Over the weekend it was reported that Greenland’s ice sheet, the largest single contributor to ocean levels rising, has melted beyond the point of no return. This should be ringing alarm bells.
Mandy is keeping her glass half full during COVID
John ‘Hampo’ Hamparsum is a farmer at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains. Chances are that if you eat, you can be pretty sure you have consumed something grown in this area – the food bowl of Australia.
One of the more dubious schemes devised by marketeers of real estate is known as ‘selling off the plan.’
There are many reasons to make a move to plant-based milk – dairy intolerance, caring for the environment or just being an annoying vegan, are just a few.
Queensland is closed. Annastacia is showing us she knows how to deliver some serious borderline discipline.
Want to clear a room? Say ‘economics!’ Except – there is an extraordinary modern economist named Mark Blyth.
War is probably as old as humanity. The natural world is much older, of course, but it's been damaged and affected by human conflicts since we first started killing each other.
I will turn 80 next year, which means that the issue of aged care is rapidly assuming more than academic significance.
Face pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces in everyday objects – uses the same brain processes that we use to recognise and interpret other ‘real’ human faces.
Four years ago, as the last presidential election approached, I reported that polls suggested Trump was neck and neck with Hillary, even though mainstream media were saying she was a snap.
Living off grid can teach an individual about living within the limits of their immediate environment – a lesson we need to learn as individuals and as a species. We are well on the way to tipping the Earth beyond its ability to support the myriad lifeforms, including us, that are here.
Saying sorry is powerful. I think we forget sometimes how profound a true act of contrition can be. We live in a world populated by capitalist power brokers and politicians who wreak havoc without ever having the courage to admit... Read More →
Having tried pleas, threats, restrictions, lockdowns, fines and closures in vain, our political masters are now apparently cutting to the melodramatic climax: scare the living crap out of us.
Happy birthday, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987). As one of the more obscure figures who championed human rights, his activism spanned race, sexuality, and class, which contributed to major political movements of the ’60s.
To sail or to stay? That was the decision that Craig Plummer and Claudia Schick from Bangalow had to make when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and they sailed into an Indonesian port, from Thailand.
You can’t really miss it – it’s right there, in the middle of a paddock just as you approach Mullumbimby from the east: the word LOVE, displayed in enormous white capitalised letters.
COVID-19 is a killjoy. We’ve talked about the devastating health and economic impacts, but what about fun? Fun is so pre-2020. Fun has been either postponed or cancelled. If the virus doesn’t kill us first, the boredom just might.
Another month, another setback – several, unfortunately – with preparations for the budget being finalised in an atmosphere of quiet desperation.
There was a terrific announcement of $2.28 million in road funding for some of Byron’s worst roads by two odd bedfellows last week – the non-elected local Nationals representative and the Greens mayor.
Words are vague entities, having different meanings for different people. Humour utilises this ambiguity, as in the undertaker who had to rehearse her job. This becomes pernicious, however, in political discourse.
The Independent Planning Commission for the NSW government, who will make the final decision on the Narrabri Gas Field development, have heard hundreds of concerns over the last week about the plans to drill 850 coal seam gas wells in and around the Pilliga State Forest in the northwest of NSW.
What was Chrissie Amphlett’s mum thinking when her daughter sang ‘When I think of you, I touch myself’? That would have to be a confronting song for any mum to hear her daughter sing. ‘Chrissie! Sing mummy that lovely touching song again – your nanna loves it.’
Over the last few decades, modern industrialised agriculture has wrought havoc on natural systems. It has razed forests, decimated biodiversity, and has done immense damage to soils.
We would never dream of accusing Scott Morrison of being relieved by the onset of the second wave of COVID-19, but nonetheless it has postponed a nagging problem for him.