Tag Archives: Sustainability

Poverty and ‘natural’ disasters: arsenic in Bangladesh

Every year we witness dozens of ‘natural’ disasters from all over the world which are usually accompanied by a devastating loss of life, the displacements of thousands and the loss of livelihoods that compounds the suffering. From the earthquakes in … Continue reading

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Population control: Disastrous policy solutions

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Homelands and Land Rights

Recently, the Papua New Guinea parliament replaced its Prime Minister. For those with an interest in the Pacific nation, such changes seem far too regular. What caught many of us by surprise, however, was an announcement by the Minister for … Continue reading

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Sustainability before profits

Last week in Papua New Guinea (PNG), an important court case came to a conclusion which most of us in Australia did not hear about. It was based around an application for an injunction to stop mining waste disposal in … Continue reading

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The 2011-12 Budget Commentary

Well, the 2011-12 Federal Budget has come and gone. Despite promises of a ‘tough’ budget, it was actually not that tough at all. Though there are many policies that this government has implemented that I do not agree with (which … Continue reading

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Time for some big ideas

I wrote a recent article for The Punch on the need for some new ideas to confront the emerging challenges of the twenty-first century. It is available here… It provoked some interesting discussions including many telling me to migrate – … Continue reading

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The greening of hate

A number of years ago I read an interview in the New Scientist titled ‘the greening of hate’ with Betsy Hartmann, a leading feminist and academic. In this interview, Hartmann warned that environmentalists should tread carefully in debates about population … Continue reading

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On knowledge, progress traps and water

Whenever I write an article about the importance of acting on climate change or point out flaws in sceptic arguments, I receive a barrage of abusive emails or twitter messages. Not sure why people seem to feel that this is … Continue reading

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Population… size does not matter

For those of us who feel that Australia is at a crossroad on issues around sustainability the debates related to this topic have been more than a little disappointing – and I am not just talking about the election cycle. … Continue reading

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The 2010 Budget and Taxes… all serious stuff

Hey everyone It has been a crazy few weeks and I have not had a chance to keep up with the various things that have been  happening! Rather than going back to try and catch up, I thought I would … Continue reading

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