The science of climate change is irrefutable and it is time to move the discussion forward and consider the options for energy generation in the future. With coal on the nose the search begins for a suitable replacement but to where do we turn? Wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and of course nuclear are all options but are some better than others? What about the considerations of cost and the environment?
Alongside this important conversation we discussed the media’s role in passing this information on to the public. Many perceive a media bias against technologies such as nuclear which begs the question, is it fair for media to pass its prejudice on to the public? Is objective reporting something only the scientists need worry about? Does the media have a responsibility to pass on all the facts or only those they deem most important?
James Byrne guided a discussion between a panel of experts: Prof Barry Brook, Michelle McCann and Tony Owen, and representatives of the media: Tory Shepherd, Alexandra de Blas, Mark Horstman and Lyndal Byford from AusSMC.