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FROM PLASTIC GARBAGE PATCH TO DINNER PLATE

Microplastics in sea threat to human health, United Nations warns http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39217985  (copy to browser to open) BBC Video link above captures the moment plastic enters the food chain Microplastics are created when larger plastic debris breaks down by sunlight and wave action into rice-sized bits that measure five millimeters or less.  They have turned the […]

SEWAGE PLANT WILL PROCEED DESPITE LAND BAN

Yarra Valley Water appears set to compulsory acquire council land to construct a Sewer Treatment Plant for the purpose of supplying water extracted from the main sewer line to all new dwellings on Doncaster Hill.  This comes after the Manningham Council had refused to issue a building permit and resolved that it would not lease […]

POLLUTANTS THAT COME OUT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

The major car pollutants are carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrous oxides, carbon dioxide and particulates. Most pollutants come from the exhausts but brake pads, tires, oil, grease, anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, and a number of cleaning agents can also contribute pollutants to the environment While the government does monitor pollutants, these measurements bear little resemblance to the […]

HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO KEPT ON WEARING HATS

BARE HEADED—-THE BRAVE NEW ERA When ever you see a photo of a crowd from around the turn of the last century, up until the 1960’s, it seemed that practically every man and most women were wearing a hat regardless of their economic status or profession. When did the wearing of hats become unpopular? After […]

VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY EMERGING HEALTH ISSUES

Nearly one third of Australian adults are suffering vitamin D deficiency according to a study involving more than 11,000 adults from around the country. This is the first national study to evaluate the vitamin D status of Australians. Greatest risk for deficiency were women, elderly and obese, people doing less than 2.5 hours of physical activity […]

BOTTLED WATER SALES A TRIUMPH OVER REASON

They were marketing bottled water so they had to be very clever to the extent that it has now become a fashion accessory as much a beverage which is why Australians are spending over $500 million every year for a product they can buy a 1000 times cheaper from the cleanest water supplies in the […]

WHY HAS INACTIVITY BECOME SO APPEALING?

Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, that if we all had “the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not to little and not to much, we would have found the safest way to health”. Unfortunately we have not heeded the advice from Hippocrates. Governments and local Councils should be doing more […]

WHAT SITTING TOO LONG CAN DO TO YOUR BODY

We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average adult? Many things, says Dr Mercola, who detailed a chain of problems from head […]

CAR POOLING MIGHT EASE TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK

An independent study has found that, unless action is taken soon, the number of privately owned vehicles in Melbourne will grow by almost 50% by 2021, creating unprecedented congestion, poor quality of life and a damaged economy. The report, prepared by Philip Boyle & Associates, a leading public transportation consultant, concluded car share is virtually […]

COUNCILS LIABLE FOR INJURY ON SHARED PATHS

Manningham must now build dedicated bicycle paths–Footpaths are for pedestrians. Leading law firm Slater and Gordon have confirmed that Councils and the RTA  could be liable for any deaths or injuries occurring on shared bicycle paths. Currently there are no Speed Limits–No Risk Analysis or Duty of Care –No Insurance Cover–No Identification Required for Cyclists–No Means […]