Digging in: China’s UN climate pledge shows it is serious about doing the heavy lifting in going green.
China's formal climate target shows that the world's largest greenhouse emitter is determined to green its economy on an unprecedented scale - and that it can bring the rest of the world along for the ride.
There’s only one of them.
How can we live within the means of our planet? Almost all environmental literature grossly underestimates what is needed for our civilisation to become sustainable.
Scientists have struggled to work together to provide solutions for societal challenges such as energy and climate change.
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.
Don’t tread on woodchips.
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The outcry over the government's plan to allow wood burning from native forests under the revamped Renewable Energy Target belies the fact that woodchips can be useful and sustainable if harvested responsibly.
Take that extra hour off work. Just don’t spend it burning coal or petrol.
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.
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.
Load of rubbish.
One of the biggest ironies in the history of bottled water is the role that the soft drinks industry has had in its growth.
The world fair is full of contradictions.
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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?
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.
People travelled a total of 40 trillion km in 2012, mostly by car.
Across the western world, the distance people travel is starting to fall. That's a good thing, for us and the environment.
Is this zero-carbon? No one really knows.
Solar panels and efficiency savings are supposed to balance out building emissions by 2016, but the UK is way behind target.
To save wildlife we’ll need to intensify our resource use to leave space for conservation.
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.
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.
It’s not always as ostentatious as Dubai, but our coastlines are home to ever-growing numbers of manmade structures.
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.
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?
The face of climate evil, or just a juicy steak?
Going vegetarian might help reduce your personal footprint - but it won't save the climate. Richard Eckard explains.
Backpackers may have a reputation for over-indulgence, but are more sustainable than you might think.
With a reputation in Australia for public drunkenness and antisocial behaviour, backpackers might not seem likely role models for “greener” ways of living. Most backpackers are from upper- or middle-class…
The Greens are enjoying a surge in support.
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Syriza’s surge to power with a campaign against austerity has forced politicians across Europe to justify their economic policies. The UK chancellor was hot-off-the-mark to assure everyone that the Greek…
The price of growth? Ebola management in Guinea.
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If ever we wanted a reminder of how global capitalism has got things wrong, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves the purpose well. Our assumption that economic growth is essential is not only a feature…
Using urban space for food production makes food easier to transport, not to mention cheaper.
The aftermath of Christmas is a good time to think about where consumer-capitalism is getting us. The sad fact is that, with these values, our society can never be ecologically sustainable or just. Accelerating…