Politics and activism

Climate, money and politics

I don't often write about climate change, but here are a few thoughts as we go into the Federal election on Saturday. But first I need to get these points out of the way: Climate change is real.If you think climate change is a hoax because you think you know more than the 97% of climate scientists who say it's real, that's up to you - but I'm not interested in your theories. Don't bother le

Going green, Home life, Toxic Custard newsletter

Decarbonising my home

While my most pressing home renovation need is the bathroom (planning to do this the next time my sons are away on a trip), I was also thinking: Governments should be doing a lot more on climate change, but what are the major emissions in my home, and how could I decarbonise? The car. I recently bought a petrol car, because given how little I drive, I couldn't justify the cost of hybrid or e

Going green

A record 9 days above 30 degrees

Thank goodness that scientists aren't warning of any kind of permanent warming of the climate that might prove, y'know, dangerous -- otherwise a record-breaking run of hot days might be a tad alarming. One shouldn't jump to conclusions of course. As Jon Stewart quipped: "Global warming is a total hoax. And I'll tell you how I know. Because it's cold, today, where I live. That's jus' scie

News and events, Politics and activism

Healthy debate needs truth

My view, as I've expressed before, is that healthy debate is important, but it relies on the participants sticking to the facts, and not just making things up. Otherwise you get stuff like this, which concerns a Bacchus Marsh resident who apparently misinterpreted what he read and contacted Leader (newspapers) with concerns about seniors ticket pricing doubling from $3.30 one way to $7. I su

Consumerism, Going green

Is domestic Green Power doing anything?

ABC AM on Wednesday on Green power: JEFF ANGEL: Polluters are using our money which we're paying as a premium for GreenPower, in order to report lower emissions, when in fact they're not doing anything. DAVID MARK: Jeff Angel is the director of Total Environment Centre in Sydney. He says the schemes don't work, because they don't reduce Australia's overall greenhouse gas emissions. JEFF A

Going green

It can’t be real

The deniers like Steve Fielding would say climate change can't be real. (An ultra-conservative "becoming" a climate-change skeptic -- who saw THAT coming?!) After all, to take a simplistic view, if the planet were starting to heat up, we'd be seeing record low rainfall... Melbourne has recorded its driest first six months of the year ever. -- ABC, Jun 2009 ...and there'd be record summer