Tagged: The Conversation

Book review: The Conversation Yearbook 2016 - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 20, 2017

Toward the end of the year there can be a glut of ‘best of’ publications, but The Conversation Yearbook 2016 stands out as an enjoyable, wide-ranging collection of essays. The Conversation has been running in Australia since 2011, collating news and views from the academic and research community on hot topics of the day or longer-burning issues. My main … Read More

Keeping The Conversation going - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 14, 2015

Over the ditch there’s a little madness going on. The need for humans to converse with each other, to engage in conversation, is in a fashion under threat. That’s because the latest government budget announced includes a halt to the funding for the Australian media website initiative The … Read More

Salinger: New Zealand is drying out, and here’s why - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 14, 2014

In this guest post Jim Salinger (currently working in Italy, but soon to return to these shores), takes a look at the climate influences on last year’s severe New Zealand drought. It first appeared on The Conversation. Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years. Drought is […] … Read More

Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 14, 2014

This powerful article by Lawrence Torcello, assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, first appeared at The Conversation here. It examines the potential legal liabilities that should attach to deliberate misinformation campaigns to delay action on climate change. The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding […] … Read More

Final frontiers: Antarctica - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Apr 03, 2013

By Tony Press, University of Tasmania With the global population now well over seven billion there are few remaining parts of the world relatively untouched by human activity. We assess the current state and future prospects of five final frontiers: rainforests, Antarctica, the Arctic, the deep sea and space. Antarctica is the coldest, highest, driest continent … Read More

Prat watch #7.5: No, you’re not entitled to your opinion - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 08, 2012

This morning my breakfast reading included a marvellous short article at The Conversation from philosopher Patrick Stokes of Deakin University in Melbourne. Stokes riffs on that familiar justification for holding a view, “I’m entitled to my opinion”, and makes some interesting observations about how it distorts public debate: The problem with “I’m entitled to my [...] … Read More

Funding giant toughens support for open publishing - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 11, 2012

by Justin Norrie, editor, The Conversation One of the world’s biggest science funding bodies will strengthen its support for free online publishing by sanctioning errant academics who take its grants but publish in subscriber-only journals. The Wellcome Trust, Britain’s largest non-governmental funding body for medical research and the world’s second largest after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, … Read More

A challenge to the dream of reason - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 13, 2012

This article by David Schlosberg, professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney was first published earlier today at The Conversation. It’s an excellent and forthright overview of the challenges we will face in coming to terms with the reality of climate change. When thinking of the challenges we face in responding [...] … Read More

Climate change and the acidifying, freshening, warming Southern Ocean - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 30, 2011

by Matthew Thompson, editor – The Conversation The distinctive, planet-encircling flows of the Southern Ocean have played a role in moderating global warming, but change is at hand with the water heating up, getting less salty, storing more carbon, and growing more acidic. The Southern Ocean, as photographed during the Thomas G Thompson Southern Ocean Expedition. These … Read More

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