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Articles by Paul Mahony
Meat, the environment and industry brainwashing
Paul Mahony · Meat and Livestock Australia has published a series of study guides for primary and secondary school students. This post focuses on one of the primary school guides, “Cattle and the Environment”, released in 2010. [1] Copyright rules...
Livestock and Climate: Do Percentages matter?
Paul Mahony · Like me, you might be accustomed to seeing percentage figures on posters and elsewhere, indicating livestock’s share of greenhouse gas emissions. The image above shows a poster from the People’s Climate March in New York in September...
The 3 Percent diet
Paul Mahony · Key climate change problems with livestock I’ve mentioned previously that the link between livestock production and climate change involves many inter-related factors, including: livestock’s inherent inefficiency as a food...
Some Myths about meat
Paul Mahony · There are many myths about meat consumption. I focus on two in this article, along with some related issues. MYTH 1: BEEF PRODUCED FROM GRASS-FED COWS IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THAN GRAIN-FED It seems logical, doesn’t it? After...
No, Humans Are Not at The Top of The Food Chain
Paul Mahony · Despite what many of those who advocate meat-eating would like to believe, humans do not sit at the top of the food chain. In any event, it’s a food web rather than a chain, due to the many complex interactions involved. An article...
Surprise, surprise, it's hot!
Paul Mahony · Perhaps the biggest news in south-eastern Australia in the four days commencing 14th January, 2014 was the extreme heat. In Melbourne, for the first time ever recorded, we experienced four consecutive days above 41 degrees Celsius...
Some impacts of the climate crisis on specific industry sectors
Paul Mahony · My recent presentation “Risk Management, Insurance and the Climate Crisis” focussed on the increase in likelihood and consequences of extreme weather events resulting from climate change. Here’s a sample of points from that presentation...
Farm animal sanctuaries: Protection from legalised cruelty
Paul Mahony · Did you know that, wherever you live, it’s almost certain that farm animals are not protected by key aspects of standard prevention-of-cruelty laws? Animal industries are generally exempt in respect of standard procedures that would be...
Relax, Have a Cigarette & Forget about Climate Change
Paul Mahony · It’s not surprising that many people are uncertain about the dangers of climate change. Much confusion has been created by groups with vested interests, who have successfully utilised sophisticated PR (public relations) techniques to...
Livestock and climate: Why Allan Savory is not a saviour
Paul Mahony · This article first appeared on the author’s Terrastendo blogging site on 26th March, 2013. At the time of writing, a recent TED presentation by Allan Savory with the title “
Do the math: There are too many cows!
Paul Mahony · Bill McKibben, founder of US-based climate change campaign group 350.org, recently visited Australia for a series of presentations and media appearances. McKibben appears to have been extremely effective in mobilising people around the...
Risk Management, Insurance and the Climate Crisis
Paul Mahony · I have an interest in the world of insurance, which is a far more comprehensive and intricate industry than suggested by domestic insurers’ multi-policy discounts and the like. In fact, commerce and industry in general would not...
Relax, have a Cigarette and Forget about Climate Change
Paul Mahony · It's not surprising that many people are uncertain about the dangers of climate change. Much confusion has been created by groups with vested interests, who have successfully utilised sophisticated PR (public relations) techniques to...