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Policy trumps biodiversity, again.

On discovering that the Government of my country is putting policy (and thus ideology) before environment and refusing to sign a leader’s pledge on biodiversity: Australia joins US, China and Russia in refusing to sign leaders’ pledge on biodiversity  The sophistication required here is at a level of complexity that almost entirely invalidates existing (institutional) […]

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Climate Change: When the wind blows…

Climate Change is accelerating. Human organisational systems are already quite fragile (as an inverse yet direct measure of psychological, cultural and political immaturity) and will find themselves bearing the burden of an entropy they are poorly-prepared to negotiate. Expect dramatic and sometimes spontaneously self-organising conflicts, turbulence and political upheavals which will sweep away millions of […]

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6th Mass Extinction Accelerating

Context: Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn …and all the while, humanity stumbles and lumbers around from one profoundly tragic self-inflicted catastrophe to another, all but blind to this darkening existential threat and profane insult to life itself that emanates like dusty, choking smoke and tar from the ill-purposed machines of civilisation.  What […]

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Climate Change In Security: Insecurity

It may be a matter of social and psychological necessity that this kind of monumental existential threat – to which we have perhaps long been desensitised by repetition and the droning monotony of unnecessarily adversarial ideological and political competition – carry more impact, more information entropy and cultural gravity when they become a tangible, material, […]

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Afterburner: New Year’s Day and a Smoky Bushfire Hangover

We woke up today to the world’s worst air quality in Australia’s capital, Canberra. I am still waiting for political leadership on the topic of Climate Change but expecting instead: more dismissive parochialism and institutionalised, ideological denialism and avoidance. Context: Canberra’s air quality is ‘the worst in the world’ as bushfire smoke shrouds capital

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Wild Fire: New Year’s Eve in South-East Australia

Driving tonight, someone took this photo over my shoulder. We had been to the city and I decided to drive past the airport. As we crested a hill we were engulfed in smoke. This was smoke from fires over a hundred kilometers away. The South-East coast of New South Wales has been inundated with bushfires. […]

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Soothing Nature

I find nature and natural vistas to be relaxing in pretty much the same way that sitting by an open fireplace or listening to the sound of rain at night outside my bedroom window is a soothing experience.  There is something intimately reassuring in the continuous sparkle, flow and hum of nature and of the […]

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Climate Strike: Which Economy?

I observed a characteristically parochial performance from a politician on the morning news today. The topic of the Global Climate Strike was under analysis and the tired old excuses for workers and schoolchildren not attending the rallies and protests were wobbled around with rhetorical ineptitude. An argument was made for the importance of a strong […]

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Social Reorganisation: Lessons from Physics and Nature

All ordered organisational systems are engaged in an endless competition with (and of) disorder and entropy; it is a race to weave order and patterned persistence from available resources while the other end of the tapestry continuously unravels into largely unrecoverable waste and loss. These organisational systems aspire to a relatively stable or constructively adaptive […]

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environment life

The Freedom of Words

In every sentence, every voiced utterance and subtle nuance or aspiration towards meaning and purpose, we are that through which the world comes to know itself.  These patterns and vibrant tapestry of mixed, living concept and blind, unknowing information are doing little more than that which the world is bound by necessity to do.  It […]

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Enigmas of Ecological Problem-Solving

The non-linear cognitive flexibility and diverse conceptual vocabulary required to describe the complex problem-space of environmental and ecological complexity is also the heuristic practise with which we might seek to successfully address it.

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The Beautiful Uncertainty of Nature

It is in our attempts to explain, to mimic and to supersede nature that our greatest failures manifest themselves.