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Generating electricity

| climate change, energy

By Bruce Key, member of Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) It is common to hear wind turbines described as blots on the landscape.  In addition, solar farms are often criticised for taking up large areas of agricultural land, implying that the land is taken out of production.  These criticisms have some validity, but to …

Bats – worth the bother

| nature

 By Anne Stelling, Parklands Albury Wodonga The presence of bats tells much about the health of the environment. Where there are bats, there is bounty! Where there are microbats, there are plenty of insects. Microbats are primary predators of night-flying insects, using a sonar system of echolocation to navigate precisely and catch insects, all at …

When many small contributions add up to large change

| climate change

By Lauriston Muirhead Let’s deal with one of the more transparent fig leaves that our government uses to try to hide an appalling record on emissions reduction and effective climate action.  I mean that tired old chestnut trotted out by politicians to excuse their pathetic efforts – “but we only emit 1.2% of the world’s …

Step lightly into Spring

| fitness, nature

By Hannah Coates It’s getting almost impossible to find a car park out the front of my workplace. I think it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Recently, I’ve had to park my car and walk the last kilometre to my office. It’s a mere sliver of time, almost lost in the day. …

How things have changed

| climate change

By Libby Rouse Back in the 80’s I was fortunate to have winter holidays at Mt Buffalo Chalet. Run by Vic Rail, it was a quirky and wonderful place. Porters were there year on year, carrying bags, stoking fires, providing supper. The entertainment crew, always the same, would double as ski instructors. They organised games …

Greening our suburbs

| health, nature

By Jonathon Howard I have begun to wonder if property developers have the future of our region at heart. The economic incentive to reduce property setbacks and encourage gutter-to-gutter medium density housing appears to compromise our understanding of a traditional streetscape. Large, healthy street trees are one of the main differences between a suburb with …

Illegal wildlife trade

| nature

By Alan Hewett Our native wildlife is under threat from land clearing, feral animals and of course climate change. But there is a further danger, the illegal wildlife trade. This trade is estimated to be worth $24 billion worldwide, making it a very profitable criminal enterprise. Australia’s native reptiles and birds are particularly in demand. …

Wild. Life.

| health, nature

By Kirsten Coates Every morning, despite the season or the weather, groups of women come together at various locations around the world to go swimming. They swim in the oceans, the rivers, the lakes and the dams of the world in an act that many people consider crazy and is called “wild swimming”. There are …

The unacceptable impact of litter on platypus

| nature, waste

By Geoff Williams A research paper by Australian Platypus Conservancy biologists (recently published by Australian Mammalogy) has confirmed that platypus suffer horrific injuries and potentially die after becoming entangled in rubbish.  The study found that, on average, 4% of platypus encountered in live-trapping surveys in Greater Melbourne were found to be encircled by rubbish.  In …

Message in a (re-usable) bottle

| nature, waste

By Lauriston Muirhead If you could have your favourite drink in a byo glass for less than one cent or the identical drink in its own glass for $3.50, which would you choose? So why do we buy bottled water? Australia has some of the best tap water for drinking in the world.  State Health …