Opinion

On why we don’t have to follow our political leaders

Experts report we’ve had the hottest decade since records began. Large tracts of the country are in flames with ash now contaminating Sydney’s main water storage at Warragamba Dam.

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Mainstreaming low carbon design

Low carbon design provides a cost-effective way of improving performance that can be adopted for all buildings. Now, clear guidance on how to achieve such designs is available in a series of free, technical guides.

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How to slash water use in high-rise buildings by 80 per cent

Water scarcity is a serious issue for densely populated cities, especially in Australia. Fortunately, technology can help us reduce huge amounts of water in our buildings, with the good old vacuum toilet leading the way.

Government must connect to a renewable future

Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has finally called the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council meeting this weekend. Let’s hope the meeting is not in vain.

On why it’s no time to be quiet

The mood of the nation is as volatile as the landscape this week, as science and ideology collide during the bushfire emergency.

On how to win: ask these three women

If you want to know how to lead a strong campaign on climate and sustainability ask the three women who fronted the C40 Women4Climate panel at a Sydney Town Hall dinner the other night, in a room full of women either already making a huge impact or well on the way.

Ben Peacock

The two ‘morrows of Tomorrowland

I don’t know about you, but after working in sustainability for 12 years, I have never been more hopeful nor more terrified of what the future could bring.

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Michael Mobbs won’t pay his council rates for waste

Michael Mobbs is taking his own climate emergency action and will stop paying council garbage rates. It’s the least his local council can do if it’s serious about its climate emergency declaration, he says.

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On green tape or whatever it takes – bring it on

News from the front desk 459: While koalas burn alive in the Port Macquarie bushfires that are sending smoke as far as Sydney, farms and farmers are dying, rivers are running dry, and topsoil is blowing away, the federal government looks to be preparing to further eviscerate sustainability policy.