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The Handbook : Surviving & Living With Climate Change [ Best New Release ]

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Climate change has arrived, and it's not going away. The Handbook is not another book about climate change science or politics. Rather it is an intelligent guide, and a potential ground breaker, for all of us who feel helpless in the face of government disagreement and want practical advice on how we can adapt now.

The Handbook will give you stories and advice from individuals who are already quietly doing amazing things. Jane Rawson and James Whitmore, former and current environment editors for The Conversation, look at how to establish your risk and face your fears; where to live and with whom; and how to survive heat, fire and flood. They investigate ways to provide your own food, power and water, make sure you can still get around, and get rid of your waste and sewage. They talk about new ways to think about home and possessions, the sadness of living through climate change, and how, for both individual and common good, we might positively change the way we live.

The Handbook is both practical and philosophical. It can be read cover-to-cover, or dipped into when you need specific advice. It can help you plan and execute a strategy to deal with the effects of climate change. It might change your life. But it should also make you ask, does it really have to be this way?

Where should I live? What kind of dwelling should I live in? What should I do in an extreme climate event? How should I live? 'Sooner or later we are all going to be compelled to think about these questions and to take some kind of action. There is no better place to begin than by reading The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change and talking about it with your family, friends and colleagues.'

-  Clive Hamilton, author of AffluenzaRequiem for a Species and Earthmasters.

How to survive the end of the world : News.com.au

TSUNAMIS, cyclones, raging fires and epidemics. We keep hearing about all the ways the world could implode at any second.

But most of us haven’t even thought about preparing for the worst.

With natural disasters an inevitability, environmental experts say being ready isn’t just for the paranoid.
Melbourne authors Jane Rawson and James Whitmore have co-written The Handbook, a practical guide for surviving the apocalypse, or something close. They say we need to think seriously about these matters, because there may be no one there to save us if they happen.
It may sound obvious, but Rawson and Whitmore say people need to consider whether their home is susceptible to flooding, rising sea levels or bushfire.
“A lot of Australians have developed this philosophical attitude that the government will sort it out. ‘They’ll tell me if a bushfire is coming, and they’ll be there to put it out’,” Rawson told news.com.au.
“That doesn’t always happen. You should know the risks and be prepared to help yourself out.”
Even if you’re not in a disaster-prone area, you could be at risk from weather-related catastrophes.
“The system could be overwhelmed,” Rawson said.
“There are serious vulnerabilities in the Australian supply chain. So much is transported by road, it’s so centralised, we’re vulnerable … If there’s a cyclone, if sea levels rise, it could break down easily if a couple of things happen at once.”
The ultimate method to reduce risk is to switch to minimal living. Once you don’t have many possessions or an expensive home, you have less to lose. Impending disaster becomes less frightening, and you can concentrate on enjoying life instead of paying off a mortgage.
Many Australians are now choosing to live in caravans or ‘tiny houses’ — handmade homes on wheels, and hundreds are already doing it in the US. Others are building temporary bunkers or special, off-grid homes.
Marty Freney is creating an “Earthship” in the Adelaide Hills, a sustainable, energy-efficient design from the US, which is made of recycled materials, cheap to run and bushfire resistant.

Experts say we all need to be ready for the effects of a tsunami (pictured), bushfire, flooding, cyclone or other natural disaster.

Let’s say you’ve decided not to leave your existing home. You can still make it safer. The first step is to make sure you’re protected from the initial disaster.
The risk of heatwave is increasing for everyone, so think about what you can do beyond switching on the airconditioning. If there’s no power, do you have a battery-operated fan available? Are your bedrooms on the south side of the house, where it’s cooler? Create a cool refuge in or underneath your home. Think about insulation, air flow and shade from eaves, vegetation or blinds.
As for that power cut, do you have battery chargers for your phone so you can communicate? Should you install solar power? Do you have a torch, solar-powered lantern and something you can use to cook?
If your home is at particular risk of fire, prune back long grass and scrub; use paths, pools and lawns as fire breaks and remove anything flammable from around the house. If it’s flood that’s the biggest threat, think about moving things to higher spots, have polished concrete flooring, waterproof paint, sealant and removable rugs. Will you have access to a clean water supply or a way to clean your water? You need a first line of defence against the storm.
The guide to coping with your own personal hell.
The guide to coping with your own personal hell.Source:Supplied
Jane Rawson says we need to plan for our worst nightmares.
Jane Rawson says we need to plan for our worst nightmares.Source:Supplied
You’ve created a buffer, but any prepper worth their salt has an emergency survival kit.
Rawson and Whitmore suggest yours should include blankets, medicine, scissors and a knife, supplies for pets and small children, spare batteries, walkie-talkies, water purifiers, ponchos, plastic sheeting, a waterproof bag, candles and matches.
“Have important documents like house insurance and title,” Rawson said. “Scan them and have them online.”
She also created a list of food with the help of a nutritionist, which includes oats, canola oil, lentils, milk powder, nuts and dried fruit. “It’s not going to be interesting or enjoyable but it will keep you healthy.”
She advises you keep sufficient rations for 10 weeks available, and enough water for two weeks (three or four litres per person per day).
Rawson believes that being prepared is empowering, and that if we think about the risks, we’ll be less traumatised if something does happen. “This is your chance to get organised to take control of your life,” she said. “Then you don’t have to worry so much.”
After the initial disaster, the next stage is to band together with others for support, real-life survivors say. “The most important thing is to have contacts in the community, people who understand what your terrible experience has been like,” Rawson said.
“You need strong networks and people who can help physically. Helping one another can also help you through your mental anguish, and give you a sense of your future.”
She says despair and an “esoteric sense of loss” can be one of the worst impacts of disaster. In Western cultures, we have an idea that things are always getting better and the future is brighter, with a gradual decrease in poverty, disease and hardship.
A disaster can change all that. “The idea your kids might suffer more can be very painful,” Rawson said. “But in World War II Britain, everyone came together and for some people, it was the best time of their life. The community became much stronger.”
The authors do end on a note of hope. They say that having these conversations gives us a chance to cope with climate change. If we build a supportive structure, starting with the most vulnerable in society, we can become a smarter, tougher species that’s ready for anything the world can throw at us.
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The Handbook : Book Review

"The Handbook does return some sense of control by setting out ways we can all become more self-sufficient and prepared for emergencies, as well as outlining tactics to manage feelings of fear and despair as we head into an uncertain future.

The book is broken into four sections covering reduction of vulnerability, self-sufficiency, living with loss and impacts of climate change. Each section equips the reader with some basic skills and advice on how to cope with climate change catastrophes and how to start adapting our lives to become more resilient to our best guess at what a future of unmitigated climate change could look like.

It’s made clear that the discrete chapters addressing different topics can be used as references in an emergency; however they do also comprise a cohesive whole that can be easily read through cover-to-cover, despite the often somber content. Any guide to “surviving” is never going to be an entirely upbeat read.
Chapters on making it through bushfires and floods feature testimonies from survivors of disasters like the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the 2011 Queensland floods. These can be tough to read, especially when followed by reminders that such disasters are only going to increase in frequency and severity. Particularly alarming is the segment considering “is humanity doomed?”
Somehow though, Rawson and Whitmore manage to balance the apocalyptic tone by injecting the book with enough humour and faith in the power of community building. Readers will come away from the book with enough hope that they will be able to navigate whatever is coming their way by taking individual action and reaching out to their neighbours, even if they are past the point of being able to prevent climate change."
Book review by Pia White


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    The 5th Australian / NZ Disaster & Emergency Management Conference May 2016 + Abstracts + Eucalypyus Trees

    The 5th Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, QLD on the 30-31 May 2016. The Conference theme “EARTH; FIRE and RAIN” will continue to address planning, response and the introduction of innovative techniques in management of disasters, emergencies and hazards.
    The 2016 Conference continues to grow and offer extensive resources, knowledge and network opportunities to those that work in the Disaster and Emergency Management Community.
    Around the world communities are continually faced with catastrophic natural disasters including floods, bushfires, cyclones, earthquake, tsunamis and severe weather events. The results can be devastating with significant consequences to infrastructure, communities, businesses and the mental wellbeing of individuals.
    What can we learn from the past and how do we become better prepared for future disasters, emergencies and hazards? How can Emergency Services adapt and work together to ensure efficient and quick recovery and reconstruction?
    Bringing together leading representatives from fire, police, ambulance, emergency, rescue, volunteer, defence and health sectors the Conference will deliberate and discuss Disaster and Emergency Management issues confronting Australia, New Zealand and Internationally.
    The Conference Program will be designed to challenge, inspire, demonstrate and encourage participants while facilitating discussion. The program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Panel Discussions and Posters.
    The Conference is a joint initiative of four ‘not-for-profit’ organisations: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Australian Institute of Emergency Services, Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc. and the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
    Program Highlights
    The program is intended to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute and learn. The program will examine what we have learnt in the past few years and provided a comprehensive forum to address the expertise, competencies and systems relating to the preparedness for future disasters, emergencies and hazards and the ability to recover from them quickly and efficiently.
    The program will include:
    • Keynote presentations by renowned speakers
    • Concurrent sessions, workshops and panel sessions
    • Networking Functions
    • Exhibition of leading industry professionals
    • Poster Presentations
    • Access to presenter podcasts and book of proceedings following the Conference


    Emerging Technology and Capability Needs
    • Technologies that enhance response to disasters
    • The importance of technology
    • The rate at which we adapt to new technology
    • Using technology to improve responses and preparedness
    • Risk management technologies

    1. Leveraging Technology And New Product Innovation To Enhance Fire Preparedness Along With Responses To Disasters

    ""The team at Colorado / Australian FireBreak and Hardened Structures USA / Australia knew that bushfire mitigation solutions that focus only on the home offer inadequate protection. Their goal was to engineer and construct a system that would protect the home and create a firebreak around it.

    Our team has extensive experience with high-pressure water systems, fire science, threat evaluation, and fire systems engineering, and this specialized knowledge and skill allowed us to create a unique wildfire protection system. 

    The system’s innovative design which includes use of smart phones for activation via temperature sensors which not only covers the home in a spray of advanced hydro gel, but also hydrates the trees and vegetation around the home producing a micro-climate that lowers air temperatures, raises humidity, and acts as a natural firebreak.

    The US Army is looking at placing a system on their bases with a physical “red button” and with internet deployment accessibility. 

    FireIce brands include;

    1. FireIce Wildland – FireIce High Visability Orange HVO & Blue HVB - a proprietary blend designed exclusively for use in airtankers and helicopters, which has been procured by several wildland fire agencies in the USA

    2. FireIce Shield – For First Responders

    3. FireIce Extinguishers

    FireIce Solutions & the IMCD, a leading company in sales, marketing and distribution of speciality chemicals here in Australia distributes to fire departments, police departments, emergency medical services and other first responders . . . the growing list of fire, police, hazmat and other municipalities adding FireIce to their fire-fighting arsenals.

    FireIce, is an extremely effective and versatile product used both as a suppressant to extinguish fires and a fire retardant to protect assets especially when installed as a part of a technology based automated property defense system.

    FireIce is now firmly entrenched as the industry-leading gel retardant brand providing cost-effective and environment-friendly products to all related agencies.""

    2. Colorado / Australian Firebreak & Hardened Structures 

    Colorado / Australian FIREBREAK designs and builds customized systems to deliver an advanced revolutionary new water enhancing hydro gel technology called FireIce in the event of a wildfire.

    We engineer fully-automated wildfire mitigation systems that become operational when sensors detect the UV wavelengths unique to fires. The sensors see the fire or embers coming and send signals to a proprietary controller. The controller starts a series of steps by mixing the eco-friendly FireIce with water, closing eave vents, and coating areas to be protected. The system also hydrates the trees and vegetation around the buildings producing a micro-climate that lowers air temperatures, raises humidity, and acts as a natural firebreak. By combining a Colorado / Australian Firebreak System with standard wildfire protection advice which includes thinning trees like the highly flammable eucalyptus, you can help mitigate the risk from a wildfire threat to create the Ultimate Bushfire Mitigation System (UBMS).

    Homeowners and businesses turn to FireIce to protect their property from approaching wildfires. Cities use it to save lives and control dangerous utility fires. Firefighters rely on FireIce to quickly and permanently extinguish structural and wildland fires - it's the most versatile and efficient firefighting tool available.

    HARDENED STRUCTURES Australia, NZ, Asia, USA are Professional Construction Program Management Companies specializing in the confidential planning, design and covert construction of self sustaining fortified eco homes, underground shelters or bunkers. They can serve as a primary dwelling, vacation home, corporate retreat, short / long term shelter or expanded multi-function compound. Hardened Structures works closely with a world leading supplier of military grade protective solutions like air filtration systems and ventilation units.


    3.  FireIce Connecting And Safeguarding Our Communities

    Getting the balance right to preserve public safety through innovative solutions that actively connect communities is an emotive one. 

    What is your most important asset? Of course it’s your home, your community and the families they house. 
    The team at Colorado / Australian FireBreak and Hardened Structures Australia  ( fire shelters ) recognise this and know that bushfire mitigation solutions that focus only on the home offer inadequate protection in the face of impending disaster. Our goal was to engineer and construct a system that would protect the home and create a firebreak around it thereby engaging the wider community.

    An active interest in keeping our most valuable assets our properties safe ( including data recovery ) is quite simply the most powerful driver in building resilient communities and connecting both local government and non-government agencies with industry in the adoption of risk management and mitigation strategies. 

    Our strategy of combining extensive experience in high-pressure water systems, fire science, threat evaluation, and fire systems engineering skills has allowed us to create a unique technology based automated fire protection system which has proven to build ‘resilient communities’. 

    FireIce, is an extremely effective and versatile eco-friendly solution ( aiding natural regeneration ) used both as a suppressant to extinguish fires and a fire retardant to protect assets especially when installed as a part of a technology based automated property defence system.  Its application is ubiquitous across land, sea and air. The US Army is looking at placing a system on their bases with a physical “red button” and with internet deployment accessibility.

    Firefighters rely on FireIce to quickly and permanently extinguish electrical, structural and bushfires. Cities use it to save lives and control dangerous utility fires. Homeowners turn to FireIce to protect their property from approaching bushfires.


    The FireBreak team have extensive experience with high-pressure water systems, fire science, threat evaluation, and fire systems engineering, and this specialized knowledge and skill allowed us to create a unique automated fire protection system which has proven to build ‘resilient communities’. 

    Ian Clarry
    Managing Director at Australian / NZ FireBreak & Hardened Structures Australia / NZ / Asia
    Specialising in international supply chains, global distribution, mission critical operations and military grade risk mitigation while leveraging US based IP.

    David Bowman: Fire And Global Warming

    Professor David Bowman, University of Tasmania

    Sydney and Melbourne his more record highs, as the Australian super heat wave continues. This is our future friends - so let's tune in for a listen.

    The image of kids in the water clinging to a dock, under a fire-red sky, captured the situation. The great Australian heat wave of 2013 also struck the southern-most part of the country, the island of Tasmania. 

    Maybe this is the future anywhere trees grow, as global warming heats the planet.

    Professor David Bowman is at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, teaching and researching Forest Ecology. He's a published expert on fire in the earth system.

    When Dunalley Tasmania burned, Bowman was out of contact in the bush. He told his research team fire conditions were catastrophic, the worst he'd seen. Just last year Bowman was so concerned about the growing fire risk, he wrote the media a warning (which was ignored).

    While the public thinks a couple of wet seasons after a drought is a good thing, forest experts around the world know that is the most dangerous time. The rain creates new fuel for bush fires - which are more likely as the planet heats up.

    It gets worse when slow-growing tree species get burned over in relatively quick succession. Fires that would normally return in perhaps 75 years come back in 5 years. Bowman says some forest ecologies in the Southern Hemisphere are converting toward super fireweed species. For example the Australian Alps are in danger of an ecosystem change.

    The climate impacts from fire soot has also been underestimated in climate models, Bowman suggests. The black particles absorb the sun's heat, raising warming. Fire smoke is a complex mix of chemicals which are also responsible for many deaths around the world. Much more needs to be understood about them.

    We also discuss the extreme fire risk of the trend to plant "Eucalyptus trees" around the world, including in California and the Mediterranean. The Eucalyptus, Bowman thinks, may be a real fire tree.

    David Bowman has also been working with an extended family of aboriginal people in Northern Australia over the past 15 years, trying to learn what they know about fire. That relationship is unique, with fire being a part of aboriginal culture. Too bad the colonists didn't learn from them.

    Learn a lot in one short interview. This kind of fire becomes a positive feedback effect on the climate. More fires lead to more warming, which leads to more fires.