The Centralian advocate Fri 2 Jun 2006
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, June 2, 2006 43 PU B :C A D V D A TE :2 -J U N -2 00 6 PA G E: 43 C O LO R : C M YK DU NN AR T 6 27 3 WIN A SOLAHART HOT WATER SYSTEM! CREATING THRIVING DESERT KNOWLEDGE ECONOMIES IN OUTBACK AUSTRALIA CREATING THRIVING DESERT KNOWLEDGE ECONOMIES IN OUTBACK AUSTRALIA tel. (08) 8951 5752 www.desertknowledge.com.au tel. (08) 8951 5752 www.desertknowledge.com.au SUPPORTED BY Solahart and Desert Knowledge Australia COOLmob offer you the chance to: Take some heat off your power bills by harnessing the power of the sun. Entry forms at http://dka.coolmob.org or at Arid Lands Environment Centre 39 Hartley Street (old Hartley Street School) Alice Springs NT 0870 Call Scott on 8952 0299 for more information. This World Environment Day, help look after our local environment Join the opposition to a Nuclear Territory Contact the Arid Lands Environment Centre -Beyond Nuclear Initiative 39 Hartley Street, Alice Springs (08) 8952 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org 66 48 05 /0 6 The problems with desertification DESERTIFICATION is the degradation of land and water resources as a result of human factors. Two common misconceptions relate to desertification. Firstly that it occurs when mobile sand dunes from an existing desert area engulf productive land and settlements, and secondly that droughts are the cause. Well-managedareas recover after droughts as the vegetation in the arid and semiarid lands (rangelands) has evolved to cope with cycles of stress and plenty. The rangelands contain a mix of delicately balanced ecosystems. This is due to differences in soils, microclimate, geology and topography. Australias rangelands have only had hard-hoofed animals roaming on them for the last 200-odd years. Now, due to fencing and artificial waters, grazing animals stay in areas despite the seasons and if not well mana g e d t h i s places stress on the environment. Added to this is the strain placed on the environment by clearing land or introducing plants that change ecosystems composition. Removal of plants also has impacts on the watertable height and this can lead to salinity problems. Contact Greening Australia, 8953 2882. WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY Centralian AdvocateAdvertising Feature Funds increase to protect environment CHIEF Minister Clare Martin said: The NT has one of the greatest environments in the world and this Government is committed to keeping it that way for our future generations. Clare Martin The Territory Government has a strong commitment to balancing growth with the protection of our environment and heritage, and this is why we have increased funding to protect our environment and support local environment groups. World Environment Day aims to raise environmental awareness in our communityandalso encouragesaction toprotect ouruniqueenvironment. I encourageTerritorians to throwtheir support behind World Environment Day on Monday. Heat is on ... Rod Angelo and Scott Large check out Rods solar hot water system. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Time to tap into sun for hot water WANT to change an electric or gas hot water system for a solar unit, but cant afford it? Now is the chance to make the change by winning a new Solarhart 302J unit from Solarhart and Desert Knowledge Australia COOLmob. Over half of the houses in Alice Springs are harnessing the suns power todeliver their hot water needs. Currently, there is a rebate available when new units are purchased which usually amounts to around $1000, depending on the model. Clients can find out what rebate is available to them by using the Rebate Calculator on the Power and Water website. Include the rebate and the cost of solar hot water really becomes competitive. DKA COOLmob project officer Scott Large said: If you compare thecombinedcosts of installing and running over years, putting in a solar hot water system catches up after about five years. After that, yourhotwater is very cheap for years to come. It is a smart investment for any householder. DKA COOLmob member Rod Angelo had a Home Ene r g y Aud i t d o n e b y COOLmob, which helped him decide to replace his old electric unit for a solar model. MrAngelo said: During the audit, we talked through the benefits of installing solar hot water. We had a unit installed and it is excellent that we are saving money and helping the environment as well. To enter the competition go to http://dka.coolmob.org or come into Arid Lands Environment Centre at 39 Hartley St and fill in a form. The competition closes on June 16. So, what can we do about it ...So, what can we do about it ... AUSTRALIA is in a relatively good position, as only 9 per cent of our land affected is severely affected. Westill have large tracts ofnative vegetationandmore peopleare appreciating the beautyanddiversityof those systems. This combinedwith landmanagement improvementswill enableus tohopefully avoid theworst repercussionsof desertification.
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