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Forest thinning is controversial, but it shouldn’t be ruled out for managing bushfires

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forest thinning is controversial, but it shouldn’t be ruled out for managing bushfires
Prescribed burning in thinned silver top ash forest. Forest thinning should be one way we tackle fire management and forest resilience, but we need more research to understand the best way to go about it. Chris Weston, Author provided Calls from industry and unions for increased thinning in forests to reduce bushfire risks have been met with concern from conservation scientists. They suggest forest...

Listen To Older Voices: John Michael (Mick) Pacholli – Part 3

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listen to older voices: john michael (mick) pacholli – part 3
  In this, the 3rd and final instalment of the Life & Times  of "Mick" Pacholli, Mick regales us with tales of more of his father’s legitimate and semi-legitimate enterprises.   We learn how the economic downturn in the 1980’s finally bought the iconic street paper, the Toorak Times to its end. Among all the turmoil of his life, Mick turns...

So, you want to live tiny? Here’s what to consider when choosing a house, van or caravan

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so, you want to live tiny? here’s what to consider when choosing a house, van or caravan
Tiny house living seems idyllic, but there are many things to be considered before making the transition. Emmet Blackwell,  Author provided (No reuse) The reasons for choosing to go tiny range from reducing debt, inability to afford a conventional home, the search for sustainability, a life crisis, or even preparing for an uncertain future in the face of climate change by going off-grid....

Cream of The Crate: CD Review #43: Women of Blue Chicago – Various Artists

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cream of the crate: cd review #43: women of blue chicago – various artists
     This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.       Cream Of The Crate Reviews 1 to 50 were vinyl album reviews.  The...

Beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need

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beware of bushfire scams: how fraudsters take advantage of those in need
Australians were also cheated out of A$400,000 last year in charity scams. Dean Lewins/AAP There’s been an overwhelming outpouring of love and support around the world for those impacted by the bushfires, from social-media donation drives to music concerts to authors auctioning off their books. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, we’ve also seen a number of scams directed at those who want to...

Hidden women of history: Catherine Hay Thomson, the Australian undercover journalist who went inside asylums and hospitals

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hidden women of history: catherine hay thomson, the australian undercover journalist who went inside asylums and hospitals
Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover as an assistant nurse for her series on conditions at Melbourne Hospital.  A. J. Campbell Collection/National Library of Australia In 1886, a year before American journalist Nellie Bly feigned insanity to enter an asylum in New York and became a household name, Catherine Hay Thomson arrived at the entrance of Kew Asylum in Melbourne on “a hot grey...

Cream of The Crate: CD Review #42 – Spirit: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

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cream of the crate: cd review #42 – spirit: twelve dreams of dr. sardonicus
    This review was originally posted on the first Toorak Times web site where publications ceased on that site in March 2017. The old site will be permanently closed in 2020 and these reviews are being re-published in order to preserve them on the current Toorak Times/Tagg site.       Cream Of The Crate Reviews 1 to 50 were vinyl album reviews.  The...

To improve firefighters’ mental health, we can’t wait for them to reach out – we need to ‘reach in’

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to improve firefighters’ mental health, we can’t wait for them to reach out – we need to ‘reach in’
Firefighters in Kangaroo Island, South Australia. First responders’ experiences on the front line make them susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems. David Mariuz/AAP Many firefighters will by now be exhausted, having been on the front line of Australia’s bushfire crisis for weeks or months. This bushfire season has been unrelenting, and the hottest months of summer may still...

How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions

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how an aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions
Australian-designed technology will soon be responsible for 50% of all solar energy produced globally. Picture: Glenn Hunt/AAP In the 1980s, a global race was underway: to find a more efficient way of converting energy from the sun into electricity. Some 30 years ago, our research team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) came up with a breakthrough, called the PERC...

Might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics Australian needs?

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might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics australian needs?
The bushfire crisis is big enough to change the government’s emissions policy, but it swill need more. Shutterstock Countries have long periods in which policies change little, and only by increments. Occasionally there are turning points, when previously intractable policy problems are suddenly resolved, recasting policy for the long term. Many are asking whether this summer’s environmental catastrophe might be such a turning...