Following on, here is another image from about a month later.
The PM segment switch (see above) would have been turned on, as it would have been on the above ocassion, because air was
being measured coming into the Cape Grim measuring sector.
But really where is our weather coming from and what are we measuring at Cape Grim?
The air being measured at Cape Grim base-line monitoring station is not what most Tasmanians are breathing.
“The Cape Grim station is positioned just south of the isolated north-west tip (Woolnorth Point) of Tasmania. It is in an important
site, as the air sampled arrives at Cape Grim after long trajectories over the Southern Ocean, under conditions described as
‘baseline’. This baseline air is representative of a large area of the Southern Hemisphere, unaffected by regional pollution
sources (there are no nearby cities or industry that would contaminate the air quality).”
If you look at the two wind screen-shots above, it can be seen the air is not always coming unpolluted from the direction of the Great
Southern Ocean into Tasmania as claimed but can come to Cape Grim and other parts of Tasmania after travelling across
mainland Australia land mass picking up whatever pollutants along the way.
Particulate matter in the form of dust and smoke particulates have been documented coming into Tasmania from the mainland.
It seems time for a rethink on this ‘Cape Grim cleanest, purest, air in the world’ thing.
Do we go by an artist's snapshot when she visited Tasmania or do we go by what people have to say that actually live here?
Do we go by the other snapshots, in the form of 'controlled' air samples gathered under base-lineconditions and stored in canisters
at Cape Grim station, or do we go by the air that all living things are required to breathe day in and day out in Tasmania, including
those at Cape Grim?
To repeat, the air at Cape Grim monitoring station is not what most Tasmanians are breathing. It is not representative of our
ambient air quality across Tasmania. It has been gathered under base-line conditions...sometimes.
We do not live at the air intake at Cape Grim monitoring station where these cleanest air samples in the world are selectively
gathered, and we do not live on the Southern Ocean.
It is claimed by some that Cape Grim (monitoring station) has the world’s purest air, but this is not the case all of the time and Cape
Grim (monitoring station) is not Tasmania.
Cape Grim in the far northwest corner, shaped by wild Southern Ocean swells, abundant rainfall, has the
However, this link is purely to a photographer’s personal work in the name of Angela Palmer, the same person mentioned in the
Guardian Unlimited article at the top of the page. (Angela Palmer observed that local people do not appear to appreciate living in
the cleanest place in the world. Perhaps it is because it could be the cleanest part of the world, but is not because of all the
deliberate unnecessary burning that goes on in this state. on the islands and on the mainland. And people are being told to lock
themselves in their houses by our Health Department). Angela makes a very valid point about children breathing pollution day in a
day out; something which cleanairtas has consistently said about Tasmania's ambient air quality.
On the About page, “Cape Grim is on the north-western most tip of the Tasmanian mainland and hosts the world's most pure air.
Tasmania is renowned for its pristine wilderness but you might not know it’s home to the purest air on earth.
[Cape Grim monitoring station has been cited as having the worlds purest air; not Tasmania.]
In the North-Western corner of Tasmania 40° 41' South, those world-famous Roaring Forties whip away any trace of pollution as
they blow across the Southern Ocean. Combined with low levels of development and its sheer distance from other land
landmasses, Cape Grim’s air quality is pretty unique ..."
Then on the Our difference page it mentions The Purest Air in the World.
On the Our Farmers page we are told, “You can drive all around Tasmania and see Cape Grim signs on farm gates”
This is the point. There are claimed to be 800 Cape Grim Beef farmers scattered around mainland Tasmania and
on the islands. Actually scattered around Tasmania and the islands, not actually grazing where base-line air is
actually measured at Cape Grim base-line air monitoring station.
At other places on this website you can see a lot of these cattle would not be living and breathing the cleanest,
purest, air in the world.
They would be breathing, eating and drinking life's essentials that are contaminated by mostly deliberate unnecessary wood
burning, the same as we are.