Jason Steger The Age

He visited novelist Richard Flanagan and travelled with Greens senator Bob Brown to where old-growth trees are under threat of logging. “We hiked in some stunning forests, their beauty enhanced by the fact that they wouldn’t be here in six months,” he said. McEwan found it bizarre to be drawn “into the strange spectre of a Federal Government funding a private company to turn ancient forests belonging to the state into woodchips”. The fact this was happening “in a sophisticated, advanced democracy (that is) scientifically literate … is one of profound astonishment”. Forests, he said, were one of the central arguments in post-Kyoto discussion. Read more here