Maria Taylor is an award-winning journalist and former documentary film-maker whose work over more than three decades in both Australia and the United States has focused on sustainable resource management and environmental issues. The book builds on research conducted for a PhD (communications) at the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science of The Australian National University. Her multi-disciplinary investigation of the public record and the input of science, politics, economics, journalism and contemporary mass media has revealed for the first time how and why Australia buried a once good understanding of global warming and climate change — to arrive after 25 years at the confusion and stalemate we are still in today. The book is written for both a general audience and interested scholars. Taylor lives and works in regional NSW near the national capital, where she publishes a monthly community newspaper The District Bulletin.