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The fall on an environmental leader: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Who is Mohamed Nasheed and why does he matter? Until last week Nasheed was President of The Maldives – a string of 1200 tiny islands in the Indian Ocean where the average elevation is just 5 feet above sea level. After Nasheed came to office in 2008, he made world headlines when he declared the [...]

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Tags: Climate change · Editor's pick · Films · Leaders · Oceans · Places

Why Australia has the best beaches (from the man who’s been to every one)

November 2nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Theres one person whos been to every beach in Australia – all 12,000 of them. It’s Professor Andy Short, Director of the Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney. In this interview Andy explains how he came to visit every one and why Australia has the world’s best beaches – by far. Audio: Interview [...]

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Tags: Coast · Oceans · Places · Podcasts

National Surfing Reserves: Australia recognises its iconic surf sites

October 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Not that long ago, surfing was seen as a renegade sport in Australia. In the early 60’s, surfers were even required to have a license to use some beaches. Just how far things have come can be seen in the establishment of a number of ‘National Surfing Reserves’ in recent years. Audio: Interview with Andrew [...]

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Tags: Coast · Oceans · Places · Podcasts

The Cars That Ate China, Part 1 (how Western auto makers are scrambling to feed the beast)

August 30th, 2008 · No Comments

At the recent Sydney Film Festival I saw a great new documentary called ‘The Cars That Ate China’. In this podcast the director Stefan Moore discusses the background to the film and we hear a clip with Joe White, China correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Joe takes us to the Beijing car show and [...]

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Tags: Business · Energy · Films · Places · Podcasts · Transport

The Cars That Ate China, Part 2 (why the Chinese have gone car mad)

August 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Western marketing has moved into China in a big way. In this podcast we hear a clip from the film ‘The Cars That Ate China’ with Tom Doctoroff from J Walter Thompson Advertising. He explains how marketers have tapped into Chinese thinking. And specifically why the Chinese have gone so nuts about getting a car. [...]

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Tags: Business · Films · Places · Podcasts · Transport

The Cars That Ate China, Part 3 (implications for the world’s environment)

August 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Industrialisation and consumerism at warp speed – China’s economy is growing so rapidly and there are so many people in that country, we will need 4 planets of resources to cope with the demand. In this podcast we hear from James Kyng who wrote the book ‘China Shakes the World’. He introduces us to the [...]

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Tags: Business · Climate change · Films · Places · Podcasts · Pollution · Transport

Cataret Islands: world’s first climate change refugees?

March 15th, 2008 · No Comments

As the world continues to debate what to do about climate change, the people living on a small atoll to Australia’s north are about to become our region’s first climate change refugees. The Cartaret Islands, north east of PNG, are only a metre above sea level. Each year tidal surges on the island get bigger. [...]

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Tags: Climate change · Coast · Oceans · Places · Podcasts

Byron Bay: nature has more in store

January 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Ever been to Byron Bay? I have, just recently. And each year hordes of international visitors and Australians go there. Why wouldn’t you? Nature has carved out one of the most brilliant, beautiful coastal niches in the world. But most visitors would be oblivious to the fact nature hasn’t quite finished its work there. And [...]

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Tags: Coast · Oceans · Places · Podcasts · Urban planning

How Australia got the world’s best beaches

January 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Being a beach man, I’ve often gone and checked out the beaches of other countries when I’ve been travelling the world. People have said, “you must go and see such and such beach.” And they’ve always been disappointing. Haven’t seen anything to match what we have in Australia. Click on this interesting article from the [...]

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Tags: Coast · Oceans · Places