ENVIRONMENT


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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.


Environmental complexities of the modern dishwasher

30 October 2006 | Tim Thwaites
Environmental complexities of the modern dishwasherBecause of the intricate nature of all the interactions involved, the best course of action in environmental matters is rarely clear or obvious. We just need to be grateful for decisive political leaders.


Renewed esteem for a former marine enemy

16 October 2006 | Tim Thwaites

Simple systems belie beguiling comlexities of natureGrey nurse sharks were cast as villains who preyed on unsuspecting swimmers. It's now regarded as an endangered species, whose potential disappearance from the marine ecosystem could lead to nasty imbalances further down the food chain.


If governments won't fix climate change, people power will

18 September 2006 | Inna Tsyrlin
A visiting Dutch environmental economist says it may be too late to expect governments to wake up to the dire need to make and implement adequate policies. He says it is time for us to "work on our government", rather than wait for the government to work on us, to change the way we live.


Honk if Pluto is still a planet

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04 September 2006 | Tim Thwaites
Honk if Pluto is still a planetThe outcry with which people greeted ex-planet Pluto’s change in status surprised many. Even the language used was astonishing. Pluto had been “demoted”, “banished” and “stripped of its status”. The Times of India reported people buying bumper stickers asking fellow drivers to “Honk if Pluto is still a planet”.


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