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  What did you do for World Environment Day? If your school had an event or participated in something I would love to hear about it and put it up on this blog! Brewongle was involved in a fantastic event with about 70 primary school students from public schools around the Hawkesbury area. We all descended on the Earthcare Centre at the University of Western Sydney Richmond Campus for an inspiring day… Read More

Comleroy Rd PS sits astride a ridge near Kurrajong with fantastic views towards the Blue Mountains and Wollemi Wilderness areas. A perfect backdrop for a visit from Brewongle staff to begin the Climate Clever Energy Savers program. Comleroy Rd PS are one of many schools statewide who are currently embarking on the Climate Clever program. Students develop plans of action to reduce electricity use in their schools and apply for fundign to… Read More

Following on from a previous post that provided resources to help us understand the links between climate change and bushfires – the Climate Council has now released the main report that I mentioned. You can read the salient facts and download the full report here. I also took a spin on the weekend up to Bilpin and Mountain Lagoon to have a little squiz at regrowth happening now about 5-6 weeks post fire…. Read More

If I were to ask you for the plant that sums up Australia, would you say…… gum trees? Is there another genus of plant that has so dominated our landscape other than the ‘Ubiquitous Eucalyptus’? How has this one group that has over 900 species (and still counting) become so adept at surviving the harsh droughts, floods, fires and poor soils of the Australian continent? After our recent spate of bushfires in… Read More

My blogging has been a little haphazard of late due to time taken off work to fight bushfires. I have included some photo’s in this post that were taken at the State Mine Fire around Bilpin. I am sure we all know someone who has been affected by the recent fires – especially if you live in areas near major fires. There has been much talk in the media and on the fireground between volunteers (I might… Read More

Listen to Professor David Tissue as he explains his research at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at UWS Richmond campus. A facinating experiment that is looking at plant responses to future rainfall changes as a result of climate change. These shelters allow reserachers to monitor and control the amount of moisture reaching the studied trees. This is the second video in a series that we have produced. You can view the… Read More

I love the idea of being able to contribute to scientific research anywhere, anytime. With the invention of smartphones and mobile internet real time recording of data is now a reality. When it comes to observations of nature, this is an invaluable tool. Climatewatch is a citizen science program that allows everyone to be involved in the monitoring of our flora and fauna. We know that species are having to adapt to… Read More

We are currently collaborating with UWS Hawkesbury campus to involve high school students in some of the amazing climate change research that is being undertaken at Richmond. I will feature three of the main experiments over the next few posts. Brewongle tested our documentary making skills by interviewing the researchers and filming on site at the University. Each of the videos showcases one research area and will be used as a pre-visit task by schools to familiarise themselves with… Read More