Geoengineering: the quick fix for global warming?
Apr11

Geoengineering: the quick fix for global warming?

Is geoengineering the ‘most powerful conservation tool created’ or the ‘most dangerous invention since the nuclear bomb’? Jeff Goodell, the journalist and writer, explores these questions in his book How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate. A Parasol for the Planet On Monday night, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Jeff Goodell gave a thought-provoking lecture on the...

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The World after Climate Change
May23

The World after Climate Change

Last week, I visited the excellent Sydney Writers’ Festival, showcasing an eclectic mix of novelists, journalists, poets and non-fiction writers in a stunning setting on and around the wharves in Walsh Bay. One of the big themes this year was that of climate change, and I attended two very interesting talks on the subject: Curt Stager’s Deep Future and Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes. Deep Future: The next 100,000...

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Sugar – Sweet Poison
May04

Sugar – Sweet Poison

In the battle of the bulge, low-fat and low-carb diets are the fashion and sugar has been largely ignored as a factor in fat. But there is compelling evidence that shows that eating a sugar-laden diet is a leading cause of obesity in Western countries. For example, the average American consumes around 60 kilos of sugar every year which is stored in the body as around 15 kgs of body fat!   Sugar: Body Balancing In theory, we have a...

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Whitewash – Dairy Industry Exposed
Feb01

Whitewash – Dairy Industry Exposed

Some friends of ours are involved in a campaign by Animals Australia against the cruel practice of destroying unwanted dairy calves at just 5 days of age. It reminded me once again of the horrors involved in the dairy industry – all to produce food products that are linked to many health problems, as well as having a very negative impact on the environment. Whitewash: Cow’s Milk and Your Health I recently read the...

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You Are Here: Our Impact on The Planet.
Dec03

You Are Here: Our Impact on The Planet.

I am currently reading a very interesting book on how our actions impact on the environment…You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet by Thomas Kostigen. The author travels to various sites of environmental catastrophe and details the impact on both the landscape and the people who live there. He then shows how our own actions have contributed to that disaster. For instance, a...

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