Guy Pearse

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11 ENTRIES Guy Pearse is a research fellow at the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, a former political adviser, lobbyist and speechwriter, and the author of High & Dry and Quarterly Essay 33, ‘Quarry Vision’.

Coalminers' world tour
Phillip Adams and Guy Pearse in conversation on Late Night Live



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'I don't dig texting', 2009. © Zawezome/Flickr

Society

It tolls for thee

Generation Text

Aided by Purves Environmental Fund, sculptor Mark Coreth rides his life-sized ice polar bear in Sydney, 3 June 2011. © Reuters/Daniel Munoz

Politics

The climate movement

Australia’s patrons of climate change activism

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Coal’s next alibi

The coal industry’s coal-fed algae plan

Dick Smith (with friends) reveals $1 million to be awarded to a person under 30 who shows leadership in tackling Australia's "population crisis", 2010. © Paul Miller/AAP Image

Politics

Dick Smith’s population crisis

Stick to the generous speed limit approaching the bucolic village of Gundaroo on the Yass River in NSW and it takes nearly two minutes to pass ‘Bowylie’ – Dick Smith’s well-known rural homestead. Bowylie is as idyllic as it is unfamiliar to the …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Renewable energy

Every year the sunburnt country receives enough solar energy from above to meet its current annual energy consumption for 10,000 years. From below, there’s enough geothermal energy for 2.6 million years. An endless and impatient queue of ‘roaring …

Politics

Land of the long black cloud

“Join us, won’t you, on our coalminers’ tour of exotic Mongolia, and grab a slice of the world’s fourth-biggest coal reserves. En route to the Gobi, we’ll explore the fleshpots of Ulan Bator together, starting with the national mining conference …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Society

Greenwash

Next time you fly, grab your in-flight magazine or newspaper, carefully rip out a few pages, jot a few words on each, smile knowingly to those seated next to you and stash them away. Upon arrival, use your phone to photograph some billboards in the terminal …

Politics

A Green balance?

The 2010 federal election approaches. it’s certainly no coincidence that, with climate change sitting in the too-hard basket and both major parties wanting Australia to double its coal production, opinion polls suggest 2 million people plan to vote …

Politics

King Coal

Glenn Beutel has heard of The Castle but has no plans to see the film about a suburban family who win a David-and-Goliath battle to save their house from an airport expansion. Glenn’s plight is immediately reminiscent of that beloved Australian …

Politics

Revolving doors

Robert G Kaiser’s ‘So Damn Much Money’

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Politics

Climate for change

Kevin Rudd wasn't the only one licking his lips on election night last year. For millions of Australians, an end to John Howard's lamentable response to climate change couldn't come soon enough. Unlike Howard, Rudd harboured no doubt about the seriousness …