimate changeEnvironment

Book and film reviews

A Brief History of the Earth's Climate- Everyone's Guide to the Science of Climate Change Review by Barbara Fraser Steven Earle's climate book is a perfect beauty: A Brief History of the Earth's Climate- Everyone's Guide to the Science of Climate Change. Published in Canada in 2021, 189pp. Invitingly titled,…
5 June 2024
EnvironmentSustainability

Remaking the Forests with Tony Rinaudo

Remaking the Forests with Tony Rinaudo Bob Simpson Recently, friends from Coronella Village in Nunawading arranged for others to hear “a crazy, white farmer”, Tony Rinaudo. Through nature-based Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), Tony helped to re-green Niger’s forests and slow the spread of the Sahara Desert. What wonderful change…
7 April 2024
Environment

Suburban Deer in our midst

Suburban deer in our midst Graeme Daniels It was only about a decade ago that seeing a Sambar deer in the middle or lower Birrarung (Yarra) Parklands was a novelty. Well, how things have changed! Sambar deer became an increasing environmental problem in Victoria and beyond in the latter part…
12 March 2024
BoroondaraEnvironmentLocal Government

Cat Curfew in Boroondara

Cats: cute, furry killing machines LWT Boroondara City Council will soon table a petition to consider introducing a cat-curfew. Boroondara hosts a wide variety of animals including birdlife, invertebrates, frogs, possums, bats, turtles and many more. Despite the breadth of scientific data explaining just how devastating cats (domestic and feral)…
21 February 2024