Monthly Archives: March 2016

Politics, economics and our changing climate

In seeking solutions to Tasmania’s energy deficit, Matthew Groom must cast a wider net. “In these times of power uncertainty, are you prepared for a power outage?” asked the ad for generator hire in yesterday’s Mercury. Not what any energy … Continue reading

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The crazy saga of the great CSIRO sell-off

CSIRO’s death by 1000 cuts is creating international embarrassment for Australia. Competition isn’t everything. Communities also need people to be neighbourly, tolerant and well-mannered – the civilised attitudes and behaviours that bind us. Based on this need, we created public services … Continue reading

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Arctic meltdown highlights human capacity for denial

Conservative political leaders turn their backs on startling evidence of warming. No place in the world feels the impact of rising seas like Miami, Florida, the scene last week of the latest debate between Republican candidates for the US presidential election. … Continue reading

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