Category Archives: forests and forestry

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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After Trump, any climate plan is a relief

Matthew Groom’s “Climate Action 21” is clearly deficient, but it’s all we have. Highly predictable and monumentally dumb: that was the decision by the American president to turn his back on our faltering collective effort to contain greenhouse emissions. Equally … 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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