Time to take a different road?
The world's use of finite resources continues to rise as global development continues. Can we help poorer nations raise their standard of living without exhausting all of our raw materials?
Feel-good fudges designed to boost staff morale are giving way to tangible projects which can be reported to shareholders.
A dress by designer Iris van Herpen, who, with her runway designs, challenges common fashion norms and beliefs.
Fast fashion is the second most wasteful industry on Earth. But with the creation of dresses that charge cellphones and clothes made from recycled bottles, we could be on the verge of a green fashion revolution.
A 17th-century folding screen depicting the early Edo period on the site of modern-day Tokyo.
Edo, which gave rise to Tokyo, was also the world's largest city three centuries ago. Facing ecological collapse, Edo developed a culture and practices that supported sustainable living.
The Southeast Queensland Regional Plan’s revision will include engagement of the community.
A long-term plan can’t properly underpin a vision without engaging many of Southeast Queensland's stakeholders and visitors or without the use of appropriate futures methods.
Drink containers are the biggest contributors to rubbish in Australia.
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Refunds for drink bottles and cans get litter out of the environment – but industry remains opposed.
Farmers were supposed to bet big on energy crops like short-rotation willow to help fuel the UK's biomass fleet. It hasn't worked out like that.
We need a global target for reducing emissions in agriculture to meet the Paris Agreement. Farmers have an opportunity to help meet the 2 degree C target in the Paris Agreement, but known practices will not be enough.
To meet global climate change targets, agriculture needs an array of innovations and money to get farmers around the world to adopt new practices.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
The metal is extracted from brightly coloured ore.
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A metal found in industrial wastes could help store solar and wind energy until it's needed.
Tensions between cattle herders and crop-farming communities in Nigeria have escalated in the past few months.
Escalating clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria threaten the country's national and food security. A response based on innovation, sustainability and political will is urgently needed.
Green government, cheaper business.
There are gains to be made from going green.
The earth is a finite place.
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The global economy is already unsustainable – let alone if it gets bigger.
Melbourne is one of the fastest-growing cities in the developed world, and the other big Australian cities aren’t far behind.
With the failures of past planning now apparent, the unruly threat of a damaged and depleting planet is ushering us toward a fourth era of urban restructuring. What might City v4.0 look like?
An Indonesian oil palm smallholder sells fruit bunches to a trader.
Over the past few years many companies have committed to sustainable palm oil. But that is threatened by a growing alliance between industry and government.
Jumping to conclusions. Does GDP mislead us?
Our feelings of self-worth and contentment are no longer the preserve of writers and artists. Science has made measurement of our well-being a viable alternative to the banalities of economic output.
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Extracting energy from warm waste water is an easy way to live more sustainably.
Australia has isolated sustainable development projects, like Adelaide’s Bowden precinct that got Princes Charles' attention in 2015, but lacks an overarching commitment to sustainability.
The challenges we face demand profound changes in our thinking and priorities. Replacing the Productivity Commission with a National Sustainability Commission would help us make this paradigm shift.
Australians are some of the worst wasters in the developed world.
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Australia still rests too heavily on its luck, and not enough on its brains.
Beefy problem: livestock emit methane, but the soils where they graze can be much more climate-friendly than cropland.
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Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.