While ocean clean-ups are important to remove plastics from the environment, of much more importance is not putting plastics into the environment in the first place. This is very much a case of prevention being better than cure – reducing materials and energy in plastics production, in unnecessary use of plastics and in thoughtless disposal if plastics waste is unavoidable. The packaging industry likes to view this as a litter issue though.
The Member for Warringah once said a bit of warming would be a good thing. This article ‘Closing eyes to climate change won’t stop warming’ gives many examples of it being not so good.
I understand the furious rantings of Brenda, the Civil Disobedience Penguin. She has the issues nailed, including the extent of Rupert’s influence.
There’s a lot to like in biomimicry. We’ve had flexible solar cells for millions of years. We call them leaves. With market certainty, we can afford the R and D to manufacture ‘leaves’ of our own.
NGOs everywhere can only look on in utter dismay at the Great Barrier Reef Foundation receiving a lump-sum grant of $440 million and having more than $7mill to spend on admin in this financial year. They have 6 full-time staff, for goodness sakes! Where is the business case, risk plan, milestone reporting requirements etc, etc, etc? I suppose 7mill might deliver these, but in this case the money came first. Oh to have friends in high places.
Wind and solar lead to ‘deindustrialisation’ and emissions reduction targets are ‘a wrecking ball though the economy’, says the Energy Minister Angus Taylor. Just reflect on that for a moment, Energy Minister, the person responsible for Australia’s energy policy in the second half of 2018. I reflected and I’m angry!
The Adani mine project might be on life-support, but it is still alive. Bill Shorten was worryingly evasive when asked about Labor’s position on Insiders yesterday.
With the charging of a 92 yr old war veteran over an anti-coal protest (” for my grandchildren … and all future generations”), it would be nice to see the RSL come to his defence. Perhaps they could take up this cause.
With Deputy PM McCormack and (Non-renewable) Energy Minister Angus Taylor circling to pillage water for drought relief, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder must stay staunch. To wreck the environment through withholding water to save for some short time people who are wrecking the environment (those farming marginal land) doesn’t make much sense, but then these two characters don’t!
Leaving human survival to politicians is a risky business it seems, yet that is how our governments work. Look closely at our lot, P M Happy Clapper has an Honours degree in economic geography so he should know better and Deputy PM McCormack edited Wagga Wagga’s Daily Advertiser so his community should have told him better – so why do we face what we face?