Category Archives: local economy

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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The sad decline of conservative conservationists

Conservative parties fit naturally with environmental imperatives, but they don’t see it. When I was young, conservation and conservatism didn’t seem all that far apart. That makes sense. The words have the same Latin root, meaning to save, preserve or … Continue reading

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Sea level: doing nothing is no option

The inevitability of future sea level rise requires action now. I take my hat off to Hobart City for its persistent efforts to get its people engaged with that bothersome matter of climate change, specifically what it will do to … Continue reading

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