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NASA ‘could not imagine the radical effect of seeing the Earth’ from the moon. In the face of a climate catastrophe, we all need to step back and see the Earth again. Bill Anders/NASA/Handout

Friday essay: thinking like a planet - environmental crisis and the humanities

Historical perspective can offer much in this time of ecological crisis,. Many historians are reinventing their traditional scales of space and time to tell different kinds of stories that recognise the unruly power of nature.
Detecting human fingerprints on complex events like droughts is not straightforward. AAP Image/Dan Peled

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear

Drought has both natural and human causes, but deep cuts in our greenhouse gas emissions are urgently needed, regardless.
The New Zealand government has announced a partnership with the farming sector to develop voluntary measures to reduce farm emissions. from www.shutterstock.com

Why water quality should have been an issue when NZ government joined with farm sector to curb emissions

The New Zealand government's decision to partner the farming sector to encourage voluntary reductions in farm emissions failed to acknowledge that agricultural emissions also affect water quality.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese, pictured at a cabinet meeting this month, says coal has a future under the renewables expansion. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Labor’s reset on climate and jobs is a political mirage

On the issue of a retreat from coal, Albanese is trying to walk both sides of the highway by wandering down the middle.
It’s all connected. Vasin Lee/Shutterstock

Why ‘acting locally’ is impossible in an interconnected world

What can we do as individuals to help save the planet? Acting locally is satisfying because we can see the results, but a geographer argues that large-scale solutions often make the most difference.
The time has come to accept that energy corridors and fossil fuel exports will be a declining feature of Canada’s economic future. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The economic illusions of the Canadian election

In the aftermath of the election, what is striking about many of the policy positions of Canada's federal parties is their timidity, especially when it comes to climate change.
Storm-damaged beachfront homes along Pittwater Road at Collaroy on the northern beaches of Sydney in June 2016. Dean Lewins/AAP

Water may soon lap at the door, but still some homeowners don’t want to rock the boat

A particular brand of climate denial among coastal property owners presents a conundrum for councils and governments trying to plan for sea-level rise.

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