Posts in Environment
thundersnow

The recent wild weather has produced an unusual phenomenon called thundersnow.

ZG: 7

We are all fascinated by the weather, particularly by something exciting and unusual like this. I wish I had seen it myself.

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Madden-Julian oscillation

This is an eastward movement of cloud and rainfall coming from the equator over a cycle of 30 to 60 days, causing fluctuations in tropical weather.

ZG: 7

Almost anything to do with the weather is on the top of everyone’s mind at the moment, and the tip of their tongue.

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pumped hydro

 Solar and wind energy is in greatest supply in the middle of the day, precisely when people don’t need it as much. So there is a need to store this green energy and make it available at peak periods when people do need it.

ZG: 8

Almost any method of streamlining the supply of green energy is bound to be a continuing topic of conversation into the future.

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carbon sucker


There is general agreement that we must develop technologies that can save us from the accumulation of greenhouse gases. One method of doing this is to suck carbon out of the air. 

ZG: 3

There are too few carbon suckers around for this to rate highly as yet. But the day may come …

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food shock

At first I thought this might be one stage worse than a food coma, that feeling of indolence that comes over you after a heavy meal. But no, a food shock is the shock to the whole system of food production.

ZG: 7

This is a shock that we may well be experiencing more often. Certainly it is more common to see stories in the media relating to the high prices of fruit and vegetables and other produce as a result of fire, flood, and drought, all of which can now happen simultaneously in Australia.

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pollination broker

In agriculture the role of the bees in fertilising the flowers is so important and the logistics of hiring hives at the critical moment is so complicated that a job has emerged for the pollination broker.

ZG: 5

This is a jargon word of a niche industry, and therefore not one that most of us would encounter, and yet the pollination broker is so important to our lives.

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antinatalism

The world is full of suffering. It is our duty to reduce suffering. The simplest most effective way to not increase the total world suffering is not to procreate.  It is better to stop the problem before it even starts. This is the fundamental tenet of antinatalism.

ZG: 4

I cannot believe that such a negative view of life will attract more than a fringe following.

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bin chicken

There is a breed of humans who have taken on the bin chicken’s name. These are people who raid garbage bins for recyclable cans and bottles.

ZG: 9

I love the way that humans gave these birds this half-derogatory, half-affectionate name, and now it is being turned back onto the humans.

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sponge city

There are many cities that can see the benefits of re-fitting their drainage systems to reduce water run-off and increase water storage.

ZG: 9

Given the intensity of the downpours that we have had recently in cities across Australia, and the ensuing chaos, I think that this is a concept that should rate highly.

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plogging

Plogging is the combination of jogging with picking up litter. It began as a Swedish activity but has gone around the world.

ZG: 4

I have not seen a plogger yet on the track that I can see from my window. When I see one I will up my enthusiasm.

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drought lot

The sacrifice paddock is one way of dealing with the fact that in drought sheep will graze land down to bare earth, but increasingly the preferred option is the droughtlot.

ZG: 8

With the number and severity of droughts increasing, we can expect new strategies to emerge for deaiing with it.

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cloud brightening

This sounds like something in an ad for Persil. Are your clouds brighter? If not get them Persil-washed!

ZG: 4

At the moment it is just one of a number of bright ideas, but if it becomes a real measure for saving the reef, then the frequency of the word could increase markedly.

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