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As if to prove this point, while there is broad agreement among scientists that humans are affecting climate change, debate around probability continues unabated, as it has for decades.
But the human response to climate change is more complex still, by several orders of magnitude.
In repeatedly neglecting the human part of this duality, we’re losing sight of both the greatest obstacle to finding our way out of this predicament and the most powerful instrument for achieving success.
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My attention was drawn to this by Penny Clive, founder of the Hobart based arts foundation Detached.
Clive has long been a strong Tasmanian voice in support of both an active, vibrant art scene and greater awareness of humanity’s impact on our planet’s capacity to support life.
Describing herself as a “watcher of nature”, Clive keeps a daily photographic record of changes in fungi, which she has found to be a great barometer of climate shifts.
She is also part of a growing body of Australia Cheap Oakley Sunglasses ns seeking to cross arts science boundaries.
The creative urge takes in all those things that set us humans apart.
A curiosity about the world near and far, an endless quest for solutions to every dilemma, a willingness to go to any lengths and harness any tools and materials to do so all this and more make up the mix that is humanity.
It was the creative urge that worked out how herding animals and growing crops, making pictures and music, building cities, codifying laws and inventing writing could all work to our advantage.
This same creative urge uncovered the power of fossil carbon: both what it can do for us and how it can work against us. And if we really want to know how much damage our use of fossil carbon is inflicting on the planet, we need go no further than the seas that lap our island’s shores.
Penny Clive’s curiosity about what’s happening around us has tak Cheap Oakley Sunglasses en her into the world of marine science.
A week ago she provided the venue Cheap Oakley Sunglasses (Peppermint Bay at Woodbridge) for a presentation by Jennifer Lavers, whose particular branch of biology is uncovering some very unsettling secrets.
Lavers, a research scientist at Melbourne’s Monash University, has travelled far since she graduated from the University of Alberta, Canada.
Her career took her to Newfoundland and then Hawaii, where she investigated how fossil carbon is endangering whole marine ecosystems.
When she arrived in the Pacific, Lavers knew that plastic, the most visible product of fossil carbon, was polluting our seas.
We’ve all seen it on our shorelines: net floats, nylon rope, polystyrene, drink bottles, syringes, plastic bags, garments detritus from our throwaway lives.
Hawaii is close to the North Pacific Gyre, a vast ocean eddy that traps and concentrates floating plastic objects into what can only be described as an oceanic garbage patch.
Here, plastic flotsam extends over millions of square kilometres.
The North Pacific Garbage Patch, as it’s become known, Cheap Oakley Sunglasses is only one of at least six such locations in the globe’s oceans.
Their supply more than six million tonnes a year comes from us and the industries on which we’ve come to depend, washed down drains and rivers or discarded from ships.
But the pollution isn’t even confined to these gyres.
It’s all around us. Antarctic travellers (me included) have found it on the beaches of remote subantarctic islands.
It been recorded on the shores of Antarctica itself. The great white continent is not so pristine after all.