Emission Trading


I wonder, if Australian government will introduce the emission trading, which is just bureaucratic speak for “you can pollute as long as you pay”. An oxymoronic approach to environment protection as there always will be polluters for whom it will pay to “purchase” the pollution quota rather then innovate and find alternative environmently friendly alternatives. This would only change if alternatives and R&D for clear energy would be cheaper than for example coal power.

Back to my photograph and its title. I see ever increasing number of smokers in the city. Now that they have been banned from restaurants, offices and pubs they smoke everywhere in the city sometimes making a nice walk a really unpleasant experience by blowing their filthy, stinking smoke all around. If the emission trading does get introduced will it cover the smokers too? I certainly hope so. A nice economic intensive to reduce tobacco smoke would be a flat $50 per packet tax.

Suburban House Fire Pictorial


This fire allegedly was started by the son of the house owners who was playing with fire in garage. The fire has spread very quickly and was fueled by some items stored in that garage. Fire brigades had a difficult time extinguishing it as they had to wait first for the gas and electricity to be turned off. By the time the fire was gone the house sustained visible structural damage.

I looked how hard the firefighters worked and how they were affected by the smoke and the fact they had to work in the heavy gear. I have never seen a fire and the work of fireman from that close. It is a much more complex operation than just arriving and spraying lots of water on the fire.

I hope this pictorial shows some of the aspects of fire fighting, team effort, exhaustion and various other elements of firemen’s tasks.