Category Archives: changes to climate

Snow on snow: vanishing glacial ice

Winter’s white blanket of snow is becoming rarer. We must learn to appreciate it. There could be no better description of how our planet begins its descent into an ice age than Christina Rossetti’s haunting 1872 Christmas carol: “Snow on … Continue reading

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A city at the crossroads

Rising from decades of slumber, Hobart faces some difficult decisions. It’s important we get them right. Tasmania’s capital city brings to mind a confused mess of contrasting adjectives – sublime, chaotic, trendy, traditional, inspiring, frustrating, spectacular, forward/backward/inward/outward-looking, disparate, incoherent. Jason … Continue reading

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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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