Monthly archive for June2013

No Loonies here

In a mad mix of speculative research and sky-high inspiration, the trial of a technology that has the potential to change the world, started last week.  Billions of people, including New Zealanders who live in remote rural locations, will benefit if the trial proves its…

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So much for privacy protection

A youtube video of interest…

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A way forward to solve climate change issues

I came across this video in my news reading this morning and it struck a chord with me.  An emotional chord, not a musical one. And having written a number of times on the urgency of climate change and the lack of action by those…

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The most significant Fieldays innovation of all

For me, the 2013 Fieldays was the best yet in 45 years of showcasing the finest of New Zealand’s agri-business sectors. The number of people attending Fieldays reflects a growing interest in the exhibits and activities.  Which makes it such a great annual opportunity for…

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Civil disobedience advocated for climate change action

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Hawaiian Moana Loa Observatory passed the 400 parts per million level for the first time last month. In scientific circles, 400 parts per million (ppm) may not be a big deal.  What is more concerning is the acceleration…

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Do the Maths!

“Our climate is changing.” This serious understatement opens the climate change section of the Auckland Unitary Plan. A more compelling view comes from the World Meteorological Organisation’s annual Statement on the Status of the Global Climate: “…the decline of Arctic sea ice in 2012 is a…

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Data Vampires

Broadband retail service providers have a tendency to waggle their finger at the consumer when things go awry.  But a review of the telco industry’s proposed Product Disclosure Code does not go far enough to banish this attitude. The classic example of this blaming attitude occurred back in…

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Budget 2013: Press Release stakes

Investing $200 million here, a $130 million boost there, multi million dollar recognitions everywhere!  The headlines of press releases around last week’s budget seemed to be focused on growth and opportunities. I will not read the entire 2013 Budget as such.  It’s a rather dry…

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