Search Results: fossil fuels

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Warm bums and nuclear activism in Tokyo

    • Ellena Savage
    • 11 May 2012
    6 Comments

    I took the train into central Tokyo, my bum warmed by the heated seats. Each time we stopped, the train's engine shut down briefly, and the bum heater switch off for a few seconds. Over the loudspeaker I heard 'Setsuden chu', the catchphrase meaning 'We're currently using less electricity', which is posted all around the city.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    How to survive the next five billion years

    • Jeffrey Nicholls
    • 09 July 2010
    3 Comments

    Every year we mine about a billion tonnes of iron ore. If we keep this up for five billion years, we will have dug up the whole earth to a depth of about 10 km. Here is a guide to how human existence might continue until the sun dies.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Corruption fuels crisis in water-poor Yemen

    • James Dorsey
    • 02 February 2010

    Like much of the Gulf, Yemen faces a reduced water supply compounded by climate change and poor management. The crisis plays into the hands of the Al Qa'ida offshoot that claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day bombing of a USA airliner.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The perverse skills of climate change deniers

    • Charles Rue
    • 30 November 2009
    45 Comments

    Climate sceptics use proven lobbying techniques to confuse people and delay political action. That Cardinal George Pell allows himself to be aligned with them compromises the credibility of church mission to serve humanity.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Dark day for solar

    • Greg Foyster
    • 28 October 2009
    12 Comments

    This Friday, proponents of clean renewable energy will gather to try to rally government support for Solar Systems, Australia's world-leading developer of solar energy technology, which went into receivership in September. They face an uphill battle.

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    Money doesn't make babies happy

    • Stephen Wright
    • 30 September 2009
    6 Comments

    We are terrible at caring for the planet because we are terrible at caring for each other. And we are lousy at caring for each other because we don't seem to have any idea of where the roots of human emotional sustenance lie. We might begin to look at our obsessive love of money and power.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Suited polluters assess climate change risk

    • Les Coleman
    • 21 August 2008
    6 Comments

    This week's ABC TV Australian Story featured property magnate Bill McHarg, who walked away from his job to fight John Howard's inaction on climate change. Research suggests he is a rarity, with most white males with good education and high income downplaying the risk of climate change.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Miracle plant's monstrous potential

    • Harry Nicolaides
    • 14 July 2008
    10 Comments

    As Australia considers the Garnaut Report and the CSIRO predicts petrol could reach $8 a litre within a decade, the subject of biofuel has garnered increased interest. Jatropha, the so-called darling of second-generation biofuels, could cripple third world economies and ecosystems.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The truth about coal climate 'solutions'

    • Tony Kevin
    • 26 June 2008
    6 Comments

    Prepare for a lot of powerfully funded special interest lobbying against the Garnaut Report when it is issued next week, particularly from the coal industry. Those inconvenienced by change will always shout louder than the majority who stand to benefit from it.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Greenhouse mafia's scorching approach to climate change

    • John Button
    • 09 January 2008

    No wonder people hope for arguments which suggest climate change will go away. The discussion about climate change has become increasingly feverish, polemical and downright dishonest. From 13 June 2007.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Quick shift required in foreign policy

    • Tony Kevin
    • 13 December 2007
    8 Comments

    Both the Bali Kyoto meeting and the Iran war risk scenario require immediate foreign policy attention. The new Rudd administration cannot afford to let itself be positioned in a similar public frame as its predecessor.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Unchecked consumption will waste the planet

    • Val Yule
    • 31 October 2007
    2 Comments

    So many of the goods you see in shop windows will soon be waste, mostly landfill. Cutting waste is the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions and cope with other crises of climate change.

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