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Beware Science Based Targets, they may not be enough

There’s clearly one true Science Based Target, one that comes without the bureaucracy of dealing with another NGO and another set of reporting. One that’s based on science, ethics and understanding probabilities.

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On the climate bus heading our way

News from the front desk – Issue No 400: It’s four weeks to go before Tomorrowland. Our signature event is a point in time. A time to measure what we won and…

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Tackling the conundrum of low-carbon, low-income housing

Comfortable, affordable and low-carbon housing is possible, but according to experts at Wednesday’s National Forum on Low Carbon Housing for Low Income Households, there are multiple challenges that need tackling to get there.

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Cundall is seeking a talented Senior ESD Consultant to join the sustainable design team in their Sydney office and to work on some of the most exciting projects in Australia across a range of sectors.

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Beverage and food company Lion is hiring a Sydney-based Group Sustainability Manager for a newly created role responsible for developing and setting the company’s sustainability strategy. You will engage teams across all business…

Canberra NHFIC board members ammounced

Property heavyweights join NHFIC board

Four new faces from the property industry, the community housing sector and the infrastructure financing sector have been appointed as National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) board members.

Sandra Brewer and Allison Hailes property lobbies

Shake-up at Western Australia’s property lobbies

Marketing executive Sandra Brewer has been appointed executive director of the Western Australian chapter of the Property Council, replacing Lino Iacomella, who has stepped down after 13 years. Meanwhile, the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA’s chief executive Allison Hailes has resigned.

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City of Parramatta: Place Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated individual to join the City of Parramatta’s large dedicated place-making team as a Place Manager.

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Will the NEG change the net zero game?

Some of Australia’s leading property companies have set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero or beyond. Will the NEG help or hinder?

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NSW imposes retrospective flammable cladding ban

Combustible aluminium composite cladding will be banned in NSW on the exteriors of multi-storey buildings, including residential buildings and public buildings over two storeys, from tomorrow.

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Shake-up at Western Australia’s property lobbies

Marketing executive Sandra Brewer has been appointed executive director of the Western Australian chapter of the Property Council, replacing Lino Iacomella, who has stepped down after 13 years. Meanwhile, the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA’s chief executive Allison Hailes has resigned.

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Science Based Targets selfridges

Beware Science Based Targets, they may not be enough

There’s clearly one true Science Based Target, one that comes without the bureaucracy of dealing with another NGO and another set of reporting. One that’s based on science, ethics and understanding probabilities.

On the climate bus heading our way

News from the front desk – Issue No 400: It’s four weeks to go before Tomorrowland. Our signature event is a point in time. A time to measure what we won and…

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Will the NEG change the net zero game?

Some of Australia’s leading property companies have set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero or beyond. Will the NEG help or hinder?

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On why it’s time to give up our massive risk taking appetite

News from the front desk – Issue No 399: We appear to have a gambling problem that extends way beyond poker machine habits and flutters on the fillies. It’s a runaway risk appetite for maintaining things as close to the status quo as possible in the face of the reality of climate change and its impacts on all humans.

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Driverless cars: benefit to humanity or road to an Orwellian dystopia?

Understanding where driverless cars are taking us – in terms of physical safety, governance models and unintended consequences – is still in its infancy. In this article David Wilson, a planning professional part-way through a PhD doctoral thesis on the topic, provides a helicopter view of what’s coming.

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Fiction: For the Greater Good

Carolita was hurrying down the path to her apartment when she was intercepted by her neighbour. “Oh! They’ve cut me off for the rest of the month! I went O-D…

Not just the petrolheads: we all waste energy slaves

Canberra-based science communicator Stuart McMillen regularly publishes non-fiction comics about social and environmental issues. We have previously featured his work on The Fifth Estate, including his comics Peak Oil, St…

Comic: Stuart McMillen on Energy Slaves

Cartoonist Stuart McMillen recently shared his comic Energy Slaves on The Fifth Estate, which looked at the human power needed to maintain our lifestyles. Now he has written a series of…

Book review: We do things differently by Mark Stevenson

For any of us that have felt deep concern about the lack of vision in government, We do things differently is a timely reminder of the power of grassroots innovation to create solutions to some of the world’s big challenges.

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News From The Front

Science Based Targets selfridges

Beware Science Based Targets, they may not be enough

There’s clearly one true Science Based Target, one that comes without the bureaucracy of dealing with another NGO and another set of reporting. One that’s based on science, ethics and understanding probabilities.

Jobs and Business News

Cundall ESD

Cundall: Senior ESD Consultant – Sydney

Cundall is seeking a talented Senior ESD Consultant to join the sustainable design team in their Sydney office and to work on some of the most exciting projects in Australia across a range of sectors.

the fifth estate, jobs

Our pick of jobs this week

Beverage and food company Lion is hiring a Sydney-based Group Sustainability Manager for a newly created role responsible for developing and setting the company’s sustainability strategy. You will engage teams across all business…

Canberra NHFIC board members ammounced

Property heavyweights join NHFIC board

Four new faces from the property industry, the community housing sector and the infrastructure financing sector have been appointed as National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) board members.

Sandra Brewer and Allison Hailes property lobbies

Shake-up at Western Australia’s property lobbies

Marketing executive Sandra Brewer has been appointed executive director of the Western Australian chapter of the Property Council, replacing Lino Iacomella, who has stepped down after 13 years. Meanwhile, the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA’s chief executive Allison Hailes has resigned.

City of parramatta place manager

City of Parramatta: Place Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated individual to join the City of Parramatta’s large dedicated place-making team as a Place Manager.