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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…

Sydney Architecture Studio off grid commercial building

Plans for game-changing off-grid high-rise revealed

Exclusive: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s north shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.

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renewable energy Photo by Jonny Clow on Unsplash

Government lauds “effective” climate policies as emissions head up

The federal government’s just-released Review of Climate Change Policies asserts that Australia is “on track” to meet its Paris Agreement target, despite the simultaneous release of data showing Australia’s emissions grew by 0.7 per cent over the last financial year.

Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

As more people move from country areas to the city and as land to build homes near the city centre becomes scarce, we’re getting further and further away from nature.

Ardross kids fight climate change

Schools taking the lead on climate action

Fifteen schools in Perth are currently finishing up a two-year Low Carbon Schools pilot program, demonstrating how easy it is to take action on climate change, given the right tools and support.

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Ross Harding and why Off the Grid festival works

According to Ross Harding, engineer, extreme-sustainability consultant and funky-gig organiser, if you’re going to have a solar-powered off-grid music and talk-fest it better be on the summer solstice on 22 December.

Ecosave growth goals surpassed as energy prices escalate

In just one year Ecosave has surpassed its own growth goals in the vast energy efficiency market unfolding at the upper end of the institutional and manufacturing property portfolios, thanks to fiercely rising prices in the sector.

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renewable energy Photo by Jonny Clow on Unsplash

Government lauds “effective” climate policies as emissions head up

The federal government’s just-released Review of Climate Change Policies asserts that Australia is “on track” to meet its Paris Agreement target, despite the simultaneous release of data showing Australia’s emissions grew by 0.7 per cent over the last financial year.

Ardross kids fight climate change

Schools taking the lead on climate action

Fifteen schools in Perth are currently finishing up a two-year Low Carbon Schools pilot program, demonstrating how easy it is to take action on climate change, given the right tools and support.

Ross Harding and why Off the Grid festival works

According to Ross Harding, engineer, extreme-sustainability consultant and funky-gig organiser, if you’re going to have a solar-powered off-grid music and talk-fest it better be on the summer solstice on 22 December.

Push for Melbourne’s metro stations to go biophilic

Could Melbourne’s new underground metro stations become leading examples of biophilic design principles in action? A research team from Deakin University and Ecopolis has given the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority every reason to try.

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Sydney Architecture Studio off grid commercial building

Plans for game-changing off-grid high-rise revealed

Exclusive: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s north shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.

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Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

As more people move from country areas to the city and as land to build homes near the city centre becomes scarce, we’re getting further and further away from nature.

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Schools taking the lead on climate action

Fifteen schools in Perth are currently finishing up a two-year Low Carbon Schools pilot program, demonstrating how easy it is to take action on climate change, given the right tools and support.

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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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We’re on summer break (hope you are too)

Happy New Year! We’re still on summer break. Back on 22 January. Please send news ideas, submissions and queries to editorial@thefifthestate.com.au ready for our return.

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…

Sydney Architecture Studio off grid commercial building

Plans for game-changing off-grid high-rise revealed

Exclusive: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s north shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.

7
renewable energy Photo by Jonny Clow on Unsplash

Government lauds “effective” climate policies as emissions head up

The federal government’s just-released Review of Climate Change Policies asserts that Australia is “on track” to meet its Paris Agreement target, despite the simultaneous release of data showing Australia’s emissions grew by 0.7 per cent over the last financial year.

Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

As more people move from country areas to the city and as land to build homes near the city centre becomes scarce, we’re getting further and further away from nature.

Ardross kids fight climate change

Schools taking the lead on climate action

Fifteen schools in Perth are currently finishing up a two-year Low Carbon Schools pilot program, demonstrating how easy it is to take action on climate change, given the right tools and support.

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We’re on summer break (hope you are too)

Happy New Year! We’re still on summer break. Back on 22 January. Please send news ideas, submissions and queries to editorial@thefifthestate.com.au ready for our return.

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…

Plans for game-changing off-grid high-rise revealed

Exclusive: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s north shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.

7

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Sydney Architecture Studio off grid commercial building

Plans for game-changing off-grid high-rise revealed

Exclusive: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s north shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.

7

Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants

As more people move from country areas to the city and as land to build homes near the city centre becomes scarce, we’re getting further and further away from nature.

See More »