24 January 2019
‘Nothing to fear’: Jacinda Ardern urges world leaders to act on climate change
‘You don’t have to cede power by acting on climate change. There’s nothing to fear about your individual political status,’ New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Former US vice president Al Gore asked panellists for advice they would give to a world leader who does not believe in climate change. British naturalist David Attenborough, who was also on the panel, said the ‘head of state’ should think about the generations of family who will have to deal with the consequences of climate change. He asked: ‘Could you look them [your children] in the eye and say: “I knew what could be done but it was too difficult and rather boring”
23 January 2019
Nuclear fusion, a disruptive power source for crowded cities
Holy grail of power generation, commercial nuclear fusion could be “a decade away” creating a new disruption not just for fossil fuels but for traditional carbon free energy systems.
22 January 2019
‘A David and Goliath battle’: The rise of resident action groups in Melbourne
Whether marching in the street or raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for legal fees, Melburnians are joining action groups in droves.
And again, perhaps curiously, we turn to Domain for some politics, this time at a local level. More and more, people are realising their agency in decision-making and not leaving it to the ‘powers that be’. When it comes to power, it’s in our hands – so be prepared to use it.
21 January 2019
10 Climate Change Books to Help You Understand Our Environment
In case you haven’t heard, a climate disaster is looming. The effects of climate change—like rising seas and intensifying weather patterns—are already here.
20 January 2019
Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C
Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather.
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian on 9 JAN 2019
Pollution is now the biggest threat to children’s health. So why is it so neglected? Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people walked the streets, squirting this gas into the face of every child they passed. Imagine that it became a craze, so that a child couldn’t walk a metre without receiving a faceful. Imagine that, while a single dose was unlikely to cause serious harm, repeated doses damaged their hearts, lungs and brains, affecting their health, their intelligence and their life chances.
To save one of the rarest butterflies in the world, we also need to save an unnamed ant species, an endangered woodland and a parasitic plant.