Environment and Climate

James Dunk reviews 'The Environment' by Paul Warde, Libby Robin, and Sverker Sörlin

James Dunk
18 December 2018

On 6 October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report warning of the dangers of surpassing a 1.5° Celsius rise from pre-industrial levels in average glo More

Billy Griffiths reviews 'Burning Planet' by Andrew C. Scott

Billy Griffiths
27 November 2018

A few years ago I walked through a burning landscape with a young archaeobotanist, Xavier. We were in Arnhem Land, and the local Indigenous landowners had lit a low-intensity fire – a co More

Frank Bongiorno reviews 'City Life: The new urban Australia' by Seamus O’Hanlon

Frank Bongiorno
25 September 2018

Afew years ago, while taking a tram through Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs, I decided to visit the Northcote factory – an industrial laundry – where my father worked as a storema More

Keegan O’Connor reviews 'A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A year of keeping bees' by Helen Jukes

Keegan O'Connor
25 September 2018

The eighteenth-century Swiss naturalist François Huber (1750–1831), who is still credited with much of what we know about bees, was almost completely blind when he made his acute ‘obs More

Andrea Gaynor reviews 'The Allure of Fungi' by Alison Pouliot

Andrea Gaynor
25 September 2018

Of all the forms of life historically divided into kingdoms, only two – plants and animals – have attracted large bands of human followers. Entire organisations and university departme More

Lauren Rickards reviews 'Sunburnt Country: The history and future of climate change in Australia' by Joëlle Gergis

Lauren Rickards
25 June 2018

Sunburnt Country is a fascinating, timely, uneven book. Consisting of forty-one short chapters, it is written by climate scientist Joëlle Gergis, who explores the matter of clima More

Kathrin Bartha reviews 'Facing Gaia: Eight lectures on the new climatic regime' by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter

Kathrin Bartha
22 November 2017

Have you heard of the Anthropocene, the so-called Age of Humans? Our geological epoch has been renamed because human influences on Earth are so profound that not only is our climate changi More

‘Ambassadors from Another Time’ by Stephen Orr

Stephen Orr
28 September 2017

First, I need to visit Dean Nicolle’s eucalypt arboretum. Four hundred rows of trees, four specimens of each species of Eucalyptus, Corymbia, and Angophora (th More

Matthew Chrulew reviews 'Zoo Ethics: The challenges of compassionate conservation' by Jenny Gray

Matthew Chrulew
28 September 2017

Zoological gardens are conflicted institutions. They provide a miraculous opportunity for close-ups with exotic and native animals one might never otherwise encounter. Yet they do so by keeping those very animals captive. The creaturely contact that zoos hope and claim can help transform citizens into advocates for animals and the environment is discomfited, if not ... More

Peter Christoff reviews 'Burn Out: The endgame for fossil fuels' by Dieter Helm

Peter Christoff
28 September 2017

While Australian governments line up to help Adani dig the world’s biggest coal mine, energy experts are burying fossil fuels forever. Dieter Helm is an economist and professor of energy More

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