The Sydney New Year Celebrations were as colourful (and over-the-top fabulous) as ever this (ie, last) year, and their bridge always seems to outdo our wheel as a framing for activity. If you missed them, you can have a look here. And this year, despite using 5000 kg of fireworks, they were even carbon neutral, it seems. I found this claim rather unlikely, but it seems to be the case, at least in the sense that buying carbon credits allows you to carry on doing what you like doing – you just pay a bit more for it. This must be a great dilemma for local environmental educators to use, whether they like fireworks or not.