Pittwater Life

Being psychologically prepared for bushfire a vital part of survival

Being psychologically prepared for bushfire a vital part of survival
Dominic Cansdale | ABC

Community expectations of the resources available to emergency services were unrealistic.
"We've done some survey work over the winter months which suggests that up to 87 per cent of people think they'll get assistance from a fire truck on a bushfire day, and that's an assurance we can't make,"

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Renewables will be cheaper than coal in the future. Here are the numbers

Renewables will be cheaper than coal in the future. Here are the numbers
Ken Baldwin | The Conversation

In Australia, 87% of our electricity generation comes from fossil fuels. That’s one of the highest levels of fossil fuel generation in the world.

So we have important decisions to make about how we’ll generate energy as Australia’s fleet of coal-fired power stations reach the end of their operating lives, and as we move to decarbonise the economy to meet our climate goals following the Paris agreement.

What will the cost of coal-fired and renewable energy be in the coming decades? Let’s look at the numbers.

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We’re investing heavily in urban greening, so how are our cities doing

We’re investing heavily in urban greening, so how are our cities doing
The Conversation

Governments at all levels invest a lot in greening Australian suburbs. Yet, in a recent report, we show that the greening efforts of most of our metropolitan local governments are actually going backwards.

This is a puzzle, as greening has clear environmental and economic benefits. The environmental benefits are obvious and relatively easy to count. For private home owners, numerous studies have linked greening to a range of economic benefits from energy savingsto higher house prices.

So how do we explain the loss of green cover?

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Reminder To Prepare For Bushfire Season

Reminder To Prepare For Bushfire Season
Rob Stokes - Member for Pittwater

After the driest winter in 15 years, NSW faces very challenging conditions this summer. There are a number of simple steps property owners in potentially vulnerable areas can take.

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Fitting In Fitness

Fitting In Fitness
Andy Derijk

"I'm too busy right now"... this is something we have all said. When we are overwhelmed by work, family obligations, and a busy social calendar, time for your health and fitness gets put off, and those health goals fall by the wayside.

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Sydney's Operation Crayweed shortlisted for Science Prize

Sydney's Operation Crayweed shortlisted for Science Prize
ABC Radio Sydney

Crayweed, a species of seaweed, went completely missing from 70kms of Sydney's Coastline, from Palm Beach, to Cronulla, back in the 80's. Now, following "Operation Crayweed" and a successful crowdfunding campaign scientists have been re-planting small areas and it's gradually reproducing and re-populating our waters.

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NBN - Ready or NOT?

NBN - Ready or NOT?
Adan Turner

When you sign up for the NBN in search of a broadband boost, telcos don't tend to mention the hassles you might have with your home phone line. Heres one person experience that may be good information for us all offshore.

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The Trek to Barrenjoey Lighthouse

The Trek to Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Melissa Coburn | The Australian

On the Pittwater side of Sydney’s Palm Beach, people stream along the sand in the same direction. There is a bottleneck at the start of the track leading up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and the crowd slows. A sign by the side of the track promises a climb of 800m in 15 minutes.

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