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Why are we stuck on climate change action?

Shadow Minister Mark Butler explains the Australian federal policy sink hole Climate Wars Mark Butler Melbourne University Press, 2017. Book review by Nick Goldie As Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler could be expected to come up with the goods in his new book Climate Wars. And that’s just what he does:

Major supermarkets pledge phase-out of one-use plastic bags

Every second, 159 single-use plastic bags are used in Australia – more than 10 million new bags each day. In NSW, up to 61 million bags are littered each year. More than 70 per cent of the rubbish entering our oceans is identified as plastic. Plastic kills up to one million sea birds, countless fish and 100,000 sea mammals each year. These figures, supplied

Broken Hill: blazing regional trail with solar farm

We’re blessed with one of the world’s biggest quotas of sunshine. But thanks to Australia’s still backward-looking energy policies, solar power seemed destined to remain a single digit item in the electricity generation profile (trailing many less blessed countries) – despite the world-beating uptake of rooftop solar by households, schools

Open door to assault on remaining biodiversity?

Time to comment now Don’t we love that word ‘reform’! The NSW Government’s ‘reforms’ of native vegetation, flora, fauna, endangered species legislative protections, are upending existing rules and permissions and many people are very worried on behalf of our environment –not least because the cheapest way to combat climate change is

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