Author Archive | jennifer

Timber Communities & National Parks (Part 1.)

I live in a wooden house and I work off a wooden desk. I know trees re-grow and that Australia has one of the most productive and sustainable timber industries in the world. I know that I have more of an affinity with the timber communities that work native forests than with the companies that […]

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Why the Pope Matters to the Environment

He started off on a quest to debunk Julian Simon, then tried to prioritize the world’s environmental issues, and concluded it was all about quality of life. No, I am not writing about German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, but rather the skeptical environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg. Lomborg’s conclusions are similar to the conclusion from Yale University’s latest […]

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Mixing Views on Climate

Papers from the Managing Climate Change: Practicalities and Realities in a post-Kyoto Future conference held in Canberra on 4th April are now available at Tech Central Station. This is perhaps a first conference where acknowledged ‘climate skeptics’ including Professor Bob Carter have given papers alongside Australian government representatives including Dr Brian Fisher from ABARE. A […]

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Warwick Hughes

Early environmentalists wore the badge of ‘skeptic’ as an honor. Thomas Huxley, a colleague of Charles Darwin, wrote: The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin. In 2005 to be a skeptical environmentalist is to almost be […]

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Greenpeace wants nuclear waste sent to Australia

I remember attending People for Nuclear Disarmament rallies in the early 1980s. We held placards and chanted – mostly against nuclear weapons testing at Muroroa Atoll by the French. Twenty years later there has been no nuclear war. France now uses its nuclear technology to generate 80 percent of its electricity. France also specializes in […]

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$10,000 funding limit misleading

The impression from the media over the last week has been that green groups are now only going to get a maximum of $10,000 each year in funding from the government The reality is quite different. Some groups will have their federal government funding cut. The Queensland Conservation Council, for example, received $92,000 in funding […]

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Is stressed dead?

Today’s Australian (pg 6) states that 75 per cent of red gums along the Murray River are either dead, dying or stressed. Imagine if a journalist ran the story: 75 per cent of Melbournians are either dead, dying or stressed. The obvious question might be: So what percentage of Melbournians are dying? We know they […]

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A Progressive Environmentalist?

On Tuesday night Greg Bourne (CEO of WWF Australia) told a crowd at the Brisbane Institute that WWF was a progressive organization essentially because WWF believed in climate change and wanted to do something about it. I am not sure that I can agree with this definition of ‘progressive’. Take the case of WWF and […]

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