In this issue:
How Clean and Green is Coal Seam Gas?
There are conflicting claims about the greenhouse friendly nature of coal seam gas in Australia. In this article, Colin Hunt finds that the differences turn on assumptions about the quantity of gas that escapes to the atmosphere from coal seam gas operations and the gas’ global warming potential. He argues that both better measurement of the fugitive emissions of coal seam gas and an official update of its greenhouse potency are required. These recommendations have important implications not only for meeting Australia’s greenhouse targets but for the tax rates on emissions under the Clean Energy legislation.
Rights of Nature Rising
There is an increasing awareness that humans are part of, rather than separate from, nature. In law, this growing consciousness has been reflected in the development of Earth Jurisprudence. Alessandro Pelizzon discusses the emergence and implications of this distinctive form of legal reasoning.
Incentives for Parents to Pay for Schooling
Debate about public support of non-government schools can be heated. Some people feel especially offended by the notion that taxpayers’ money is being used to benefit already well-off families. Scott Prasser calls for a more nuanced and balanced understanding of the issues.