July 2006

The Lost Grasslands of Cairns - 21 July 2006

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 28/07/2006 - 22:22

Pandanus in grasslandPandanusin grassland - click images to enlarge

The prospect of using nuclear power for Australia’s future energy needs is revolting because it is unnecessary.  In Australia most of the power created by a nuclear program would be required solely because Australia still encourages very inefficient use of energy. 

Like the dinosaur before it, the modern car is about to leap off the evolutionary cliff to its extinction, and only small, smart people movers will survive.

While ABC's Landline programme considered the role of the biofuel option stopgap, Four Corners this week picked up on the earlier Catalyst story on 'peak oil' - that point where oil wells reach their optimum production and begin their decline.

Minamata disease in Brazil and Indonesia

Submitted by Roy on Fri, 14/07/2006 - 13:12

An unsolicited email today speaks of investment opportunities in diamond mining in the region known as the São Luis River Basin, in Brazil. The words "Brazil" and "mining" never sit well together for any environmentalist, so I set off on a mini exploration with trusted guide Cynthia Google, and soon found a few additional words that don't sit well with environment.

Mercury, for example, the heavy metal that causes "Minamata disease". The São Luis River Basin reference found on Google reports the region as having the "highest mercury levels in human hair samples".

Minamata disease got its name from the tragic effects of industrial pollution on the Japanese fishing village of Minamata, which became a major environmental issue in 1956.

(govtwatch4) Why Are Americans So Angry?

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/07/2006 - 12:29

Quote: Yes Mr. Speaker, there is a lot of anger in this country. Much of it is justified; some of it is totally unnecessary and misdirected. The only thing that can lessen this anger is an informed public, a better understanding of economic principles, a rejection of foreign intervention, and a strict adherence to the constitutional rule of law. This will be difficult to achieve, but it's not impossible and well worth the effort. unquote.

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

(lewrockwell.com) I am angry

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/07/2006 - 00:15

Dear Lew, the Honorable Ron Paul's piece on why Americans are angry really stirred me to respond. Mr. Paul's piece speaks about many issues facing Americans today.

Could the Old Oil Tanks Enrich Cairns - 23 June 2006

Submitted by Webmaster on Thu, 06/07/2006 - 11:48

Bus stop consultations are taking place across Regional Queensland. The Qld Gov't is inviting you to participate in one of the public meetings being held in relation to this issues. These meetings are being held at the Sofitel (Reef Casino) at the following times:
Tuesday 11 July 1pm - 3pm
Thursday 13 July 6.30pm to 8.30pm

This project is directly related to the DDA 1992 and subsequent standards. 25% of public bus stops are to be made accessible for all people, including those with disabilities by December 2007. A schedule of works can then be developed reflecting community needs. To confirm a place at one of the meetings please email Kelly Fry kellyjayne.fry @ jcu.edu.au . Kelly will then confirm the time for the meeting. Please let Kelly know which session suits you, and we will try to book you in and confirm by mail.



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