Category: Environment

  • You remember only what confirms your assumptions

    You remember only what confirms your assumptions

    I was reading a book recently, Disciple of the Dog, and one sentence jumped out at me: “… you remember only what confirms your assumptions.”  I did a couple of searches and came across a fascinating article in Wikipedia entitled “Confirmation bias”. It explains much of what is behind the quote. Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias)…

  • An afternoon at Balls Head Reserve

    An afternoon at Balls Head Reserve

    Linda has some friends visiting Sydney next month from the US and wants to show them something of the Sydney she has come to love. Not the tourist areas of Sydney, but the beautiful park-lands around the harbour that are there for all to enjoy, thanks to the foresight and planning of visionaries long gone.…

  • The difference between Climate and Weather

    The difference between Climate and Weather

     Our Climate Commission has just released a report entitled The Critical Decade. These are the key messages from the report: There is no doubt that the climate is changing. The evidence is overwhelming and clear. We are already seeing the social, economic and environmental impacts of a changing climate. It is beyond reasonable doubt that…

  • “you ain’t seen nothing yet”

    “you ain’t seen nothing yet”

    ”All the measurable impacts are tracking right at the top of the range of possibilities … or in some cases above them … there is no major area, unfortunately, where sceptical views of the science can draw any strength from the peer-reviewed science, the real science, that has been done in the past five years…

  • Climate refugees

    Climate refugees

    While I was reading some articles on climate change this morning, the phrase “climate refugee” popped into my head. At first I thought it might be an original idea. But Google proved me wrong again.

  • Earth Hour

    Yes, it was invented here! March 28 was Sydney’s third Earth Hour. The simple idea is to show your support for the environment by switching off your lights between 8.30 and 9.30 pm.

  • People, Profit, Planet

    Linda’s manager was retrenched just recently, but her memory lives on in these thoughts

  • Killer bushfires hit Victoria during heatwave

    While the north of Australia is recovering from massive flooding,  fierce firestorms have killed more that 173 people, destroyed nearly 800 homes and burnt out 350,000 hectares in the southern state of Victoria.