section: Environment

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    If governments won't fix climate change, people power will

    • Inna Tsyrlin
    • 18 September 2006

    A visiting Dutch environmental economist says it may be too late to expect governments to wake up to the dire need to make and implement adequate policies. He says it is time for us to "work on our government", rather than wait for the government to work on us, to change the way we live.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Honk if Pluto is still a planet

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    The outcry with which people greeted ex-planet Pluto’s change in status surprised many. Even the language used was astonishing. Pluto had been “demoted”, “banished” and “stripped of its status”. The Times of India reported people buying bumper stickers asking fellow drivers to “Honk if Pluto is still a planet”.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Changed climate will cook the elderly

    • Kate Mannix
    • 04 September 2006
    4 Comments

    When the human body gets to 42°C, it starts to cook. Death is inevitable, and it is the most vulnerable who will go first. While the CSIRO has projections on the likely effects of climate change in Australia, there has been little work on what that will actually mean for human health outcomes in specific regions.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    When human life is not really human life

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 07 August 2006
    6 Comments

    The term 'therapeutic cloning' is unfortunate, as it has nothing to do with replicating humans. Researchers undertaking therapeutic cloning would say that the circumstances under which they stimulate human eggs to develop ensure there is no way the result could ever become a human baby.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    More 'special features' in store for DVD technology

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 July 2006
    2 Comments

    Special features are the DVD equivalent of a free set of steak knives. The appeal isn’t solely economic, either-film buffs are attracted to the idea of expanding their bank of esoteric movie knowledge. But special features are not the extent of the big studios' bag of tricks.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Virtual voyeurism

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 10 July 2006

    Webcams allow us to see ordinary life as it is being lived around the world. A myriad of sites takes us to tourist sites, places of worship, and even to the Antarctic.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Filters, fixes and flimsy in new Net policy

    • Paul Osborne
    • 10 July 2006

    Communications Minister Helen Coonan's latest plan is to give every family in the country a free Internet filter program for their computer. The government is also putting more money into its NetAlert advisory service for parents and will roll out a community education program - all at a cost of $117 million.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Keeping an eye on our behaviour

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 10 July 2006

    Warnings are more effective if accompanied by a photo of someone watching you.  Maybe this reflects our human evolution.  But if we are to talk sensibly about human evolution, we need a more sophisticated understanding of it than commonly prevails.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Being water wise

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 09 July 2006

    Summertime, and the livin’s less easy—at least in southern Australia.

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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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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Heated topics

    • Tim Thwaites
    • 05 July 2006

    The power of nature has been dominant this summer—the heat, the drought, the dust and the terrifying spectacle of the bushfires, sweeping away all in their path.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    The things that divide us

    • Anthony Ham
    • 05 July 2006

    Australia is in a one-in-a-century drought. In India, water is always scarce and the conflict over its management rife­—a precise illustration of what not to do. Maybe we can learn?   

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