Category Archives: land use

The huge and endless cost of rising seas

Protecting coastal infrastructures is just the beginning of our battle to survive the rising tide. Rising out of a coastal swamp, medieval Venice became a maritime power with a global reach. Now, that glorious relic of empire is being reclaimed by … Continue reading

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Atmosphere reveals that we’re living a lie

Our governments have been cooking the carbon accounting books. It’s past time they stopped. There are many measures of our performance in reducing carbon emissions, but only one that counts. As Bill Clinton might have said, it’s the atmosphere, stupid! … Continue reading

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Some things are too serious for party games

The journey to common ground is a slow and tortuous process. The big lesson from the parliamentary deliberations in Canberra and Hobart last week is that in the face of public division, the reasonable middle ground can still hold sway. … Continue reading

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