Author Archives: Peter Boyer

How to move about the city without wrecking it

We cannot have a liveable city if we fail to address the car problem. What distinguishes ordinary cities from extraordinary ones, “liveable” cities from urban wastelands? What things, added together, make a fully-functioning city? These questions are as relevant now … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptation, advertising/marketing, built environment, cars, economic activity, land use, local economy, planning, road - cycle, road - public transport, transport, Uncategorized, walking | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Politics is not the only game in town

While policymakers seem paralysed, money is starting to shape our energy future. Earlier this year as part of its climate strategy review, Hobart City reached out to young and old residents to try to get a handle on climate change … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, bureaucracy, business interests, business, investment, employment, changes to climate, coal-fired, electricity networks, extreme events, fossil fuels, gas-fired, international politics, investment, renewable energy, solar, wind | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pumped hydro: schemes, rhetoric and confusion

There’s plenty of talk around pumped hydro, but so far it’s only adding to the confusion. Politics and commerce are all about negotiation, but man-made climate change is essentially non-negotiable. When they come together, a mess is all but inevitable. Science … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Beyond Zero Emissions, bureaucracy, business, investment, employment, carbon, carbon emissions and targets, carbon pricing scheme, climate politics, electricity networks, energy, future climate, hydro, investment, leadership, solar, Tasmanian politics, wind | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment