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Michelangelo and my kids will haunt me

23 November 2009 | Bronwyn Lay
CopenhagenAs Copenhagen looms on the horizon like a giant apocalyptic festival, Ican’t get Michelangelo and my kids out of my mind. The image of the Pietá, the mother holding her dead son, keeps appearing.

Climate conversion on the Camino road

16 November 2009 | Tony Kevin
CaminoMy conversion moment came while walking along a busy interstate highway in Spain, crowded with trucks that were passing me every second, blowing me off my feet and filling my lungs with their exhaust gases. I knew then that we cannot go on like this.

Sexy vegetarianism could save the world

09 November 2009 | Sarah McKenzie

Vegetarians are still seen as antagonistic and self-centred, as if they'd made a selfish decision purely to sabotage dinner parties. Vegetarians have been too polite, and too careful not to offend carnivores, for too long.

Time to start worrying about fish

29 October 2009 | Sarah Burnside

Australia's decision to reduce its intake of the endangered southern bluefin tuna has outraged the industry. The global fishing industry is unsustainable, and fishing is second only to climate change as the greatest environmental threat to marine ecosystems.

It takes more than hope to save the world

28 October 2009 | Francis Keaney

Hopenhagen My 'Hopenhagen citizenship' was easy to obtain, but what would it get me? Was I entitled to vote or apply for social benefits? Could I move there for the summer? It didn't take long before the penny dropped. This place was not so much a city-state as a state of mind.

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'.

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