Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
Could municipal biosolids be a trove of tiny treasure?
Heather Lowers, USGS Denver Microbeam Laboratory
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.
It’s high time we gave Australian wildlife a helping hand.
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A 21st century government would put the environment on at least an equal footing with the economy. That means no more extinctions, and no more putting ourselves before wildlife or future generations.
Governments alone cannot achieve the UN’s big agenda.
To start, businesses can stop creating problems that governments have to fix.
Now comes the hard part.
After two years of negotiations, the UN Sustainable Development goals will be adopted today. How can society and government actually end poverty and achieve other lofty goals?
The “Africa we want” envisioned by the AU can be built - but not without universities' help and hard work.
Higher education can play a key role in pursuing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration will be crucial.
Businesses should definitely be involved in sustainable development, but watch out for ‘greenwash’.
Have the Sustainable Development Goals been co-opted by big business?
Open-air irrigation: so last century.
A government for the 21st century needs to work out how we can grow our food, manufacture goods and dispose of waste without making such a huge mess.
Australians are major offenders when it comes to wasting food.
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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.
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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.
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?
Methane monster – landfill in Danbury, Connecticut.
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Using more accurate data, researchers find that waste disposal at methane-emitting landfills is two times greater than previous EPA estimates.
Good governance is a foundation for sustainable development under the new 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.
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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.
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The simple act of shampooing and conditioning our hair, even with green products, results in more than 30 chemicals being washed into our sewers.
What a waste.
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The 'linear economy' that drove 20th-century leaps in wealth is no longer sustainable, and our standard of living will not survive without a dramatic redesign.
A dumpster is fair game for scavenging.
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Dumpster diving: a way to recycle and reduce food waste.
Digging up that nature strip and planting tomatoes is one way of reducing consumption.
What does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a world where technology solves the world's most pressing environmental problems.
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.
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.
Let’s face it, your fridge looks nothing like this.
Almost everyone wants to throw out less food. The good news is that even something as simple as organising your fridge into zones for different food types can stop your bin filling up.