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Overland

Ode to the Bin Chicken

Ibis are sentinels of the Anthropocene, the epoch in our planet’s geological history named after us because we have altered so much of its systems. Massive changes wrought to inland rivers displaced ibis, forcing them to seek refuge in our cities.

Griffith Review

The Remixing of Peoples: Migration as Adaptation

Reporting on a Greek volunteer and the refugees and migrants who crossed the Mediterranean, framing the crisis as an Anthropocene story: 19th century nationalism, the French occupation of Damascus, the undue influence of oil money, ill-fated irrigation schemes, the rise of ISIS, and the pressures of climate change.

The Guardian

‘Goodbye, my darlings’ – remembering the trauma of Australia’s last execution

Fifty years since Ronald Ryan was the last person hanged in Australia, some are calling for the return of the death penalty. In times of social change authoritarian personality types are drawn to black and white solutions. Allaying fears keeps authoritarian populists at the fringes.

Griffith Review

Powering Asia: The Battle Between Energy and Food

Communities near the Pilliga in western New South Wales are resisting coal seam gas (CSG) development, sometimes at great mental and material costs. As Asia’s energy demand grows, could regional Australia help power an Oceania-Asia renewable energy supergrid?

Inside Story

On the abolition of the death penalty

The death penalty isn’t going to disappear all on its own as we become more “civilised.” Where it has been abolished it’s been the result of determined political struggle.

Australian Book Review

Living with Broken Country

Gazing at the broken compels us to cast light on the ‘shadow places’, to dramatise the ‘slow violence’ of grinding ecological damage. How do we find a way to live with the broken, rather than discard it?

Inside Story

No triple bypass, no miracle cure, just a long haul back

It’s clear that thirsty cotton doesn’t fit well into the Australian environment, writes Cameron Muir. But have the lessons of recent decades really sunk in?

Griffith Review

Marrying Health and Agriculture

Why are we planning to grow more food when we throw half of it out? Reporting on food waste, volunteers with Yellow Van food rescue, and the long history of failed attempts to align food production with public health goals.

Inside Story

Preserved for the People for All Time

In 1944 NSW Premier William McKell assured the public that the Macquarie Marshes wetlands would be ‘preserved for the people for all time’ before announcing a major dam at the river’s headwaters. Is “balanced” development really the best way to manage our inland rivers? Cameron Muir looks at the language that could save or condemn them.

Canberra Times

Inland Thirsts for Ideas

The decades-long history of water reform and pledges of ‘big fixes’ long before the latest promises with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Inside Story

Lessons from Lanark

John Fenton pioneered an innovative approach to ecological farming, writes Cameron Muir

Griffith Review

Feeding the World: Our Great Myth

Griffith Review Edition 27: Food Chain (2010).

Last modified: October 31, 2018

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