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Green Farming Pioneer Calls for Soil Carbon to be Included in ETS – NOW

Green Farming Pioneer Calls for Soil Carbon to be Included in ETS – NOW

One of Australia’s Pioneers of Green Farming Terry McCosker writes: I have just read through Natalies Williams post and the comments it has stimulated. As an originator of much of the “green” change which is accelerating through rural Australia I am very happy to see the quality of the debate and the similarity of ideas. […]

Spiders catching the globalisation bug

While some animals are finding the warming global environment a problem, spiders, apparently, are not. In fact, if this report in the Independent is accurate, it may not be cockroaches who inherit the earth, but British immigrant spiders. Any arachnophobes should look away now. It has emerged that numerous species of non-indigenous spider, some venomous, […]

Industrialized Agriculture – Eating Oil and Spewing Greenhouse Gases

Industrialized Agriculture – Eating Oil and Spewing Greenhouse Gases

Do you remember the last time you saw or read something that turned your whole belief system upside down. I have an absolute treat for you today, thanks to Agmates reader Dr Christine Jones. Michael Pollan [pictured] is a journalist, author, academic who has written an 8,500 word essay ( don’t fall over) “Farmer In […]

The political problem of quitting carbon

Saturday’s Canberra Times ran an interesting piece on climate change, equating the problem of carbon pollution with other self-destructive behaviours like smoking or alcoholism. Canberra writer Tony Kevin opined: Australian society accommodates similar existential contradictions in its response to climate change. Informed Australians know now that this is really happening, that it is caused by […]

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Emissions trading jobs

I want to follow up on my previous post on the claim from the Australian Industry Group that ‘Emissions trading ‘could cost 1 million jobs’.  It’s an even more ridiculous claim than I first thought. I’m not sure whether I’m more angry with Heather Ridout and the AIG, or the journalists that uncritically parroted the […]

Dr James Lovelock – Emissions Trading Schemes are a waste of time

Dr James Lovelock – Emissions Trading Schemes are a waste of time

Agmates has stated that the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme will do little to fight climate change. In my opinion the scheme is chiefly designed to give the Rudd Government global green kudos and Australian’s a warm and fuzzy green glow. Leading British scientist Dr James Lovelock backs up what I and others have been saying. […]

US vid – Green bail-out delivers twice the bang for half the bucks

I’ve just seen this excellent video that I felt was worth posting. It is from Van Jones talking about his new book, The Green Collar Economy, putting a concise argument for spending half the money that was spent on the Wall St bail-out on delivering an economic and environmental boom. This is the kind of […]

Greens Luxury Car Tax amendments already working!

In excellent news this morning, The Age reports that Christine Milne’s amendments to the Luxury Car Tax, exempting fuel efficient vehicles from the levy, are already having an impact! Ian Porter writes: “THE changes made to luxury car tax have already started to influence the design of premium cars, with Audi announcing plans to install […]

Why do we let them stay?

Just when you thought the Business Council of Australia had captured the market for reactionary nonsense, they have been outdone by the Australian Industry group with their latest round of fear mongering over the emissions trading scheme. The headline Emissions trading ‘could cost 1 million jobs’ ran widely this week, gracing the online pages of […]

Australian Farmers – Walking the Walk, Not Talking the Talk.

Australian Farmers – Walking the Walk, Not Talking the Talk.

Agmate’s Glenn & Natalie Williams [pictured] are Cattle producers and from North Queensland. Natalie writes: I have to wonder if ordinary Australians get away from the computer long enough to get outside and actually make a difference to the world … and sequester some carbon. Farmers and graziers are sequestering more carbon in a week […]