Farm catalogues from a bygone era now sought by National Library – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The farm catalogue, which may once have hung behind the dunny door, is now sought after by one of Australia’s major national cultural institutions.The National Library in Canberra is gathering a variety of the catalogues for its ephemera collection.Catherine Aldersey, who grew up on a farm, is responsible for finding the assorted brochures and booklets.She says ephemera is what many would describe today as junk mail and includes catalogues which go back to the very early 1900’s.

via Farm catalogues from a bygone era now sought by National Library – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Water Source for Almonds in California May Run Dry – NYTimes.com

SACRAMENTO — California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production. But the growth coincides with another record development here — drought — and the extensive water needs of nut trees are posing a sharp challenge to state water policy.

via Water Source for Almonds in California May Run Dry – NYTimes.com.

The ‘simple life’ manifesto and how it could save us

The aftermath of Christmas is a good time to think about where consumer-capitalism is getting us. The sad fact is that, with these values, our society can never be ecologically sustainable or just. Accelerating global problems cannot be solved in a society obsessed with production and consumption, affluent living standards, market forces, the profit motive and economic growth. The only way out is via a huge and radical transition to The Simpler Way.

via The ‘simple life’ manifesto and how it could save us.

Albino wallaroos excite researchers at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Several rare albino wallaroos are living at Australia’s spiritual home of motor sport, researchers have confirmed.Mount Panorama, in central-western New South Wales, is best-known for motor-racing but its famous events have not been without conflict between humans and animals.

via Albino wallaroos excite researchers at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

A hybrid Australia, where identity has a multi-layered crunch

Australia today is very different to the place I grew up in: our culture has changed and is changing, but public discussion is still framed by old tropes. We need a new shorthand to capture the reality and potential of Australia in the 21st century – one that synthesises the past and casts it forward with insight into what makes this place and its people unique.

via A hybrid Australia, where identity has a multi-layered crunch.

States Form Secret Alliance With Energy Companies To Kill Environmental Regulations – NationofChange

Energy firms and state attorneys general have established a secretive alliance in an effort to derail environmental oversight and promote fossil fuels, according to an in-depth New York Times’ investigation published this weekend. Having reviewed thousands of emails and legal documents and undertaken dozens of interviews, the Times found that “Republican attorneys general have formed with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda.”

via States Form Secret Alliance With Energy Companies To Kill Environmental Regulations – NationofChange.

Photographer captures moment a shark jumps out of the water at NSW beach during surf contest – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A budding photographer from the New South Wales mid north coast has captured what she describes as her “Oh-my-God moment”, with a shark leaping out of the water during a local surf contest.

via Photographer captures moment a shark jumps out of the water at NSW beach during surf contest – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.