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Headline Wall: still growing

November 30, 2009

Time for an update on the climate headline wall. It’s grown a bit from last time. If I had not been in Sydney for the last week this would have grown quite a bit more. It’s probably best that I missed all the craziness over the self destruction of the liberal party, because it would have worn out my scissors, and anyway this wall project is supposed to last longer than two weeks!

All of this coverage raises an interesting problem of drawing lines. In theory, any or all of the Age’s breathless, and almost joyful coverage of the demise of the liberals as they tear themselves apart could arguably constitute climate change news. But the more you read it, the more you wonder if this is really about climate and the ETS, or if the actual policy at the heart of this controversy even matters any more. I have not yet encountered a story that explains the ETS legislation with any depth.

It may be dominant, but the ETS legislation is not the only issue on display here. There are some adaptation related stories, including some coverage by the AGE of the fishing industry on the Kiribati Islands, and an interesting story in the Australian about the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), where climate change dominated the agenda, at the expense of human rights, and political issues like Zimbabwe.

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