History of electric vehicles in Australia

Blade Getz EV motor

Blade Electric Vehicle (circa 2008) The Blade Electric Vehicle was an electric car conversion for new and used Hyundai Getz cars commenced production during 2008. It is no longer available. Mitsubishi  iMiEV The iMiEV electric car (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) was available in some countries late in 2009 or early in 2010. It was expensive, not popular and… Continue reading History of electric vehicles in Australia

Solar power

Knoxfield house 2.4 kW array

Solar power is produced from the sun with zero carbon emissions. Let’s face it, the sun has been producing energy for billions of years. Here is some history of its use by humanity. Solar Energy and Power Solar energy is the light and heat from the Sun that has been harnessed by humans since ancient times… Continue reading Solar power

2011 climate action and carbon price rally

A climate action and carbon price rally was held in Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, Australia on Saturday 12 March 2011. About 10,000 people attended the rally to support the need to price carbon pollution as one measure for taking action on climate change. The rally was organised by several environment groups, including Getup and Environment Victoria, to show public… Continue reading 2011 climate action and carbon price rally

Victorian kitesurfing locations

Kitesurfing Norman Bay Wilsons Promontory

Victorian kitesurfing locations are many and varied. This article provides a summary of locations, their best wind direction, and links to other information. Disclaimer: Verify site information with locals or someone who has kited there before heading out for the first time at a new location. Port Phillip Bay West coast East coast Videos External links

Australian heatwave January 2014

Temperatures may hit 50 degrees on Thursday in north-west WA. Source: BoM

Australia experienced an extreme heatwave during January 2014. In early January, maximum temperatures in excess of 40C were experienced on successive days across Australia.[1][2] Early January 2014 – Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales Adelaide is predicted to be the hottest city in the world on Thursday 16 January 2014.[3] Blistering heat formed over… Continue reading Australian heatwave January 2014

Carbon tax

A carbon tax is a mechanism for putting a price on the carbon dioxide pollution that results when fossil fuels are burnt. The Liberal (conservative) Government of British Columbia in Canada introduced a carbon tax in 2008 and was re-elected in 2009. Voters liked the revenue-neutral nature of the tax which put money in their pockets. Many… Continue reading Carbon tax

Cash payments to Australian coal generators 2011-12

Cash payments from Australian taxpayers were included as part of the carbon tax introduced by the Australia Government in 2012. The following cash payments were made during the period 2001-2012: Generator name Recipient Cash payment Augusta Power Stations Flinders Operating Services Pty Ltd $59,482,064.73 Loy Yang Power Station Great Energy Alliance Corp. Pty Ltd $240,116,761.67 Energy Brix… Continue reading Cash payments to Australian coal generators 2011-12

2011-2015 Victorian government scorecard

The Liberal-National coalition government led by Premier Ted Baillieu was elected on 27 November 2010. This article provides a summary of policy comparisons between the government and other parties on various issues. Issue Baillieu Government Labor Greens Cattle grazing in Alpine National Park Reintroduced as “trial to mitigate bushfire risk” Oppose Oppose Grand prix at… Continue reading 2011-2015 Victorian government scorecard

Brown Mountain old growth forest

Stump of Brown Mountain old growth tree logged in November 2008, radiocarbon dated at over 500 years old. Photo: Jill Redwood

The wonderful old growth forest of Brown Mountain in East Gippsland is now being logged. There are more than 50 trees over 300 years old in this area of forest, which is adjacent to Errinundra National Park. One logged tree has been radiocarbon dated to over 500 years old. Many more trees between 500 and 800 years… Continue reading Brown Mountain old growth forest

Strengthening Victoria’s new solar laws

Suggested legislative amendments to the Brumby Government’s solar legislation On Monday May 5th 2008 the Brumby Government released some details of its much anticipated solar feed-in tariff. The announcement was met with extreme disappointment by the 40-odd community groups, businesses, unions and councils that had been campaigning for and supporting effective solar lawsi. If the… Continue reading Strengthening Victoria’s new solar laws