Global Warming and Australia

Rising disease, soaring temperatures and melting ice caps are only among the high stakes as a consequence of global warming and climate change. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that climate change triggers a fear sense in all of us. Very recently, the story on climate change published in the New York Magazine opens with a promise that the consequences can be far worse than what most of us think.

Although there is one section of the global population that is seemingly unconcerned about global change and its consequences, thankfully, global leaders have taken note and the Paris agreement signed in 2016 is a major pointer to the path ahead. Today, our planet has plenty of choices and if we expect our future generations to inherit we must act urgently and positively to the challenges that lie ahead and that would ensure a significant future for our own generations as well as generations to come. Some researchers have opined that we have just about a few years to start the fight against global warming in right earnest if we have to prevent the worst effects from visiting us. At an individual level, focusing efforts on reducing the emission of greenhouse gases should always be in the forefront.

Need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels

For long, the world has depended on fossil fuels to meet all its energy needs. But, it is gratifying to see rapid changes in this arena with more and more nations embracing alternative sources of energy like wind power, solar energy and thermal energy. Solar energy in particular heads this list of initiatives in renewable energy. India, China, US, Germany, Australia, Denmark, UK, Scotland and Ireland have already created and broken records in the production of renewable energy and some of them are also targeting renewable energy as the singular source to meet all the energy needs of the nation.

Australia too is making significant strides in exploiting its abundant sunshine across the year. 2016 alone saw a whopping 500% increase in capacity commitments in the large scale renewable energy sector with 1350 MW being added and 719 MW more in the pipeline. This compares with 409 MW of renewable capacity in 2015. During the same period, Australia also attracted $4 billion investments into new projects in the renewable energy sector. The pace of investment to has picked up with over $2 billion worth of commitments into new projects in the sector during the first quarter of 2017. There are a lot of companies that deal with solar in Australia none truly innovative in their outlook. The entire market outlook is mired by Tesla or SolarCity not breaking into the market. There are some better companies with some good reviews like the one here. Global organizations have come out in the favour of solar and while the VIctorian government is working to improve the situation the federal gov seems to be going back on renewable energy target.

Similarly, in 2016 the number of accredited renewable power stations with accreditation also doubled and solar farms accounted for 86 of 98 power stations.

The Australian household segment also kept pace with roof top solar growing to 2.6 million during the same period. That also brings the per capita roof top solar panel penetration the highest around the world for Australia. In 2016 182,173 installations of renewable energy systems in the small scale were made accounting for about 15% Aussie home now covered with a solar roof.

Grant funding in Australia dropped by 800% in the last two years

Grant funding for building new solar projects in the large scale projects provided by ARENA has dramatically dropped by about 800% in the last two years. The grant funding needs for large scale projects in solar energy stood at $1.60/watt in 2014. In 2015 this dropped to 43 cents/watt and dropped further to 28 cents per watt in June 2016. September 2016 saw a further drop to 19 cents per watt. Alongside, total cost of projects also dipped by about 40% which augurs well for further achievements in the ongoing trend. Eurosolar is currently ranked #1 in retail sector installation. There is even a page about their reviews.

While Australians can be proud of their achievements so far in the renewable energy sector, with particular emphasis on solar energy, there is plenty of room for further improvement and a lot more needs to be achieved. Global warming has hardly been reigned in and making a quantum shift from fossil fuels to energy cannot be an overnight process. However, the initiatives so far are in the right direction and everyone should support the renewable energy movement more than ever in the past and work towards significant reduction in use of fossil fuels.

Advantages of choosing solar energy over conventional sources

Apart from making your contribution to save this planet from the ill effects of global warming, you have direct benefits from choosing solar energy over other sources of energy, particularly those produced with the help of fossil fuels.

As we do know, the cost of conventional power is going up at regular intervals and there is no way we can control that. Ageing infrastructure and ever increasing labour costs will only add to the woes of the energy industry dependent on fossil fuels in the years to come. In such a scenario it makes great sense to switch to solar power.

Most solar rebates have disappeared – but you can still have the cake and eat it too! Although, most solar rebates have disappeared, you have the opportunity to have the cake and eat it too. Here are some ways for combating the bill shock on the face of feed-in tariffs that keep falling like the proverbial nine pins.

Optimize use of solar power than sell it back

Optimizing the use of solar power that you generate makes great sense instead of selling the excess back to the grid. For instance, you can use timers for switch on power guzzling appliances like washing machines and dish washers during day time when the solar energy output is at its best. This would help you draw significantly lesser energy from the grid and thus reduce your monthly bills. If you have nothing or precious little to sell back to the grid, the falling feed-in tariffs cannot bother you much.

Use storage batteries

Many companies lead by Tesla are now offering home storage batteries for domestic solar installations. When you install this, you have the ability to store energy produced during the day and use it at night targeting at 100% solar energy for all your needs. When this is achieved, you will have no bill or a negligible bill for consumption from the grid. Admittedly there is an upfront investment for the batteries that could burn a hole in your wallet. But, weighed against future savings, the returns on your investments are bound to be attractive.
Like the little drops making an ocean, we can contribute to contain global warming and yet make a few dollars month after month in the process!

Other resources

  1.  “Hanergy Acquires Global Solar Energy”Global Solar. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2.  “Changes for solar in Germany”. 3 April 2014. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3.  Excess power will be purchased at the sale price for two years, otherwise known as net metering.
  4. Euro Solar Reviews on 19 Sept
  5. Enbridge completes Sarnia solar farm Retrieved 5 October 2010
  6. Spain expects 3,000 MW in solar plants by 2010″. Environmental News Network. September 25, 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-06.

What do I need to buy for my birthday party

Here is everything you need to buy for your birthday party.


Is there any age limit to have some amazing birthday celebrations? Certainly not! And the most wonderful, attractive, eye-catchy and breathtakingly beautiful decorations are what makes any birthday party a huge hit right from the first sight. If this is your birthday party, then you need to make sure that you buy pretty and fun party decorations, that not only look good but also feel great. As the excitement of a birthday party begins, your friends and loved ones will start anticipating something really special. So, make the day more entertaining by setting the place like a blast of colours and noise. There are a huge amount of stores selling party supplies; Lombard is one of the most popular in Australia. Here, is a list of the most compulsory decorations to make a birthday party breezy and attractive. Make sure; you check tick on all of these before the actual day.

Birthday Confetti
The confetti may seem small have a package full of joy, fun, and merriment. Just throw these and have fun. You can do a lot more with the confetti. You can write your name, or any celebratory word like hurray! Yay! Your age or whatever with these on the back, at your wall. Else you can make little decorations with the confetti. Birthday confetti is available in so many shapes such as butterfly shape, star shape, round, flower shape, balloon shape, spiral shape and a lot much more. There is an endless limit to its shapes and colours. You can choose the colour of confetti according to your party theme.

Balloons of Different colours sizes and shapes
Not some balloons, but a lot of balloons are needed to give an extra kick to your birthday party decoration. Birthday is a really fun day, so let’s make your decoration fun and cool too. Whole birthday party scene is incomplete without the spread of a huge number of vibrantly coloured birthday balloons. And if you have some stuck on your roof, that’s even better. So, first pick up the birthday balloons while planning a birthday party. This is surely not to be missed.

Colourful Balloons With Happy Birthday Print

Birthday Party Hats
A birthday party doesn’t seem like a birthday celebration unless everyone is wearing dazzlingly glistening birthday party hats made out in unique shapes. These shapes can be conical (most common), a birthday cake on a hat, a princess’s tiara, a crown, or a magical long black hat. Other than that, you can have all of them and let the guests choose as per their wish. And choose something a little extra special for yourself! Sure you can, it’s your birthday!!

Party Banners
A uniquely descriptive and beautifully outlined Birthday party banner is a must for your party. There is a huge assortment of party banners is available in stores and online. You can have one according to your desires and personal preferences. These banners are also made by different themes such as book themes including Little Golden Books, Dr Seuss, cartoon or films theme including The Little Mermaid, Teenage Mutant Ninja, The Jungle Book, and many others. If you are a big fan of video games, then you can get a party banner based on the theme of Super Mario Bros., The Legends of Zelda, Lalaloopsy, or any other according to your personal choice. Simply stating, the sky is the limit, and you are the boss. So, choose whatever you wish for.

Birthday Party Blowers/ screamers
Party blowers or party horns give a naughty, loud and fun feel to any birthday party. While arranging a birthday party, do get some of these fun fillers. Your friends will surely love these and the naughty little noises of these coloured noise machines will put a laugh on everyone’s face.

Birthday Party Streamers
Made with crepe paper, the swirling party streamers of vibrant colours, hanging down give a peculiar aura of a birthday party; and give a particular celebratory vibe to the whole party scene. Especially in birthday parties, these party streamers are must in the decoration. These are extremely affordable; you can buy an approximately 80ft long strip of streamer for less than a dollar. So, it’s an excellent thing to purchase while arranging a birthday party.

A Beautiful and Attractive Yard Sign
This will attract your guests and will give a great feel of the birthday party, way before stepping inside the main area. It surely is a must have.


Food must be very tempting, delicious and in huge quantity. Great food is surely a hit and extremely necessary part of any party. There are various of dishes that you can arrange for any birthday party, but cake, big meal food, and beverages are three basic things. Here is a list of food that you can have at your birthday party. You can choose any peculiar dishes as per your preferences or add in anything else.

A birthday party is not a “Birthday” party without a cake. You can order customized/personalized cakes, made on various themes. Or else made one for yourself to feel special.

Cupcakes look deliciously attractive on the table. Kids of all ages including adults enjoy cupcakes a lot. In a way, cupcakes alongside cake are the best duo.

Colourful Cupcakes

Ice Cream
Ice cream is an optional item, but it sure gives a sweet taste to your party.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies
No one will mind a peanut butter cookie at a birthday party. These delectable sweet items will complete your sweet platter perfectly, and every guest will love them.

The list of snacks is endless. You can add a few items on the menu. But do include chips, as chips are favourite of everyone. Else you can try

  • Cheesy Pretzels
  • Chips
  • Popcorns, etc.
  • Full Meal Foods such as
  • Pizza Puffs
  • Hotdogs
  • Turkey meatballs
  • Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Deli Sushi Rolls
  • Veggie Dips
  • Sushi Rolls
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Small Grilled Cheese

The above-stated list was just to give you an idea. You can select whatever you like.

What Australia is doing to Promote Science Education & Reduce Student’s Stress 

Late January 2017 saw a report stating that the White House website had deleted all references to the subject of ‘climate change’. That report set a user forum consisting mainly of Reddit users in the U.S. responding and giving a suggestion that Washington DC must have a ‘March for Science’. The thought soon spread and soon “sister march” websites, twitter handles and facebook accounts started appearing.

The movement arrives in Australia

In Australia, the movement found immediate takers with the diverse group of people comprised of young high school students to postgraduates and PhD graduates. This thought also embraced and encouraged by one of the highly qualified Physics tutor for education development. In a very short span of time, the concept of marching for science has seen rapid growth, and soon there will be these ‘sister marches’ in cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Townsville and other cities in Australia.


The core objective of the movement has been stated to be safeguarding and supporting the scientific community. Policy changes that happened particularly in the US in recent times have been of heightened concern for scientists. Support to the movement has been immediate and incredible demonstrating that the concerns are shared by thousands of people across the globe. Science has been wrongly characterised as partisan in character and enabling policy makers to reject the even overwhelming evidence. This trend, in the least, is very much against the spirit of science and the movement, therefore, calls for the support of all those concerned with evidence-based policies and scientific research to be counted and take a public stand.

The following are the expected outcome from the movement:

Universal Literacy

A community that is well informed is essential for a successful and free society. The movement supports Universal literacy towards achieving this objective. To promote broad scientific knowledge among the public and encourage discussions on scientific work, the movement seeks to enthusiastically contribute expertise and time of parents, professionals and community volunteers

Open communication

Physics tutor for science

Bringing about more openness in the communication of scientific findings, and their implications.


Informed Policy

Scientific consensus and peer-reviewed evidence guiding public policy so as to enable scientists to communicate the results of publicly-funded research and support literacy in technology, science, mathematics and engineering.


Stable investment

A strategic and long-term approach to investments in scientific developments and research is necessary to drive true innovation. Governments committing to a stable policy on science funding will lead to finding solutions to an array of complex challenges, promoting prosperity for all stakeholders.

This new found enthusiasm has seen instant and massive support coming from the Australian scientific community as well as people from every other walk of life, including students across age profiles. With educators, government, and parents equally concerned about the urgent need to ramp up scientific education and science quest, the present movement is expected to be shot in the arm for the promotion of science education in the country.

Depression: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?

Depression is a mental health illness that affects a large portion of the population. It can affect people differently based on how bad it is.

What Is Depression?

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Depression is a common mental health issue that causes an individual to feel negative about themselves and life. I do not know how else to put it other than it is severe and causes a person to feel continually sad or unmotivated. It is treatable, but many do not seek treatment as they feel unmotivated or think they do not deserve the help. Some do not recognise the depression warning signs accurately.

It can also affect your behaviour and how you act; it causes you to be more reckless or to self-hurt. If it is not treated, it can lead to some very serious ways of self-treating; such as drinking, gambling, or hurting themselves. If it gets to that level, it needs to be treated by a professional.


Some people feel different symptoms, so it is hard to list all of the possible symptoms. There are an amount of symptoms that are more common, though. Just a few of the common and more noticeable symptoms are:

Negative feelings (feeling hopeless and bleak, no way to improve the situation)
Lack of motivation, even for things you used to love doing
Lack of, or change in, appetite and weight
Insomnia or trouble sleeping
Easily irritated and angered
Constantly feeling physically drained
Feeling worthless or negative about self
Trouble focusing and remembering things
Increased body pain (headaches, back pain, etc.)

Why Is It Important to Know About?

Image of Importance Indication

Educating yourself on the issue along with how to help lessen it is very important. One, because you can better know about what you are facing and how it affects you. Two, because it helps provide you with the information needed to talk about depression and mental health with others.

If you have depression then learning more about the symptoms, causes, and what it is, can provide you with important resources and help. Ensure that you are well read and do not make any assumptions; find information from credible resources. Reading false information is not helpful at all and could lead you to mistreat or self-diagnose incorrectly.

Ways to Help or Manage Depression

Transitioning from Depression to Happiness

I am not an expert on depression, and I won’t try to pretend that I am. I have, however, faced my depression and known people that have it. Depression can be very hard to live with if it is not treated or looked after. My main tip for trying to manage depression is by seeing a therapist.

I know that some people are not keen on getting help by professionals, but it is very important. If it absolutely isn’t an option, then I hope I can at least provide some valuable advice. There are ways to help with various symptoms as well as the thoughts and behaviours that go with it.

Continue to talk to supportive people in your life! It can be tough, but it is very important that you don’t push everyone away.

Continue your hobbies and do things you love even if you have no motivation. Force yourself to do something you liked to do before; read, draw, play music, etc.
Go for walks, even if it’s just around your house, daily. Sitting for hours on end is bad for your body.

Sunlight! Try to go outside for even just a few minutes every day. Studies show that sunlight can help boost mood. (Omega-3 fats can also improve mood).
Learn more! Continue to read about the subject! Read various articles, studies, and even some self-help books. Going to see a professional can also give you important information on the subject as well as ways to help.

Spread The Word!

Mental health has a giant stigma surrounding it; saying that having a mental health issue means you are broken, or something is wrong with you. Mental health, specifical depression, is incredibly common and is nothing to be ashamed of. It does not mean you are broken!

One way to help fight the stigma is to spread the word about it! Share your story and share the facts. Help talk to people about depression in a way that helps them learn more about it. Educating yourself on it can also help; it’s important to know about the issues.

I hope that this was at least a little helpful. If there are questions you have or information not provided here, then I suggest asking a professional or finding credible books and articles on the subject.