“But will the planet notice?”

Gernot Wagner, an economist at the Environmental Defence Fund, recently released a book arguing ‘smart economics’ is the key to sustainability (full title is ‘But will the planet notice? How smart economics can save the world’). The fact that a major NGO employs economists arguing for “working with” and  “liberating” market forces is consistent with …

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Dialogue on nanotechnology and energy futures

In early June I attended an innovative dialogue in Brisbane that brought together the public, scientists and other ‘informants’ (of which I was one) that was organised by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRT). The dialogue is one of many being conducted for a new community engagement project that …

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