Category Archives: Australia

Great Barrier Bleach

Reef on the brink
The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare
By Michael Slezak, 7 June 2016

Australia’s natural wonder is in mortal danger. Bleaching caused by climate change has killed almost a quarter of its coral this year and many scientists believe it could be too late for the rest. Using exclusive photographs and new data, a Guardian special report investigates how the reef has been devastated – and what can be done to save it

It was the smell that really got to diver Richard Vevers. The smell of death on the reef. “I can’t even tell you how bad I smelt after the dive – the smell of millions of rotting animals.” Continue reading

Jezus Starfish to Die for Man’s Sin

Great Barrier Reef Photo: The crown-of-thorns starfish is one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef, destroying around 40 per cent of the reef from Cooktown to the Whitsundays. (Reuters: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) [But no bigger threat than the man in the suit. 7M]

COTSBot: New robot aims to terminate crown-of-thorns starfish destroying Great Barrier Reef
By Kathy McLeish,31 Aug 2015

Queensland researchers are close to completing work on an autonomous robot that will cruise the Great Barrier Reef and inject the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish with a toxic solution. The starfish is no bigger than a dinner plate, but collectively it represents one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef, already destroying around 40 per cent of the reef from Cooktown to the Whitsundays.

The COTSBot underwater robot looks like a sophisticated remote control toy submarine. But it has been designed to cruise around a designated area of coral reef, seeking out and destroying the predator crown-of-thorn starfish or COTS. Using GPS technology and powerful thrusters, the robot is designed to cruise about a metre above the coral surface and using visual recognition technology, it will look for the pests. When it sees one, an injector arm will shoot out and stab it. Continue reading

Aboriginal Spirituality

Aboriginal Spirituality
Transcript of a Talk on Aboriginal Spirituality, to the Swedenberg church group in Ainslie, Canberra, 2004
By Steven Guth

One of the things about Aborigines – that people don’t seem to realize – is that there were lots of languages, quite different languages around Australia. This was because each language reflected the energy, the music, the wind, the sound and the feeling of the place where people lived.

I know a little German, so I’ll say, “Guten Morgen” and Katherine here, can say “……..” in Chinese. Now you can hear there is a very different tonal quality in that … the Guten Morgen is heavily onto the earth, Continue reading