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Mark S. Lawson

Mark Lawson has been a journalist for nearly 25 years. He has worked in trade publications (IT, travel, hospitality, printing ect), on suburbans in Melbourne and on regional Victorian newspapers. But the bulk of his career has been on The Australian Financial Review as editorial writer for several years, science columnist, Perth bureau chief, companies and business writer. One series of reports he edits is the AFR's Carbon Quarterly. He has freelanced for various other publications over the years, including the defunct Independent Monthly and specialist overseas newsletters in the diverse areas of accounting and biotechnology.

For two years up to mid-2001, before being forcibly repatriated to the AFR, he was editor of a specialised financial magazine CFO. While at CFO he wrote a column called 'Rave' in which he tried to offend as many people as possible. Mark's original training was in science at Melbourne University from which, after reading material on almost every subject except those pertaining to his course, he emerged with a rather sorry BSc in 1977.


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Wind power running out of puff
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Forecasting for disaster
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Floods wash away carbon tax support
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Breaking the Sheep’s Back: A review of the Australian wool industry and government intervention
Economics - 22/08/2011 - 36 comments
Rewriting Easter Island's history
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Wind power: not always there when you need it
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Media madness: blaming climate confusion on the fourth estate
Environment - 7/06/2011 - 36 comments
Big climate cycle means wet decades
Environment - 4/02/2011 - 63 comments
Paying the bill for carbon cuts
Environment - 26/10/2010 - 18 comments
Emissions already well short of forecasts
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Climate apocalypse postponed
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Money makes the activists go round
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Blowing away money
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Ice Age theories warming up
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Film review: 'Not Evil Just Wrong'
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A climate model for every season
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Living with the market cycle
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Flawed forecasting
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Living in fear
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Tilting at population windmills
Environment - 16/04/2009 - 37 comments
Wind energy blowing hot air
Environment - 20/03/2009 - 22 comments
Darwin: evidence is everything
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Testing greenhouse
Science & Technology - 23/01/2009 - 40 comments
Kyoto - a lot of hot air
Environment - 8/12/2008 - 16 comments
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Economics - 28/10/2008 - 14 comments
Bad feelings become self fulfilling
Economics - 14/10/2008 - 6 comments
Activity is quiet on the sunspot front ...
Science & Technology - 29/08/2008 - 117 comments
Justice at all costs
Law & Liberties - 27/06/2008 - 5 comments
A whole new level of crazy
Environment - 23/06/2008 - 14 comments
Sceptics will have their day
Environment - 17/04/2008 - 66 comments
Selling out celebrities
Media - 22/02/2008 - 8 comments
Election 07: boredom will win
Domestic Politics - 13/11/2007 - 8 comments
Harry Potter will potter on
The Arts - 1/10/2007 - 6 comments
Encouraging R&D - forget about it!
Economics - 27/08/2007 - 5 comments
Climate change crystal ball clouds over
Environment - 24/07/2007 - 28 comments
Throwing stones in the glass greenhouse
Environment - 7/06/2007 - 13 comments
Hot air rises in greenhouse
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Going cold on climate change
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Waterworld scenario sinks
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Confessions of a Soccer Dad
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Abu Ghraib and other prisons around the world
Law & Liberties - 11/06/2004 - 2 comments
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Money, bombs and freelance terrorism - how is it all financed?
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Book Review: Don Watson's flawed diatribe against consultant-speak
Media - 11/11/2003 - 1 comment
Why have Lomborg's detractors taken such a narrow view of his book?
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The sublime futility of marching in the streets to protest unwinnable issues
Society - 1/10/2003
Coverage of Hanson and Iraq proved there's silliness in journalism culture
Media - 10/09/2003
Coming to grips with the long, slow march of ageism in the workplace
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Why did the pundits keep claiming the military campaign was in trouble?
Media - 17/04/2003
You shouldn't believe everything you see - especially when there's a war on
Media - 27/03/2003
Lots of reasons why removing Saddam is good for world peace and stability
International - 11/03/2003
Civilised reasons to do something about Saddam Hussein
International - 24/10/2002



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