Tales from the frontline

The emotional impact of climate change

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  • Published 20210129
  • ISBN: 978-1-922212-56-6
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

Melbourne: 31 August 2020
Covid cases: Australia 25,746; [i] World 25,162,019[ii]
Atmospheric carbon dioxide: 414.48 ppm[iii]

LIKE PRETTY MUCH everyone lucky enough to be working as the pandemic rages, we’re doing so from home. Him downstairs, me upstairs, yoked to our devices and summoning up spectral colleagues like a pair of sideshow psychics: ‘Can you hear me? I can hear you.’

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