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Tribute to Philip Sutton

| climate change

By Lizette Salmon, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) Philip Sutton may not be the household name that Greta Thunberg is, but the outpouring of tributes since his recent death are testament to his profound impact on the climate movement. For me it began when Philip co-authored ‘Climate Code Red’ with David Spratt. Published in …

Tipping Points

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead If you think tipping points relate to the etiquette of how to politely pay a gratuity at a restaurant, then this may not be for you!  For the purpose of this article, the tipping points referred to here are in relation to climate change. The term usually describes what happens when a …

A climate emergency?

| climate change

By Bruce Key, member of Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) To their credit, Albury Council recently voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency, becoming the 108th Australian council to do so.  Many people will wonder why it is an emergency, even if they think that more action to mitigate climate change is needed. It is …

Hydrogen, panacea or pitfall?

| climate change, energy

By Alan Hewett As we move, albeit tardily, towards a clean energy future, hydrogen has been hailed as a major solution to reducing global emissions, halting climate change and creating employment. What is hydrogen exactly? Well, it is an invisible, colourless and odourless gas that burns cleanly and is the most abundant element in the …

Innovate to Regenerate

| climate change, energy, nature, transport

By Kirsten Coates What would Australia look like by 2030 if we simply listened to the needs of its people? Imagine what a high-speed rail network connecting regional areas and cities would look like! Imagine what large scale wind, solar, battery and hydrogen projects would do for hundreds of thousands of employees and imagine the …

Driving less to reduce carbon emissions

| climate change, energy

By James Sloan Whatever “net zero” carbon emissions really means and whether we can achieve it and keep global warming to 1.5° by 2050, depends to a large extent on individuals in wealthy countries like Australia making sacrifices to the way we live. Threatened by global warming, most of us agree on the importance of …

Pond life

| climate change, food, nature

By Bruce Key Sometimes we come across a story with a message. Here is one such story. The story is about a large pond, about the size of a farm dam. On day one, a microscopic weed blows into the pond. The weed is very vigorous, and every day it doubles in extent as it …

Keeping ahead of climate change

| climate change, nature

By Charles Robinson After noticing the increasing intensity of summer downpours on our property over a ten-year period, I decided to take decisive action.  Heavy rainfall would often result in water lapping at our doorstep and it would only be a matter of time before extreme rains would force this water inside. Accordingly, I contracted …

Decarbonising our transport

| climate change, energy, transport

By David Coleman For Albury to play its part in combatting climate change, supporting clean and green transport throughout the community offers the best ‘bang for buck’ actions Council can take. Everyone’s health and prosperity will improve enormously if we slash the harm transport causes. The transport sector contributes 21% of New South Wales greenhouse …

Life. Be In It

| climate change, community

By Kirsten Coates A generation ago, our public service campaigns were about “Slip, Slop, Slap”, “Keep Australia Beautiful” and “Life. Be in it”. Looking back nostalgically at this time is like comfort food; simple, palatable and easy to digest. How much more difficult is it now to consume the messages about climate change, refugee crises …