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Drawing inspiration from Buen Vivir, this mural is by the famous Brigada Ramona Parra, a political street art collective in Chile. Alternautus

Buen Vivir: South America’s rethinking of the future we want

Buen Vivir is a concept and practice influencing politics and communities across South America. It involves a radically different way of thinking about collective wellbeing and sustainable living.
Scientists have struggled to work together to provide solutions for societal challenges such as energy and climate change. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Collaboration plan for South African scientists fails to take off

There is a long road to travel before South Africa's scientists live up to the grand expectations to encourage solutions to the country's problems and boost the economy.
Take that extra hour off work. Just don’t spend it burning coal or petrol. Rawpixel/Shutterstock.com

Want to help the environment? First fix your work-life balance

Being time-poor makes it harder to be green, says a study which shows that people who work long hours are more likely to fall short on taking real action to address their environmental concerns.
Research shows monocultures of crops - such as this canola field - can be bad for the environment. Peter Hayward/Flickr

Single-crop farming is leaving wildlife with no room to turn

Monocultures - vast expanses of a single crop - may look pretty, but mounting research shows they are likely bad for environment. And in turn that's bad news for farms as well.
The world fair is full of contradictions. Paolo Bona / Shutterstock.com

Expo Milano: what are world’s fairs for?

The Milan Expo is themed around food and sustainability. But the reality of the world's fair is a hyped up consumerism that's far from sustainable.
A golden crispy flake and chips is a classic takeaway meal. But is it a sustainable choice? Travis/Flickr

Flake is sustainable gummy shark, except when it’s not

Flake is great with steaming hot chips. But what fish species is it, and is it sustainable? In Australia, it's mainly gummy shark, which is a sustainable choice. But beware poorly labelled imitations.
To save wildlife we’ll need to intensify our resource use to leave space for conservation. Mkimemia/Wikimedia

An ecomodernist’s manifesto: save wildlife by embracing new tech

With increasing human pressure on the environment, how can we save wildlife while lifting people out of poverty? A new manifesto argues for using technology to intensify energy and agriculture.
It’s not always as ostentatious as Dubai, but our coastlines are home to ever-growing numbers of manmade structures. NASA/Wikimedia Commons

Concrete coastlines: it’s time to tackle our marine ‘urban sprawl’

Urban sprawl has spread to the sea, as more and more man-made structures are being built along the world's coastlines. Just as we do on land, we need to think about how to build sustainably at sea.
In most states, the issue of container deposit legislation has festered for decades. Brian Finestone/Shutterstock.com

Spin the bottle: the fraught politics of container deposit schemes

Four decades after South Australia's container deposit scheme began, New South Wales has finally overcome industry resistance and launched its own. Could the rest of the country now follow suit?

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