The economics of water supply in Melbourne

This article by Kenneth Davidson cites some disturbing numbers on the extent to which Melbourne Water’s budget has become dominated by paying off of the desalination plant sitting idle 100 km south-east of Melbourne.  The arguments that Davidson makes concerning Melbourne’s plentiful supply of water running off the metropolitan area are…

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Raingarden diary

Work and home life are blending as I attempt to practice what I preach in our newly renovated home.  The tank and raingarden system in our new house is teaching me a bunch of new lessons, which I thought are probably worth recording. So, I’ve begun a separate diary about it.

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Compromising normal human activities

An insightful perspective from Jonathon Green on the ABC website today on the ongoing dismal state of Australian politics.  He concludes: “As the IPCC says, climate change, unchecked, will destroy the economy we recognise. Isn’t that what we can read beneath its anodyne, phlegmatic phrasing: “compromising normal human activities”? The…

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Attention: Sen. Brandis

Another pertinent contribution from xkcd to the dismal state of Australian politics.  As Mr Monroe notes in his footnote for this cartoon “…someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for…

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A larger-scale digression

The prime minister of Australia believes we have quite enough National Parks. Politicians around the world see economic growth as their primary goal, and (while economic growth is not necessarily linked to human population growth) in Australia, the idea of aiming to limit human population growth is virtually a taboo…

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One small step for urbanstreams.net for Christmas 2013

Finally, urbanstreams.net is on-line full-time after a long frustrating search for the cause of the server’s random rebooting problem.  The multitude of websites out there that advise on random rebooting problems suggest numerous possibilities, but I didn’t find a pointer to what turned out to be my problem: a faulty…

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