Apologies for the extended hiatus. First of all I was away on a uni field trip to the very beautiful Jervis Bay Marine Park, on the south coast of New South Wales:
Then I got back to craziness at work and 10,000 words worth of essay due before the end of May. Yikes. I’m managing to just keep my head above water, but my time to be social and do anything fun like blogging, has been limited. Still. Abandonment of things I love is never a good idea.
Some things since last time I posted that I would like to share.
1) I posted back in September last year about CSG and plans to expand production in NSW. A moratorium on fracking was in place in NSW until the end of 2011, pending a parliamentary inquiry. The inquiry has recommended the extension of the moratorium on production licenses being continued, but not on further exploration. The moratorium has been extended at least until all of the chemicals used in fracking have been assessed by the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme – at this stage, only two of around 46 have been fully tested. Getting some solid results seems like a good idea before issuing fracking licenses around the Great Artesian Basin, northern-NSW’s greatest source of water for farming and, in some cases, drinking. It’s a shame that Queensland seems to be a lot more under the influence of the mining companies…
2) This article made me really, really sad and frustrated. While I can understand that people’s concerns will always lie with their immediate, every day issues, it concerns me that we, as a society, seem to be shutting out the big, global issues that will ultinately become immediate and every day.
3) The Guardian often publishes some amazing photos in its Environment section. These are no exception.