Environment (2250 Stories)

Pumpkin season closes with golden shower

By 4 May 2009

[First filed: May 03, 2009 @ 17:27]

For the past five or so years I have been growing various types of pumpkins in the vegie patch, but have been underwhelmed with some of the varieties in Canberra’s climate.
Both the Queensland blue and Jap varieties produced well, but were a bit tardy on the ripening stage at [...]

Vanishing Cat Sign.

By 2 May 2009

On a trip to Cook shops yesterday, I checked as  always do, the “local notice board”. It’s a source of bargains, and not a few lunatic services/ courses /get rich quick schemes. (“Knit your own feng-shui garlic dream-catchers, make $$$$!”).
However one notice was rather astonishing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so I [...]

Canberra Sustainable Careers Expo

By 1 May 2009

[ 4 June 2009 at 4:00 pm; ]

Here’s something for younger readers trying to figure out what to do with their lives. This from the email that came in:

We are a small group of youth working to organize Canberra’s first Sustainable Careers Expo, seeking skills and energy from passionate people.

We are looking to promote environmental courses, jobs/careers, volunteering opportunities, and support for [...]

ACTEW keep their friends close and their enemies closer out at the Cotter

By 1 May 2009

ACTEW have announced that they’d like Canberrans with an interest in the Cotter precinct (and I know there are quite a lot of you who are) to sign up and join the “Friends of the Cotter”.
Who should join the Friends of the Cotter?
The group is made up of interested members of the public who choose [...]

Mind the Death Caps

By 30 April 2009

The National Capital Authority has been moved to warn of the horrible menace of Death Cap mushrooms which have made themselves at home in these parts:

‘While the death cap is a large mushroom, with a cap ranging from light olive green to greenish yellow, the immature button can be difficult to distinguish from an edible [...]

Hooray for REDEX?

By 29 April 2009

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 14:05]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has expressed joy at “the REDEX trial”.
“Rapid transit routes are the first step towards the modern, sustainable transport system that Canberra has needed for too long.”
“The two qualities that bring people onto public transport are frequency and speed and the Greens are determined to make [...]

Time to help Keep our corner of Australia Beautiful

By 29 April 2009

Simon Corbell has launched local involvement in the Sustainable Cities Awards 2009:
“These awards are a great way to recognise people and organisations that have shown leadership in taking steps to protect and enhance the quality of our valued environment,” Mr Corbell said.
The awards are organised by Keep Australia Beautiful and this year there are nine [...]

It’s not just snow men up in the mountains

By 29 April 2009

Fly High Fly Far has sent in this one to show it’s not just snow men up in the mountains of the ACT. It came with the following note:
My partner Natalie her friend Vicki and my mate Christian decided to head up to the Brindies to check out how much snow had fallen and enjoy [...]

How to get into snow business

By 28 April 2009

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 08:30]

Having seen the weather report over the weekend and wanting to offer a new experience to my two-year-old daughter, I had been musing whether to head to the Brindabellas for some fun in the snow yesterday.
Then I happened upon this post in which commenters offered a mixed bag of [...]

Water, water everywhere and not a drop anywhere useful…

By 28 April 2009

Whilst enjoying an afternoon stroll with my dear Stafford, I noticed the Chisholm firepeeps up on a crane hosing… something. 
Or nothing. 
I am not sure if they were training as I couldn’t see any sign of fire or chemical spill where they were hosing. 
Does anyone know if this is a training exercise and, [...]

Lake George Windmills are the faux real?

By 27 April 2009

Everytime I drive past Lake George, the white stalks of the sci fi-like windmills on the far side always catch my attention.
They look striking and make me think of the giant mushrooms in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
But sadly, they never seem to be turning.
Are they for real, or just [...]

Cyclists pay to use the road (So why say they don’t?)

By 27 April 2009

I want to confront head-on something that usually comes up as a side issue in countless Riot Act threads, especially recently, and has offended my sense of justice and fairness. In any thread remotely related to road transport , sooner or later, someone always posts something that essentially says or implies that “cyclists don’t pay for the [...]

Little progress on firewood

By 26 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a piece about wood fired heating in Canberra.
Apparently the subsidies to switch to gas are falling into disuse and sales of firewood are on the rise.
On the bright side the very worst polluting heaters appear to have been the ones replaced.
Time for another ad campaign?

Is the food supply for Canberra Secure?

By 26 April 2009

Please Help Create a Sustainable Community by Completing Our Survey
The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre provides a focal point for the diverse and growing environmental movement in our region.
Our key goal is to improve public awareness of and involvement with the spectrum of environment activities from air, water, flora and fauna to town planning, [...]

Birdsong at dusk in Garema Place

By 25 April 2009

I’m not often in Garema Place around sundown.
But I was last night and the twittering of the all the little birds in the trees as the rain fell gently was really very striking.
So here’s a little bit I captured of it just for you.

Last chance for the queens (dealing with the wasp menace)

By 24 April 2009

The European wasp season is drawing to a close and it’s been another bad one for the Canberra region with reported nests well up on last year. If you have a nest on your property or know of any nests anywhere, then now is the last chance to get it treated as the queens numbering in [...]

Greens move on battery hens in Canberra

By 24 April 2009

Mark today down as a red letter day, the Greens have put out a media release!
And it’s a good one too. Caroline Le Couteur has announced that if they get their way the battery farming of chickens in the ACT will come to an end, amongst other things.
Canberra’s single cage egg farm is Parkwood, [...]

Anzac Parade planters giving up the ghost

By 21 April 2009

The NCA have announced that the summer just past has done for the 12,000 Hebe plants lining Anzac Parade.
The planter beds along the central strip of Anzac Parade contain Hebe ‘Autumn Glory’, a variety native to New Zealand which is no longer readily available.

‘The hot dry summer in Canberra this year has taken its toll [...]

Best spots for the turning of the leaves?

By 20 April 2009

So Canberra’s deciduous foliage is pretty much at its autumnal best at the moment.
For those looking to get out and about admiring the pretty colours where are your favourite parts of town at this time of year?

Reduce ACT GHG Emissions to zero by 2020

By 19 April 2009

Most people do not know that we increase the amount of money in society by the banks lending money they do not have. That is, the banks – including the Reserve Bank – make loans of money even though they do not have it on deposit. As soon as they create the loan the bank [...]

The McMansion invasion?

By 19 April 2009

The Canberra Times has the bombshell news that the city with the highest average incomes is building the largest average homes.
Sad news for the witterers on 666 talkback that no-one appears to be listening to them.

The continuing eucalypt menace…

By 17 April 2009

[First filed: April 01, 2009 @ 15:05]

On the corner of Cox and Campbell Streets in Ainslie is one of the biggest trees I’ve ever seen in an urban environment.
Anyway it’s not quite so big any more.
My estimate is at least 10 tonnes of timber came down onto the road when this thing came down.
Also for [...]

The European Menace

By 17 April 2009

I briefly heard her deputy chiefliness on ABC this morning responding to a caller concerned about the rapid rise in the population of European wasps.  I remember when they were first detected in Canberra, and there was great concern to eradicate them wherever possible.  Well, it hasn’t worked.
I had breakfast in Manuka last weekend, and it [...]

Tomorrow, Black Mountain Burns

By 16 April 2009

The Department of Territory And Municipal Services (TAMS) has announced that they’re making Black Mountain blacker tomorrow when they undertake hazard reduction burns.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort will be made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.
ACT Health advises that people with [...]

Minimal risk at Cooleman Court

By 16 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a bit on the trouble at Cooleman Court where asbestos has been found in the aircon and shops have had to close:
Four Cooleman Court shops are gradually reopening after an asbestos scare late last week.
The shops were closed on Thursday when asbestos-related material found in an air-conditioning duct months ago [...]

Water Tanks Information Talk

By 16 April 2009

[ 23 April 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] SEE-Change hosts:  Water Tanks: Your questions answered. 

What size to get? How to locate and set up a tank? What rebates are available?

Come learn not only from the professionals but hear what advise others have, who have already experienced the potential pitfalls of installing a rainwater tank.

Julene and Ricki from local firm, Get Tanked, will [...]

Disconnecting from ACTEW water supply?

By 16 April 2009

Does any Rioter know if it is legal/allowable to disconnect from the Actew water supply in suburban Canberra, and exist on tank water alone?
I previously lived just over the border in NSW & existed quite happily on what was collected from the roof, and I have an aversion to paying buckets of money to Actew [...]

Windy and dusty

By 15 April 2009

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has posted the following note:
Strong winds and dust
The ACT State Emergency Service (ACT SES) and the ACT Fire Brigade are responding to calls for assistance as a result of the current strong winds and dust storm.
The call outs are for fallen trees in various suburbs across the city [...]

An end to bushfire season

By 14 April 2009

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has announced the end of bushfire season tomorrow, following the weekend’s rain.
“The official bushfire danger period will formally finish on Wednesday 15 April 2009,” Acting ESA Commissioner David Foot said.
“The end of the season was extended by two weeks on 31 March 2009 due to continued hot and dry [...]

Spraying the urban forest?

By 14 April 2009

Apologies for the lack of pics. Some months ago, I noticed the fences facing Sulwood Drive along the bottom of Mount Taylor in Kambah looked different – someone had spraypainted palms and trees on the mostly colorbond fences.
Since then its spread to Lyons and Mawson areas as well. At first I thought this was an [...]

Radar love (lost)

By 13 April 2009

At the BOM radar site, all is not well
Any keen weather watcher, like me, will be bemoaning the loss of the Captains Flat* radar. It would have to go down now, just when we are actually GETTING some weather for a change.
All I’m getting at the website is;

Latest Image
Radar Equipment Failure 11-04-2009
Start time: Unknown
Duration: Unknown [...]

A Hard Rain’s a Fallin’ in The Valley

By 13 April 2009

I’d love to hear from those living down south about the rain on Saturday night.
The Weather Bureau says while the airport had 6mm (and here in the North I had around 8mm), Tuggeranong had 29mm.
And better still, or perhaps worse still if the downpipes were blocked, Tuggeranong had 19.8mm in just 30 minutes between 6 [...]

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