Education is recognised in a number of the SDGs, particularly SDG 4 which calls for “inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
Universities can contribute to the goals through education, research, innovation and leadership, but they need to get started now.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals have distinct functions but are interrelated and requires an integrated approach from both scientists and policymakers.
The rise of the middle class in Africa is fuelling consumer economies and protection policies. But they tend to be disconnected from sustainability issues.
Environmental threats in the Pacific Islands can be cultural as well as physical.
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Australia is good at 'hard hat' responses to crises such as cyclones. But a new environmental declaration on the Pacific Islands points out that the best approach is more well-rounded and subtle.
The finance industry has developed a powerful set of tools over the years, which could be used to improve well-being and solve our environmental problems.
Giant kelp can grow up to 60cm a day, given the right conditions.
In an extract from his new book, Tim Flannery explains how giant kelp farms could suck carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ocean's depths, while encouraging species like fish and oysters.
Heavy storms in February caused parts of a California highway to give way.
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The American Society of Civil Engineers gives US infrastructure a D+. What is it that we're doing wrong?
What will we do for bin liners now?
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Banning single-use plastic bags makes sense, as long as it doesn't usher in behaviours that are just as bad, or worse – like over-using heavier bags made of even more plastic.
Some local councils are more tolerant than others in allowing residents to grow food where they want.
Urban residents are increasingly keen to farm verges, parks, rooftops and backyards, but planning rules sometimes stand in the way.
Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it.
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Punks aren't known for their positivity, but 'solarpunks' are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.
Nearly one-third of tropical animal species face extinction if humans do not curb our growing appetites for beef, pork and other land-intensive meats. The Panamanian golden frog bred by the Vancouver Aquarium in this 2014 file photo may be extinct in its natural habitat.
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As much as one-third of animal species in the tropics could be eradicated if their habitats continue to be converted for monoculture farming. We can all do something to make a difference.
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We need a positive vision for humanity, not tech-driven life on Mars.
Building the hotbox dream: another housing development in Western Sydney.
Extreme heat divides people from the environment and from each other. So with the rapid densification of our cities, what kind of legacies are we building for future generations?
Soft Landing recycles the materials of mattresses that otherwise get dumped in landfill.
City dwellers are individually starting to do their bit to live sustainably. Now pioneering businesses are aiming to make ecological and social sustainability part of their bottom line.
It’s hard to see how a city can be good for all its people unless they are involved in its creation.
Developing principles to create cities that are good for all is not easy. Who decides what is good? And for whom? We desperately need a big and general public discussion about this.
Every day brings new calls for sustainability, as humanity's actual behaviour moves ever further away from it. What can we learn from an obscure Austrian philosopher?
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Research shows this psychological technique can help people become more aware and support global change.
Netflix's new film is a timely intervention into discussions on whether it can ever be ethically sound to eat meat.
Barcelona is under huge strain from tourism growth, but at least it is trying to do something about it. You could help as well...
A pioneer of ethical consumerism, wedded to a corporate giant with a questionable record? The lessons of a decade ago should be ringing alarm bells.