• Not all power resides in the ACT

    Max Thomas     |      June 18, 2022

    The ACT is suffering from the same energy problems as New South Wales and Victoria, and proper planning is required to ensure security of supply in the future.

  • Is the Murray River flowing back to the future?

    Max Thomas     |      June 13, 2022

    The South Australian Department of Environment and Water is reportedly excited that the Lower Lakes and the Coorong are “heading back towards their natural best”.

  • Batteries not included?

    Max Thomas     |      August 7, 2021

    The silence from green technological optimists concerning the ‘Big Battery’ fire at Moorabool near Geelong is deafening, and inquiries into the accident should raise wider questions about the use of large lithium batteries in energy management.

  • Not cooking with gas

    Max Thomas     |      May 9, 2021

    Is natural gas making us sick? According to the Climate Council it contributes up to 12 per cent of the childhood asthma burden in Australia. So, should gas appliances including heaters, hot water services and cooktops be phased out?

  • A fishy tale…

    Max Thomas     |      April 29, 2021

    Fish farms, such as those which produce salmon in Tasmania, may appear more environmentally friendly than the wild fishing industry, but cause environmental problems of their own.

  • Is the cure worse than the disease?

    Max Thomas     |      April 16, 2021

    The dangers of lead in the environment are well understood, but unleaded petrol can cause problems of its own.

  • The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    Max Thomas     |      April 2, 2021

    Proposals for a new wind turbine site on Robbins Island raise questions about the environmental trade-offs involved even in renewable energy production.

  • It’s a gas, gas, gas

    Max Thomas     |      April 1, 2021

    Victoria’s state government has rejected a plan by AGL to establish a floating liquid natural gas import terminal at Crib Point in Western Port, but is it the right decision?

  • After the deluge

    Max Thomas     |      March 26, 2021

    The impact of recent floods in NSW have shown how landscape changes induced by natural events, climate change and human activity affect water quality and make water supplies for our fast growing cities less reliable.

  • Lead – but not easily

    Max Thomas     |      January 12, 2021

    The Victorian state planning minister has intervened to approve a secondary lead smelter in the Latrobe Valley following the refusal of the local council to issue a permit, but are environmental objections justified?

  • A heretical view of energy ‘indulgences’

    Max Thomas     |      December 21, 2020

    Policy makers should guard against a ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ in the vexed area of energy policy, where individuals acting in their own interest cause significant collective harm.

  • The man from Inverbrackie

    Max Thomas     |      December 6, 2020

    In the 1890s, near Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, a ghost appeared and threatened passers-by on the road to Inverbrackie – has his spirit returned to haunt us again today?