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Storage of Electricity

| climate change, community, energy

By Bruce Key, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) Renewable energy is very popular, but it has a big drawback – its intermittency.  This raises the question of how to store electricity so that it is available when required. The obvious answer is batteries, but it is difficult to have sufficient batteries to supply energy for …

Why We Care About Adani

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By Sally Hendy and Jan Hastings, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga The Adani Carmichael coal mine concerns us greatly, so we’re off to a queue-in at Sussan Ley’s office tomorrow and would love you to join us. We live in Albury, so why should we care about a mine in Queensland? We care because we live in a …

Is the End of the World Nigh?

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Alan Hewitt, Chiltern

Living Lightly articles give an insight into efforts at sustainable living and protecting and preserving our natural environment. They are often inspirational and reflect the mantra, ‘think global, act local’. The battle to save our planet begins in our own backyards but have the world’s problems simply …

Nuclear Not The Answer

| climate change, energy, health, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern ‘Anything but renewables’ seems to be the mantra of the moment. If the continual use of coal for power generation isn’t enough there are calls for a nuclear power industry to be developed. Proponents argue that nuclear power emits low greenhouse emissions and can provide continuous base load power. A nuclear industry …

Summer Plant Survival

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Charlie Robinson, Beechworth Keeping plants alive throughout the hot Summer months can be a challenge for most people, particularly if they live on larger properties.  But it shouldn’t be if you follow these tried and proven steps.  We live on ten acres and we ensure that every plant receives adequate water , even at the …

Stop Adani Day of Action

| climate change, community, energy, nature

By Natasha Kronenberg, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga member Do you care about our planet? Have you noticed all the cyclones and floods overseas, and the eighty bushfires in NSW in September? Then you must do all you can to stop one of the world’s biggest new coal mines from getting built. Saturday 7th October is Stop Adani …

Local Attitudes to Adani Coal Mine

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By Jenni Huber, StopAdani Albury-Wodonga I’ve had my finger on the environmental pulse for many decades and have never come across an issue that’s angered people as much as the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine. Hackles were raised by the Franklin Dam proposal, but Queensland’s Adani mega-mine is in another league. It’s even catapulted me out …

No Case For Coal

| climate change, community, energy

By Alan Hewett Since the release of the Finkel report the debate about coal fired power stations has intensified. Putting it plainly, the use of coal in generating electricity is high polluting, uneconomical and harmful to our health. The burning of coal is the single biggest contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. The average black coal …

WATCH Ten Year Anniversary

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By Lizette Salmon, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) Last month Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) celebrated its 10th year. A decade with six prime ministers and five Border Mail editors. Changes aplenty, but we’re still here. As a non-partisan climate advocacy group, we began by meeting dozens of politicians from all levels of government, …

Living with Batteries

| At home, climate change, energy, money matters, waste

By David Macilwain, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) When people ‘who already had electricity’ began putting solar panels on their roofs, we off-gridders were a bit sceptical. These people weren’t used to skimping a bit to save power, or even at all, and weren’t about to give up on all those juice-guzzling devices we never had. …