South Wind (known as Climate Tasmania until December 2014) is about global climate as seen from this beautiful southern outpost of Australia, a mountainous island facing the mighty Southern Ocean and Antarctica. I’m Peter Boyer, and I’ve lived here most of my life.

I’m a freelance writer specialising in climate science, having worked for a long time for the Australian Antarctic Program. Since November 2006 I’ve been a member of Al Gore’s Australian Climate Reality team of volunteer presenters. In this capacity I’ve provided a Tasmanian take on the Al Gore message that global warming presents the world with a massive problem which needs the attention of us all – especially those of us in the developed world. I have spoken to many thousands of Tasmanians (last count well over 10,000) from all walks of life, in hundreds of audience groups.

As a former journalist in the daily media I became concerned that the many issues associated with climate change – the science, the politics, the economics, the local and national and world scenes – have not been getting enough exposure among the general public of Tasmania. Since September 2007 I have written a weekly column for Tasmania’s major newspaper, The Mercury, which is based in the island’s capital, Hobart. These columns, starting on 11 September 2007 and continuing weekly since then, are all included in this blogsite. I’ve also included some talks I’ve given to various seminars and other public events over the years.

My own writing is only part of this website. Your comments are welcome, and if you’re concerned enough about our long-term future on Planet Earth to write an article of your own that you’d like to see posted here, please send it to me by email.

I’d like this site to work for people who, like me, want to make a difference in their own part of the planet. I’d appreciate your ideas and thoughts about how I might improve the blog and make it do the job intended. You can contact me by email by clicking here.

—Peter Boyer