Environment




The meek will inherit the earth but not its mineral rights.
J. Paul Getty

It isn't pollution that is harming the environment. Its the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
Dan Quayle

Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money.
North American Cree Indian 19th Century

Salinity in the Murray- Darling Basin

Synopsis: Salinty is a problem all over Australia and in many other parts of the world. Australia is the driest continent on earth and water is extremely precious. However, through ignorance, greed and neglect we have been severely damaging the only great river system in our country. While this has been recognised by governments and plans put in place, it is questionable whether we are serious enough to make the hard economic choices that will avert a major catastrophe.

Green paper - coming

Links:

Australian Conservation Foundation
http://www.acfonline.org.au
Save The Murray    
http://www.savethemurray.com/
Murray Darling Basin Commission
http://www.mdbc.gov.au
Environmental Flows and Water Quality... :The Living Murray
http://www.mdbc.gov.au/naturalresources/e-flows/thelivingmurray.html
National Dryland Salinity Program
http://www.ndsp.gov.au
Directions for Managing Salinity in South Australia
http://www.dwr.sa.gov.au/dis_papers/dir_manage.html
CSIRO Division of Land and Water
http://www.clw.csiro.au
Monitoring the White Death - Australian Academy of Science
http://www.science.org.au/nova/032/032key.htm
A study guide
http://www.web-and-flow.com/members/gblair/folder1/hunt.htm
Trees for Life
http://www.treesforlife.org
Landcare Australia
http://www.landcareaustralia.com.au

Plugging in the Sun

Synopsis: This topic could as easily been placed in the technology section. It is really a good news story in the making, unlike most of the topics covered on this site, as it shows how technology can be harnessed to provide minimal damage to the environment by anyone, given the money! For some time Australia, a land of abundant sunshine, dragged its heels in this area but exciting developments are appearing as our research institutions catch up. As the price of the technology comes down things can only improve. It also provides an example of how people can become independent of large monopolistic power generation companies.
I hope to be collecting links to a whole number of sites promoting environment friendly technologies.

Green paper - coming

Links:

Solar House Day
- visit examples of active and passive Solar House design.
http://www.solarhouseday.com
Plug&Power
- solar panel modules to generate your own electricity are now becoming affordable with government rebates of up to A$7,500.00
http://www.pacsolar.com.au/
Solar Systems
- Sydney University research has produced a breakthrough in medium and large scale solar electricity generation. It is being installed on the Pitjantjatjara Lands near Umuwa.
Solar power adopted on the Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal Lands  Solar Systems
Sustainable Building
- how sustainable building technology can save energy.
http://www.westnet.com.au/jackhsmit/buildings.htm




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