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What’s happening with South Ballina Beach?

The debate about the future of the beaches south of Ballina is heating up again as councils and concerned citizens grapple with the ongoing issue of 4WD-related damage.

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David Pettifer, Uki In reply to today’s article by the ABC Van Lifers I believe there is an opportunity for both...

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in...

Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Need a dose of reality?

In 2011 Japanese with solar power sold 50 per cent more power to the grid than in 2010. They made $1.2 billion from their surplus electricity.

Nissan now has two energy-efficient cargo ships to transport its LEAF electric vehicles.

The ships have electronically controlled diesel engines and solar electricity that save thousands of tons of CO2 emissions yearly. Sails are next on the agenda for assisting cargo ships.

In the US wave and tidal power can realistically produce 15 per cent of energy needs by 2030 according to the Dept of Energy.

Last year was the ninth warmest since 1880. The highest annual average global surface temperature so far occurred in 2010. Around the world many food crops are affected by rising temperatures. Wheat will be particularly vulnerable according to a Stanford University scientist. He observed on satellite images that when the heat ramps up the wheat turns brown and stops growing.

You can watch a NASA video of how global surface temperature has changed since 1880 here: www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2011-temps.html.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby

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A Lego load of fun on the Gold Coast

A place for water dragons to thrive was the theme of a construction competition at Southern Cross University (SCU) yesterday. The tricky part was making the build with Lego.

Kingscliff, trucks, and development – what’s the right outcome?

The debate over the movement of fill via the Tweed Coast Road and through Kingscliff to fill future development sites has been considered by residents, Tweed Shire Councillors, and staff at the last two planning meetings and a workshop in between.

Spring into Scavenge in Lismore this Saturday

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David Pettifer, Uki In reply to today’s article by the ABC Van Lifers I believe there is an opportunity for both sides to benefit. There is a...