Record-breaking ‘die in’ outside Sussan Ley’s office

A record-breaking 2000 people ‘died’ outside Sussan Ley’s office in Albury during the global climate strike on Friday 20 September 2019. Poetry, music, church bells, chants and even a phone call direct to Scott Morrison’s office featured during the protest, but the highlight was the minute’s silence during the somber ‘die-in’ on Kiewa Street.  …

Global climate strike coming soon

WATCH has been hosting climate actions for a dozen years and know this Friday’s Global Climate Strike will be the Border’s biggest ever! Locally and nationally it has the support of Australia’s four big banks, the Anglican Church, Uniting Church, Pope Francis, Charles Sturt University, Scots School Albury and many other schools and businesses. The…

Baranduda’s flash flood a sign of things to come

A dreadful flash flood hit Baranduda (on the outskirts of Wodonga) last month (2 May 2019). Such events are set to increase with climate change. According to Melbourne University researchers, “Debris flows in southeast Australia are likely to become more frequent and widespread as wildfire activity and rainfall intensity are predicted to increase.” Hourly rainfall…

Border Mail photo of Paul Scannell and Lizette Salmon

January 2019: Albury’s hottest month ever

On Friday 1st February 2019, WATCH released the following media release: Record breaking January temperatures coupled with low rainfall have caused significant stress on local plants including death of less established trees, burnt leaves, defoliation of deciduous trees, increased eucalypt limb falls and premature fruit drop. Albury’s January temperatures were the hottest on record, with…

IPCC report on impacts of 1.5°C of global warming

This media release became The Border Mail’s front page story on 9 October 2018. Media release – 8/10/18 Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C and emission pathways to achieve this goal, a report described by the authors as one of the…

Storage of electricity

Living Lightly article published in The Border Mail on 4/4/18, by WATCH member Bruce Key. Renewable energy is very popular, but it has a big drawback – its intermittency.  This raises the question of how to store electricity so that it is available when required. The obvious answer is batteries, but it is difficult to…