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George Monbiot Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 21:00 Source

We are pre-tuned to the natural world; wired to respond to nature.

By George Monbiot, published on BBC Earth, 8th December 2014

This is the first of BBC Earth’s longform essays about our relationship with the natural world.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 18:03 Source

9am, Friday.

Christopher announced that he was going on a hunger strike until those wretched children who’d voted against his proposal at the Boarders’ Council changed their minds. I tried to convince him that none of them would care if he starved, but he announced (a little too loudly considering that I was the only one in the room):

“I shall not eat on the lunch break, I shall not eat in the dormitories, I shall not eat in the streets, I will persist until my motion is passed; I’m not the type who surrenders.”

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The Tally Room Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 17:06 Source

Update: We now have widespread reports that the Greens have won the distribution of preferences by a 128-vote margin over sitting Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown.

I think it’s reasonable to assume there will need to be a recount, in particular to confirm that the Greens outpolled the ALP’s Neil Pharaoh, since the 38-vote margin is very slim.

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Popular Science Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 16:12 Source

A Chinese defense company recently unveiled a long-range weapon that can cause people overwhelming pain without killing them.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 16:04 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets For anyone hoping for a quiet close to the year it seems there are could be many twists and turns yet ahead of the New Year. Oil prices have stolen the lion’s share of the headlines again and the volatility we are seeing in the front month […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 15:01 Source

The smash is certainly on today for the Aussie: 80 cents looms very large. My January call lookin’ fine! Brent is still collapsing: Let’s go to $60!  And BHP: $21.90 the next support!   Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:41 Source

From Essential via Crikey: Approval of Tony Abbott’s performance has plunged to its lowest level as Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has again opened up a lead as preferred Prime Minister, today’s Essential Report reveals, as the government ends the year in chaos and recrimination. The Prime Minister’s approval with voters has slumped […]

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:28 Source

Despite his best efforts, the PM can't take global warming off the domestic agenda.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:25 Source

Domestic carbon markets are hot topic at Lima, and are spreading and linking around the world. By 2015, they will cover 4 billion people.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:20 Source

Three cheers for Fairfax‘s Peter Martin: There’s only one thing standing in the way of lower interest rates, and the Abbott government has just been handed a way to deal with it. …Normally it’s fear of inflation that holds the Reserve Bank back from cutting interest rates, but not this time. Both price growth and wage […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:18 Source

For the first time, the goal of phasing out fossil fuels by 2050 is in the draft text being debated at COP20 in Lima. What is an Abbott minister to do?

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:18 Source

Green groups aren't keeping blackfellas in poverty, writes Bungalung woman and self-protessed 'Greenie' Amelia Telford.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:14 Source

Waste-to-energy startup LanzaTech, whose largest shareholder is Khosla Ventures, closes oversubscribed $112m funding round with $60m from NZ Super Fund.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has released a report lamenting the high cost of stamp duty in Australia, which “has very detrimental effects on home affordability” and “adds hugely to household indebtedness”: “The latest issue of Stamp Duty Watch shows that the tax adds significantly to the cost of buying a […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:56 Source

Australia's first certified climate bond doubles in size to $300m on huge investor demand. Proceeds to wind and solar projects.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:51 Source

The transfer of clean technologies to developing countries represents an opportunity for Australia to demonstrate its commitment to UN climate negotiations.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:32 Source

Amanda Vanstone’s article in The Age, 8th December, is so full of holes that water would pass through it quicker than it does over Niagara Falls. Amanda has sprung to the defence of Joe Hockey even though she acknowledges he has made mistakes. She says, “The government has clearly spelt out the need to tackle the debt situation, but it didn’t cut through.”

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:28 Source

A couple of charts from UBS: UBS reckons this is reason for a restock. In the new normal of oversupply, 6 weeks of port supply and 26 days of mill supply is masses of ore to do just the opposite. Combined that equals about 8 weeks of consumption. It takes nine days to ship iron ore […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:26 Source

Tesla identifies its first stores in Sydney and Melbourne, with a rapid rollout planned in coming months, along with charging network.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:26 Source

Tesla identifies its first stores in Sydney and Melbourne, with a rapid rollout planned in coming months, along with charging network.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:14 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: The focus of the recently concluded G20 summit was economic growth. The final communiqué begins: “Raising global growth to deliver better living standards and quality jobs for people across the world is our highest priority.” The word “growth” is mentioned 29 times in the three-page document. Climate is mentioned only in […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:03 Source

Westpac’s Justin Smirk has released the below brief on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) investigation into its labour market statistics. In short, most of the revisions to the labour force data were implemented by the ABS in October, and Westpac expects no major surprises in the upcoming employment release for November, due out on […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:01 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:42 Source

Coalition tries again to resume talks on proposed wind-back of RET, as new research shows 80% of Australians prefer wind, solar to coal.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:04 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax has produced an interesting article on the phoenix-like rise of Labor leader, Bill Shorten, who has risen from obscurity to preferred Prime Minister in just one year: Shorten has been propelled to a winning position more by Abbott’s betrayals than by any genius the Labor leader has demonstrated… What does […]

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:03 Source

The Greens, Labor, and advocates have raised the red flag about a new plan to make welfare recipients work 52 weeks a year.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:03 Source

The Greens, Labor, and advocates have raised the red flag about a new proposal to make welfare recipients in remote communities work 52 weeks a year.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:02 Source

Top international awards won by Victoria's RayGen Resources, for its success as a CPV tech leader; and the CEFC's Peter Suen, for financial modelling prowess.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:59 Source

At Blunty:

You ingrate bastards. Why won't you help poor Joe Hockey out? You sit there in your miserable hovels, darning your threadbare socks, and you simply refuse to do your duty and spend, spend, spend to get Joe out of the hole.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:50 Source

Pyne spent thirty million dollars on an ad alleging, mendaciously, that he would ‘pay half’ of the uni fees of the next generation though they would pay, as a rule, seventy or ninety percent of them. The ad behaved, mendaciously, as if his laws were already through, though they had, said Palmer, ‘Buckley’s chance’ of enactment now he had done this.

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