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Massive gas reserves close to being tapped
“There are still tensions, there’s still people yelling at each other, and the rest of it.” Alister Trier says.
When there are so many people across the world saying that any further development of carbon based energy is a very bad idea are you surprised?
It is not just that there are risks to water and disruption to the physical environment at a local level. There is clear evidence of increasing climate disruption – heavy rain and wind events in one part, droughts in another, acidification of the oceans everywhere.
When you – industry and governments – are not listening there is not much else we can do but SHOUT!

Gas fracking: Who forgot the oil?
Gas and oil are good for a generation, if we last that long.
Renewable technologies are good for ever.
There is no reason why we should not be 100% renewable with solar generated electricity and electric transport inside a decade.
These technologies als provide jobs everywhere, not just on the gas field.

Cooling streets: Bath St median strip top priority?
I note a recent report on cool street paint in Salisbury SA. This paint came from the military research in USA and was designed to hide airstrips from infra red cameras. It has since been employed in streets in America and now Salisbury in SA.

Alice Springs has been aware of cool white roofs so why not streets? This should be good for any street trees too and reduce the need for watering.

I also noted in Bunbury WA that structures (flag poles) in the street enabled the removal of raised median strips. Trees similarly would produce a protected space for pedestrians mid street. This would also enable street water runoff to be directed to the trees.

So by all means plant trees but don’t miss the opportunity to make other improvements.

Drowning in bad news stories? Try this.
Great idea. Many communities I have visited would benefit from such a facility.

Horses perish near Santa Teresa
@ Steve Brown: “That variation means that it could take literally hundreds of years to show a couple of degrees temperature change.”
You are absolutely right and the discussion regarding climate change is just that a discussion about containing warming to a couple of degrees.
You are also right that droughts repeat and the death of horses, camels, kangaroos etc. repeats itself every time it is dry and should not be linked immediately to climate change as the primary cause.
No one event is evidence of climate change but if events are more frequent and more severe be it droughts, floods or cyclones and the temperature is warming then a connection can be made.
By all means make your points about the history but calling “bullshit” is not debate.

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