A Bridge Too Far

The Brisbane City Council made one of those strange decisions today where a majority of people supported something which I can only assume they know is a seriously bad idea. The Council’s Civic Cabinet, which has a Labor majority, agreed today to support the Liberal Lord Mayor’s plan to build the Hale Street Bridge, which…

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Sploshing against Climate Change

Brisbane got some much-needed heavy rain today, which was a positive thing. It happened at the time of a well-planned major rally and march calling for action to address the dangers of climate change, which was a negative thing. However, at least 1500 people still turned out in driving rain and marched from Queen’s Park…

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Climate change and the war on error

There was a screening last night in the Parliament House cinema of Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth.” The film officially opens in cinemas around Australia from 14th September. The screening was put on by Greg Hunt, who is the government’s Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. Crikey has a piece on the flim screening and…

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George Pell on climate change

I probably upset a few Hillsong devotees with my post expressing concern at an article on their website about depression. To show I’m not just picking on Hillsong, I’ll upset a fresh set of people by noting a quite extraordinary comment in a speech that His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. Please…

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New runway for Brisbane airport

The Courier-Mail has run a lot of stories about the possible noise impacts of a new parallel runway at Brisbane airport. It is understandable that resident of inner Brisbane (like myself) would be concerned about this, but something that will affect everybody is the potential greenhouse emission consequences.

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The Über Issue – Climate Change

The Kyoto Protocol comes into force today. This is a significant step forward in global collaborative efforts to prevent rapid climate change. The Protocol is a completely insufficient set of measures for tackling this major threat, but the very act of it being adopted is a very important first step. We must keep moving on…

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The risks of major climate change

A fascinating and worrying program has been put together by the BBC’s science program, Horizon, detailing more evidence about serious and rapid climate change. It says that sunlight measurements show that the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth’s surface is falling. A good summary of this phenomenon, called ‘global dimming’ is contained in this…

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