Harvard and Columbia University researchers have used air pollution readings to calculate exposure to the toxic smoke haze that drifted across Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, last year. Their research suggests 100,000 premature deaths in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, arising from this event.
So the problem continues. When I visited Kingscliff near the border of NSW and Queensland, in April this year, I was both intrigued and dismayed at the small disaster in coastal management that was so evident. There was a road to nowhere, in the waterfront park come parking area. Beyond the green mesh barrier was … Continue reading Continuing mismanagement of #Australia’s #coastal zone: Is there any plan for future sea level rise?
With the emergence of the concept of a Nation State the world moved beyond tribe and clan, entering a new era in which the notion of the state rested on largely imagined and unsustainable historical constructions. Now in Europe we are witnessing the gradual end to such naive notions but in island nations such as … Continue reading Drug resistant #tuberculosis confronting #Australia’s border security
About 40 people wearing red took staged colorful protests on Terrigal and Avoca Beaches, this weekend. Protesting against the State Government’s planned sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide on April 13 they were highlighting the remaIning problem of lead contamination in the on the ship. According to the No Ship at Avoca group there is between … Continue reading Lead Paint Protest
In January, 2011, I began exploring some of the environmental challenges facing the people of Bali. Amongst these was the continuing and ubiquitous problem of the plastic, in particular the plastic bag in its various forms. Although Bali became my temporary home over an 18 year period, and I still travel widely throughout Indonesia, my … Continue reading #Bali and the plastic bag, a continuing issue
Sydney’s coastal rock platforms are a sensitive indicator of coastal zone environmental health. Despite successive waves of settlers pillaging this zone over the past 220 years low tides often reveal startling environmental richness and diversity remaining just beyond the easy grasp of human predators. This summer solstice the full moon brought extremely low tides to … Continue reading New Year #2011 at #Coogee: more on the #coastal zone
As an island continent, with a land mass of about 7,692,030 km² Australia has a vast coastline, off shore islands included it's about 59 736 kms Most Australians, some 85%, live within 50 kilometres of the coast. I grew up by the sea, about 3 minutes away. From an early age I was aware of … Continue reading #Swimming in Sewage: Australia’s Coastline, a few more comments
Now the election campaign has passed I'm still reflecting on why there was so little mention of Foreign Affairs. Quite extraordinary really, considering what's going on the in the world. Tension is still high in the Koreas; Iran moves further ahead in its nuclear development; Israel and the Palestinians are resuming talks, in the USA; … Continue reading #Indonesia and #Australia: perceptions of border security from the land that’s girt by sea
Generally I've avoided the toxicity issue with the plan to scuttle exHMAS Adelaide off Avoca beach. Now when I read the the material on the No Ship at Avoca website the magnitude of this problem looms. I thought there was little chance of toxicity but now I realise that it could merely be a matter … Continue reading A toxic ship off Avoca #noshipatavoca
Reading the comprehensive material that's appearing on the No Ship At Avoca website, I've been interested to learn of the technical problems inherent in the environmental review process that has been used to assess the environmental implications of exHMAS Adelaide's planned scuttling, a mere 1.7 km off Avoca Beach. The website makes it clear that … Continue reading Why no Environmental Impact Statement on the scuttling of exHMAS Adelaide? #noshipatavoca