Category Archives: science

The science of climate change, incorporating earth sciences, atmospheric science, oceanography, biology, ecology, meteorology

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

Posted in Adaptation, Arctic, Australian politics, changes to climate, climate system, community action, consumption, disruption, extreme events, future climate, human behaviour, ice, leadership, planetary limits, waste | Leave a comment

Pumped hydro: schemes, rhetoric and confusion

There’s plenty of talk around pumped hydro, but so far it’s only adding to the confusion. Politics and commerce are all about negotiation, but man-made climate change is essentially non-negotiable. When they come together, a mess is all but inevitable. Science … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Beyond Zero Emissions, bureaucracy, business, investment, employment, carbon, carbon emissions and targets, carbon pricing scheme, climate politics, electricity networks, energy, future climate, hydro, investment, leadership, solar, Tasmanian politics, wind | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment