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Opportunities on a crowded planet

04 July 2011 | Bruce Duncan

World squeezeUnless countries are prepared to implement draconian birth-control policies like China's, realistically there is no alternative but to prepare for a world of 9 billion people. But the increase in global population need not provoke a catastrophe.

Carbon price will cause pain

20 June 2011 | Charles Rue

Our lives will change forever as we face the creative challenge posed by the carbon tax. We will pay the real cost of producing food, and cheap and frequent overseas trips will slow. But we must not let a grasping spirit hold us from imagining an economy and lifestyle that can thrive on alternative energy.

Cate Blanchett and carbon tax plunder

30 May 2011 | Binoy Kampmark

Cate Blanchett say yes to carbon tax adActors specialise in image making, an imitation of life rather than life itself. While the carbon tax being spruiked by Cate Blanchett and other celebrities is ostensibly designed to target polluters, in truth the Gillard Government is simply finding another avenue for raising revenue.

Cardinal Pell's climate hot air

19 May 2011 | Tim Stephens

Hot air balloonsThe difficulty is not his privately-held heterodox views on climate change, but that Australia's most senior Catholic clergyman vigorously advances a position that could be interpreted as a statement of the official stance of the Catholic Church in Australia. 

Sydney's crazy car culture

06 April 2011 | Greg Foyster

Bike wheelBefore being elected Premier, Barry O'Farrell described Sydney's new 200km bike network as 'crazy' and an 'inconvenience' to motorists. Given cycling's overwhelming benefits to society, what's really crazy is O'Farrell's populist pledge to keep Sydney car-dependent into the future. 

Best of 2010: Gillard's climate coup

11 January 2011 | Tony Kevin

Julia Gillard

If the Gillard Government manages to serve a full term, there is a good chance that Parliament will pass a well-designed, effective national carbon pricing policy into law in 2012. This would be a major policy success that Gillard could legitimately boast of going into a 2013 full-term election.

Environmental road kill on the highway to Perth

08 December 2010 | H. A. Willis

Beware Falling Limbs, Eneabba

Like most small settlements along major highways, Eneabba is now bypassed, and reached via a side road. The company responsible for what will be one of Australia's dirtiest coal-fired power stations insists that 'prevailing winds will favour non-populated areas to the east and west'.

Rain can't drown climate truth

22 November 2010 | Tony Kevin

Australians can rejoice in the good year our farmers are having. But farming in southern Australia continues to be a high-risk business. Climate change is inevitably going to make it harder to sustain all kinds of agriculture in inland southern Australia.

Tony Windsor's Murray-Darling prescience

19 October 2010 | Tony Kevin

Irrigated agriculture systems, like electric grids and city roads, trigger a government's duty of care to the human communities that they sustain. Particularly when they were built with the blood, sweat and tears that went into building our Murray-Darling Basin irrigation communities.

Human stories of IVF

07 October 2010 | Catherine Marshall

Test tube babyIn seeking to fill a mother's empty womb, Nobel Prize winning biologist Robert Edwards developed a solution. In so doing he confirmed what all innovators know: that progress doesn't occur in a neat and orderly vacuum, and nor should it be halted for fear of what it might produce.

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