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Edward Kent’s letter, Wallum (June 26), tried to diminish the importance of the Save Wallum campaign to mere ‘piffle’,...

Fingal residents celebrate Cubby Bakehouse backdown over illegal development

The illegal development of the Fingal General Store into a commercial bakery was ended on Tuesday when Cubby’s development application (DA) was modified to remove the commercial bakery.

72 house-raises and retrofits announced  

Seventy-two homeowners in the Ballina electorate will receive government funding to raise and retrofit their flood-affected homes, says local NSW Greens MP, Tamara Smith. 

Tweed farmers encouraged to apply for $4,000 funding

Tweed Shire Council is once again offering the Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Program, designed to encourage best practice and inspire environmental creativity in agricultural activities across our community.

Tweed Council wants feedback on Crabbes Creek Community Hall upgrade

The Crabbes Creek Community Hall is heading towards. major upgrade and Tweed Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan for the work to make it a safer and more inclusive space for gatherings, events and activities.

Affordable housing key to Ballina Greens, Kiri Dicker’s, Mayoral campaign

Lennox local and sitting councillor Kiri Dicker is running for Mayor of Ballina Shire Council in the upcoming council election on September 14 and is putting affordable housing for key workers as front and centre of her campaign.

Physical matter is blind to our socioeconomic fluctuations. An ominous phase change, a sublimation from crystal to gas, from methane hydrate (methane trapped in ice) to vast columns of methane bubbles, is growing exponentially in the Arctic Ocean.

Given the known ferocity of methane in heat trapping, this has the potential, some would say inevitability, of a rapid escalation of global warming to catastrophic levels.

Phase changes often happen rapidly like the sudden onset of boiling of water on a stove… and the quantity of methane hydrate in the Arctic Ocean is enormous.

This fate is too dire to countenance. Continued political, economic, industrial, and agricultural activism are of the utmost urgency and importance. We must bring about a revolutionary shift in human activities now, and in the ensuing weeks, months, and not too many years.

Not only must we urgently stop carbon emissions (which are the underlying trigger of arctic methane release), we also must use every means at our disposal to bring the carbon dioxide levels down below 350ppm.

Also in the near term we must be prepared to use artificial means to shield the Arctic Ocean from sunlight, taking over the role of the melting ice sheet.

Such extreme necessities are being foisted on us by the fossilised economic rationalists who continue on their individualistic pursuit of wealth at the expense of our collective future and the collective future of the entire ecosystem.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby


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