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The not so obvious science of fining (or why is there egg in my wine?)

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

320px-Sediment_in_wine. Credit. Monica YichoyThe practice of fining is widespread in Australian and New Zealand winemaking however it is little understood by the average wine drinker. Fining involves using substances that may be of concern to people with food allergies or those on a vegetarian or vegan diet, and they may not be aware of the fact that they are consuming animal material when they drink their favourite drop. Indeed, for those concerned about animal exploitation, it may not even be the physical consumption that is the problem, but that any sort of animal product has “touched” the wine or been consumed in the winemaking process. So what is fining & how can it affect you? What fining agents are used & why? Do they affect the character of the wine? Read More.

Whisper Quiet Wind Turbine Wins Major Sustainability Award

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

EcoWhisper wind turbineBrisbane, Friday 15 June 2012 – Renewable Energy Solutions Australia (RESA) has taken out a prestigious Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Award for its unique Eco Whisper Turbine, the world’s first silent wind turbine. RESA was presented with the Innovation in Technology Award at the June 8 event. The Premier’s Awards have rewarded innovation in the field of sustainability throughout Queensland since their inception in 2010. Read more

Of bushfires, libraries and panoramic views

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Quietly sitting in the brand spanking new Katoomba library working. One has a panoramic view of the magnificent Blue Mountains where I sit, marred today only by a nasty little bushfire visible south of Wentworth Falls. One does the usual mental hope that no life, limb or property will be lost and tips me lid to the brave firies fighting the blaze.

Still marketing to replace some clients who have decided to cut back on content writing. Will concentrate on natural food companies today. Later today I’ll start thinking of putting a pitch together for an ebook for a client.

Maintaining your child’s healthy diet with Syndian Natural Foods

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Colorful fruits. Credit. Jane Fresco.A healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone no matter what their age however it is more so in young children. According to the Mayo Clinic, children need a variety of healthy foods to obtain the nutrients they require as their bodies grow and develop. The benefits of natural foods, with their higher nutrient content, over sugary and unhealthy over-processed foods is therefore obvious. Read More.

China’s Unsustainable Water Demand and its Desertification Crisis

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

S2001080041432.L1A_HJMS.ChinaDust_mdBeijing, China: Recent comments by Chinese officials detailing progress in the ongoing battle against desertification (encroaching deserts) has highlighted the role excessive and unsustainable water demand plays in exacerbating the ecological crisis.

In comments made at a media conference in China earlier this month, officials estimated it would take over 300 years to return some 530,000 square kilometres of desert areas in the country to grassed, arable land. Read more…

Solarquotes: Solar Council’s electorates map destroys ‘rich’ theory

December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

pottspointThere’s a false perception in Australia — perpetrated in part by the anti-solar brigade and their fellow travellers — that the only people who invest in domestic solar systems are those who are rich. According to this theory it is only those in the more affluent parts of Australia that have the resources to afford solar panels. Working and lower middle class families apparently don’t have them on their roofs because they are out of their price range.

The argument follows that they (the rich) therefore shouldn’t be entitled to the so-called “middle class welfare” of solar rebates. On occasion the unstated extension of this argument is that subsidies should any government subsidies be on offer, they should only be directed towards *coughs* … ahem … fossil fuel industries. Read More here

Solarquotes: Combet pulls plug on rebates: solar coaster in full flight

December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

greg-combetWell that was quick wasn’t it? Just when you thought the Federal Government’s collective speed on any given issue was only marginally faster than my first car (a VW Type 3: nought to 50 kms/hr in 30 minutes) … out comes a lightning-fast decision from the desk of Climate Change Minister Greg “Coalface” Combet.

Read More here.