Mould and damp health costs are about 3 times those of sugary drinks. We need a healthy housing agenda

Rebecca Bentley, University of Melbourne and Emma Baker The World Health Organisation has always been interested in housing as one of the big “causes of the causes”, of the social determinants, of health. The WHO launched evidence-based guidelines for healthy housing policies in 2019. Australia is behind the eight ball on healthy housing. Other governments, […]

Rethinking traffic congestion to make our cities more like the places we want them to be

Soon after becoming prime minister last year, Scott Morrison appointed a minister for “congestion busting”, signalling the importance he attaches to this issue. The large number of Google search results on “traffic congestion in Australian cities 2019” (9.5 million) and “traffic congestion in Australian cities costing the economy 2019” (8.3 million) seems to support his […]

PFAS contamination problem could affect virtually any construction site

The Department of Defence is being dragged over the coals for its handling of the PFAS contamination crisis, but the problem is emerging at more sites such as airports and fire stations. And, according to experts, it could be a problem for “virtually any property development or construction project”.

Governments talk tough on trash, but will anything change?

ABC’s Four Corners waste and recycling exposé has everyone talking about rubbish, with the NSW and Queensland governments squaring up for a stoush over garbage sent to Queensland to avoid landfill levies.

Victorian government’s coal to hydrogen plans come under fire

The Victorian government’s plan to turn brown coal into hydrogen in line with long-term plan by Japanese interests will make it harder for the state to meet its climate commitment of keeping global warming under the two degree threshold, environmental critics say.

Could green design principles make us sick (and what can we do about it)?

Concerns have been raised that green building principles such as energy and water minimisation strategies may be increasing the risk of dangerous Legionella pneumophila bacteria proliferating in potable water systems. But according to critics the problem could be as much about poor facilities management and need for better co-operation between engineers and sustainability managers as […]

Australia’s poor governance on mercury lighting a bad look for property

SPECIAL REPORT: The property industry is in the cross-hairs with mercury, found in old technology lighting and potentially damaging in the extreme to humans and ecology, clogging up landfills and backyard sheds. The federal government is making things worse by failing to ratify an international convention that ensures this toxic substance is properly disposed of. […]

Australia's poor governance on mercury lighting a bad look for property

SPECIAL REPORT: The property industry is in the cross-hairs with mercury, found in old technology lighting and potentially damaging in the extreme to humans and ecology, clogging up landfills and backyard sheds. The federal government is making things worse by failing to ratify an international convention that ensures this toxic substance is properly disposed of. […]

Fracking & pals: dizziness, nosebleeds and eye irritation

A report released this week in the US on air pollution from unconventional gas extraction, also known as fracking, showed that there are high levels of various chemicals of concern released during the process, with clear public health implications. The Australian science community has had a mixed response, with one leading scientist from the industry-funded […]

Fracking & pals: dizziness, nosebleeds and eye irritation

A report released this week in the US on air pollution from unconventional gas extraction, also known as fracking, showed that there are high levels of various chemicals of concern released during the process, with clear public health implications. The Australian science community has had a mixed response, with one leading scientist from the industry-funded […]

Toxic playgrounds: Broken Hill kids exposed to poisonous dust

From The Conversation: In the shadows of Broken Hill’s rich mining history lies a legacy of contamination and regulatory failure that will likely outlive any benefits locals derive from mining.

US chemical Comancheros and LEED “truce” is not funny, but dangerous

The recent media release pointing to a truce between the US Green Building Council and the American Chemistry Council would have been greeted with confusion if not dismay by many people in the sustainable property industry who have followed this particular front in the green wars.

US chemical Comancheros and LEED “truce” is not funny, but dangerous

The recent media release pointing to a truce between the US Green Building Council and the American Chemistry Council would have been greeted with confusion if not dismay by many people in the sustainable property industry who have followed this particular front in the green wars.

Bee Coalition seeks pesticide ban

The UK-Based Bee Coalition is calling for a global ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, citing the results of a Worldwide Integrated Assessment that reviewed 800 studies covering birds, animals, soil and water, as well as bees. The study showed that neonicotinoids pose a major threat to a wide range of invertebrate species in soil, vegetation, aquatic […]