Why the early blossoms?

We’ve long associated autumn with leaf fall and spring with blossoms, but this autumn you may have noticed something odd. Several locals spotted unseasonal flowers on pear and apple trees. In most cases it was just a few blossoms, but one very confused, smaller ornamental pear had almost a full spring bloom. There have also…

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…

Unprecedented alliance calls for zero pollution in Australia

As global pressure builds and the government considers its post 2020 climate targets this week, a diverse and unprecedented alliance of more than 50 civil society groups [including WATCH] are calling on parliamentarians to commit to zero carbon pollution in Australia by 2050 at the latest. In an open letter released today, the groups state…