Your guide to low carbon lingo

EXPLAINER: From property portfolios and home builders to multinational corporations and governments, commitments to get a grip on carbon emissions are multiplying. But the plethora of terms can get a little confusing, for example, is net positive the same as carbon negative?

OK Gen X (and where the bloody hell are you?)

The most critically important place to do something is the workplace. Workplaces are the new village. They are one of the few institutions we still trust. And it’s time to look at Gen X for action.

Our trade talks with Europe and Britain are set to become climate talks

Climate change is set to become an inescapable part of negotiations now underway over an Australia-European Union free trade agreement, and also negotiations over the Australia-UK agreement necessitated by Britain’s exit from the European Union.

What we can learn about community resilience

Communities in Australia and California share connected experiences as they face climate-related threats, especially fire.  Different continents, connected climates, same challenges. Here are view from two people who had close contact with recent fires in California and Australia. Richard Mullane: As an Australian living in California, it’s heartbreaking to watch the devastating bushfires from afar. […]

Australia’s survival depends on shifting climate policy

It has been a summer like no other. We have seen loss of life and unprecedented destruction across NSW and much of the rest of the country. Australia has been the hottest place on the planet and Sydney’s air quality has at times ranked as the worst in the world. Climate change is unfolding before our eyes.

Our office will open 13 January 2020 – meanwhile, dig deep and help those affected by fire

Following is a list of sites where you can donate to the bushfires appeal, listed on the ABC website Donate to charities that support bushfire affected communities Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Salvation Army Disaster Appeal Vinnies NSW Bushfire Appeal Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund Donate […]

Smoke signals from the climate emergency

The smoke alarms going off across Sydney last week are a symptom of a much larger malaise: our communities and buildings are not prepared for the climate emergency. From HVAC systems and building quality through to workplace health and resourcing for organisations and workers on the frontlines of the drought and the fires, urgent action is needed to improve resilience.

Engineers ready to miss out on projects as they join the Declare movement

Engineers have joined a growing movement to declare a climate emergency. But what does this mean in practice? According to early signatories such as Arup and Inhabit Group, it means a commitment to change the way engineers do business. It could also mean losing clients.

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.

Emergency, emergency. What are we waiting for?

There are way too many similarities between Califoria and Australia when it comes to fire risk. In the US, more than 12.7 million homes were built in the high-risk wild lands-urban interface in the 20 years to 2010 . In 2011, Australia had 3.3 million people in similar outer metropolitan fringe areas – by 2021, that will rise to about 4.5 million people

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.

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.

On creative accounting and why it’s always worth looking under the hood

Think we’re running out of time to save the world from catastrophic warming? Well, it seems much of the corporate world might have given up on the tight timeline needed to meet the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels.

Climate crisis – what’s it good for?

In the No 1 Motown hit song War, Edwin Starr asserts that war is good for “absolutely nothing”. So too could this be said of climate change. Yet, while the evidence has been widely published and publicised, it is only recently that the frustration with the lack of international political commitment to reducing greenhouse gas […]

On why we’re all activists now

News from the front desk 454:  What’s an activist? An activist might be a young schoolkid, sure. And because of this the climate “strike” attracted the ire of political leaders, strangely irked by the power of these children to make the world pay attention. One child in particular, Greta Thunberg, at just 16 years of […]

Sendle’s message to Aussie Post

Brief: Sustainable packaging company Sendle and ethical marketing firm Republic of Everyone have teamed up in a cheeky campaign challenging Australia Post to go carbon neutral.

Surprising findings from Climate of the Nation report

Almost three quarters of Queenslanders agree coal-fired power stations should be phased out either as soon as possible or gradually, according to the Australia Institute’s 2019 Climate of the Nation report.

Australian military unprepared for likely climate change conflicts

Brief: The Australian Defence Force is worried about climate refugees and climate change related conflict according to briefing notes from last year obtained by the ABC under Freedom of Information. The military predicts it also may have to increase patrols in the northern seas to deal with sea-level rise migration in the Indo-Pacific. Former Defence […]