"Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen." — Sir John Houghton, first chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and lead editor of its first three reports. The Earth has, in its long history, varied from a fiery ball to an ice-encrusted sphere. In very recent times, i.e. within millions of years, and within those millions, over thousands of years, and over centuries, and by the way from decade to decade and year by year, atmospheric and temperature fluctuations of various and commonly substantial magnitudes are the norm. Nothing very much, or very unusual, is going on with our climate today. Panic is "in" while reason is "out" in the twenty-first century. Edmund Contoski elucidates compellingly in his latest column, the first in a series on global warming, for which please click the link below.
Crack. Fizz. Gulp. Ahhhhhh. Is there a drinking experience more classically Australian than ripping the ring-pull off a beer? "The visceral pleasure from that first crack of a beer can is identical to popping a champagne cork," says wine and drinks writer Mike Bennie. "There's also huge appeal in the tinnie's nostalgia factor."