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Lift-off for Space Agency

By Ian Lowe

The re-establishment of an Australian space agency is expected to generate billions of dollars after decades of neglect of the sector.

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Recycling Efforts Wasted

By Ian Lowe

Householders might decide it’s not worth the trouble sorting their waste.

A recent ABC Four Corners investigation raised serious questions about the management of waste in Australia. We generate much more domestic waste than most countries. In fact, we are among the worst of all advanced nations on that indicator, so managing that waste stream is important. As most local authorities now support kerbside recycling, it takes little effort from the individual to separate waste. However, the ABC report identified problems after collection.

Thirty Year Warning

By Ian Lowe

CSIRO predicted the increasing severity of cyclones 30 years ago.

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Keeping All the Lights On

By Ian Lowe

A 100% renewable energy system using pumped hydro can store enough power for peak demand at a competitive price to fossil fuels.

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Yes, Science Minister

By Ian Lowe

The merry-go-round of science ministers raises concerns about instability.

Australia has a new science minister, the fourth in the past 18 months. The Academy of Science’s secretary for science policy, Prof Les Field, noted: “This is the kind of instability that would typically raise a red flag, especially for a sector like science where training, work programs, infrastructure requirements and outcomes all have timeframes much longer than election cycles”.

The Eye of the Renewable Energy Storm

By Ian Lowe

Political foes have united in their condemnation of fear-mongering about renewable energy.

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Learned Academies Put Economics Ahead of Sustainability

By Ian Lowe

Australia’s learned academies have set income increases as the nation’s major priority.

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Bombs Away!

By Ian Lowe

Australia has been obstructing international efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear war.

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A Bullet Train to Somewhere

By Ian Lowe

A strong case has been made for a high-speed rail network passing within 50 km of 60% of Australians.

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An Energy Wolf in Greens’ Clothing?

By Ian Lowe

Is the creation of a single government portfolio encompassing energy and the environment a fatal conflict of interest?

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