This is the fourth in the series of NOW Australia - new journalism
on contemporary issues by Australia’s leading writers and journalists
and issued five times a year.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The 3rd Degree : Frontline in Australia's Climate War, takes a look at
the battle we have to have with ourselves to avert
dangerously-destructive, runaway climate change.
Murray Hogarth sees climate change as humanity’s greatest challenge and in this NOW Australia he tells his story:
‘I began reporting regularly on climate change as an environmental
journalist over a decade ago. Back then a global warming story was
treated as a curious theory only a couple of steps above wacky science
fiction. Now it’s the daily fare of mainstream political
columnists, a compelling topic for economic debate with trillions of
dollars at stake. When this book ends, in about 25,000 words time,
Australia will be accelerating towards its inescapable climate change
destiny. I’m calling that The 3rd Degree, the battleground on which
we’ll fight to avert truly disastrous impacts of global warming. This
is a war we have to win, and we’re all going to be conscripted. Welcome
to the frontline.
Murray Hogarth takes us inside Australia’s major institutions
-business, the government and community groups and examines how we’ve
all failed to heed the early warnings, what measures are being taking
so far, and the massive escalation required to win the climate war.
The 3rd Degree is the key battleground for the 21st Century. Australia
is already feeling the heat as a one-in-1,000-years drought tips the
country into crisis mode. Our politics, the operating environment for
our businesses, the way in which our communities function, and the
lifestyles of individuals – all will change dramatically in ways we
can’t yet comprehend.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Murray Hogarth has been helping major companies to understand and
respond to their social and environmental challenges since 1999, when
he joined Ecos Corporation after an award-winning 21-year career in
print and television journalism.
His media experience includes reporting with flagship ABC-TV current
affairs programs Four Corners and The 7.30 Report, and with top
newspaper mastheads such as The National Times and The Australian,
culminating with a spell as Environment Editor at The Sydney Morning
Herald, in the late 1990s.
Based in Sydney, Murray is a regular media commentator on
sustainability issues. His pro bono roles include membership of the
advisory panel for the Total Environment Centre’s Green Capital Program
and serving as a longstanding Board member of the Environmental
Defenders Office of NSW.
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