Navigating Climate Change Knowledge Wars

It’s nearly ten years since Kevin Rudd said climate change was the great moral challenge of our time. While three quarters of Australians now believe climate change is happening, some still aren’t sure whether it’s just a natural cycle or whether it’s caused by human activity like burning coal. Yet the science remains clear – the planet is warming and the changing climate means is resulting in extreme weather events around the world. Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty says our lack of understanding of the science comes down to the knowledge wars being run by vested interests, who stand to lose if we take meaningful action on climate change . He’s urging you to inform yourself and his book, the Knowledge Wars, is a guide to navigating what is misinformation and what is real.

Our poisoned planet a bigger risk than climate change

poisonedplanetOur children are sicker; cancer, obesity, allergies and mental health issues are on the rise in adults; and, frighteningly, we may be less intelligent than previous generations. In the meantime chemicals are being pumped into every part of our environment – the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Author Julian Cribb says our poisoned planet is a bigger issue than climate change, and it’s something we all need to take urgent action on.
In his new book, Poisoned Planet, Julian Cribb says we have the tools to clean it up and create a healthier, safer future for us all.

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Author, journalist, editor and science communicator, Julian Cribb

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Australia’s missed opportunities for action on climate change

While the Coalition ploughs ahead with its promise to axe the carbon tax and bring in it’s alternate “Direct Action” plan, there’s a growing sense in the Australian community that action isn’t happening fast enough. A new poll from the Lowy Institute has revealed Australians want the government to show more leadership on the issue that has plagued so many of our political leaders. For former Independent Rob Oakeshott, Australia’s lack of progress on climate change is not just frustrating. He says it’s a missed opportunity.

Oakeshott has just released his memoir “The Independent Member for Lyne” in which he reflects on the key issues he tried to progress during his time in parliament. For the former National turned Independent, action on climate change was one of the deal clinchers in his choice to support Julia Gillard and the Labor Government in 2010.

This interview first appeared on The Wire