October 2015, no. 375

Welcome to the October Environment issue. Highlights include Ashley Hay’s ABR Dahl Trust Fellowship essay ‘The Forest at the Edge of Time’, and a survey of leading environmentalists, scientists, commentators, and writers on the most urgent action needed for environmental reform. Contributors include Tim Flannery, Ian Chubb and Brian Schmidt. Jo Daniell contributes a photo essay, and David Schlosberg comments on the government’s attack on renewables. Elsewhere, we have a new short story by Elizabeth Harrower, Tom Griffiths reviews Tim Flannery’s new book Atmosphere of Hope, and James Bradley tackles Jonathan Franzen’s Purity. Also we have Morag Fraser on The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks, James Ley on The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, and Shannon Burns on the new book by Gerald Murnane (the subject of his recent ABR Fellowship). Our featured poets include Michael Hofmann and John Kinsella.

October 2015, no. 375

Environmentalists, scientists, and commentators on environmental reform

Wayne Bergmann et al.

To complement the essays, commentaries, reviews, and photographic essay in this issue, we asked a group of leading environmentalists, scientists, commentators, and writers what they regard as the most urgent action needed for environmental reform.

Wayne Bergm ...

'The Forest at the Edge of Time' by Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay

Let’s begin, somewhere around 4,500 bce, in a small patch of soil on the south-west coast of Western Australia. An ovule and some pollen combine on the crest of a ridge overlooking the s ...

Tom Griffiths reviews 'Atmosphere of Hope' by Tim Flannery

Tom Griffiths

This is an important and timely book – another gift to public understanding by Australian scientist and author Tim Flannery. Ten years ago he wrote The Weather Makers (2005), one of a handful of books which, together with Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient T ...

James Bradley reviews 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen

James Bradley

There was a moment around the time of the release of the final Harry Potter novel when I began to suspect the hype had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It wasn’t an event because of the book any more, it was an event because everybody knew it was an event.

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