Aussie wish list for the future

Scarcity and growth is a bitch.

Emergy?

What about a decentralised future pandemic (100% chance) adaptable, hacker-proof (if it exists...it's a moving target), climate-proof (climate science research and reports + use your imagination), resilient (more so), Carbon-based circular steady-state economy?

Why not speed her up (climate emergency) then slow her down (steady and 'Desert time')?

Ecological overshoot scenario, we've probably lost the Arctic, 4 degree average global temperature increase 'stabilisation'. Emeritus Professor Will Steffen's 2-3 degree stewardship possible. E.O.Wilson's 'half planet' anyone? Or if we really do this, back to 0.5 degree warming and a 'safe climate' + slow down or even reverse the current 6th great mass extinction event.

https://reneweconomy.com.au/with-trump-defeated-morrison-is-now-friendless-at-home-and-abroad-on-climate-and-energy-66895/

Maybe it can be done...So, here we go:


-'Green stimulus'/'Green (New) Deal'/'Just transition' for Covid-19 recovery...'ecological macroeconomics' as opposed to mostly outdated 'Keynesian economics'

-'Million jobs plan', Beyond Zero Emissions (up to 1.8 million new green jobs by 2025) OR if for some reason the Gov keeps ignoring the world winner of Greentech think tanks they could make their own plan with rolling 5 year ambitious objectives that are transparent and on the net for everyone to scrutinise and apply feedback

-90% Carbon-free emissions by 2030 (as opposed to 100% renewable energy which might be a no-brainer)
-Public and private investments and partnerships for clean green infrastructure

-green public/Gov jobs for people on welfare to build the green infrastructure (as opposed to many meaningless 'Work for the Dole' jobs with limited skill set improvements)
-green bonds...experimental but would probably attract domestic and foreign investment
-green manufacturing for green technology

-biochar for Millennia-scale Carbon sequestration (as opposed to normal soil Carbon)

     https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201102072915.htm

    NOTE: these calculations do NOT include permafrost thawing and subsequent Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and   methane  (CH4) release (with significantly higher global warming potential than CO2)

     http://permafrostcarbon.org/

and biochar for water conservation et al

https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2020/10/loading-soil-with-biochar-allows-farmers-to-cut-way-back-on-irrigation/

-more Permaculture community gardens eg. Mullumbimby Community Garden
-no more tax cuts for the wealthy...'trickle down' Keynesian economics is outdated in the current climate emergency, We need more green and appropriate technology happening on the micro-economic level
-seed funding at R&D (more) and commercialisation (less) stage for greentech startups
-DoD (not 'taking the piss') 

  - greentech R&D+deployment unit, liasing with DSTO, Military and private sector with funding for green fuels eg green H2 for hybrid H2/electric engines, C-based biocomposites, biochar-impregnated hemp uniforms, C-based electronics, retrofitted self-regenerating Permaculture systems for bases eg.aquaponics, microgreens, food forests (search for 'Greening the desert') + 100% renewable nrg eg. solar and storage/H2 production for standalone power and vehicle refuelling. For starters, check out this site:

https://genevos.com/hydrogen-power-module/

-CSIRO's 'water banking' in low-level groundwater aquifers for drought proofing

-100% renewable nrg (eg.solar and H2 hubs) and appropriate housing in Indigenous communities

 -virtual public debating, on an open-source platform eg. using the https://www.kialo.com/ platform eg. Voting on topic choices, comments etc, between members of the public and speakers and pollies, 12 months of the year

 

And for the really bold - hydrological science/hydrogeological science/hydropolitics:

  • What is the relationship between climate change and the hydrological cycle?
  • What is the relationship between climate change and the hydrogeological cycle?
  • What is the role of climate change in desertification?
  • How to prevent future domestic trans-boundary 'water wars' (check out Dr. Vandana Shiva's book) in Australia?

 

PROBLEM: Water is a scarce precious resource. Water is life. It is predicted that there will be increased desertification and drought due to climate change in Australia. 'Water wars' is a future systemic risk, especially in trans-boundary river basins

 

HYPOTHESIS: A greener, desertification and drought prepared, vastly more politically compatible network of 'Integrated Water Management' systems allocated to each 'drainage division[s] and river basin[s]' (see below for a diagram), underpinned by a flexible and secure IT platform that could replace state and national management (and possibly water trading) of water with a focus on holistic, fairer and more sustainable water management at it's core.

 

If the network operates smoothly over time, great but if it becomes dysfunctional due to inter-state rivalry, it could absorb the states and become a 'Federation of bioregions' (no doubt a bureaucratic, accounting, stationary and historical headfuck) with a virtual bioregional Parliament for 9 months of the year - geopolitical/environmental management/stewardship integration.

This could be cost-saving with less domestic travel to Canberra and no need for real estate acquisition/renting in Canberra = lower C footprint and allows more time for pollies within their electorates and with their families (11 months of the year + 1 month holiday:))

 

How? The democratisation of open source software and hardware...

The IT platform (hosted by a secure data centre on 'Ubuntu Public Cloud' https://ubuntu.com/download/cloud) with 'multi cloud' integration at the bioregional level - each bioregional office would have it's own content and 'private cloud', integrated with the national 'public cloud'- see REFERENCES below for some ideas. I should also mention that the IT platform hasn't been coded yet...could end up as a toolbox of tech that could one day be integrated in the open source domain of philanthropic and paid coders.

 

Down to business..How do the pollies/workers access their local 'private cloud' and national 'public cloud' from a solar-powered 'dumb terminal'?

Option 1 - a 15W computer, https://raspberry.piaustralia.com.au/

+ Raspberry Pi 4 8Gb ($130) + Aluminium alloy heat sink (fanless so less energy consumption compared to fans aka it's solid state and no moving parts to break) ($34) + power supply ($19) (optional, can also power the Pi via a reliable power bank eg.26,800mA that puts out 5V/3A power)

+ free and open-source OS, using 'Raspberry Pi imager' (https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/) to install, say, Ubuntu Mate 20.04 LTS (https://ubuntu-mate.org/ports/raspberry-pi/) - a separate download and can be loaded in imager via the 'Use Custom' option. I've tested it out and it works like a treat (with a few bugs but nothing major so far)!! Alternatively, Ubuntu Desktop 20.1 could be used. This is also fast, less bugs but only has 6 months of update supports. For a GIS, try using QGIS, which can be installed as a 'Flatpak' from here:

https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.qgis.qgis

I would also recommend using 'Timeshift' which can be installed from the App/Boutique store found within the OS. This can be used to make system snapshots so if you break the OS, you can restore a previously stable version/state.

+ a removable '256Gb Sandisk 'Extreme Pro' microSD' card for the OS with plenty of spare storage ($90)

+ 2 X micro-HDMI to full HDMI cable

Optional - fun: For a retro games machine try using 'Raspberry Pi imager', installing native 'Retropie' (https://retropie.org.uk/) on a removable '32gb Sandisk 'Extreme Pro' microSD' card ($19) + game controllers eg. wireless: PS3, or USB: Nintendo 64 (~$35 for 2) + Sandisk 64Gb USB 3.0 flash drive ($17) for game ROMs https://www.emulatorgames.net/

https://www.dosgamesarchive.com/ 

It works well! :)_

Total cost so far: $344

 

Why not relive the past and look towards the future?

+ Starlink (arriving in late 2021 in Oz - dish and router + monthly plan)

+ a solar-powered 'CharTron' green battery (with a  4 plug AC module) (see the 'Project Golf Buggy' page on this website) OR could run the Pi off a compact power bank with 5V/3A output and plug the monitors into the wall if it's available

+ keyboard + mouse (bluetooth or wired)

+ 1 or 2, 4k monitors.

Still need a separate phone.

 

Why not work in the field and from the home/office with secure mobile/desktop integration - no need for a laptop/desktop (Raspberry Pi 4) computer?

Option 2:

https://pine64.com/product/pinephone-community-edition-manjaro-with-convergence-package-limited-edition-linux-smartphone/?v=0446c16e2e66

Note that it's at 'Alpha' stage of R&D. If you're looking for a more stable option, try 'Option 3' if you can afford it. Or just wait until the product is consumer grade. You can use the convergence module for external keyboard, mouse, ethernet and HDMI out. Just need a standard HDMI cable and monitor with HDMI (2k/1k would do the job).

Option 3:

A keyboard smartphone: Fx(Tec) Pro1-X, on IndieGoGo Specs are: 8gb/256gb, Snapdragon 835 (a little outdated but fast compared to the Pinephone 1.2Ghz ARM) for 1k, say running Lineage OS/Ubuntu Touch.

All you need is the phone, USB-C to HDMI cable and a monitor with HDMI - less affordable than the Pinephone but it includes a keyboard, mouse pad (using the screen) + minimalist aesthetics and lighter footprint.

 

These are not rugged phones though and if you lose it or it gets pinched you lose your communications and office all in one go.

Source: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/about/riverBasinAuxNav.shtml

Source: https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/inland-water/topic/2016/groundwater-resources

 

Groundwater aquifers are probably too 'messy' to create geopolitical boundaries/bioregions around them. These would be integrated as another 'layer' beneath the drainage divisions and bioregional river basins for collaborative environmental management and stewardship across bioregions.

 

REFERENCES:

'digital democracy' and 'e-democracy'

https://theconversation.com/how-digital-tools-can-keep-democracy-thriving-during-lockdown-136547

https://www.citizenlab.co/

https://decidim.org/

 

IT

https://www.raspberrypi.org/

https://raspberry.piaustralia.com.au/

https://ubuntu-mate.org/ports/raspberry-pi/

https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi

https://ubuntu.com/blog/hybrid-cloud-and-multi-cloud

https://snapcraft.io/

https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.qgis.qgis

https://www.qgis.org/en/site/

 

Water...confused as I am? Currently at least three layers/levels of management

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/water/policy/nwi

https://www.agriculture.gov.au/water/markets

https://statewide.landscape.sa.gov.au/

https://www.water.vic.gov.au/liveable/integrated-water-management-program/iwm-framework

And for a world-leading best practice model with an interesting trans-boundary rivalry:

https://www.mdba.gov.au/

 

Desertification

https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-desertification-and-the-role-of-climate-change

https://www.ipcc.ch/srccl/

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