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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.


iPhone junkies fuel 'techsclusivity'

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06 August 2008 | Ben O'Mara
iPhone touch screen, cropped to 50 by 50The iPhone is sexy and clever, but not everyone will benefit from this new technological drug of choice. Increased reliance on communications technology has emerged as a major issue in health promotion to multicultural Australia.


The ethics of climate change solutions

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31 July 2008 | Andrew Hamilton
Green Paper (cropped 50x50)The Government's Green Paper has heated debate about climate change. The debate requires a moral framework that emphasises solidarity and responsibility. We must measure our response by the needs of allhuman beings and of the world.


At odds with the 'celebrity science'

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23 July 2008 | Marko Beljac
String theoryIt is easier to get a job or get on the box doing superstring theory — the elusive 'theory of everything'. Progress in the field is being conducted without reference to empirical reality, revealing a market driven form of collective irrationality.


Miracle plant's monstrous potential

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14 July 2008 | Harry Nicolaides
Jatropha seedsAs Australia considers the Garnaut Report and the CSIRO predicts petrol could reach $8 a litre within a decade, the subject of biofuel has garnered increased interest. Jatropha, the so-called darling of second-generation biofuels, could cripple third world economies and ecosystems.


The truth about coal climate 'solutions'

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26 June 2008 | Tony Kevin
GarnautPrepare for a lot of powerfully funded special interest lobbying against the Garnaut Report when it is issued next week, particularly from the coal industry. Those inconvenienced by change will always shout louder than the majority who stand to benefit from it.


Kangaroo cull echoes colonial shame

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23 May 2008 | Tony Smith
KangarooOne of the most devastating effects of European settlement upon Aboriginal people was caused by fencing. Fences have also disrupted normal behaviour of kangaroos, which have come to be regarded as enemies by landowners.


Rational climate change response requires moral focus

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10 March 2008 | Michael Kelly
Climate ChangeDisastrous consequences for the environment and humanity are a distinct possibility, if rational activity is not placed in the context of moral values.


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