Category Archives: water

The battle to tame Prosser’s shifting sands

Bending nature to our will is not a straightforward matter. The little beach near Port Arthur where my family used to camp over summer was the perfect place for a boy to play out fantasies about coastal engineering. As with … Continue reading

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Truth in politics is stranger, and darker, than fiction

Utopia beautifully satirises the failings of politics and the bureaucracy. The trouble is, the reality is so much worse. The fuss over dual citizenship is a reminder that no matter how many flags are behind MPs when they strut the … Continue reading

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Francis recasts the debate about climate change

The papal encyclical on Earth’s ecological crisis will shift the political landscape on climate change [23 June 2015 | Peter Boyer] Pope Francis has spoken, and he says this: Life on earth is in danger as a result of human … Continue reading

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