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Concern at Emissions and Health Impacts of Coal

By Ian Lowe

The expansion of coal seam gas operations could eventually produce as much greenhouse gas as all the cars on the road in Australia.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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“Shortcomings” Identified in Marine Park Network

By Ian Lowe

A report finds that highly protected marine areas tend to be the least economically valuable rather than the most ecologically vulnerable.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Bushfire Research Burnt

By Ian Lowe

The discontinuance of funding for the Bushfire CRC is a prime example of bureaucratic myopia.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Researchers Frustrated by Career Prospects

By Ian Lowe

A new survey finds that researchers like their work but are frustrated by limited career paths.

A new survey has found widespread discontent in the Australian research community. In a report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies, experienced analysts Jenni Metcalfe and Toss Gascoigne have documented “bitterness, anger and frustration”, especially among junior researchers struggling to establish their careers. They live with the uncertainty of short-term contracts and poor prospects of grant support. Many also feel they receive inadequate mentoring.

Coal Seam Gas Expansion Ignores Serious Issues

By Ian Lowe

Coal seam gas extraction is expected to expand despite a cautionary report into the risks.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Wind Energy Blows Strong

By Ian Lowe

South Australia’s wind farms are generating almost one-quarter of the state’s energy needs.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Landcare Evolves, But Beancounters Haven’t

By Ian Lowe

It makes more economic sense to trash the farm for short-term profit than to farm it sustainably.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Tasmania’s Logging Industry Cut Down to Size

By Ian Lowe

A study has found that Tasmania’s forestry industry “is not economically viable”.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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A Great Leap Backwards

By Ian Lowe

Queensland’s new government has reduced support for solar energy and resolved to ban the teaching of climate science in schools.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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Chubb Reviews the Health of Australian Science

By Ian Lowe

Australia’s Chief Scientist has found that the Australian science system is healthy and robust, but there are some serious challenges – particularly regarding student enrolments.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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