Tag Archives: Anthropocene

The awful truth about our mastery over nature

A new book by Clive Hamilton puts it in a nutshell: we’re screwed but we don’t know it. There is just one bottom line in the climate free-for-all – the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – and this … Continue reading

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The awkward stand-off between science and politics

The tendency of some politicians to seek to denigrate scientists and their work threatens our prospects of dealing with future change. [30 August 2011 | Peter Boyer] Last week Julia Gillard’s chief climate science adviser, Professor Will Steffen, crossed Bass … Continue reading

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The vulnerability of natural diversity

The loss of biodiversity is the most potentially devastating outcome of carbon pollution by humans. Australians have lived for two long by the outmoded mindset that says we can manage without other species. We must do more to keep what natural … Continue reading

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