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Climate change & the Murray Darling: when our most divisive enviro issues meet

Crikey May 9, 2012 5 Comments

Climate change and the Murray-Darling Basin plan are two of the most divisive environmental issues in Australia. They are also two of the most important. But what does the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) plan to do about climate change in its Murray-Darling Basin plan?

Heartland unleashes the Unabomber in its newest advertising campaign

Heartland unleashes the Unabomber in its newest advertising campaign

Crikey May 7, 2012 8 Comments

Graham Readfearn writes: In a promotional video for the upcoming Heartland Institute’s climate change sceptics’ conference in Chicago, the think-tank’s president Joseph Bast said the scientists coming together for the shindig “deserve a lot of attention”. So how would Joe Bast help them to gain that richly deserved attention? How about sticking a picture of murderer […]

Hate campaign against climate scientists hits the denier spin-cycle

Crikey May 4, 2012 2 Comments

The line currently being spun by climate change sceptic commentators and bloggers is that climate change scientists have lied about getting death threats. At the same time a campaign of systematic abuse of climate scientists in an attempt to get them to withdraw from public debate is being ignored.

How to get poverty-stricken communities to adapt to climate change

Crikey April 19, 2012 1 Comment

Because the truth is, although the impact of climate change will be felt by all, the extremes will hit some harder than others. The irony is that the people and communities least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions will bear the brunt of the impacts. While this is in part due to geography, the overwhelming reason is poverty.

Conservatives and climate change: it’s complicated

Crikey April 10, 2012 10 Comments

New research provides some intriguing insights into why, and what sort of, conservatives oppose climate change and distrust scientists, writes Noel Turnbull.

Good news on coal from US, but QLD ‘Can-Do’ better

Crikey March 29, 2012 6 Comments

Dan Cass writes: There is great news this week that US President Barack Obama is about to commence the end of the age of coal. The US EPA is about to bring in a greenhouse gas emission standard for new coal fired power plants that is so stringent that it effectively bans any new ones being built. […]

Fresh food not-for-profit hard hit after Sunday Age report

Crikey March 26, 2012 1 Comment

After a report earlier this month by The Sunday Age on levels of lead contamination at the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies farm, sales at the CERES market dropped 30%, weekly orders disappeared and staff shifts had to be cut, writes Matthew da Silva.

Death isn’t an option: climate change activists aren’t waiting for deniers to die

Crikey February 14, 2012 53 Comments

Crikey intern Freya Cole writes: Rather than trying to convince climate sceptics with science, should we just wait for them to die off? That’s the argument raised in a recent Grist article, where writer David Roberts argues that “cohort replacement” — that, is people dying and being replaced by a new, more educated generation — may be the best move to […]

Farmers will attack the govt but not their supermarket giant customers

Farmers will attack the govt but not their supermarket giant customers

Crikey February 2, 2012 7 Comments

Farmers appear to have no qualms about attacking the government, but the raised fist turns into a cat's paw when the time comes to criticise their largest customers, the retail giants.

Is a misleading climate change op-ed in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> really news?

Is a misleading climate change op-ed in The Wall Street Journal really news?

Crikey January 31, 2012 10 Comments

Graham Readfearn writes: What’s news these days when it comes to climate change? Could it be the news that rising temperatures could severely affect the world’s wheat crops maybe? Or how about how human emissions of carbon dioxide have “raised ocean acidity far beyond the range of natural variations“? Nah. Well, at least not if you’re The Australian, which just loves to send […]