The perversion of what makes a ‘story’

There’s a graph doing the rounds that spectacularly illutrates how context rules coverage. Taken from Our World in Data, it compares actual causes of death to Google searches and media coverage. From the accompanying blog post: …around one-third of the considered causes of deaths resulted from heart disease, yet this cause of death receives only […]

Climate change is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed

The title is from a tweet by Kate Mackenzie, although I’m unsure if she was referencing someone else. It highlights a central problem in tackling climate change. By now most educated people around the world are at least aware of anthropogenic climate change. Even if they refuse to accept it. So the problem is not […]

Our climate future lies in the past

The shambolic state of climate change discourse in Australia (and elsewhere) has left us largely focusing on electricity suppliers and technological solutionism. But as American economist John Cochrane points out, the answer probably lies less in contraptions and arbitrary interventions than old ways of living: …a carbon tax is the only way to change behavior. […]

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