Search Results: information technology

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Governments duped over GM food crops

    • Charles Rue
    • 22 August 2007
    13 Comments

    Australian governments have been caught up in a religious type rapture over biotech industry promises. They are seemingly unaware of their economic strategies, which provide for big long-term profits through monopoly control of the food industry.

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  • ECONOMICS

    Financial decisions not value-free

    • Les Coleman
    • 08 August 2007

    Investors are buyers of financial products and services and this affords them a unique opportunity to shape the nature of markets and financial institutions. They should not be shy to use their power to promote sustainability.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Science journalism battles stereotypes

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 18 May 2007
    1 Comment

    Science coverage in the media is dominated by boffins and nerds in lab coats . It loses out to “real” stories of politics and economics in the serious broadsheets, magazines and current affairs programs, and to crime and celebrities in the tabloids and to infotainment on TV.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Say 'no' to nuclear – but not for the usual reasons

    • Les Coleman
    • 15 May 2007
    8 Comments

    Opponents of nuclear power in Australia most often use environmental and economic arguments. The real problem with establishing a nuclear power industry is that it is a hugely complex and dangerous technology, and Australia has a poor record in safely managing even relatively simple technologies.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Upgrading ourselves towards obsolescence

    • James Massola
    • 02 April 2007
    14 Comments

    Modern consumer society is structured so that we are constantly unhappy with what we have. Advertisers make us feel dissatisfied so we keep buying new things, which is good for the economy but bad for the environment. The 'upgrade cycle' pushes us to buy the latest and greatest, whether we need them or not.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Our dysfunctional relationship with the earth

    • Michael Mullins
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    Reports about the death of US technology journalist James Kim in the snowdrifts of the Oregon wilderness suggest his fatal mistake was that he had put his faith in electronic mapping.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Bodies and brains already merged with computer power

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 11 December 2006
    1 Comment

    The animated family conversation was becoming louder. Looking for signs that it was disturbing the other passengers, there was no need to worry. On a tram which was two-thirds full, almost all were staring into space, plugged into their iPods.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Three card trick keeps media oligopoly firmly in place

    • Jack Waterford
    • 30 October 2006

    John Howard seems to have pulled off the three-card trick, on both the National Party and the public, with changes to the media laws. His spin was that the small concessions were worth it in its efforts to "free up'' Australia's media.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An inconvenient but upbeat truth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 September 2006

    Despite the bleak prognosis, An Inconvenient Truth is an optimistic film. Al Gore is no doomsday prophet, but an engaging orator who believes humans can change to meet the threat posed by global warming.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Not another word

    • Jim Davidson
    • 10 July 2006

    Jim Davidson’s verdict on Don Watson’s Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Community in an electronic age

    • Rufus Black
    • 09 July 2006

    Technology has changed human relationships, argues Rufus Black.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Big money

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 07 July 2006

    Like most organisms, human beings are most comfortable in their own neighbourhood.

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