Category Archives: economic activity

The crimes of free-market capitalism

We are paying a heavy price for selling off public assets decades ago. As we sleep, democracy, the rule of law and all the institutions that make up civil society are being eaten alive by the world’s most voracious beast … Continue reading

Posted in atmospheric science, Australian politics, business interests, business, investment, employment, carbon emissions and targets, carbon tax, changes to climate, climate politics, climate sensitivity, consumption, electricity networks, fossil fuels, future climate, inequality, public opinion, renewable energy, temperature | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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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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