June 2006

7-lane highway to moon

Submitted by Roy on Fri, 30/06/2006 - 17:17

Ahead of Carbon Dioxide Junky John Howard's trip to China to sign the $25 billion deal for the sale of Liquefied Natural Gas, ABC's Foreign Correspondent (Cars Eating China, reporter John Taylor) last week raised the spectre of the largest Asian dragon leaving the largest global warming footprint on the environment, with the car replacing the bicycle as the preferred means of transport and enough cars the fill a seven-lane highway to the moon.

Foreign Correspondent reports "by 2010, there will be 55 million vehicles on the road in China".

Why I Love Australia

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 30/06/2006 - 14:13

Quote - "In the Australian House of Representatives last month, opposition member Julia Gillard interrupted a speech by the minister of health thusly: "I move that that sniveling grub over there be not further heard."

For that, the good woman was ordered removed from the House, if only for a day. She might have escaped that little time-out if she had responded to the speaker's demand for an apology with something other than "If I have offended grubs, I withdraw unconditionally."

God, I love Australia - End Quote

I have searched long and hard for web sites that are similar to Future Of Cairns and have not found any – possibly the Future of Cairns web site is unique in the world. The most similar web sites and sites like Buzzle or Crickey. These are professionally run sites rather than community run sites and they tend to deal with national and international issues.

Currently the Queensland Government is trying to determine the scale of the Electric Ant infestation. Now that the media has widely broadcast information on the ants and the risk that they pose, more reports are coming in from the public. When all of that information is compiled on a map, it will be possible to calculate the cost of an eradication program and funding can be secured.

Electric ants have been present in Cairns for at least 5 years according to credible sources, yet were only officially detected 3 weeks ago. Apparently the ants are also in other parts of Cairns according to some of the people who attended last nights meeting on Electric Ants at James Cook University. It is absolutely crazy a pest that is listed in the world’s top 100 pests can silently invade Cairns without the alarm being raised.

This ant is Innocent

Submitted by Webmaster on Sat, 10/06/2006 - 12:54

I have found what I think is the source of the picture that was used inthe Australian and Cairns Post newspapers.  It is an interestingnative ant that I have seen on tree trunks in trees lining DaviesCreek, west of Kuranda.  This ant is harmless and I would reallylike to find out why the move the way they do.  The zip forwardsthen stop and zip forwards and stop at very high speed.  It is theone of the most enigmatic methods of getting from point A to point Bthat I have ever seen.  If I did not have to make a living, Iwould try to solve the puzzle of why they move this

What Electric Ants Look Like - 4 June 2006

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 09/06/2006 - 12:32

Fire ants and electric ants are the greatest environmental pests on the planet. It is vital that we locate and eradicate these pests as soon as they are discovered in Australia. Unfortunately, most of the Pacific nations surrounding Australia have become infested, and the ants have increasing opportunities to invade Australia. The key to preventing these ants from getting a foothold is to report the ants to DPI quickly (Tel 132 523).

Electric Ant Photo in Cairns Post was of Wrong Ant

Submitted by Webmaster on Wed, 07/06/2006 - 09:54

The electric ant photo shown in the Cairns post is not an electricant - it is something else. An number of ant databases around the worldprovide information about the electric or as it is also known, littlefire ant. This post provides links to 2 sites which have good photos ofants. Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

Gardens are Over for Rover? - cover story 26 May 2006

Submitted by Webmaster on Sun, 04/06/2006 - 10:17

It could be all over Rover said the Mayor. A multi-million dollar upgrade to the Cairns botanical gardens could go down the gurgler because of one rusty old oil tank. The melodramatic statement was on the front page of this week’s Cairns Sun. In the text of the article the usual problem solving mentality also makes another appearance – if we smashed everything ages ago we would not be having this problem now. If this multi-million dollar gardens project is really at risk is this because the laws in Queensland are stupid or because the council is stupid?

The ferns that saved the world

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 02/06/2006 - 10:27

A CBS news report is that the north pole once had a tropical climate cause by a runaway greenhouse effect- follow the link to read the article for yourself. The unlikely herothat pumped the CO2 out of the sky was a small floating fern calledAzolla. Apparently, it liked the living in the vast numbers offreshwater lakes and as its remains sank to the bottoms of those lakes,it took a lot of carbon out of circulation. Azolla can be seen doingexactly this process in the freshwater lake of (Flecker) Cairns Botanic.

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