Episode 310. Avian Flu and Food Security

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 19th of September 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

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Varroa update:

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Sunday 18th of September

There was 1 new detection of Varroa mite today, within the existing red eradication zone in the Newcastle area – that brings total infected premises across NSW to 100.

A beekeeper called in the result after completing surveillance at home – thank you for letting us know. Continue reading →

Episode 309. Climate Change Crops

 

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 12th of September 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

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No new varroa detections in the current outbreak in NSW. Corners may have been turned. Vigilance is key.

Indonesia hopes to have its FMD outbreak under control  by year’s end. Woohoo. Good news is welcome.

From the Guardian, 20 August 2022, by Cecilia Nowell a piece entitled: Diet for a hotter climate: five plants that could help feed the world Continue reading →

Episode 308. Droughts, Hydro Power and Food 

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 5th of September 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil!

First off, a big thank you to jeaylove for buying me a coffee through the Buy Me A Coffee link on the website and in the show notes. It is most gratefully received and was happily consumed. 

Now to matters. 

Varroa Mite Update 4 September 2022

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Varroa mite emergency response daily update

No new detections

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So that’s a thing going well. Continue reading →

Episode 306. La Nina Times 3

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 22nd of August 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

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A quick varroa update. 

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🐝 Varroa mite emergency response daily update Saturday 20th August 2022🐝

🐝 The Varroa mite eradication focus is now moving into the euthanasia and disposal phase of the response having successfully conducted extensive surveillance around the perimeter of the zone. Continue reading →

Episode 304. Varroa, FNM, Reduced Methane & Duckweed

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 29th of July 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

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Hi all, it’s been a while, I know. As many of you know I work in a disability service and we’ve been smashed this month with the Omicron variants. I’m up to date with boosters so I’ve been pulling so many shifts, I’ve almost forgotten “normal” life. Staff and clients have been out of action but no one has been hospitalised, so that’s a good thing. 

Anyway, I’ve continued to monitor and collect stories so this episode will attempt to squeeze a month’s worth into one. Buckle up, it’s been a hell of a month!

Varroa

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Episode 303. Burps, Methane & A Plan

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 27th of June 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

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I’ve listened to the horrified reactions of farmer’s around the world when it comes to the methane produced by ruminants. The usual suspects deny it’s a problem, the other usual suspects advocate for animal free agriculture. Somewhere in between lies the solution. 

I’ve discussed some of these issues in Episode 272: Methane? Briefly, are there more ruminants in the world than there was before the start of the Industrial Revolution? Maybe, maybe not. If the numbers are roughly equivalent then the methane exuded is part of the usual background makeup of the atmosphere. That idea though hasn’t stopped methane from ruminants being a target in the emission reduction. Continue reading →

Episode 302. Monbiot, Mansplaining & Urban Arrogance

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 20th of June 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

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Well folks we’ve been through one of those “First World Problems” situations in the last week. A large and very slow moving high pressure system sat off the west coast of Tasmania, funnelling antarctic air onto the state. A little bit of snow on the higher peaks 10 days ago or so. Cooler temperatures and a little breeze reminded us winter was here.

Last weekend, 11th and 12th of June, the weather system unloaded. 45mm of rain in half a day accompanied with increasing winds. They eventually topped out around 140 kph (about 85 mph). Mrs ChangeUngerground was staying in Launceston with her sister and brother in law who had an early flight on the 12th. The night of the 11th was a true test of the structures at home. The power dropped out early but was back up Saturday night until it wasn’t, again. Sunday about 0100 some power came back. Enough for lights, TV and internet but not enough for the fridge, the freezer nor the water pump.  Continue reading →

Episode 301. Starvation and Conflict Averted?

This is The ChangeUnderground for the 6th of June 2022.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil!

Winter has arrived here in Tasmania. We were out for brunch with some in-laws, the wind howling outside and I checked the weather app. 10.3 but feels like -3.3. A very chilly -13 degree wind chill factor. 

But the rain has started. We are considered to have a Mediterranean climate here in Tassie. Autumn took a while to wide up. Warm, above averagely warm with more forecast. La Nina is still pumping moisture onto the mainland which meant we were a little on the short side at some times last year. The predictability of weather is not what it once was. Climate change is affecting us all, to greater and lesser degrees. The early heat waves in India this year are far more serious than a latish start to the winter rains in Tasmania. The former has killed people, the later has not.  Continue reading →