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How to sway the sceptics

Crikey readers talk climate change — and how to sell it to a sceptical public.

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On the ‘front lines’: what is Indonesia doing to fight climate change?

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an extraordinary speech calling for Indonesia to address climate change or risk losing everything. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro looks into what the archipelago is doing to protect itself from catastrophe.

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Watch your language: why the climate change case has to be personal

In his winning entry for the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, Sydney GP Tim Senior argues at Inside Story that language has been getting in the way of action on climate change.

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea: NZ’s ocean is key to its survival

New Zealand is in big trouble, but it does not have to be. Kiwi columnist and broadcaster Rod Oram writes in GriffithREVIEW that the keys to New Zealand’s salvation lie just outside its land, with a vast ocean of possibility.

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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: border idiots … think of the ‘burbs … Palin v MLK …

Are those in charge of “border” protection really that stupid? We are not only bullying East Timor but have “mistakenly” sent our navy into Indonesian waters. Who is in charge here, and what on earth are they thinking?

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The fiery debate on climate change

Crikey readers discuss the New South Wales bushfires and climate change — and whether now is the time to suggest a link between the two.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Public servants are sleeping with one eye open as they wait for the axe to fall on their jobs. Plus other political snippets of the day.

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Want to save the planet? Don’t have any children

Having child increases your carbon emissions by a factor of about six throughout your lifetime, and no amount of cycling, turning off lights or veganism will offset it. Can having children be environmentally sustainable?

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Margaret Thatcher: a climate warrior?

Margaret Thatcher was much hated by the Left for her economic policies, warmongering and union-busting. But Jon Dee says she did a great deal towards starting the fight against climate change.

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Climate lunacy, or how Bolt can’t read a graph

How can Andrew Bolt point to a graph as showing a “pause” in global warming, when it unequivocally shows the opposite? He’s a propagandist of the highest order.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

As the workforce gets more educated, employers are paradoxically wanting fewer and fewer skilled workers. Plus other political issues of the day.

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How Bill Gates is engineering the Earth to resist climate change

Brightening marine clouds to reflect more sunlight? Coating the Earth with a solar shield of sulphate particles? From the new book Earthmasters, how science — and Bill Gates — could tackle climate change.

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It’s getting (increasingly) hot in here, but our response is poor

Research shows that heatwaves are increasing in severity and some say government policy is still woefully inadequate globally, writes Liam Mannix at InDaily.

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Climate change: can its days be numbered?

Imagine a climate change index, Dow Jones style. Scientists would continuously update the index, providing a timeline for policy makers and the public on the impact and possibly future direction of climate change.

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Crikey says: The Garnaut Review

Professor Ross Garnaut today released an iterim report as part of the still unfolding Garnaut Climate Change Review. The shorthand message: This Is Serious Folks.

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Climate lawsuits alive and kicking

Greg Barns was unnecessarily pessimistic about the prospects for “climate litigation” last week. Here’s why, writes Phil Freeman.

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