Here’s hoping Ivanka takes climate change more seriously than her dad.
Isn’t it ironic that there are nearly 850 million people around the globe who are suffering from chronic hunger, yet in Australia alone we manage to throw out $10 billion dollars’ worth of uneaten food each year. Ten. Billion. Dollars.
According to a new study by Galaxy Research, this equates to nearly one sixth of our weekly grocery shop and comes to an annual total of over $1000 per household. While experts say that 92 per cent of Aussies are throwing out perfectly good, cooked food each week, surprisingly 71 per cent of people do want to reduce their wastage.
“Food waste is such a big issue in this country and we can each do our bit to help,” said Australian chef and pioneer in sustainable cooking, Matt Stone.
“It’s a lot easier than most people think, particularly with initiatives like Re-pie-cling, which tap into existing behaviours that people are already familiar with.”
Re-pie-cling, a sustainable cooking movement recently launched by Stone himself, aims to inspire Australians to get creative in the kitchen by using their leftovers for the filling of a pie. “It’s just a matter of popping yesterday’s leftovers into some Pampas Pastry and then popping that into the oven – all the while being mindful of the importance of food safety when using leftovers of course!” the chef explained.
“What you end up with is a reinvented meal and renewed excitement for the food. What’s more, almost any dish can be Re-pie-cled from savoury meals like spaghetti bolognese right through to desserts like left over fruit salad and custard.”
Sounds delicious – and easy, doesn’t it? Galaxy Research found that the most appealing fillings to Re-pie-cle with were roast chicken, roast beef and lamb stew, however Stone insists that’s it’s not just leftovers that can, or should, be used.
“Re-pie-cling doesn’t just have to be restricted to leftovers as 85 per cent of Aussies are also throwing out fruit or vegetables that are no longer looking their finest. This opens up opportunities for both sweet and savoury recipes and make good use of fresh produce that otherwise would have ended up in the bin.”
Aside from the financial cost, food wastage is also having a huge environmental impact. According to experts, when food is thrown away it’s turned into to landfill, which then contributes to the emission of methane – a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than the carbon pollution that comes out of your car.
In addition, the resources that it takes to produce the food – as in get it from the farm to your plate – is wasted. This all results in excess amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, according to a NSW government website, which contributes to global warming and climate change.
So ladies, if there is anything that you can take away from this article: think before you throw. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll also be saving on household expenses.
If you think the big chill has hit hard this year, then you best brace yourself for what’s to come – because apparently Earth is headed for a mini ice age!
No, the apocalypse isn’t upon us – yet. However, according to a new study which claims to produce “unprecedentedly accurate predictions” of the suns activity, in 15 years time we will be faced with ridiculously cold winters that are said to freeze the River Thames which is the longest river in England. No biggie, right? Wrong.
Researchers at the University of Northumbria have warned that solar activity will fall so much (60 per cent to be exact) that between 2030 and 2040 a phenomenon called Maunder Minimum will occur, which is a period of time where the sun’s activity is lower than usual.
So what’s the cause, you ask? Scientists believe that it’s due to fluid movements within the sun converging in such a way that will make temperatures dramatically fall come 2030. According to a presentation by professor Valentina Zharkova, the result will be similar to freezing conditions between 1645 and 1715, wherein the first Maunder Minimum happened.
“[In the cycle between 2030 and around 2040] the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the sun,” she told the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno.
“Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other. We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum.'”
In England during this mini ice age, River Thames frost fairs were a thing after it completely froze over for seven weeks making it passable by foot. While that sounds delightful in theory, the reality of it was bitterly cold.
Best get preparing, ladies!
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News reports on super-storms and cyclones seem to be on the rise, with Sydney the latest city to be battered by severe weather. Overnight the NSW coast was hit with damaging winds and heavy rainfall, leaving 160, 000 homes without power, commuters stranded and the SES with an enormous job ahead of them.
“We haven’t seen gale-force winds this consistent for years – gusting over 100km an hour. They are cyclonic,” State Emergency Services deputy commissioner Steve Pearce told the Nine Network.
“We have over 500 SES volunteers in the field … hundreds of firefighters from the Rural Fire Service and Fire Rescue also assisting. This is a multi-agency response and we can see it only getting worse.”
Flash flooding has affected major roads and rail routes and reports are urging people to stay at home, particularly the littlies heading back to school. “The roads are far too dangerous. Flash flooding is everywhere throughout the Sydney metropolitan and surrounding areas,” said Pearce.
Last year a similar super-storm battered Brisbane leaving 100, 000 people without power and the city with a hefty damage bill of over $500 million. Winds reached cyclonic gusts of up to 170 km, while tennis ball sized hail battered homes and cars. So, is this a glimpse of what’s to come?
Mainstream science has been urging us for years that the effects of global warming on Australia were likely to be severe, so at some point we have to ask: Are these events the result of climate change? “Trends towards more powerful storms and hotter, longer dry periods have been observed, according to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report, and this trend is projected to continue,” reads a report on the Parliament of Australia website.
“Global warming is expected to cause an increase in weather extremes because it will change the distribution of heat and thus the flow of energy through the climate system,” it continues.
Natural disasters such as these not only impact our economy, but also our immediate environment, with power outages – and in some cases water shortages – the result of these super-storms. Preparation definitely isn’t an easy task, but is it time we revised our infrastructure and started to seriously plan ahead? Do you think your house could withstand a small cyclone? And would you be well equipped with supplies should water or power be cut due to the weather damage?
It’s a grim concept to contemplate, absolutely, but if the weather continues to intensify as projected, these are things we seriously need to consider going forward.
What do think? Are you well-prepared for a super-storm?
We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.
When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!
Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.
Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.
Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.
Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.
The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.
The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.
The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.
You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.
The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.
Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.
Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.
You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.
You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!
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