Environment and Climate

Kate Griffiths reviews Blackout: How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity? by Matthew Warren

Kate Griffiths
23 May 2019

Australia’s energy transition has been hotly debated for a decade, and it doesn’t look set to cool anytime soon. Blackout: How is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity?< More

Johanna Leggatt reviews 'City of Trees: Essays on life, death and the need for a forest' by Sophie Cunningham

Johanna Leggatt
29 April 2019

When Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird wrote The Secret Life of Plants (1975), many critics labelled their attempt to prove a spiritual link between people and plants as mystica More

Neil Murray reviews 'Night Parrot: Australia’s most elusive bird' by Penny Olsen

Neil Murray
22 April 2019

Night Parrot by Penny Olsen is more than a biography of a bird that spent most of the twentieth century successfully hiding from people. It is a historical biography of human dete More

Deb Anderson reviews 'The Uninhabitable Earth: A story of the future' by David Wallace-Wells

Deb Anderson
22 April 2019

Be afraid. ‘The Uninhabitable Earth’, the viral article published in New York magazine (2017) that was both fêted and scorned for its visceral bluntness, has grown out and up More

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

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