, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 1-3
Date: 17 May 2011

Challenging times

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At the time of writing this editorial, there are devastating events impacting on the world. Sadly, the news of Japan with its earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdowns is very disturbing. The absolute devastation caused by these events is unimaginable. 2011 has been the harbinger of some significant environmental events. Sadly in the first few months of this year there have been devastating floods in Australia; massive landslides in Brazil; earthquakes in New Zealand; and the three Japanese disasters. Living in Brisbane, I could observe the effects of the floods but their breadth and damage could not be relayed through the various media we have available. I can only imagine how devastating the Japanese situation can be, or that in Christchurch (New Zealand) or in cities in Brazil. The impact of the people cannot be under-estimated, nor can the time it takes to rebuild lives and buildings. The impact of these events cannot be measured on a human scale. To the families and friends