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Fires are the new normal

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 17th, 2017 - 65 comments

Hey Bill English, it’s not the case that “no one could have anticipated the large-scale fire on the Port Hills”. Just about every relevant organisation could and did predict it. Most of the other predictions relating to climate change will come true too.

Kia Kaha Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

It seems almost inevitable that the recent fires in Canterbury and the Hawkes Bay are the result of climate change and the harbingers of things to come.

Christchurch fire coverage

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 16th, 2017 - 9 comments

Kia kaha Christchurch.

(photo credit: Michael Hodgson).

Doomsday Clock moves forward

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, January 27th, 2017 - 63 comments

“For the first time in the 70-year history of the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board has moved the hands of the iconic clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.”

Stop. Driving. Climate. Change.

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, January 25th, 2017 - 79 comments

What can we do today that will make a difference?

Power Up!

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 pm, January 19th, 2017 - 41 comments

Some moment in time will be that moment in time when reality’s faced; when both actions and words accord with it. That moment might as well be this moment as opposed to any other.

100 Coal Fired Projects Scrapped.

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, January 18th, 2017 - 16 comments

…including some already in the construction phase.

Powerdown

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, January 17th, 2017 - 114 comments

Climate change, Peak Oil, resource depletion. Some of our options are better than others.

xkcd – Earth Temperature Timeline

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, January 15th, 2017 - 15 comments

When people say “the climate has changed before”, these are the kinds of changes they’re talking about. 

2016 hottest year – NIWA live stream

Written By: - Date published: 10:48 am, January 9th, 2017 - 13 comments

As long predicted and widely reported, 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year ever. Watch the NIWA stream on the situation in NZ, live at 11am.

Pathological consumption

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, January 5th, 2017 - 84 comments

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a free trip to the landfill and a subscription to the end of the world as we know it.

Positive

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 2nd, 2017 - 19 comments

This is a difficult concept for the left to address in election year in New Zealand but it’s possible to be positive about 2017.

Living without our fridge – 4-6C hotter

Written By: - Date published: 12:56 pm, January 1st, 2017 - 100 comments

My first degree about 35 years ago was in earth sciences. And one of my lifelong passions has been reading the history, prehistory, and evolutionary history of humans. The timescales give me an appreciation of the farcical attempts of humans to stop crapping in our narrow evolutionary space over the last century. We’re going to live in a hot hot world we weren’t evolved for.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – in the end…

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, December 25th, 2016 - 32 comments

Robert Guyton concludes his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Keep it in the ground

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 22nd, 2016 - 51 comments

In the last days of the Obama presidency the current President is taking steps to protect the Arctic from oil drilling.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – reproducing the forest

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, December 18th, 2016 - 22 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Climate change change vs scaremongering

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, December 11th, 2016 - 31 comments

Things are too serious to sanction the doom-merchants.

The great US climate scientist witch hunt

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 11th, 2016 - 15 comments

Donald Trump’s transition team have been quizzing state employees of the Department of Energy about their beliefs and activities in relation to climate change.  Is a clear out of those who believe climate change is a reality possible? And why is he refusing to investigate the possibility that Russia affected the Presidential election in his favour?

The Essential Forest-Gardener – the humus factor

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 11th, 2016 - 22 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

John Key’s legacy

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, December 6th, 2016 - 224 comments

What is John Key’s legacy?  Rampant Crown debt, child poverty, homelessness, climate change, dirty politics …

The Essential-Forest Gardener – native or exotic

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, December 4th, 2016 - 11 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest, this week looking at usefulness of natives and exotics in a forest garden.

Military assessment of climate change

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, December 2nd, 2016 - 11 comments

Guardian: “Unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be ‘new normal’, say senior military”.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – the trees and the heritage

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, November 27th, 2016 - 28 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

Earthquakes v Climate Change

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 25th, 2016 - 23 comments

Have the recent earthquakes and the likely political response altered the emphasis that will being given to addressing climate change?

More fossil awards for NZ

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, November 21st, 2016 - 12 comments

With two more Fossil awards to add to its collection, New Zealand is called out yet again for its lack of action on climate change.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – “don’t destroy life”

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, November 20th, 2016 - 10 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest, exploring diversity, stability and the concept of Complexity Gardening.

As politicians go….

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, November 18th, 2016 - 21 comments

Following voters in the USA adding yet another to a growing list of defeats for the radical centre….

The hottest year

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, November 17th, 2016 - 40 comments

As 2016 lines up for its place in the record books – what if every year from now is the hottest year ever?

Te Ikaroa – Seismic Testing Presents Significant Risk To East Coast

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 pm, November 15th, 2016 - 64 comments

“Seismic blasting, every 10 seconds, 24hrs a day from now until next May” Time to step up again and protect our environment.

Oh noes! The world’s not going to saved now!

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 13th, 2016 - 49 comments

Bollocks. It was never going to be.

The Essential Forest-Gardener – what grows in the forest?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, November 13th, 2016 - 49 comments

Robert Guyton continues his series on life in a Riverton Food Forest.

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