Opinions about current issues keep getting further apart.

Local Member Russell Broadbent, in his weekly bulletin, tells us “I’m not a ratbag”, a curious way of hiding he’s cranky and far apart as other anti-vax protesters, telling us he believes in freedom, not mandatory vaccination. But something of a wally about climate, certain that, if you’re worried about the state of climate, just wait a while for change back.

In contrast, Greg Mullins, author of Firestorm, previously NSW Fire Commissioner repeated that Black Summer fires burned 186,000 square kilometres, killing three billion animals.

Fires in wet, tropical rainforest of northern Queensland down to pencil pine temperate rain forest in southern Tasmania. This kind of forest doesn’t regenerate like eucalypts.

Other vegetation moves in, grasses and shrubs.

From hazard reduction burning, this fuel burns hot enough to kill all seed for Indigenous vegetation. In hot summer weather, exposed clay soils then set impenetrable as terra cotta.

Without burrowing animals, rainfall can’t penetrate, trickles into streams to cut gullies, carrying fine clay to make rivers turbid, dark and lifeless. How can anybody believe in easy recovery from climate crisis? BBC website now groups international news, ‘Life at 50’, and that’s degrees, not age.

Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich wrote the 1968 book, Population Bomb, predicting famine, with early mention of the greenhouse effect. The main concern was agricultural supply unlikely to keep up with population demand. Checking internet controversy since, there’s little mention supply kept up because industrialised fertilisers developed. No famine then but now serious decline.

Bernie McComb, Cowes.