Monthly Archives: April 2016

Greg Hunt’s cultivated optimism gets us nowhere

It’s good to be optimistic – so long as you remain well-grounded. Optimism has the power to sustain us through grim times, as an ABC Foreign Correspondent report from war-ravaged Afghanistan reminded me last week. It showed young people on … Continue reading

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Scientists and economists must speak with one voice

In a fractured political environment, we need economists and scientists to take a unified position on the impact of climate change. Tasmanians are rediscovering the fact that our economy depends heavily on a stable climate with a reliable rainfall – … Continue reading

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Australia’s climate effort falling behind in ‘critical decade’

While progress has been made internationally, Australia’s domestic climate effort is mired in ignorance and suspicion Warning five years ago that decarbonising the economy had to start immediately, the Australian Climate Commission designated 2010-20 as “the critical decade.” Here’s a … Continue reading

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