Tag Archives: Climate change

Episode 243. Matching Climate and Crops

This is The ChangeUnderground for the week ending 25th of January 2021.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil!

Now this  crops/climate thing is getting to be a little trickier as time passes. The last two years here in the North West of Tasmania have been 300mm down on the average rainfall. In Australia, as a rule of thumb, the average rarely represents any one year’s actual rainfall. It’s the midpoint between the drought and the wet years. Things aren’t in drought here but they are drier than they could be. And a month to six weeks without rainfall doesn’t do the pastures nor the crops much benefit. Continue reading →

Episode 239. Rain, la Nina and Climate Change

This is The ChangeUnderground for the week ending 7th of December 2020.

I’m your host, Jon Moore

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil!

The need for action is becoming even more apparent every day.

In the last fortnight, during a wet La Nina event in Australia, we still copped the heat waves of desert air pumped down from the north west of the continent, across the red centre and into the major population centres of Sydney and Melbourne. Bushfires broke out, they we jumped on quickly. They usually are but after the 2019/2020 fires the reaction had a different feel to them. Continue reading →

Episode 230. Evolution & Response

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 7th of September 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil

Way back in episode 144 I delved into the misunderstandings we have to deal with when the word “Evolution” arises. To give a quick summary: There’s a feral pest in Australia called the cane toad. Introduced in the 1930s into the state of Queensland, against the advice of the scientists but in time for an election. The toads were supposed to eat the cane beetles ravaging the sugar industry at the time. The toad, once introduced, avoided the cane beetles and started chewing through native frogs, toads and reptiles. The toads carry a poison on their back, excreted through glands. These toads have spread south into northern NSW, north through Queensland and west into the Northern Territory. Continue reading →

Episode 226. We Need a Regeneration Revolution

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 11th of  August 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

Soil

Today we’re going to discuss regeneration in particular regeneration of the soil and ecosystems. Over the last 50 to 75 years, basically since the second world war we’ve gone through a period of destruction. In effect a faustian bargain in which we gave up 1% of our topsoil every year in return for production returns. Continue reading →

Episode 196. Call to Arms & A Look Back

This the WORLD ORGANIC NEWS for the 30th of December 2019.

Jon Moore reporting.

We begin the episode with a couple of quotes from Facebook posts.

And from Bill Mollison

And there we have the dichotomy of our time.

All revolutions can be seen through this lens. The old guard clinging to the system that put them in power and the youth, full of hope and dynamism ready for the change. Leaders arise as the situation calls. Think of the “leaderless” rebellion in Hong Kong.  Continue reading →

Episode 193. Fires, Snow and a Little Sheep Husbandry

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 11th of November 2019.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

Well it’s come to that time of the year again. Each year it arrives earlier. I’m talking about the fire season in Australia. The season starts with fires in Queensland and New South Wales, usually, and heads south and west as the summer rolls on. Continue reading →

Episode 189. Small Farms and Why They Matter!

This is the World Organic News for the week ending the 14th of October 2019.

Jon Moore reporting!

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

Following on from last month’s Online Conference I ran in conjunction with my co-hoist from Permaculture Plus, Rich Bowden, I have been struggling to find my mojo. The answers to our climate questions are available. They’ve been there for at least thirty years and yet we have people arguing against the very notion of Climate Change.  Continue reading →