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Call of the wild: if a jet ski falls in the forest …

The Tasmanian government’s proposed expansion of the tourism industry threatens everything great about Tassie’s wilderness, writes Bert Spinks, freelance writer and bushwalking guide on the Overland Track.

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The winners and losers of Abbott’s energy white paper (SPOILER: Tony likes coal)

In many ways, the Coalition’s energy white paper is a predictable piece of backward-looking falsehoods. But it does make some surprising concessions to a future of renewable energy.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

‘They know coal is coming to an end’: Bob Massie on the death of the mining boom

People on the ground are ready to make the transition to a non-mining economy, but the government and big mining companies are doubling down on coal.

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How the government is sneakily taking over the Climate Change Authority

The government has decided to put the Climate Change Authority and Clean Energy Regulator under the purview of the Environment Minister. Not that you’d know it from reading the bill. Freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Direct Action is ‘intergenerational theft’ — just ask Peter Costello

Climate change is the ultimate form of intergenerational theft — and Joe Hockey is making it worse.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

The cheap, easy way Abbott can win votes — and maybe save the planet

There’s a very easy way for Abbott to get a substantial part of the electorate back on side …

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Essential: voters continue to mark the government down

The government continues to fall in voters’ estimation on important policy issues, but a large number of voters still think it’s too soft on asylum seekers, Essential Report shows.

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SALLY WHYTE | ENVIRONMENT |

Why shark risk won’t stop us going to the beach

Australians are actually quite smart when it comes to weighing up the risks of encountering a shark while swimming, experts say.

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Real pro-business advocates act on climate change — just ask Maggie

A company board that ignores a clear and present danger to its business is negligent — and climate change is that clear and present danger, writes Dr Geoff Edwards, president of the Royal Society of Queensland.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Essential: Abbott won’t last as leader, and changing climate views

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today’s Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.

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Mixed result from Lima, with Paris talks murky

There were no binding commitments out of the Lima climate summit, to the dismay of many. But it is a small step on the path to the larger climate talks in Paris next year, writes University of Melbourne’s Chair of Political Science Discipline Professor Robyn Eckersley.

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Australia’s piddling Climate Fund pledge leaves sour taste in Lima

Julie Bishop’s Climate Fund turnaround might have stopped our international reputation from hitting rock bottom, but it’ll take a lot more to dig Australia out of this hole, writes University of Melbourne political science chairperson Professor Robyn Eckersley.

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The two words in climate talks that could change everything

Who knew two little words could make such a difference? Lawyer and freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports from Lima on the little words that could have a big impact on climate talks henceforth.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

France is trying to trying to avoid a repeat of the Copenhagen disaster by keeping heads of state away from the Paris climate talks. But it has also singled out Australian and Canada as likely roadblocks.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

‘A losing battle’: Naomi Klein on human sacrifice zones and why solar won’t save the world

Author Naomi Klein has issued a rallying cry for decisive action on climate change and an end to global inequality. And, bad luck, she says the solar panels on your roof are not going to cut it

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

Naomi Klein on climate change, cooking the poor and the disgraceful Australia-Canada bond

Author Naomi Klein says it’s not necessarily that the Right doesn’t believe in climate change, it’s that they see economic advantage in drowning the poor.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Fossil fuel’s trillion-dollar incentive to rain on Lima climate conference parade

Climate talks are making progress in Peru (with one noted dissenting voice — no points for guessing). But the fossil fuel industry has a trillion reasons to try to stop climate action.

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GLENN DYER | ENVIRONMENT |

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

Germany’s largest energy utility is splitting into two companies, with one focusing on renewables and the other on fossil fuels and nuclear power. It’s high time Australia also realised fossil fuels and nuclear are both on their way out.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Australia will disgrace itself in Lima, just as it did in Kyoto

Australia is unlikely to be able to leverage another “Australia clause” at the Lima negotiations — the United States has been showing us up on climate action for 20 years.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

Life on Mars? What Philae’s discovery really means

The comet lander Philae has discovered a great deal that was previously unknown about comets. But it hasn’t brought home news of alien life.

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US-China climate deal shows up Australia’s pathetic targets

It is clearer than ever that Australia must act on climate change — or risk being left behind. Climate Institute deputy CEO Erwin Jackson explains.

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Should Tassie devils be introduced to Wilson’s Prom?

Authorities are considering introducing Tasmanian devils onto Wilson’s Prom to decrease the feral cat population. But biologist Allen Greer says there’s little evidence the devils will make any difference.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

Balanced precariously on the face of a comet, Philae’s work is just beginning

This morning, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander touched down on the surface of a comet. Now comes the hard part.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

Cold as ice? Comet landing comes with a long tail of fibs

Think comets are pristine, snowy wonderlands? Think again — and comet lander Philae will prove it.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

No DICE: Greg Hunt deceives the public about ‘clean’ coal project

Greg Hunt’s plan to reduce carbon emissions through cleaner coal is too little, too late.

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