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Monday, June 23, 2008

It’s all interconnected man!

Drought could irreversibly damage Australia's food bowl
Australia's two mighty rivers, the Murray and the Darling, irrigate the nation's food bowl, an area the size of France and Germany combined. But the river system's ecology could be irreversibly damaged before the end of the year because of prolonged drought, a report has cautioned. The report, by an expert scientific panel, said that the Murray's southern reaches were almost "beyond recovery", with wetlands dried up, vegetation lost and some native fish species wiped out. Environmentalists say that the only way to save the rivers is to cut the amount of water allocated to farmers. But farmers say that this would spell economic ruin for rural communities.
Global Warming has been ignored for so long that we are now losing arable land for good and I’m afraid for the farmers time has run out, which because of the food they make effects the rest of us and it is only going to get worse and faster if we don’t make urgent and wide ranging changes now, just as an example look at this other story in todays Herald...

Businesses reluctant to turn off after-hours lights
Some Auckland businesses seem to be ignoring the electricity industry's request for people to save power, contributing to a potential blackout. The industry launched a television and radio energy-conservation campaign this month after hydro lake levels were recorded as the lowest they have been since New Zealand's last power crisis in 1992. The Herald took a night-time drive through Auckland City to see what major companies were responding to the call. At 8.30pm the PricewaterhouseCoopers tower on Quay St still had lights blazing on every floor as well as its logo at the top of the building beaming. The building's owner could not be contacted for comment, but Mark Thomas, who is the proprietor of popular eatery Prime Bistro on the fourth floor said the various tenants were all "doing their bit". The Vero Insurance building on Shortland St was another whose logo burned brightly although an employee there said this was only on between 7.30pm and midnight. "We've still got to keep our lights on so planes don't run in to us but we are obviously mindful of the energy we use," he said. Numerous retailers on Queen St left their lights on to show off the clothes in their front-window displays. These included Just Jeans, Portmans, Lippy, Glassons, Wild Pair, Jeans West, Hannahs and Smith & Caughey's.

If we were serious about Global Warming this sure as hell wouldn’t be happening. We need to conserve and find new sustainable ways to produce energy sources, blazing the lights away throughout night for bullshit reasons is no way close to being sustainable especially when we have just launched a conserve power advert campaign for the love of Christ! We are aware of Global Warming yet are in total denial about responding to it and it takes and requires strong political leadership to help promote and force change, sadly for NZ, neither major political Party has anything close to resembling a credible response to Climate Change.


At 23/6/08 7:50 am, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

The Herald is being a bit precious. Just last week they were slagging off the government for phasing out incandescent lights and breaking the hearts of people with dimmer switches and chandeliers. Puh-leeez. Never mind we'll be saving up to 20% of power currently consumed and every power user will save money both on power they didn't have to use and on power plants that didn't have to be built. "Doing our bit"....unless you have a dimmer switch, I guess.

At 23/6/08 10:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't shops leave their lights on at night for security reasons? So that anyone passing can easily spot burglars etc?

At 24/6/08 8:10 am, Blogger rangi said...

ever heard of an alarm bro


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