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Has swine flu made people believe crazy stuff?

Has swine flu made people believe crazy stuff?

In amongst the current epidemic of articles about swine flu, some have been examining the likely role of factory farming in generating harmful strains of flu virus. This article on New Scientist’s site – “Is Swine Flu a bioterrorist virus?” – is another example.  Having used the headline to pique your interest, the writer waves […]

Senate's climate change inquiries

Senate's climate change inquiries

Last week, the Senate established two Inquiries into greenhouse issues. One, to be conducted by the Senate’s Economics Committee, will look at the exposure drafts of the government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation. It is due to report by 14 April when the Senate is out of session.  The other inquiry will be conducted by […]

Water recycling washed away

Water recycling washed away

If you ever wonder why people get cynical about politicians and the media, look no further than the current debacle regarding the Queensland government’s approach on recycling purified water back into the drinking supply. After The Australian newspaper ran a determined, prolonged fear campaign for a full month recycling all the usual rubbish about ‘toilet […]

Recycling fear campaign against recyled water

Recycling fear campaign against recyled water

I haven’t been a big fan of the current Queensland government’s environmental record, but their decision to ignore the easy scaremongering and invest in recycling water is probably one of the best decisions they’ve made.  But it’s not just the water being recycled. The arguments against water recycling have been thrown up and debunked so […]

Another kayak trip trying to save another river

Another kayak trip trying to save another river

In May 2007, Steve Posselt engaged in a marathon kayak trip to help draw attention to the plight of the Murray-Darling basin, travelling over 3000 kilometres from Brisbane along the length of the Darling River and then to the mouth of the Murray. It took him four months and I have little doubt he would be […]