12 thoughts on “Monday message board

  1. I’m reading the ‘Be Climate Clever’ booklet that was in the Sunday papers. Shame about the trees that had to be pulped. The gist of it seems to be that voluntary conservation and technology will help a lot. I think it will take more stick and less carrot to get results. At the moment we agonise whether the new fridge will be the envy of the Joneses next door. However if and when emissions are actually capped the decision may become tangible.

    The other thing missing from the booklet is numbers, for example bar charts of current energy flows compared to targets. The bar for coal fired electricity
    would look like a skyscraper surrounded by bungalows. The size of the adjustments needed may be too daunting. I guess it’s a start.

  2. Climate Clever website:”As our population grows, so does our demand for energy, land, food and industrial products. This means more greenhouse gases are emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere each year.”

    ABC website :”The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says Australia’s population rose by about 307,000 people over the year[to March 2007], which is its largest annual increase ever.”

    Migrants made up a staggering 54 per cent of the population growth, bringing Australia’s population to almost 21 million.

    Climate Clever website comments on restricting population growth: nil

  3. Why is 54 percent so staggering? Australia’s birthrate is “too low”, which is why the government is chucking 5000 at people to have babies, and asking couples to have “one for mum, one for dad and one for the country”.

  4. Australia’s birthrate is just right. With the world population at 7 billion and still rising (for the time being) increasing Australia’s population from new stock versus relocated stock would be irresponsible. The arguement that the aging baby boomers need an army of young working slaves to fund their commfortable and long dotage is exceptionally self centred. If we are going to flood the country with immigrants to make up the work force to achieve the same then it would be wise to take a perspective from Fiji’s and Brittain’s dilemma.

  5. An after thought.

    Setting an immigration policy is a bit like writing a will. It should be constructed with great care. It is those who come after you who have to live with the consequences.

  6. I’ve got an Amazon gift certificate burning holes in my pocket,
    and I want to get the most bang for my buck.

    Enter the Secret Amazon Web Pages:


    This is where you’re going to find the “latest sales, rebates, and limited-time offers” from
    Amazon, and you can score some pretty deep discounts if you’re a savvy shopper.

    Next, there’s the special Sale link. This is open every Friday, and ONLY on Fridays.

    You can find the same good discounts here as you would in hidden Deals, although some
    Fridays you can really get lucky and make off like an Amazon bandit – I’ve seen discounts
    there as low as 75% off sticker price.

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