ENVIRONMENT


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Towards an earth-friendly legal system

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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

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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.


Rudd's great greenwash

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08 January 2009 | Tony Kevin

green paintKevin Rudd's announcement of a 5 per cent 2020 emissions reduction target is a betrayal. He has put short-term political survival ahead of his responsibilities to the next generation. Where is Bonhoeffer when we need him? (December 2008)


Confessions of a videogame junkie

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15 December 2008 | Ben O'Mara

I spent untold hours playing on my Commodore 64. I upgraded to a PC, to fight the beasties of Duke Nukem 3D as I chugged too many coffees and Mars bars. Interactivity is videogames' strength, and can be applied in socially constructive ways for marginalised communities.


Rudd's great greenwash

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15 December 2008 | Tony Kevin

green paintKevin Rudd's announcement of a 5 per cent 2020 emissions reduction target is a betrayal. It appears he has put short-term political survival ahead of his responsibilities to the next generation. Where is Bonhoeffer when we need him?


Australia shamed as climate reaches turning point

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05 December 2008 | Tony Kevin
Barack Obama has deflected heat off the US at the current climate change conference in Poland. But in true Howardian style, Australia, by sitting on the sidelines, is sabotaging the conference's prospects of real-time progress.


Economic troubles will not ease climate pain

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17 November 2008 | Andrew Hamilton
MaldivesAs individuals, we can make a difference through symbolic actions that embolden governments to take big steps. The financial crisis and the urgent needs of threatened island nations need to be factored into a calculation that ensures burdens fall most heavily on those most able to bear them.


Paying the climate change piper

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09 September 2008 | Tony Kevin
Pied Piper of HamelinIn The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a town tries to buy a cheap solution to a terrible problem, and their children pay the price. In light of Garnaut's latest, coservative climate change recommendations, it seems we may need a Class 5 tropical cyclone slamming into Brisbane to jolt us into decisive action.


Suited polluters assess climate change risk

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21 August 2008 | Les Coleman
Bill McHargThis week's ABC TV Australian Story featured property magnate Bill McHarg, who walked away from his job to fight John Howard's inaction on climate change. Research suggests he is a rarity, with most white males with good education and high income downplaying the risk of climate change.


Nossal's leaky GM defence

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08 August 2008 | Charles Rue
Gustav NossalDuring recent media appearances Sir Gustav Nossal has reiterated the same biotech message the pro-GM lobby has peddled for more than a decade. Anti-GM farmers encourage scientific research, but good science should not be equated with GM.


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