The new wellbeing framework, set to be released, has five broad themes and about 50 indicators treasury will track over time. Our new book shows how important but difficult measuring wellbeing can be.
Researchers have estimated the gross ecosystem product (GEP) of Qinghai province in China.
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Radical new thinking is required to fight climate change, and ‘gross ecosystem product’ might help.
Invasive species have been invading foreign territories for centuries. By quantifying the mammoth economic impacts, we hope political leaders will start to take notice.
The declaration of the 5 million-hectare Katiti Petermann Indigenous Protected Area around Uluru in 2015 helped take the land area of northern Australia in the hands of traditional owners to around 60%.
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Expanding on sustainable practices in remote parts of Australia can deliver great benefits to both local Indigenous owners and national and global communities.
The traditional owners have won widespread support for their fight to protect Djab Wurrung Country and their sacred trees.
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Laws in other countries recognise ‘rights of nature’. But even trees sacred to Indigenous Australian communities have no special protection.
Endless growth is not a sustainable option for fast-growing Australian cities like Melbourne.
The demands on land and resources from our fast-growing cities are unsustainable, as are the wastes they produce. Yet still our leaders act as if unlimited growth is possible.
Ecological economics focuses on sustainability and development, rather than the traditional economic concerts of efficiency and growth.
Ecological economics focuses on sustainability and development rather than efficiency and growth. Cities, as home to 70-80% of economic activity, are at the heart of the challenge of being sustainable.
Striking for the climate.
Humans consume excessive resources with little or no benefits to well-being – and the politics of our economy are to blame. To counter the influence of industries in democracy, we must strike.
‘Greening’ our current economic system can only take us so far.
Economic growth created the climate crisis and continues to fuel it – ‘green’ growth is no solution.
With partnerships between landowners, the government and businesses, South Africa can invest in its wetlands and boost the country’s potable water reserves.
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Politicians and economists call for emissions cuts while also embracing free trade – they can’t have it both ways.
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No country manages to balance sustainability with meeting basic human needs – but Vietnam comes closest.
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Increased development is always unsustainable, so let’s stop kidding ourselves.
Digging for dollars: an new way to view economic growth.
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Economic inequality and environmental degradation are closely linked – and stem from politicians’ fixation on economic growth at all costs.