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Articles by David Shearman

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Revelations from the New Acland coal mine case

Revelations from the New Acland coal mine case

The Land Court recommendation against expansion of New Acland Coal mine has exposed Queensland’s – and Australia’s – deeply flawed environmental and health assessment process.

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COAG: Can democracy weed out climate deniers?

COAG: Can democracy weed out climate deniers?

Turnbull’s recent use of the word “delusional” reminds us that climate denial is still alive and kicking in mainstream Australian politics.

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Climate policy becomes trench warfare, once again

Climate policy becomes trench warfare, once again

The release of Labor’s climate policy has led immediately to a resumption of World War I style trench warfare. It is a disgrace

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Government somnolence on climate change health costs

Government somnolence on climate change health costs

The severity of natural disasters from extreme weather events is increased by climate change and is an important cause of harms to our health.

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A letter to ARENA and Alinta: Why dump Port Augusta solar?

Alinta and ARENA head must explain why the pursuit of big solar in Port Augusta was abandoned, rather than give humbug about cheap coal.

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Is the coal industry economically worthless?

Is the coal industry economically worthless?

The cost of legacy coal assets may appear cheap, but the community pays the true cost in many other ways, most of all in health.

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Flood and Fire; the case for a levy on coal exports

Flood and Fire; the case for a levy on coal exports

The most appropriate source of redress for extreme weather events is the coal export industry.

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Diagnosing the health risks of unconventional gas

Diagnosing the health risks of unconventional gas

Community concerns over shale and coal seam gas mining in Australia are increasing. So what could go wrong for public health?

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Fracking: A risk to health, and healthy returns

Fracking: A risk to health, and healthy returns

An alliance of heavy-hitting institutional investors – who control more than $20 trillion of assets globally – have expressed concern over shale gas mining.

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Solar thermal can cure what ails Port Augusta

Solar thermal can cure what ails Port Augusta

It’s hard to find a more appropriate solution to the power, pollution, health and employment issues in Port Augusta than solar thermal with storage.