ENVIRONMENT


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Water is our teacher in the school of life

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27 February 2007 | Clare Coburn
Throwing money at water is not the only way to fix our current problems. Reflecting on some of the meandering and non-linear qualities of water, and seeking to emulate them, may be a starting point for more receptive and sensitive ways of being in the world.


'Polluter pays' a must for global common good

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27 February 2007 | Sean McDonagh
Polluter pays a must for global common goodPresident Bush and Prime Minister Howard have used scientific uncertainty as an excuse to avoid cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This transgresses the precautionary principle that requires nations to take precautions not to harm other nations.


Climate change - it's the apocalypse, stupid

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27 February 2007 | Mark Byrne
Like many other politicians and scientists, the man who "used to be the next President of the United States" thinks that "the most serious crisis ever confronting human civilisation is this climate crisis". At the same time, in An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary about his travelling climate change slide show, Al Gore laments his failure to have shifted US government policy on the issue.


Ethical alternatives to research that destroys embryos

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27 February 2007 | Norman Ford
There are ethical alternatives to embryo destructive research. There are many possibilities of finding or developing stem cells of wide potentiality without involving embryo destruction. Human stem cells can be derived from umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, fetal tissue, and even from the nose’s olfactory-mucosa.


Putting soul into climate change debate

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27 February 2007 | Kent Rosenthal
When multinationals and politicians seem to be looking the other way in the face of an impending climate change crisis, it’s good to know there are people out there pushing for reform and stirring debate at the highest levels. 


The fake morality of Al Gore's convenient lie

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22 January 2007 | Scott Stephens
The fake morality of Al Gore's convenient liePerhaps the slick advocacy of Al Gore’s pop environmentalism is a way of baptising lives that are already excessive, self-seeking and idolatrous with a sickly green tinge. Rather than change our consumption habits, it makes us feel better about them (like drinking Diet Coke).


Zookeeper Irwin preached the wrong message

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24 December 2006 | Binoy Kampmark
The story of Irwin's life, already being written, will conclude that he was a good conservationist, a global ambassador for protecting 'dangerous' animals. But how can the owner of a zoo be worthy of such a title? Zoos are enclosures that imply a loss of sanctuary and celebrate the subjugation of nature. From 19 September 2006.


Biotech revolution promises to alter human nature

24 December 2006 | Ursula Stephens
Biotech revolution promises to alter human natureThe most significant threat posed by contemporary biotechnology is the possibility that it will alter human nature—and thereby move us into what Fukuyama calls a "post human" stage of history. From 14 November 2006.


Bodies and brains already merged with computer power

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11 December 2006 | Tim Thwaites
Bodies and brains already merged with computer powerThe animated family conversation was becoming louder. Looking for signs that it was disturbing the other passengers, there was no need to worry. On a tram which was two-thirds full, almost all were staring into space, plugged into their iPods.


Biotech revolution promises to alter human nature

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13 November 2006 | Ursula Stephens
Biotech revolution promises to alter human natureThe most significant threat posed by contemporary biotechnology is the possibility that it will alter human nature—and thereby move us into what Fukuyama calls a "post human" stage of history.


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