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Dark day for solar

28 October 2009 | Greg Foyster
This Friday, proponents of clean renewable energy will gather to try to rally government support for Solar Systems, Australia's world-leading developer of solar energy technology, which went into receivership in September. They face an uphill battle.

If Facebook died

06 October 2009 | Drew Taylor
FaceBookAustralian online and wireless games constitute a rapidly-growing, billion-dollar industry, and sites such as Facebook increasingly dominate our social networks. Have we taken the first step towards 'trusting the computer' too much?

Layman's guide to the climate debate

21 September 2009 | Bronwyn Lay
There is no opting out of the scientific debate. It has to be followed and understood by the layman because power seems to be setting up shop at its heart. The possibility of 'all being rooned' cannot be the sole motivation to live ethically on the earth.

The rise of Deaf Pride

18 September 2009 | Frank O'Shea
Those of us with normal hearing feel good if we think technology such as cochlear implants can help deaf people to hear. But Deaf people generally have little interest in 'cures'. They value their identity and see no value in becoming a different person.


One year on, Garnaut's glass half full

16 September 2009 | Tony Kevin
If anyone expected Ross Garnaut to be bitter about the Government's inadequate response to his 2008 Review, they were wrong. He is optimistic about the positive public impact of the Review and said climate change denialists are 'grasping at straws'.

Why green Catholics are not communists

04 September 2009 | Neil Ormerod
Many conservative Catholics are sceptical about global warming. For them environmentalism is the new communism. This echoes the paranoia of the '50s and '60s are clear, when anyone with an interest in social justice was suspect.

Strategies for a new era of firestorms

21 August 2009 | Paul Collins
BurnThere were many mistakes made on Black Saturday and the Interim Report of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission points them out. For now the commissioners avoid the 'bigger fire questions', but in the end these will have to be faced.

Congratulations to our winners!

11 July 2009 | Staff

Towards an earth-friendly legal system

29 June 2009 | Peter D. Burdon
The EarthThe law does not protect the natural world from destruction, but supports its destruction. The effect of regulation is that if a company ticks the right boxes and stays within the prescribed boundaries, its activity is acceptable.

The ethical cost of gardens

16 April 2009 | Roger Trowbridge
Fitfully, our quarter-acre has been transformed in ways that make us pleased across the joys and melancholies of our lives. Now, faced with the drying of the earth, we must bring new knowledges to bear. This garden must survive. It is of our soul.

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