Tag Archives: Environment

Property and animals

A while ago back on the blog, we were having a debate about whether the idea of property, and private property in particular, is a peculiarly human thing. Certainly, I think animals have a notion of territory. Sometimes they have a very strong notion, and will chase any interlopers off their territory. Our dog had […]

The Victorian election result

Or: Why Distance Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder In my home State of Victoria, we have just voted for a new government. The incumbent Labor premier, John Brumby, conceded defeat the other afternoon. Many eastern outer suburban electorates which had previously voted Labor in the last few elections swung massively to the Liberals. To […]

Climate change, scepticism and elitism

Half the harm that is done in this world Is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle To think well of themselves. […]

Drop Bears

Australia’s koalas could be wiped out within 30 years unless urgent action is taken to halt a decline in population, according to researchers. They say development, climate change and bushfires have all combined to send the numbers of wild koalas plummeting. The Australian Koala Foundation said a recent survey showed the population could have dropped […]