Environment

Why our driest state leads the way on water

OXYGEN FILES: South Australian Water is collaborating with Sydney Water, researchers and the NSW Smart Sensing Network on water saving technologies. Funny that the driest place in the country, South Australia, is pretty savvy on H2O.

Sign advising of reclaimed irrigation water in use

Perth faces a drought of action over water use

Perth’s water managers have declared that the city will be a leading “waterwise” city by 2030 but there is a lot of work to do to reach that goal, given that Perth has the second-highest per capita water consumption of any Australian capital city.

Facing the fires – a personal experience

As the fires were still raging in the NSW south coast architect and urbanist Don Albert had first-hand view of two shattered communities when he heeded the invitation to tourists to come to the area.

Are your carbon offsets really reducing emissions?

Many Australian businesses, often driven by shareholder or investor expectations, are setting voluntary emission reduction targets or entering voluntary programs.

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Australia’s iconic water tank making waves as an urban favourite

There’s something deeply iconic about the galvanised water tank in Australian architecture. It’s a practical response to the need to save water, and at the same time a symbol of a growing sensitivity to the need for a more sustainable way of life.

indigenous cultural burning

Listen to the original land managers to learn about fire, country and community

OXYGEN FILES: Amidst the smoke and fury of this summer’s bushfire catastrophe, there is a positive note – the growing recognition of the value of Aboriginal fire and landscape management practices. Key among the listeners is the artistic haven of the Bundanon Trust at Shoalhaven south of Sydney, which has embraced indigenous fire practices not long before it was threatened by fire early this month.

On the Australia Fires and what comes next

Dear Scott Morrison, we told you well before Christmas you had the chance to be a superhero. To jump onto the world stage and claim leadership on a scale that no small-to-mid size country has seen before.

Smoke haze and how to minimise the impact

OXYGEN FILES: Usually in January, there are kids everywhere in my little Riverina town. Kids on scooters and bikes and skateboards. Kids at the local pool. Kids out with dogs and basketballs or playing a bit of hit-and-giggle at the town tennis court.