News from the front desk: It’s hard not to feel a warm glow after waking up to newly sworn-in US president Joe Biden honouring his promise to re-join the Paris Agreement.
News from the front desk, issue 510: If you’re a greenwash spin-cycle merchant of high order and you think 2020 was hard on the bones, get set for an even tougher year ahead. From what we can tell from the tea leaves shaping up at the end of the year from hell (for most of […]
The Fifth Estate asked architect Shaun Carter and Australian Institute of Architects chief executive Julia Cambage what 2021 is likely to bring.
News from the front desk, Issue 509: Just in case you’ve been too busy enjoying end-of-year drinks with your colleagues – as you well should be – news this week included climate sceptic extraordinaire Nationals MP George Christensen picked to lead a parliamentary probe into the legality of insurers and lenders “blacklisting” fossil fuel projects, […]
News from the front desk, Issue 508: You just know when a piece of news is going to have a big impact. Last week it was that two global giants of the architectural world had resigned from Architects Declare in the UK. The reason? That both, Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects, work on […]
News from the front desk, Issue 507: So, Australia is on an economic tear so that means there is nothing stopping sustainability, right? Out of our recent Building Circularity came some gems of insights into the urgent tasks to hand to reduce the carbon in our structures. And the immense ambition and possibilities opening up to […]
News from the front desk: After a full day of robust discussion about redirecting the built environment along a less wasteful and carbon intensive path, on Wednesday morning The Fifth Estate woke up to NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s jovial hit list of Sydney buildings he’d love to demolish.
News from the front desk: The NSW government wants to do with land tax and stamp duty what it’s signalled it’s doing with energy and climate policy: something radical, innovative and what advocates have urged for decades.
Some thoughts on Matt Kean and the PM, from
Simon Corbell, and the brave new front of the climate challenge that will appear (streamed live from a television studio) at our Building Circularity symposium.
News from the front desk, Issue 503: Was there ever such vicarious interest in another country’s election as in that of the US election this week?
On the face of it the handling of the pandemic and who might be best to lead the Sunshine State out of the doom and gloom it’s caused is dominating the mainstream coverage of the Queensland election this weekend. But on closer inspection, environmental issues are front and centre in some of the seats that […]
News from the front desk: We know, we know…our massive 127-page ebook Flick the Switch based on our event on net zero and all electric buildings and cities, is barely off the virtual printing presses and here we are announcing a new event, with ebook to come.
News from the front desk: We called someone in NZ this week to canvass a new project on embodied carbon we’re running. Even though we’ve barely started to digest the massive 127 ebook we just published on net zero and operational energy.
UPDATED: News from the front desk Issue 500: The federal government is like the shy kid who wants to join the A list. It’s poking around the edges. Sticking a toe in here, a bit of nosey peek there. It can see the crowd closing tight and paradoxically growing bigger. More and more of the […]
If you caught the ABC’s Four Corners episode on Monday night about the dire state of our economy, you’d have seen the eerie shots of near-empty streets that were once the busiest in the country. It’s no surprise that Melbourne’s CBD is still deserted but new data from the Property Council of Australia shows that […]
No individual person, country or organisation can solve the myriad of challenges facing societies. Collaboration is critical – and businesses can, and should, be at the forefront, using their business to positively impact their stakeholders and the environment. There is a global community of companies that believe in the power of business to help solve […]
It’s not an easy time to be growing a business but industries and companies that keep abreast of major trends such as digitalisation are likely to fare better in the recovery, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The firm has identified a range of trends impacting the business world, including a rising demand for […]
News from the Front Desk, Issue 498: John Hewson former Liberal leader is starting to change his tune on climate change: he’s becoming more optimistic. Christiana Figueres, the global climate powerhouse of negotiation, agrees. And so does business. South Pole, a global company that offsets carbon for corporates and consults on sustainability and climate to […]
Mick Daley makes no apologies for joining the Bob Brown Convoy to northern Queensland to stop the Adani coal mine ahead of the last federal election. It was entirely in the same spirit as the Freedom Rides and the Civil Rights movements, he says. There are also precedents for what he did next.
News from the Front Desk, Issue 497: The release of Australia’s “gas-fired recovery” plans this week – topped off with new rules to allow government clean energy finance to flow towards carbon capture and storage –should hardly come as a surprise.
News from the Front Desk, Issue 496:When the NSW planning minister periodically taps an agency chief on the shoulder to share what the new priorities for their work should be, it’s something to be responded to, with alacrity. For Greater Sydney Commission boss Geoffrey Roberts, that tap came recently in the wake of the Coronavirus […]
If you knew you were burning down the house around you, and you could stop it, wouldn’t you?
Everybody needs a fresh look from time to time, and The Fifth Estate is no different.
News from the front desk: Who says satire is dead?
FEATURE: NSW has historically trod its own path to regulate the sustainability standards of its homes
Engineers are devilishly good problem-solvers, according to Engineers Australia’s first chief engineer, Jane MacMaster. They are traditionally directed at technical problems, but Macmaster says an engineer’s knack for “asking the right questions” can help navigate Australia’s complex “wicked problems”, such as the Covid recovery and climate change. MacMaster is passionate about elevating the profile and […]
Predicting the Jobs of the future is not as straightforward as the government’s uni fees meddling would suggest.
News from the Front Desk, Issue 493: Sometimes urging people to take personal responsibility is a fraudulent strategy for positive change. A con that says it’s all our own fault if the planet blows up. We need to take shorter showers, recycle, don’t buy plastics, travel less. If we’re fat or sick or work in […]
News from the front desk, issue 492: Here at The Fifth Estate our heads are spinning after what was an action packed five hours at our Flick the Switch event yesterday about the transition to all electric, net zero buildings and cities. The subject matter certainly struck a chord – we had record numbers in […]
You’ll have to excuse us for this lighter edition of our newsletter because we’ve been busy bees working on our Flick the Switch event tomorrow, which has attracted more attendees than we’ve ever had at any previous events!