Category Archives: economic activity

Finkel’s purse may not be silk, but at least it’s a purse

As a climate plan it’s second-rate, but it’s our best chance to end the climate wars. It can be no surprise that Tony Abbott looks with great suspicion on the review into the security of our electricity supply led by … Continue reading

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The awful truth about our mastery over nature

A new book by Clive Hamilton puts it in a nutshell: we’re screwed but we don’t know it. There is just one bottom line in the climate free-for-all – the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – and this … Continue reading

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Failing government shamed by local advances

While “higher” levels of government dither, local authorities are wrestling with climate change. When you think about it, it’s breathtaking. The 2017 federal budget is seeking to close the books on Australia’s biggest economic, social and environmental issue of this … Continue reading

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