Australia, like the US is trying to stick to the coal agenda despite cleaner sources of energy making the fossil fuel irrelevant to our futures. COVID is now a known airborne killer but there’s another one at large that also attacks through the air we breathe: coal. A recent Greenpeace report found that in Australia […]
Researchers from the Which Plant Where project at Western Sydney University are taking a deep look at how urban trees can adapt to drought conditions to help keep cities green in the face of a changing climate.
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!
Just as new drivers must pass a driving test, people should need to prove, through a planning, design and management process, that they are doing all they can to create a “fire wise” space to live in.
The Yarra Birrarung’s bicultural model recognises the Yarra (Birrarung) corridor in Melbourne as a “living” natural entity of bicultural character: both traditional owner and settler-Australia. But although it offers a pathway to decolonise rivers and landscapes, we need to see real shifts in cultural and power dynamics in Australia’s reconciliation processes. The Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act is a remarkable piece […]
The Morrison government on Monday released a long-awaited interim review into Australia’s federal environment law. The ten-year review found Australia’s natural environment is declining and under increasing threat. The current environmental trajectory is “unsustainable” and the law “ineffective”.
In recent months we’ve unexpectedly had to reflect on our lives, work and health, our relationships, travel, neighbourhoods and our cities.
Putting a price on carbon should reduce emissions, because it makes dirty production processes more expensive than clean ones, right?
There’s never been more love and appreciation of green spaces from the community. So how can we achieve an environmental, economic and health “triple point score” by delivering more and better green space as part of the post COVID-19 recovery?
At a time when there’s mounting evidence that Australia’s environmental planning laws are “fundamentally broken”, this very same legislation is under threat from a federal government intent on fast-tracking projects as part of its pandemic recovery plan. “Green tape” has been in the firing line of the Covid recovery agenda at least since earlier this […]
News from the front desk, Issue 484: According to the social scientists it can take a good 10 years for society to forget a collective trauma and move on. Even after the actual danger has passed, the fear lives on. We’re wondering if it’s this kind of fear that is making the PM Scott Morrison […]
Catch up on the news in sustainability.
Stimulus spending on public housing is gets the green light, big banks support a green recovery and how much you could be saving by putting solar on your roof – especially when you’re using an extra $2.78 a day worth of energy working at home.
The flipside of crisis is opportunity. The past six months have seen two extraordinary stressor events play out across Australia with devastating impacts – the eastern Australian drought and bushfires, closely followed by Covid-19. The good news is that as we move into recovery mode, we have the ability and opportunity to enact a series […]
Researchers in Melbourne are testing a new solar chimney that could cut energy use in half and possibly save lives in the event of a building fire.
OPINION: What’s caused this devastating pandemic that’s so far cost at least 207,000 lives (and it’s hardly begun) and wrecked the global economy?
News from the front desk No 478: There’s no shortage of optimistic commentary coming out urging us not to waste this crisis. Suddenly, we have hours to kill in self isolation to reconsider existing economic, environmental and social policy, and ponder over better options. With any luck, we’ll seize the opportunity to embark on economic […]
As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes part of our daily lives in Australia, attempts to mitigate the spread have been rapid and severe, but, while the “big boxes” are being ticked, other less attention grabbing areas are being ignored.
After more than seven years as chief executive officer Professor Tony Wong has stepped down from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and its Water Sensitive Cities Institute.
Village living might sound quaint, even dull to some, but according to Beautility Developments, networks of zero waste, small regenerative settlements don’t mean a pre-industrial lifestyles.
Bees help pollinate around one in three food plants world-wide, but in recent months Australian colonies have copped a beating with drought, fire, flood and smoke.
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.
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.
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.
Many Australian businesses, often driven by shareholder or investor expectations, are setting voluntary emission reduction targets or entering voluntary programs.
OXYGEN FILES: Opening our national parks to logging, in the wake of the damage done to the timber industry by this season’s bushfires, doesn’t offer anyone a long-term solution.
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.
There’s hope to be found in our gardens and on our streets but we need to change the way we design rainwater runoff, and we need to do it now.
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.
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.