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Our Copenhagen Correspondent….

March 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments · News

Dr Alistair Paterson is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Western Australia and in 2009 is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Copenhagen….Over the next few months as the world counts down to a crtical international climate change conference Real Dirt is hoping to run occasional news from Alistair. The latest conference […]

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Hazard Reduction: The Blame Game

February 18th, 2009 · 51 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

The Bushfires in Victoria were a paradigm-shifting event – gripping, terrifying and devastating for dozens of communities and hundreds of families…The news was shocking in its magnitude and the disaster will have enormous consequences for land management and housing development across the nation. Professor Poongschtok is an alias for one of Real Dirt’s most informed readers. […]

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King Tide: A Glimpse Into Waterworld

December 31st, 2008 · 4 Comments · News

By JAMES WOODFORD Phil Watson says 9.50 am on January 12 will be a preview of the state’s sea level future. Watson is the Team Leader of the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s Coastal Unit and for the first time has launched a program to document the flooding impacts of the highest tide visible […]

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Estuary or Mess-tuary?

November 26th, 2008 · No Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Bruce Thom was the chair of the National State of the Environment Council, a member of the esteemed Wentworth Group of Scientists and a long-time warrior for coastal protection. He wants to see determined and national action on the continent’s estuaries. The current woeful state of the Murray River Estuary is an extreme replication of […]

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Missing history or emissions progress?

November 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Jeff Angel is the Director of the Total Environment Centre, a legend of the Australian conservation movement and author of Green is Good. We are at a crossroads, he writes:   In the next month Australia will take some steps forwards on the journey to a low carbon economy or falter to a deadstop. In December the Rudd […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 6 November

November 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Real Dirt Fast

They say people often look like their pets and that scientists sometimes look like the creatures they study. Overlooking his unruly beard, Dr Duck, more formally known as Professor Richard Kingsford from the University of NSW, is no exception. Right now he is even behaving like a bird. Dr Duck is on a mass migration around the […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 23 October

October 23rd, 2008 · 6 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

                     Sometimes it is the little stories that shed light on the big ones. There is a lot of triple-bogey-sized news at the moment and most of it is economic – although, considering the economy (as someone once said) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, every economic story is really an environmental one.

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Real Dirt, Fast – 16 October

October 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

                                            Now to the weather. Real Dirt has been writing about the environment for more than fifteen years and if there is one thing that is certain it is uncertainty. The biggest stories are nearly always the ones that no-one saw coming. But every now and then there is a weather map that looks […]

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Carbon dioxide: economic nose dive with a triple pike?

October 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments · News

For the past twelve months, John Connor, Climate Institute CEO and a keen amateur bodysurfer, has been riding a huge left hander that’s been breaking off Point Climate Change, selling the message of cutting greenhouse gases. But in just a few short weeks that beautiful wave has closed out and emission cuts look like being smashed on […]

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Real Dirt, Fast – 2 October

October 2nd, 2008 · 6 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

Professor Garnaut’s final report on climate change came down this week just as the planet’s economy looked as though it was about to do some weird quantum thing and collapse down to a little black hole the size of a pea. Still those little black holes, as the scientists tell us, can be as heavy […]

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