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Natural disaster: a tale of two cities

Recovery from disastrous events like floods and earthquakes involves vision and  imagination as well as hard yakka. Hobart and Christchurch have a lot in common. They’re around the same latitude and each is the main centre on a southern island. … Continue reading

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Australia has its own way of throttling science

Malcolm Turnbull’s government is showing us there’s more than one way to kill off scientific research. While rolling back existing US climate measures, Donald Trump’s administration is busily rewriting the science of climate change to match its own version of … Continue reading

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Forests used and abused in the name of climate action

Governments claiming to be “meeting and beating” emissions targets are getting away with daylight robbery. For decades, statistics around forests, forestry and land-clearing have been the blunt instrument of choice to support all sides of the climate debate in Australia. … Continue reading

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