Category Archives: Sustainability

How our economy is like an out of control AI

By Warwick Smith | 8 September 2019, 12:30pm First published at Independent Australia Humans, individually, can be incredibly brilliant but collectively we’re often puzzlingly stupid. To take a simple, uncontroversial example, we know that forests are critical for our survival. … Continue reading

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A failure of collective intelligence

By Warwick Smith An essay I wrote has won second prize in New Philosopher magazine’s latest writer’s prize and has been published in the magazine. As I did with my last New Philosopher essay, I’ll probably publish this in another … Continue reading

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Abbott’s love of coal is holding us back on emissions targets – The Drum

Originally published at The Drum (ABC). By Warwick Smith Posted 11 Aug 2015, 4:23pm A larger emissions reduction target would have come at very little additional cost to GDP, but it would have involved the loss of jobs in the … Continue reading

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My latest at The Guardian questions the value of pursuing economic growth at all costs

Do we dare to question economic growth? We’ve all been so effectively sold the line that endless growth is essential to maintain and improve our quality of life. This couldn’t be further from the truth By Warwick Smith First published … Continue reading

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Coal or bust: How Abbott is stranding Australia

By Warwick Smith Originally published at Independent Australia The Abbott government appears intent on dismantling the small but vibrant renewable energy industry in Australia. At the very moment when the rest of the world is coming to their senses about … Continue reading

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Great article by Bob Douglas

This article highlights how broken our political process is and provides a critical example of how issues that both major parties agree on (or ignore) are virtually removed from democratic scrutiny. I wrote an article related to this one in … Continue reading

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Brown coal Victoria’s economic saviour. Really? Are they serious?

The Victorian Minister for State Development, Peter Ryan, spoke in State Parliament: Victoria has one of the world’s most extensive brown coal deposits and the government is committed to maximising the opportunities to develop this resource in support of economic … Continue reading

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