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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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Virtual reality, second nature

Sat, 2019-11-30 04:30
Off Track presents the new ABC podcast 'GOOD GAME: how games play us' attempting to answer a BIG question: There's nothing like taking a walk out and about in nature — or is there?
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Email etiquette and its unnecessary emissions

Wed, 2019-11-27 17:25
All those emails we send to be polite could be having more of an environmental impact than we realise.
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Arson and the age of fire

Tue, 2019-11-26 19:05
Chloe Hooper on Victoria's 'Black Saturday' bushfires, the arsonist responsible for two of the fires, and why we are living in an age of fire.
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Using our own sense of doom to effect change

Tue, 2019-11-26 08:40
When you think of what our future will look like, do you find it hard to be optimistic? Monash University is trading on our sense of doom by kicking us awake in a pop up exhibition called A Future Without Change.
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Cities and suspicions

Mon, 2019-11-25 15:05
With the world's population booming and with an estimated 2.5 billion people moving into urban areas by 2050, with 90% of that taking place in Africa and Asia, what should be done? Iran's influence in the Middle East is waning, can it get it back or is too late? The long history of eco-pessimism and the surprising need for conspiracy theories.
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Yea wetlands creating a bridge between cultures

Mon, 2019-11-25 08:42
A small country town is connecting with its Indigenous past and present and creating an environmental and cultural legacy for the future. Fiona Gruber went to Yea in central Victoria, where an award-winning wetlands and water discovery centre have reimagined a pre-colonial landscape, creating a community resource and a bridge between cultures.  
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The four-day working week and natural spaces as cultural bridges

Mon, 2019-11-25 08:05
Exploring the positives and negatives of switching to a four-day working week, and how one wetland sanctuary in a small Victorian community is creating cultural connections and a reason for visitors to stop by.
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A destructive mine and a civil war—Bougainville's path to an independence vote

Sun, 2019-11-24 11:00
The desire for independence is driving politics in places as far flung as Catalonia, Scotland and New Caledonia. Will the people of Bougainville (pop. 250,000), an island province of Papua New Guinea, vote to leave?
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"No water, no us"

Sun, 2019-11-24 07:05
What happens when we run out of water? That might seem a long way off, but after years of drought, taps are running dry in towns all over central New South Wales. The region's dams have gone from overflowing to almost empty in just three years. So where did all the water go? Reporter Meredith Griffiths explores life after day zero.
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"No water, no us"

Sun, 2019-11-24 07:05
What happens when we run out of water? That might seem a long way off, but after years of drought, taps are running dry in towns all over central New South Wales. The region's dams have gone from overflowing to almost empty in just three years. So where did all the water go? Reporter Meredith Griffiths explores life after day zero.
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Increasing the efficiency of silicon solar panels

Sat, 2019-11-23 11:41
Utkarshaa Varshney presents findings of her research in her Three Minute Thesis.
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Trapped in the dry

Sat, 2019-11-23 04:30
What happens to the animals of the Kimberley when the big wet just doesn't arrive?
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Burrendong Dam dependent towns have been told water supply could stop

Fri, 2019-11-22 07:45
As New South Wales braces for a long and dry summer, a former chair of the National Water Commission says the state should redraft its water sharing plans.
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National hydrogen strategy top of agenda at COAG meeting

Fri, 2019-11-22 06:35
State and federal energy ministers are gathering for their first COAG meeting in nearly a year, with the implementation of a national hydrogen strategy being a focus of discussion.
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Billionaires invest in NT solar farm development

Thu, 2019-11-21 17:35
Billionaires Mike Cannon-Brookes and Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest have raised tens of millions of dollars for a giant solar farm that would supply power to Singapore and Darwin.
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'Climate emergency' chosen as Oxford Dictionaries' 2019 word of the year

Thu, 2019-11-21 17:25
Following a hundred-fold increase in usage, 'climate emergency' is chosen as the 2019 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.
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Smoke haze from bushfires poses health risks for NSW residents

Thu, 2019-11-21 07:53
Air quality has reached hazardous levels in Sydney, the Illawarra and parts of northern NSW for the second time this week as smoke haze from the bushfires descends on the city.
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Leaf blowers are the latest modern human contraption harming the insect world

Wed, 2019-11-20 17:25
The German Government has advised its people to stop using leaf blowers in an effort to stop the further destruction of insects.
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SA’s Tesla battery to be expanded by 50 per cent

Wed, 2019-11-20 06:35
The Prime Minister once labelled South Australia's big Tesla battery the 'Hollywood solution', but now the Federal Government is tipping in money to increase its capacity by 50 per cent.
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Push for tougher reliability standards ahead of COAG Energy meeting

Tue, 2019-11-19 17:15
The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor says he will ask his State and Territory counterparts to agree to tougher reliability standards when they meet at the COAG Energy meeting on Friday.
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