It's NSW burning down at the moment, not us.

October 23rd, 2013, 11am

Friends and family from Europe and North America have written and rung to find out if we are safe from the New South Wales fires. We are! The nearest are about 1000 k away from us burning across the Blue Mountains near Sydney. Because of today’s 45 mm of rain (evidence: drops on the Iris blossom above), Aireys Inlet probably won’t be under bush fire threat until after Christmas. We do appreciate good friends who are concerned about us.

Deep cuts to staff and funding by the NSW government have largely dismantled that state’s ability to investigate and prepare for the effects of climate change such as more frequent extreme fire weather. Peter Smith, who led the state’s climate change science group until last March, said his team of 10 had been slashed to just three whose work remained climate-focused. Such are the affects of the world wide attempts to politicize the findings of climate scientists.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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