Fires and Burning

Media love a good fire story

Saturday, June 20, 2009

This is the classic story of how fires are the perfect fodder for a media that love real life drama and conflict. The opportunity to do a bit of enviro-bashing on the side is just too good to miss as truth and verification of claims fly out the window.This was started by The Age and picked up across all sectors of the media.

The blitz burn gamble

Thursday, March 12, 2009

In late June 2008, the government enquiry into bushfires (how many is this now?) recommended to State parliament to triple its burn program to almost half a million hectares annually. This would be a gamble, a waste of money and ultimately counter productive.

Media and fires

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This is the classic story of how fires are the perfect fodder for a media that love real life drama and conflict. The opportunity to do a bit of enviro-bashing on the side is just too good to miss as truth and verification of claims fly out the window.
This was started by The Age and picked up across all sectors of the media. night fire

Haphazard reduction burning

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Many friends of the environment were lost to us over the February fires this year. Many others lost their friends, family members and their homes. It was a shocking time. Besides having to deal with these losses, the environment movement was accused of being responsible. Let's analyse this ...

EPA - Environmental pollution apologists

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

City and country residents have had to cope with choking air during April as DSE lit up over 150,000 hectares of healthy forest in its "management burns". The EPA does not take air quality readings in regional areas - they don't want to know how bad it is. In the city a reading of 150 is considered poor. These smoky fires, which contribute thousands if not millions of tonnes of CO2 to the greenhouse problem, were pushing air quality readings above 237 in Melbourne. Imagine what the rural areas were measuring!

Fire science vs political science

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Science is clearly not a part of the Brumby government's justification to triple burns across the state to almost 400,000 ha, or 1/20th of public land a year. Despite the ENRC inquiry quoting scientific papers, Jenny Barnett from the VNPA, discovered that these papers didn't back up calls for increased burning at all. They in fact cite computer simulations from the US and Tasmania's Button-grass Plains. They also misquote fire scientists to suit their own agenda.

Blindly supporting blind burning

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Here's another example of the government being at odds with itself. Two recent reports contradicted each other. In early December, at the same time the Environment Commissioner, Dr Ian McPhail, released his damning State of the Environment report for Victoria, the Brumby Government supported the other bushfire report and a trebling of burns across our forests.

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