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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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Laying Clean Energy Foundations

By Ian Lowe

A review finds that Australia is a late adopter of clean energy.

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

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A Short-Cut to Milford Sound

By Ian Lowe

Locals are sceptical of the benefits of plans to increase tourist accessibility to a World Heritage area in New Zealand.

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

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Like a Rinehart Cowboy

By Ian Lowe

Will more anti-climate change cowboys ride into the media spotlight following Gina Rinehart’s purchase of a stake in Fairfax?

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

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White Washing Energy Policy

By Ian Lowe

The draft energy white paper would have looked out of date 25 years ago, when we already knew about the problems of “peak oil” and climate change.

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

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Plimer’s climate change book for kids underestimates science education

By Ian Lowe

Ian Plimer says kids are being taught activism, not science.

The forces of climate science denial have geared down a level. Having failed in their attempt to confuse adults and stop the parliament adopting a timid first step in response to climate change, they are now trying to get at schoolkids.

Ian Plimer, a geology professor and expert mineralogist with no background at all in climate science, has published a new book, “How to Get Expelled from School: A Guide to Climate Change for Pupils, Parents and Punters”.

Some Spice Added to the Uranium Export Debate

By Ian Lowe

Do Australian uranium exports to India set a precedent for exports to other non-signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

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

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Politicians Abandon Science, Community Abandons Politicians

By Ian Lowe

Should we trust bureaucrats more than elected politicans or scientists to make decisions about new technologies?

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University.

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Newspaper Biased Against Climate Change

By Ian Lowe

An analysis of The Australian’s coverage of climate change reveals overwhelming bias towards denialists.

In a recent Quarterly Essay analysing Australia’s national daily newspaper, The Australian, Robert Manne devoted 17 of his 115 pages to the paper’s coverage of climate change. He had conducted a detailed study of all the news articles published in a 7-year period up to April 2011.

Astonishingly, he found only 180 articles that were favourable to the idea of taking action to slow down climate change. These were overwhelmed by 700 that were unfavourable: a ratio of about 4:1 opposing action.

Coal Industry Uses the Dope Dealer’s Defence

By Ian Lowe

The coal industry needs to take responsibility for the consequences of selling their product.

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

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