Category Archives: climate change

Some Database Considerations.

1. INTRODUCTION. I designed my first database in the late 1960s. In those days, they were known as hierarchical databases consisting of a number of separate files. There was no metadata (an IT buzzword meaning “data about data”) providing any … Continue reading

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The Urban Landscape For A New Era.

At last, we seem to have said all that needs to be said about the “What” and now we can get on with the “How”! 1. INTRODUCTION This post is based upon the premise that our current major cities cannot … Continue reading

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Clarification 1.

I recently received a private email from a lady who had inspected this blog. The points she raised, while apparently critical, arise, I believe from a misunderstanding about what this blog is about. I am, in fact, broadly in sympathy … Continue reading

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Just Keeping Things Moving Along – Again.

I had hoped that by this time, I could move on to a discussion of some ideas I have for the development of remote communities and the activities and lifestyle they could support. However, my brand new computer crashed rather … Continue reading

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Project Summary 1.

First of all, I will remind you that the main objective of this exercise is to create a terrain model which can be used to estimate the true sustainable population-carrying capacity of the Australian continent at varying standards of living, … Continue reading

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Infrastructure 4. Power.

One of the most interesting features in “green” power sources is the capacity for localisation.  Oil-fired or nuclear power stations are situated at a single location to which the fuel is delivered, after which the generated electricity must be distributed … Continue reading

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Infrastructure 3. Water.

The availability of an adequate water supply is usually the key determinant in any decision to create a settlement.  Natural sources of water in Australia are the sea, lakes, rivers, captured rain and the Great Artesian Basin (though this last … Continue reading

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Infrastructure 2. Modes of Access.

Once the locations of possible settlements have been identified, the next step is to determine the best modes of access and the routes that they should follow. In this post, I hope to make the case that, for remote communities, … Continue reading

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Infrastructure 1. Remote Settlements.

Bill McKibben, in his book “Eaarth”, makes the point that in a world where conservation of water, power and arable land is of prime importance, the most efficient and economical form of settlement is one of modest size and as … Continue reading

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A Roadmap For This Discussion.

After reading Bill McKibben’s book “Eaarth”, I reviewed the ideas that I wanted to present and came to the conclusion that I was basically on the right track.  However, I saw some great opportunities to extend them, not so much … Continue reading

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