Environment and Climate

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Curious Minds'

Peter Menkhorst
25 November 2012

Curious Minds sets out to explore the naturalists and scientists who brought Australia’s flora and fauna into the public consciousness: on the face of it a laudable aim, but one not totally fulfilled. From the title onwards the book seems confused in its aims and in its style. Is the book intended to be about people (the curious naturalists), flora and faun ... More

Don Aitkin reviews 'A Short Introduction to Climate Change'

Don Aitkin
25 October 2012

Wikipedia lists fifty-three books that are currently available on the subject of climate change, and this new book will make fifty-four. Such books fall into one of two groups: they either support the orthodoxy or dissent from it. Tony Eggleton’s book is one that supports it. It is well written, clear in its argument, quite even-handed, and comprehensive. I enjoye ... More

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Sentinel Chickens: What Birds Tell Us about Our Health and the World' by Peter Doherty

Peter Menkhorst
25 September 2012

Why would a famous virologist and immunologist (and Nobel laureate) write a book linking birds, human diseases, and ecological degradation? The answer is partly that Peter Doherty obviousl More

Gillian Terzis reviews 'Mine-field'

Gillian Terzis
25 September 2012

When BHP Billiton announced last month that it would indefinitely shelve its proposed Olympic Dam expansion in South Australia, some said it signalled the symbolic end of the mining investment boom. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill’s reaction was particularly revealing. With his government now staring into a $1 billion black hole, Weatherill declared that h ... More

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