David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

22 January 2020

Hazard Reduction? Yes, ScoMo Must Go!


 Scott Morrison in Australian Parliament - photo by Mike Bowers

Experts slam Morrison’s false equivalence between emissions targets and hazard reduction
Michael Mazengarb / RenewEconomy
Climate and fire experts have slammed prime minister Scott Morrison’s claims that hazard reduction burns carry equal importance to that of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saying it shows Morrison still does not understand the link between bushfires and climate change.

In an interview with former chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, Morrison told Sky News that he was keen to avoid a focus on his government’s climate change targets, and instead sought to focus on the ongoing debate about hazard reduction burns.

“Hazard reduction is as important as emissions reduction and many would argue, I think, even more so because it has even more direct practical impact on the safety of a person going into a bushfire season,” Morrison said in an interview with Peta Credlin on Sky News.

“There’s been plenty of chat about emissions reduction, and that’s fine. Hazard reduction, though, is the thing that is going to take a more practical effect on how safe people are in future fire seasons.”

Following a summer that has been dominated by an unprecedented bushfire season in Australia, the Morrison government has refused to commit to doing more to reduce Australia’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

(read full article HERE)

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