As an environmental scientist, I have long puzzled as to why climate science is so contentious.
Recent research by management consulting firm McKinsey and Company has highlighted the emergence from the Covid-19 shutdown as a pivotal moment in the climate emergency. The team says the post-pandemic recovery is a “decisive” period that will either spur millions of jobs in the sustainability sector, cutting emissions, or generate significant consequences for the environment. […]
Governments are expected to make key decisions on housing energy performance by the end of 2021 that will determine policy for years to come. Now is the time to strike.
The Australian Capital Territory will likely meet its 100 per cent renewable electricity target ahead of its own deadline of 1 January, 2020, according to a new report released by the Australia Institute.
Rectifying an information and evidence shortfall in the now widely cited building and construction crisis needs to be an important part of improving policy making and regulation.
Ryan Falconer is not convinced that enough urban tech is sufficiently citizen-driven. He’s got three key concerns that government needs to address.
Newly appointed chair of the Housing and Urban Research Institute Adrian Harrington hopes to research in front of a broader audience, including more of the private sector.
Any Australians tearing their hair out (if they have any left) about their government’s position on climate change have long suspected that its failure to decommission the country’s coal and oil-fired power plants has been the biggest stumbling block to increasing the amount of renewable energy in the country.
In what looked like a victory for common sense, the NSW government last month dropped plans to demolish two of Sydney’s most high-profile sports arenas and build new facilities at a cost of over $2 billion.
Federal policy on the urban island heat island effect is a sorely missing piece of the puzzle to cool our cities, according to the CRC for Low Carbon Living chief executive Professor Deo Prasad.
Australia’s transition to electric vehicles is moving at a glacial pace, but a new electric super highway stretching almost the entire Queensland coast hopes to address one of the major consumer concerns about EVs – whether they can tackle long distances.
From AHURI: The number of households eligible to receive Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) is estimated to rise from 952,000 in 2011 to 1.5 million in 2031, a 61 per cent increase, new AHURI research has found. The research, ‘Australian demographic trends and implications for housing assistance programs’, examined the combined impact of demographic change and […]
A lack of national leadership on climate change mitigation and adaptation is forcing the mobilisation of state, territory and local governments.
So now the NESS is dead and Queensland has announced they are considering schemes for energy efficiency and demand management, it is a good time to reflect on how such a scheme(s) should be established.
The Climate and Health Alliance last week released its Draft Framework for the National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being. The strategy has been developed to support Australia in meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement (global climate agreement) in relation to ensuring its citizens’ ‘right to health’ in the context of national climate policy, a statement from […]
Brisbane City Council reached a major sustainability milestone this month, officially gaining carbon neutral status. The goal was achieved through a combination of energy efficiency activities, emissions reduction actions, purchase of green power for council assets and the purchase of carbon offsets. Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk said the council had “effectively eliminated its carbon […]
Funding affordable housing – how do we do it? The Fifth Estate’s recent Let’s Hack Housing Surround Sound event was bursting with ideas on how to finance affordable housing – some we’ve heard before, others refreshingly new. There were floor space and tax incentives for developers, the re-labelling of affordable housing as economic infrastructure to attract […]
Alexandra Meldrum, Engineers Australia Sydney Division The issue of food security – the guarantee of a sustainable food supply – has been an area of international concern over the last few decades. Recent national discussion around science, innovation and industry development has rekindled this debate. While the idea of a food crisis is far removed […]