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Australia ‘falls off’ the map

May 19, 2015 - 19:11 -- Admin

By Dr Anthony Horton

World Bank Lead Economist Gayatri Acharya has highlighted Australia’s “glorious distinction” of being the first country to remove a carbon price in a presentation in Melbourne on 5 May 2015. She noted that on the world map of carbon pricing which includes 60 countries, Australia was no longer coloured in.

Air pollution – the (sometimes) sweet smelling other elephant in the room in Australia

May 17, 2015 - 10:55 -- Admin

By Dr Anthony Horton.

In the past few weeks the costs associated with poor air quality in India and Europe have been published in terms of health effects, lost productivity and ultimately, mortality. In a previous blog I discussed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to Delhi being pronounced the world’s worst city in terms of air pollution in a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

Urban Futures: The challenge of the low tax state to sustainable urban and regional planning

May 17, 2015 - 10:00 -- Admin

Denis Bright considers the implications of Prime Minister Abbott’s proposed lower tax regime for the future of urban and regional planning within a broader commitment to environmental sustainability in Australian public policy.

Introducing the challenge posed by the low tax state to essential urban and regional planning