Tag Archives: climate change

Doing the grandchildren proud: a cautionary tale of self-interest and brainwashing

On Wednesday this week the government’s Clean Energy Bills passed both houses of parliament and will become law. Australia finally has a market mechanism to deal with greenhouse emissions and joins the European Union and New Zealand as a developed … Continue reading

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An open letter to Tony Abbott

An open letter to the Hon Mr Tony Abbott MP Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (they are still loyal, aren’t they?) 24th March, 2011 Dear Mr Abbott When the Prime Minister announced her government’s plans to tax carbon pollution … Continue reading

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So, why did the Chief Scientist resign?

The position of Chief Scientist was created in 1989 by Prime Minister Bob Hawke and to date has been occupied by six eminent scientists. The most recent, Professor Penny Sackett, is the first woman to have held the position and … Continue reading

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Local sustainability and natural disasters

I was recently discussing the Queensland flood with a friend who is involved in the Transition Towns movement. How, she wondered, can small-scale local sustainability projects which encourage people to grow and share food, have any positive effect in the … Continue reading

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Here comes Yasi – and the political storm

When hurricane Katrina slammed into the southern Louisiana coast in 2006, taking out the city of New Orleans it was rated as a Category 5 storm. The images of the devastation it caused were shocking, not only in their extent, … Continue reading

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Irrelevant comparisons don’t help

The extreme rainfall over eastern Australia, culminating in the devastating floods in Queensland over the past few weeks has given rise, again, to much talk about climate change.  It was the subject of an email discussion within our local nascent … Continue reading

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