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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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Australia's tax system still 'unsustainable': Ken Henry

Fri, 2019-12-06 05:50
It's been 10 years since the landmark Henry Tax Review was handed down, but a decade later, almost none of its recommendations have actually been implemented.
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Indigenous group warns against scrapping Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Fri, 2019-12-06 05:35
In all of the shouting this week over the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, there's one voice that hasn't been heard — that of Indigenous people.
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The tangled web of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Thu, 2019-12-05 06:34
Mick Keelty, the interim inspector-general of Murray-Darling Basin Water Resources, discusses his four-month inquiry into water sharing.
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Is Australian business heeding the climate change call?

Thu, 2019-12-05 05:50
In the lead-up to next week's UN Climate Summit, Kylie Porter, the executive director of Global Compact Network Australia, discusses how Australian businesses are tackling climate change.
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'Hard to breathe': Sydney reels from bushfires pollution

Thu, 2019-12-05 05:44
Eastern Australia is on high alert this morning, with total fire bans in place for nine regions across NSW and with firefighters battling a dangerous blaze on Queensland's Darling Downs. Public health experts are warning that people need to prepare for more severe and longer-lasting episodes of air pollution.
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The highs and lows of our love affair with solar

Wed, 2019-12-04 08:06
One in five Australian households have solar panels on their roof top. But solar consumers need to be vigilant and careful when installing a system and negotiating deals with energy suppliers. At the macro level, increased solar generation is causing some headaches for our power networks.
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New exhibition on water soon to open at Qld Gallery of Modern Art

Wed, 2019-12-04 07:45
With much of Australia experiencing one of the driest years on record, Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art is launching a major exhibition on water.
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Great Barrier Reef in 'terminal decline': scientist Jon Brodie

Wed, 2019-12-04 07:17
In six months' time, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee will review the Great Barrier Reef status, amid increasing concerns that it could be listed as "in danger".
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Government agrees to review of water-sharing between states

Wed, 2019-12-04 06:34
Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce speaks with RN Breakfast as the Government orders a review of the water-sharing arrangements between the states.
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Federal Government backs review of water sharing agreements

Tue, 2019-12-03 17:06
For the last few days, angry farmers have been camped outside Parliament House venting their anger over the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, as New South Wales threatens to pull out altogether. We speak to NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey.
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Green microgrids powered by renewable energy begin Australian trials

Tue, 2019-12-03 05:35
Technological advances are now making it easier and cheaper for communities to build green microgrids using renewable energy.
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Leaders gather in Madrid for climate summit

Mon, 2019-12-02 17:35
Increasing natural disasters in Australia and abroad are the signs of the climate crisis, and the UN warns more will come if immediate action isn't taken.
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Bushfires, air quality and hospital admissions

Mon, 2019-12-02 16:30
Exposure to fine particulate matter rises dramatically during bushfires, and is associated with increased hospital admissions for a wide range of medical conditions.
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Is the Murray Darling Basin plan failing the environment and our farmers?

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:45
Phillip Glyde is Chief Executive of the Murray Darling Basin Authority and he's responded to Shelley Scoullar's complaints about the Basin Plan.
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World leaders gather for UN climate conference

Mon, 2019-12-02 05:35
World leaders and climate experts will begin gathering in Madrid later today for the UN Climate Change conference, known as COP25.
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Climate change anxiety

Sun, 2019-12-01 11:30
There’s more and more scientific evidence that climate change is having a major impact on our planet. Recently more than 11,000 scientists across the world declared a climate emergency, and many of us are experiencing grief, anxiety and powerlessness about the future. We discuss the connection between climate change and mental health, and the strategies we need to maintain hope and take action.
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Is water recycling the answer to our current drought?

Sun, 2019-12-01 11:05
Parts of Australia are in the grip of one of the worst droughts in decades and water security is a key issue. While Sydney is about to go onto level 2 water restrictions, some towns like Cobar, Armidale and Stanthorpe are close to running out of water altogether. Is the answer water recycling?
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Is water recycling the answer to our current drought?

Sun, 2019-12-01 11:05
Parts of Australia are in the grip of one of the worst droughts in decades and water security is a key issue. While Sydney is about to go onto level 2 water restrictions, some towns like Cobar, Armidale and Stanthorpe are close to running out of water altogether. Is the answer water recycling?
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Ode to Antarctica

Sat, 2019-11-30 11:36
In April 2019, Australian Quarterly looked at research in Antarctica and the continent’s key role in controlling the climate of the southern hemisphere. The coverage included this Ode to Antarctica by Dean of Science at UNSW, Emma Johnston.
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Rural News Highlights

Sat, 2019-11-30 05:05
NSW threatens (again) to walk away from Basin Plan; The wool industry votes for change; Dairy farmers disappointed with code of conduct; SA's move to lift GM moratorium blocked.
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