Nikola Tesla dreamed of free electricity; what happened?

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if electricity was free? Tesla is the well-known trademark of entrepreneur extraordinaire Elon Musk and his electric cars, but what about Tesla, the man? More than 100 years ago, Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) invented alternating current (AC), the polyphase alternating current system, which laid the foundation […]

A trillion dollar industry to turn carbon into useful materials

Imagine turning the CO2 from steel and cement into something useful, such as building materials. That’s the role that emerging technologies could play in meeting our emission reduction targets the Siemens Digitalise conference in Brisbane heard last week.

World Architecture Festival celebrates forward-thinking projects

The World Architecture Festival has announced the winners of the WAFX prize, which recognises future projects that identify challenges architects will face over the next 10 years – with sustainability of course a running theme.

We can do it: It’s time to make carbon negative buildings the norm

Climate change has entered into a new phase that could last generations even if governments act to curb human activity that leads to global warming. But the Habitat III New Urban Agenda offers a chance for the built environment to become negative carbon. Buildings can now begin to withdraw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This […]

Report: Australia can be zero carbon by 2050

Residential and commercial building energy use would halve and rooftop PV increase 10-fold if an ambitious plan to decarbonise Australia by 2050 is realised.

Global carbon report: emissions will hit new heights in 2014

From The Conversation: As heads of state gather in New York for tomorrow’s United Nations climate summit, a new report on the state of the world’s carbon budget tells them that greenhouse emissions hit a new record last year, and are still growing.