Figure 1: Clearing on the margins of an unregistered plantation in the Siak Kecil area of Riau Province When I first saw this image it saddened me. I had already travelled through the region, not precisely this spot at 0° 59' 54.9996' N, 101° 53' 3.0012' E, but further to the north and west. Travelling … Continue reading Unregistered Plantation in Riau Encroaching on Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve
#UWRF16 – Paradise Revisited a Panel Discussion
The panel was tasked with considering the proposition that: From busloads of tourists and bustling beaches, to Balinese Hinduism and a global voice, Bali is a place that knows how to adapt. This is a summary of my introductory comments and a little more that there was insufficient time to express. As the only foreigner … Continue reading #UWRF16 – Paradise Revisited a Panel Discussion
#Peatland and forest burning for palm oil production continues, but at what cost?
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.
#BookLaunch of ‘Seen & Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia & the #Pacific’
This is a Chitter Media Production, produced and edited by Adrian Metlenko, camera operators Adrian Metlenko and Evan Darnley-Pentes.
The author on “Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia and the #Pacific”
Common views of Asia and the Pacific, from the outside, often confer undue prominence to such things as typhoons, tsunami, earthquakes, malaria or even magic. While these can be confronting realities in the Asia-Pacific region beyond such differences even more remains unseen and misunderstood. Frequently unacknowledged are the influences Asian and Pacific cultures exert far beyond their borders. … Continue reading The author on “Seen and Unseen: a century of stories from #Asia and the #Pacific”
Sydney Urban Growth and Decline 2011: Student observations updated
Last November I published the first of these wordles, by way of summarising the language used by my students who had written reports on a field study project conducted earlier in the year. My students completed a field study around the Sydney Harbour foreshore from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay. This was part of a … Continue reading Sydney Urban Growth and Decline 2011: Student observations updated
Drug resistant #tuberculosis confronting #Australia’s border security
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
Lead Paint Protest
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
#Bali and the plastic bag, a continuing issue
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
#Bali goes ‘Clean and Green’, but hang on isn’t it supposed to be a green #paradise already?
In October, the Jakarta Post carried a story announcing Bali's commitment to go green. The “Bali Clean and Green” program, is to involve all levels of government in Bali, provincial, regency and city, with additional support from the private sector and local residents. So, Bali is to become Indonesia's first green province. But wait a … Continue reading #Bali goes ‘Clean and Green’, but hang on isn’t it supposed to be a green #paradise already?