New Australia Institute report shows how corporate power in Australia produces market failure
7 February 2013
Can global threats be spark for civilisational change?31 January 2013
A new paradigm for climate change
How climate change science is conducted, communicated and translated into policy must be radically transformed if 'dangerous' climate change is to be averted.
28 August 2012
We Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew
The data continue to roll in, and they are telling us we are in the process of bringing an end to the world we evolved in, and creating a new, harsher world. We will be forced to devote more and more of our resources trying to adapt to this new world, and less on development.
August 31, 2012
The Heat of the MomentThere are no comparisons to be made. This is not like war or plague or a stockmarket crash. We are ill-equipped, historically and psychologically, to understand it, which is one of the reasons why so many refuse to accept that it is happening.
28 August 2012
On the cusp of global collapse? Updated comparison of the Limits to Growth with historical data
The Limits to Growth standard run scenario produced 40 years ago continues to align well with historical data that has been updated in this paper, following a 30-year comparison by the author. The scenario results in collapse of the global economy and environment, and subsequently the population
Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage, and how it could
Perhaps the single biggest barrier to action on climate change is the fact that it doesn’t hit us in the gut. We can identify it as a great moral wrong, through a chain of evidence and reasoning, but we do not instinctively feel it as one.
27 July 2012
The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Climate Hawks
July 17, 2012
A sober assessment of our situation
The current state of climate politics and the climate action movement in Australia, how we got here, and what we can do about it.
10 July 2012
Public Understanding Of Climate Science Rebounds, 72% of Independents Say There Is ‘Solid Evidence’ Of Global Warming
Public understanding of climate science is rebounding, and the recent record-smashing extreme weather events are playing a key role.
13 June 2012
Once again, with feeling: More science will not cure climate skepticism
Why is skepticism about climate change so persistent?
29 May 2012
‘Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late’: WWII And Climate Change
Journalist Bill Blakemore has another great piece on ABC’s website:‘The Great Big Book of Horrible Things’: WWII and Climate Change. What our great failure in the 1930s may teach about facing the rapid assault of manmade global warming.
May 23, 2012
Clean energy as culture war
Not that long ago, some folks were arguing that clean energy — unlike climate change, which had been irredeemably stained by partisanship (eww!) — would bring people together across ideological lines.
14 May 2012
Hug the monster: It’s time to stop downplaying the climate threat
(or How to Transform Your Fearful Inner Climate). Journalist Bill Blakemoree offers advice to journalists in covering climate change – and advice to the rest of us in a world captured by denial.
8 May 2012
Brightsiding climate is a bad strategy
If you avoid including an honest assessment of climate science and impacts in your narrative, its pretty difficult to give people a grasp about where the climate system is heading and what needs to be done to create the conditions for living in climate safety, rather than increasing and eventually catastrophic harm.
17 April 2012
Extreme Weather, Climate and Preparedness in the American Mind
82 percent of Americans report that they personally experienced one or more types of extreme weather or a natural disaster in the past year and a large majority of Americans believe that global warming made several high profile extreme weather events worse.
17 April 2012
It's time for the gloves to come off on climate change
The people who accept climate change as a real threat need to accept that they have failed to get other people to accept climate change as a real threat.
07 March 2012
The real climate message is in the shadows. It’s time to shine the light.
In sum, fear appeals appear to be effective when they depict a significant and relevant threat (to increase perceptions of severity and susceptibility) and when they outline effective responses that appear easy to accomplish (to increase perceptions of response efficacy and self-efficacy). Low-threat fear appeals appear to produce little, if any, persuasive effects… the advice to message designers is the same: A persuader should promote high levels of threat and high levels of efficacy to promote attitude, intention, and behaviour changes.
30 August 2011