The Boomer Legacy

Environment

Nature's Endless Bounty

We live in an infinite world.

“Non-renewable” resources will, if given enough time, renew. Fresh water is limitlessly abundant; old-growth forests eventually grow back; ocean algae continuously bloom and sink into the abyss to replenish our oil. Even if stars burn through all their fuel and explode, new and more glorious worlds will coalesce from their remains.

The climate always changes. There have been countless warm periods in the past. Even dinosaurs flourished for tens of millions of years in a world devoid of frost or snow or ice.

So there is nothing to worry about. We can do whatever we like with a sparkling clear conscience. For the good Earth abides forever.

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Inside the tiger    (Jul 2017)

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Fubar City: Ruled over by distant and unresponsive leaders; where malinvestment, stagnation, discontent and lack of social cohesion are systematically ignored

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Apartment towers surrounding Chatswood railway station   (Feb 2016)

Situation normal: Everything was fine until it wasn't

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Lawsons Auctions car-park, Moore Street Annandale   (Sep 2015)

Bio solids: Concrete, whales and fish help liven up our sludge

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Aquatic murals at the Wollongong Sewage Works   (Sep 2014)

Stack underflow: And then the chimneys went silent

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The former Port Kembla Copper stack, from O'Donnell street   (Sep 2013)

After Nature: An all-new Pliocene with mass-produced gastropods in a concrete sea

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The front yard of an abandoned spare-parts dealer at Tempe in Sydney   (Sep 2012)

Tubular gongs: Consumption for symbolic, signalling and cultural reasons

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New apartments from old flour mills, Lewisham   (Sep 2015)

Memories of the future: The first thing we'll do is kill all the large animals (Physics-Org, 2015)

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Deceased sulfur-crested cockatoo, Warrimoo   (Dec 2017)

Sprawl is good: Sprawl is right, sprawl works. Sprawl clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit (Gekko, 1987)

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Diamond Bay cliffs at Dover Heights, in Sydney   (Feb 2014)

The war on climate: 500-year events which happen every five years… Nine-month summers, super El Niños, category-five hurricanes, mega-droughts and wild-fires… Every decade, year and season the hottest on record… We are going to kill billions by the time we are done

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Truck exhaust pipes at Woolloomooloo, in Sydney's east   (Oct 2012)

Build a better fish: We loaded up the hydrosphere with so many heavy-metals that our marine life became indestructible

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An environmentally themed storm-water grating at McCauley Lane in Alexandria   (Jun 2015)

Siri versus wild: Here's one of me tweeting that I uploaded an Instagram of myself taking a selfie while on holidays somewhere

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The viewing platform of the Scenic Railway at Katoomba   (Nov 2011)

Our future lies in the past: The benefits of four decades of neo-liberalism are there for all to see

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BP Site bund wall, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

Bright sunny uplands: Import alien species to remind you of home, then watch helplessly as they escape into the environment to render arable land useless

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The invasive plant species Common Gorse spreads along the Taieri Gorge, NZ   (Dec 2017)

We travel in stylllleeee: You can fly carbon-neutral by offsetting your flight during the booking process

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Primary school mosaic in Sydenham Green, near the Sydney Airport   (Sep 2012)

The wound that would not heal: O2 + (UV) → 2 O•
O2 + O• → O3
O3 + (UV) → O2 + O•
CCl2F2 + (UV) → CClF2• + Cl•
Cl• + O3 → ClO• + O2
ClO• + O• → O2 + Cl•
2 ClO• + (UV) → O2 + 2 Cl•

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Sunburst above the Wollongong Sewage Works   (Feb 2011)

Bright shining billions: Oculus is making it possible to experience anything, anywhere through the power of shopping

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The atrium of the Westfield World Trade Center, NYC   (Oct 2017)

Unfortunate but it can't be helped: We built our prosperity upon the wealth of future generations

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Olympian Rock walkway after a deliberately lit bushfire in Leura   (Oct 2011)

If it isn't grown, it's mined: Diggers and drillers can draw heartfelt inspiration from the island paradise of Naru

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The Port Kembla coal terminal (PKCT)   (Sep 2014)

Markers of social progress: Signs to reinforce things we already know

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Used car dealership sign, Church Str Parramatta   (Jul 2017)

Crosses & cranes: Getting ready for the next big thing

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Elm tree memorial at Lewisham building site   (Sep 2015)

Captive audience: Hotels, cruise liners and all-you-can-eat buffets are perfect incubators for norovirus outbreaks

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Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal   (Dec 2014)

Views rooted in ecology: We peer through the bay-windows of our tastefully renovated homes, yet cannot see the yachts for the trees

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Vandalised Moreton Bay fig tree roots on Wunulla Road in Point Piper   (Sep 2012)

Less is more: Lots of rectangles to corral our indexed, team-building and inoffensive lives

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Housing demolition on Gray Street, at Kogarah   (Apr 2011)

Urban planning: Architects don't merely design – they create environments, inside and out, and spaces that function well, to mediate the dialogue between the boundaries of architecture and design, exterior and interior realms, structure and detail

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The remains of the Jonley Australia plastics factory in Meadowbank   (Jan 2014)

Moving the millions: So many opportunities in a city full of strangers

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72nd Street subway station entrance, NYC   (Oct 2017)

Better living through banking: … where on a quiet night you can hear the money rustling

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Pedestrian footbridge at Barangaroo   (Apr 2016)

Views not trees: The rules we live by are lies

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Poisoned trees at Larkin Street, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

It was fun while it lasted: 82 256 493 barrels a day — the greatest achievement of our generation has been to make the deserts bloom

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Nike Savvas installation at the Art Gallery of NSW   (Apr 2014)

Multinational style: Curtain walls of glass and steel as far as money can stretch

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6th Avenue office buildings, NYC   (Oct 2017)

Fire in the soul: We've got to be realists, if you're going to live with the butterflies then you're going to die with the butterflies (Joyce, 2017)

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The aftermath of a deliberately lit bushfire in Katoomba   (Nov 2011)

The albatross beneath our feet: Apartment blocks soar where agent-orange once brewed

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The decontaminated site of the Union Carbide plant, at Rhodes   (Jul 2013)

Inside the tiger: Chase every rabbit down every hole

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Coal Loader tunnel, Waverton   (Jul 2017)

Dam the Franklin: An early example of environmental activism, to prevent the construction of dams in one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the planet

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Protesting the building of dams on the Franklin River in Tasmania   (Feb 1983)

A domain of wreaths: Let a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend (Mao Zedong, 1956)

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Papered-over window display in Henry Str Lewisham   (Sep 2015)

Where even the windows weep: We created villages blessed with community, cohesion and a common sense of purpose

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Factory windows at Chester Lane, Zetland   (Sep 2014)

Creating the perfect city: To paraphrase Lewis Mumford: the apotheosis of cities is to funnel people from one checkout to the next

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The M4 Western Distributor at Darling Harbour in Sydney   (Jul 2012)

We are the memories we create: We reach into the future from the past, but how will people remember us?

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Tree growing in the old Fosters brewery wall (since demolished), at Broadway in Sydney   (Apr 2014)

The great pile: We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives (Criswell, 1959)

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The Green Square Waste garbage facility at O'Riordan Street (Daily Telegraph, 2014)   (Aug 2014)

Crimson and clover: Make the sky whatever you want it to be

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The final blast-furnace at BlueScope Steel, in Port Kembla   (Sep 2014)

Nothing unusual: For just one summer on the western edge of Sydney: 2017-12-13 +40°C, 2017-12-14 +42°C, 2017-12-16 +40°C, 2017-12-19 +43°C, 2017-12-20 +42°C, 2017-12-24 +41°C, 2017-12-29 +40°C, 2018-01-06 +42°C, 2018-01-07 +47.3°C, 2018-01-08 +43°C

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Digital thermometer, in the shade, to record the hottest Sydney temperature since 1939 (ABC News, 2018)   (Jan 2018)

Troglodyte world: Going underground to dodge the heat, activists and vehicle-ramming attacks

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Underground escalators at Macquarie University railway station, Sydney   (Feb 2016)

The answer to everything is no: I direct council to amend its draft planning-scheme to remove any assumption about a theoretical projected sea level rise due to climate change (Seeney, 2014)

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Hornby Lighthouse gun emplacement, South Head Sydney   (Dec 2014)

A machine that makes the land pay: (Gilbert, 1905)

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Flinders Road Industry lookout, Port Kembla BlueScope steelworks   (Sep 2013)

Outlier Nation: Founded on penal servitude, maintained by the dispossessed, for the benefit of the super-rich

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Sugar cane digester spheres in Waterfront Park, at Jacksons Landing   (Jan 2013)

The signs were all there: Pressure kept building, but everything was still okay

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Steam relief chimney, Dey Street NYC   (Oct 2017)

Epic ruin porn: Jack and Jackie died a long time ago, Camelot became an abandoned car-yard

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Leo Cushieri Quality Used Cars in Blacktown   (Nov 2012)

Plague's progress: Down from the trees and into the meat (Karlen, 2001)

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82nd street apartment entrance, NYC   (Oct 2017)

One day, lad, all this will be yours: (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975)

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Iron slag at the Blast Furnace Park in Lithgow   (Aug 2012)

Spontaneous regeneration: Weeds like droplets of sweat, where hopes of easy riches once lay

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The empty upstairs rooms of a pool hall at Sussex Street in Sydney   (Oct 2012)

Two-speed world: We rebuilt the landscape to better reflect our social order

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Lawrence Hargrave Drive ruins beside the Sea Cliff bridge, near Coalcliff   (Dec 2016)

Black bird: Take these broken wings and learn to fly (McCartney, 1968)

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Freshly harvested pine logs awaiting export, Dunedin NZ   (Dec 2017)

Crosswalk puzzle: Waiting for the white man with the raised orange palm

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Pedestrian crossing at 37th and 5th, NYC   (Oct 2017)

Stack trace: Trade deals rewarded us with the benefits of deindustrialisation

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The concrete base of the demolished Port Kembla copper stack   (Sep 2014)

A box of one's own: Apartment living is not only stylish, but helps foster a stronger sense of community

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Soon to be demolished Sirius public housing at The Rocks, Sydney   (Sep 2016)

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