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Projects are underway to address sustainable energy transitions in cities like Uganda’s Kasese. James Akena/Reuters

Smaller African cities need sustainable energy intervention

Sustainable energy is crucial for smaller African cities which are generally overlooked. These cities receive much less research and funding focus.
Could municipal biosolids be a trove of tiny treasure? Heather Lowers, USGS Denver Microbeam Laboratory

Mining for metals in society’s waste

Mining waste rock from historic mines or even treated sewage to find useful metals and minerals could be a sustainable way to meet demand for these finite resources.
Australians are major offenders when it comes to wasting food. Food waste image from

Sustainable Development Goals: a win-win for Australia

By promoting more sustainable development we can improve the quality of life and opportunity here in Australia, while also promoting prosperity in the many developing countries in our region.
Here’s a goal: no new coal mines. Coal mine image from

Sustained economic growth: United Nations mistakes the poison for the cure

By championing economic growth, the Sustainable Development Goals are a barely disguised defence of the market fundamentalism that underpins business-as-usual. But in an age of planetary limits, sustained economic growth is not the solution to our social and environmental ills, but their cause.
Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are together seeking to mobilise world opinion to change the way we live and produce. EPA/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope works to reconcile Catholic teaching, population pressures and sustainable development

On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
Good governance is a foundation for sustainable development under the new goals. Lars Plougmann/Flickr

Explainer: the world’s new sustainable development goals

Later this week, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York and adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals to guide global development.
Australia’s prodigious coal output is one of the factors that count against it in a new appraisal of sustainability among OECD nations. John Englart/Wikimedia Commons

Australia is among the most liveable nations, but it lags other countries on sustainability

A survey of OECD nations puts Australia 18th out of 34 on progress towards the world's new sustainability goals. It scores well on quality of life, but lets itself down on - you guessed it - climate.
More than thirty chemicals can go down the drain from products we use everyday. Soap image from

Down the drain: we need to rethink how we clean our homes

The simple act of shampooing and conditioning our hair, even with green products, results in more than 30 chemicals being washed into our sewers.
Police officers stand guard in downtown Shanghai. China’s pollution crisis has reached epic proportions, driven by the country’s relentless pursuit of economic growth. Reuters/Aly Song

Why the new Sustainable Development Goals won’t make the world a fairer place

The pursuit of endless industrial growth is chewing through our living planet, producing poverty and threatening our existence. The new Sustainable Development Goals fail to deal with this.

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