Category Archives: extreme events

Struggling for words in the face of a crisis

We seem paralysed and struck dumb by the monstrous crisis threatening life on Earth. A couple of bystanders at Manly Beach in the ABC’s revived War on Waste series said all we need to know about our all-too-human response to … Continue reading

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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

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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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