Urbanism

On the Australia Fires and what comes next

Dear Scott Morrison, we told you well before Christmas you had the chance to be a superhero. To jump onto the world stage and claim leadership on a scale that no small-to-mid size country has seen before.

Smoke haze and how to minimise the impact

OXYGEN FILES: Usually in January, there are kids everywhere in my little Riverina town. Kids on scooters and bikes and skateboards. Kids at the local pool. Kids out with dogs and basketballs or playing a bit of hit-and-giggle at the town tennis court.

Drought towns need sustainable solutions and political collaboration

At least two Australians towns, Stanthorpe in Queensland and Braidwood in NSW, have run dry and are now trucking in water at great expense. UNSW professor Stuart Khan says there’s many options to help drought-stricken towns before resorting to carted water, with some solutions more affordable and sustainable than others.

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Australia’s survival depends on shifting climate policy

It has been a summer like no other. We have seen loss of life and unprecedented destruction across NSW and much of the rest of the country. Australia has been the hottest place on the planet and Sydney’s air quality has at times ranked as the worst in the world. Climate change is unfolding before our eyes.

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On our new year of 2020 vision

UPDATED 21 Dec 19: News from the front desk, issue 462:  If 2020 signifies perfect vision then it could be a brilliant irony that in the most populated capital of…

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The angry god, urban trust and policy integrity

Bushfires are an angry God’s message to Australia for its support of same-sex marriage, according to Israel Folau. Presumably, the more ferocious conflagration near Sydney means its sin is greater. Felled by smoke and regret, its watery-eyed penitents must now kneel and beg forgiveness.