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The Science Show and Ockham's Razor have always brought us commentary on the environment and climate change. Now Off Track takes us out to feel the breeze. Special features can also be found on Background Briefing and our other current affairs regulars: Breakfast, RN Drive, and the weekend Extras.
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Former Greens leader Bob Brown welcomes NSW Environment Minister's climate change comments

Wed, 2019-12-11 18:06
The former leader of the Greens Bob Brown has congratulated the New South Wales Environment Minister Matt Kean for publicly linking the climate crisis and the current bushfire emergency.
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Is sustainable fashion really helping?

Wed, 2019-12-11 17:25
Is sustainable fashion actually making a difference or should we just buy fewer clothes?
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Australia "prodigal son" of the coal industry says climate advocate

Wed, 2019-12-11 16:30
The Global Climate Change Conference is taking place in Madrid this week. One of the key speakers is the General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, the Reverend James Bhagwan of Fiji.
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'We have to listen to the science': NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean

Wed, 2019-12-11 07:07
The NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean has broken ranks with his Liberal colleagues in Canberra and is demanding more action be taken on climate change.
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Sydney's smoke haze was 12 times 'hazardous' threshold

Wed, 2019-12-11 07:05
Yesterday the air pollution in Sydney hit an unprecedented high, with the thick smoke haze forcing the closure of ferry routes, evacuations of buildings and workers walking off the job.
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Government 'falling behind' industry views on climate change

Wed, 2019-12-11 06:35
Representatives from around 200 countries, including Australia, are meeting in Madrid this week to discuss climate targets and how they'll meet their commitments under the Paris agreement.
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Government 'falling behind' industry views on climate change

Wed, 2019-12-11 06:35
Representatives from around 200 countries, including Australia, are meeting in Madrid this week to discuss climate targets and how they'll meet their commitments under the Paris agreement.
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How the earth has shaped our destinies

Tue, 2019-12-10 21:20
We explore the impact of ice, wind and plate tectonics on who we are today.
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Political panel: Malcolm Turnbull calls for bushfires to be treated as a national security issue

Tue, 2019-12-10 18:06
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for the current bushfire situation to be treated as a national security issue.
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Hands On: car talk

Tue, 2019-12-10 08:51
Do you outsource repair work on your car? They're often much more complicated than they used to be, with lots of electronic add-ons to the usual mechanical bits. But does that mean we should abandon all control over our vehicles? In the latest episode of our Hands On series, Hilary Harper tries to get to grips with her car's innards.
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Burning Question: how does hemp stand up environmentally?

Tue, 2019-12-10 08:41
Peter wants to know about the sustainability of hemp and why it's not used more than it is. He writes, "How much serious science is being done to evaluate hemp's suitability for various uses and products, and what are the barriers preventing the use of hemp on an industrial scale?" ABC Science reporter Nick Kilvert investigates this one.
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Old credits to arrive 'at a canter': Australia lobbies in Madrid

Tue, 2019-12-10 07:15
Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor is at the Madrid climate summit, where he is lobbying for Australia's right to use 'carryover credits' from the old Kyoto Protocol to meet our Paris targets.
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'Fiddling with accounting': how Australia meets its Paris targets

Mon, 2019-12-09 05:35
Australia's Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister, Angus Taylor, arrives in Madrid later today for the annual United Nations climate talks.
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The practice of peacemaking

Sun, 2019-12-08 17:05
During this time of year, we hear a lot about "peace and goodwill to all." But how exactly do you put peace into practice? How is peacemaking a part of living out one's faith? And what does peace on earth and with the earth look like?
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Origins of climate denial tracked

Sat, 2019-12-07 11:21
Researchers from Sweden trace the source of climate denial and discuss proposals for new laws allowing nature to bring legal actions against those who harm it.
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Controlled burns destroy ecosystems and may not reduce fire risk

Sat, 2019-12-07 11:16
If a forest experiences a natural fire every 80 years, there is no chance for the ecosystem to re-establish when that frequency becomes a prescribed burn every five years says biologist Kingsley Dixon.
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Students continue protests as bushfires destroy houses, farms, infrastructure and forests

Sat, 2019-12-07 11:05
As bushfires raged in 6 states, school students held sit-down strikes at almost 60 locations across Australia on Friday 29th November 2019. This followed an international day of protest by students two months earlier calling for more action on climate change.
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Country Breakfast Features

Sat, 2019-12-07 05:45
This week we slurp some stinky ice-cream, and head to the new-look scruffy bush vineyards as they embrace a more natural look to fight pests and combat climate change.
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Rural News Highlights

Sat, 2019-12-07 05:05
Southern NSW and Victorian Irrigators march on Canberra demanding more water and Coles ordered to pass on higher milk prices to Norco farmers
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This is Mark

Sat, 2019-12-07 04:30
This is Mark: a life-size, custom-made inflatable whale. And he needs to be saved. 
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