A Voice of Reason: Reflections on Australia

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2010 - Nature - 273 pages
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Can civilization survive the 21st century? Professor Ian Lowe, author, pre-eminent scientist and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, thinks we have a chance?but we have to act now, and not just on global warming. Here, collected for the first time, are LoweOCOs views on topics that concern all Australians?the environment, culture, science, politics, education, technology and the economy, along with new pieces on AustraliaOCOs outlook this century. Written in LoweOCOs accessible and engagingastyle, this collection of essays and opinion pieces is a resource for change based on common sense rather than fear-mongering. Informative, challenging and incisive, "A Voice of Reason: Reflections on Australia" will inspire you to make a difference."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Science Technologyand Environment
9
Economics and Politics
109
Culture and Health
159
Education
217
Reflections after Copenhagen
255
Acknowledgements
265
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Professor Ian Lowe AO is president of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, as well as being an adjunct professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University. His previous books include A Big Fix and Living in the Hothouse. Professor Lowe has been a referee for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, attended the Geneva and Kyoto conferences of the parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and was a member of the Australian delegation to the 1999 UNESCO World Conference on Science. He attended the UN convention in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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