A Queensland physicist’s war on global warming skeptics has seen him win the 2011 Eureka Prize for Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge.
John Cook is a Research Fellow in climate communications at the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute.
Cook’s war on global-warming deniers began in 2007 with his website, Skeptical Science. His idea was simple: “to make peer-reviewed science the ultimate authority”. Continue reading
Australian timber company, Simmonds Lumber Group, has taken the lead in helping stamp out the $30 billion illegal logging industry using the ultimate weapon against wrong-doers: DNA.
The company’s announcement came this week as the federal government’s Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011 passed the House of Representatives. The bill bans the importation and sale of any wooden products that contain illegally logged timber.
Simmonds Lumber now uses innovative DNA technology developed by the University of Adelaide and Singapore-based DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies. Just a few wood shavings can provide the tree’s entire history and its source sidelining any would-be fraudsters.
There’s nothing much that’s public about the Institute of Public Affairs.
… not its affairs.
… and certainly not its financial affairs.
Apart from a few lapses of discipline over the years or an unavoidable moment of truth-telling in response to some teeth pulling by the Productivity Commission, the IPA is shy about revealing its funding sources.
Deceiving the public these days is a lucrative industry with astroturfing and other socially engineered forms of brainwashing predicted to saturate the Australian media.
Experienced PR practitioners now cajole and co-erced you to sacrifice your interests for those of their clients. And the biggest clients are those with the biggest war chest and the most to fear – the fossil fuel industry. Continue reading