The wood fire smog in Launceston today is no different from the 1960’s smogs in Manchester and London, then later the 1970’s and 80’s stink that was Los Angeles. The only difference is that the governments in both the U.K. and California realised that the smog that ‘progress’ had created cost the community more in health costs than the value of the industry that generated it. Industry and in the case of California the automobile manufacturers were told to clean up thier polluting products with stringent emissions controls. This rethink of the classic Yank tank was also prompted by an oil crisis that in many ways was caused by American conspicuous consumption, support of Israel and total denial of statehood for Palestine.
In Launceston we have no such excuses it’s now 2018 Governments pay mere lip service to harmful pollution, then pick up the tab for the unnecessary health costs. The only way around this conundrum is for a complete rethink of heating systems the costs and the suppliers of the power. Gas in some areas may be an answer but in the long term homes have to be retrofitted to become passive solar attractive and using batteries and or electric storage heaters for the times when the sun doesn’t shine…
Around the back of the rear of a Brisbane Street shopping centre in Launceston CBD there is a concrete block building that was perhaps built in the 70’s. Buildings of this era were notoriously bland but this one has this panel that looks like concrete blocks stripped of their centre and turned on end. First thoughts cunjered up the possibility that the architect was creating a visual joke because of a personal disike of concrete blocks or perhaps he liked the idea of an Art Deco bracelet design to break up the monotony of a concrete block. Whatever it was its different to anything else in the vicinity.
Cygnus atratus, the Australian Black Swan nesting at the Tamar Wetlands. This iconic Australian bird can weigh up to nine kilograms live up to forty years and lays up to nine eggs in one season which take between 35 and 40 days to hatch. This nest is over a metre in diameter and is sited about a metre above the high tide level. With the rain over the last few days I am concerned that one metre might not be enough!