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A reading list for climate change deniers

29 July 2013 | Greg Foyster

Blackboard featuring the words Climate Change and associated termsWith the release of some frightening reports over the last 12 months, those who deny the scientific consensus on climate change will have to expand their list of 'alarmists' to include some unlikely suspects — the World Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the International Energy Agency. When accountancy firms start sounding like environmental campaigners, the future looks very alarming indeed.

Tony Burke versus the invisible worm

09 April 2013 | Barry Breen

Illustration of a worm in a roseIf poetry is the pulse of our cultural life, so too can it be seen as the pulse of our public decisions. Our poetry loving Minister for the Environment may find wisdom in the words of some of his favourite poets when it comes to decisions about the Murray Darling basin, Tarkine wilderness and Great Barrier Reef.

Does mining cost more than it's worth?

11 February 2013 | Justin Glyn

Truck at coal mineWhile mining is a source of great wealth for Australia, its socio-ecological benefits are mixed. Yet the sheer power of the industry means a balanced conversation on these issues is yet to start. Both major parties are beholden to the industry and fear the advertising power its money can buy. Two examples demonstrate the problem.

Climate change and Australia's weather on steroids

03 February 2013 | Paul Collins

Muscular arm

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said that, coming from Australia where climate change denial 'fills the air', he finds it significant that world leaders see climate change as the world's most important concern, even more than the economy. Recent extreme weather events, including the floods in Queensland, are symptoms of long-term climate change.

Climate view from a nation doomed to drown

13 December 2012 | Paul Collins

Caroline Atoll (Kiribati), channel between west side of Long Island and Nake Island (in background)Kiribati, situated in the central Pacific Ocean and home to 101,998 people — more than half of them Catholic — will be the first country to be drowned by global warming. While we wring our hands and climate sceptics pretend there is no problem, on Kiribati people are already in the midst of a climate change disaster. 

Practical solutions to climate despair

12 December 2012 | Lyn Bender

Doha climate conference logoThe Doha climate talks have come and gone, and it is all business as usual. Actually, it is full steam ahead with coal, despite dire warnings from the World Bank that if we don't turn down the heat we face clear threats to our great god, The Economy. While denial and despair are tempting options at this point, there are healthier ways to respond.

Communities cooperating to kick coal

21 May 2012 | Colin Long

Brown coalMick spent years working for the State Electricity Commission until privatisation saw him made reduntant, prompting years of forced idleness, low self-esteem, financial troubles and family stress. The experience has made him sceptical of politicians coming down to talk about opportunities from the transition to a low carbon economy.

Warm bums and nuclear activism in Tokyo

10 May 2012 | Ellena Savage

Saving power campaign in JapanI took the train into central Tokyo, my bum warmed by the heated seats. Each time we stopped, the train's engine shut down briefly, and the bum heater switch off for a few seconds. Over the loudspeaker I heard 'Setsuden chu', the catchphrase meaning 'We're currently using less electricity', which is posted all around the city.

Witnessing Washi's wrath and aftermath

18 December 2011 | Fatima Measham

Tropical storm WashiAs we drove downtown, we saw people huddling on street corners, covered in mud and looking for shelter. Water shortages and power cuts further disrupted this city of half a million. Mortuaries could not even wash the mud off dead children so they could be quickly identified by parents.

The truth about China the climate scapegoat

13 December 2011 | Sean McDonagh

Durban climate conferenceCountries including the US, Russia and Japan refuse to sign any binding treaty to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions unless China does the same. Their simplistic argument that China is now the number one emitter in the world overlooks important data.

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