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The Heart  of Tasmania is on fire!

Tasmania … currently the highest CO2 producing Capital of Australia.

For those who wanted the tourists and mainland buyers of the state to disappear; for those who wanted World Heritage protection of  unique forests to disappear …  you got it … you got your wish!

The Heart  of Tasmania is on fire.

The water well of the nation is on fire.

Once upon a time it was called Gondwana, now to be rebadged Gonnawannaland !

When  the heart of one of coolest islands at the bottom of the world is on fire, what hope does the rest of the world have?

Claire Gilmour is a sixth generation Tasmanian, Claire owns and runs a small accommodation business, Shakespeare’s Wilderness Chalet, on the edge of the Tarkine near Rocky Cape.  An eco-warrior and bush fire survivor, Claire has seen the effects of climate change and government mismanagement first hand. She strives to help and champion the marginalized in any small way she can.

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  1. MJF

    January 26, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Last month Queensland was the CO2 producing capital of Australia. In February it’ll probably be NSW’s turn.



    Your second paragraph is incomprehensible and so it has been deleted.

    Lazy writing is not welcome here.

    — Moderator

  2. Clive Stott

    January 26, 2019 at 1:43 am

    And Claire, along with fire comes Group 1 carcinogenic smoke (particulate matter) across most of Tasmania.
    Mustard gas, asbestos, radium and plutonium. Yep, they too are in Group 1.

    ‘They’ tell us to have a plan. Well what about ‘them’ having a plan to mobilise quicker to put the fires out when they are small, and to stop trying to fight fire with more fire. Our once ‘fire extinguishers’ have turned into ‘fire lighters’.

    It is interesting to note that Federal funding can be applied for when larger fire conditions can be met.

  3. Russell

    January 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Where are the water bombers?

  4. Kim Peart

    January 24, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Having read deeply into the carbon crisis, I have found warnings that we are on the cusp of a rapid rise in heat that can send us into oblivion.

    John Hawkins points out a few canaries in the coal mine that should shake us awake to a survival level set of threats, which include unsustainable human expectations of this Earth, on Earth alone, an Earth-centric mind-set, and nuclear madness that could leave this planet a dead cinder.

    I look at history, and see the carbon crisis could have been entirely avoided if there had been support for solar power stations in space, and locating heavy industry beyond Earth, when the plan was developed by O’Neill and associates in the 1970s.

    So the whole project of working out all human options on Earth alone has delivered dead canaries, and there will be a huge death toll to come as Nature is dying, and people will die, along with so many animals, as we enter hell on Earth.

    You may have seen photos of the hundred dead horses in the dry swimming hole, killed by heat, and the million dead fish in the river.

    There is the price, delivered for a strange focus on Earth alone, which has gifted wealth from fossil fuel and wars to the carbon energy moguls.

    Now they are itching to get wealth from sulphur pumped into the air as a way to cool this planet.

    Will we fall for yet another Earth-centric approach to human survival?

    I suggest we need a plan for survival on the table by October, and delivered in Washington, D.C. at the International Astronautical Congress.

    I will be there.

    Who will join me, on the ground, or via the Internet?

    I suggest that we must reach to the Sun in space to gain access to the level of energy that will allow us to extract excess carbon from the air.

    With industry in space, we would also be able to construct an adjustable sunshade above the Earth, to help cool this planet, as excess carbon is being extracted from the air.

    This suggestion can be hammered out to prove its veracity.

    Why wait for the Earth to burn when we can work toward our survival, and getting into position to win back a safe Earth?

    The Earth-centric approach has totally failed to keep a safe Earth, and to improve human survival options.

    We must now do what we should have been doing fifty years ago, and focus on how we manage our survival in the Solar System as a whole.

    This is a whole Solar System approach to life and evolution.

    Contact me, anyone interested ~ kimpeart@iinet.net.au

    We have a planet to save, and a celestial future to create.

    If we are not mobilised by October we may lose all opportunity to act, as endless numbers of canaries fall in the cage of this hot hell on Earth.

  5. John Hawkins

    January 24, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Great Barrier Reef stuffed

    Murray-Darling Basin stuffed

    Tasmanian High Country stuffed

    Swift Parrot stuffed

    Liberals stuffed

  6. Claire Gilmour

    January 24, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    The key here is …
    Be very, very careful what you wish for .. because morphic resonance works!

  7. William Boeder

    January 24, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    We have entered an era that has been architected by our nation’s present government, and unless its architecture is understood by every Australian for what it really is, we will inevitably become the casualties of its ill-destined Liberal fantasy land adorned with impossible expectations.

    • kimpeart

      January 27, 2019 at 11:34 am


      This Comment of yours was totally off topic.

      — Moderator

    • kimpeart

      January 27, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      William Boeder appears to have gone off the topic, but as this has not been removed, I will offer a considered reply, and reconnect to the topic.

      To fix the architecture of the nation, we could begin by stamping out bludging.

      Here is an indicator of the problem ~ “The Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment is a term used by economists and politicians to refer to the level of unemployment, between 4% and 6%, considered necessary to prevent inflation taking off.”

      Understanding the Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment explains why there is under-employment, unemployment, poverty and homelessness.

      Australian society and our economy is rigged, so that some people can grab a larger share of the national pie.

      All who grab a larger share of the national pie are in fact bulging off the percentage of the population forced into under-employment, unemployment, poverty and homelessness, where they serve as a sacrifice to the wealth of the pie snatchers.

      The stark reality of this bludging came home to roost a couple of years ago, when it was found that thousands of our diggers were homeless on the street.

      Should we stamp out the bludging?

      Success in building a fair nation would deliver an empowered population of workers on this island, which would translate into greater readiness to fight fires.

      It was interesting how fires were being fought in the southwest recently, with a sprinkler system.

      My suggestion to use solar power to desalinate ocean water and pump it to any location on the island, to drought-proof Tasmania, would also apply to having water ready to fight fires, with a sprinkler system.

      All those homeless diggers could be employed, with homes, to fight fires, and prepare for the fire season.

      Fixing the bludging problem will help save Tasmania from fires that will get fiercer with CO2 driven global heating.

      (I would offer a Link to my TT article about drought-proofing Tasmania, but the archive only runs back about a year now.)

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