Section: Environment

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    World Youth Day's ecological conversion opportunity

    • Stefan Gigacz
    • 08 March 2007
    9 Comments

    More than 100,000 international visitors are also expected at next year's World Youth Day event hosted by the Catholic Church in Sydney. A large number of these will arrive on flights close to 25 hours duration, putting 7-8 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Populate and our environment will perish

    • Paul Collins
    • 27 February 2007
    8 Comments

    Australia is not infinite; there is a limit to our productive capacity and we may well have already exceeded it. One of the unmentionable and politically incorrect questions is how many people the continent can sustain while retaining some respect for the integrity of the landscape.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Triumph of the tree huggers

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 27 February 2007

    In the past six months, climate change has gone from an idea which may have some future relevance to something which is already happening around us. Each region of the world seems to have had its own epiphany over climate change.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Water is our teacher in the school of life

    • Clare Coburn
    • 27 February 2007
    5 Comments

    Throwing money at water is not the only way to fix our current problems. Reflecting on some of the meandering and non-linear qualities of water, and seeking to emulate them, may be a starting point for more receptive and sensitive ways of being in the world.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    'Polluter pays' a must for global common good

    • Sean McDonagh
    • 27 February 2007
    2 Comments

    President Bush and Prime Minister Howard have used scientific uncertainty as an excuse to avoid cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This transgresses the precautionary principle that requires nations to take precautions not to harm other nations.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Climate change - it's the apocalypse, stupid

    • Mark Byrne
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    Like many other politicians and scientists, the man who "used to be the next President of the United States" thinks that "the most serious crisis ever confronting human civilisation is this climate crisis". At the same time, in An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary about his travelling climate change slide show, Al Gore laments his failure to have shifted US government policy on the issue.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Ethical alternatives to research that destroys embryos

    • Norman Ford
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    There are ethical alternatives to embryo destructive research. There are many possibilities of finding or developing stem cells of wide potentiality without involving embryo destruction. Human stem cells can be derived from umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, fetal tissue, and even from the nose’s olfactory-mucosa.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Putting soul into climate change debate

    • Kent Rosenthal
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    When multinationals and politicians seem to be looking the other way in the face of an impending climate change crisis, it’s good to know there are people out there pushing for reform and stirring debate at the highest levels. 

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The fake morality of Al Gore's convenient lie

    • Scott Stephens
    • 22 January 2007
    25 Comments

    Perhaps the slick advocacy of Al Gore’s pop environmentalism is a way of baptising lives that are already excessive, self-seeking and idolatrous with a sickly green tinge. Rather than change our consumption habits, it makes us feel better about them (like drinking Diet Coke).

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Zookeeper Irwin preached the wrong message

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 24 December 2006
    1 Comment

    The story of Irwin's life, already being written, will conclude that he was a good conservationist, a global ambassador for protecting 'dangerous' animals. But how can the owner of a zoo be worthy of such a title? Zoos are enclosures that imply a loss of sanctuary and celebrate the subjugation of nature. From 19 September 2006.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Biotech revolution promises to alter human nature

    • Ursula Stephens
    • 24 December 2006

    The most significant threat posed by contemporary biotechnology is the possibility that it will alter human nature—and thereby move us into what Fukuyama calls a "post human" stage of history. From 14 November 2006.

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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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