environment

History confirms criminal culture of denial: Killer Company — James Hardie Exposed

Summer/Autumn 2010

There’s a theme running through Matt Peacock’s book. It’s about a culture of denial, orchestrated by the board of James Hardie. Matt’s been involved in the fight against the deadly mineral, asbestos, for more than 30 years. My involvement isn’t quite that long, but there’s a relevant passage on page 41that particularly caught my attention…. Read more »

Union Eyes: Climate Connectors needs clarity and collectivity

Summer/Autumn 2010

An invitation from my union to join Union Climate Connectors and “raise awareness and action in workplaces and communities around Australia” sounded great. I requested an action kit. Organised labour has the collective power to put the necessary muscle behind the environment movement to tackle the big polluters and make a real difference on slowing… Read more »

Editorials

Winter/Spring 2009

Rudd’s ETS: A lot of hot air! Climate emergency. Here’s a tip. You can safely ignore anybody who claims that the warming of the planet’s oceans and atmosphere is a fiction. If you accidentally click through to Andrew Bolt’s blog, hit the back button. There’s nothing to learn there. If you hear Senator Stephen Fielding… Read more »

Bankrupting Dissent

Winter/Spring 2008

The federal minister for destroying the environment, Peter Garrett, has made a series of outrageous pro-business decisions, including approval of the Gunns pulp mill near Launceston, the dredging of Port Phillip Bay and a desalination plant near Wonthaggi. All three projects pose considerable risks to the environment and have led to the formation of local… Read more »

A question of power

Winter/Spring 2008

At the very sharp end of the climate change crisis is the energy question. Most of the planet’s electricity generation is derived from coal, and all motorised transport requires the consumption of fossil fuel or other organically derived material. Coal, oil, gas and so-called “biofuels” are all based on carbon. When carbon is burnt, it… Read more »

Despair is not an option!

Winter/Spring 2007

Every night, a strange thing happens at Snowy Hydro’s Tumut 3 power station. Water that flows downhill from the Talbingo reservoir is pumped uphill for use the next day. The huge network of dams is nearly dry. It’s an excellent example of how a sustainable economy needs a sustainable environment. This country has neither. Unless… Read more »

Red Earth: A socialist perspective on climate change

Summer/Autumn 2007

No one in charge. When I was a teenager, I stayed in the Victorian goldfields town of Castlemaine. Even then, it was obvious to me that something was wrong in the way people dealt with the natural world. The ecosystem was so stressed that you could see the box forest disappearing. In that case, unregulated… Read more »

Water is a feminist issue

Summer/Autumn 2007

Victoria burning, Melburnians choking from the smoke, parched land everywhere. This is life in the southeast corner of the earth’s driest continent. Across the Pacific, on the U.S.-Canadian border, pre-Christmas storms flooded homes, cut power and blocked main roads. On Christmas day, post-tsunami Aceh and North Sumatra were once again under water and mud. These… Read more »