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Carbon Economy

The science of alternative energy

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Ryan Halyburton looks at why the biggest factors affecting the implementation of alternative energy solutions are cost and social acceptance, not the science behind the technology.

Learning to measure what we treasure

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It's no secret that humans are living beyond our means - in economic terms we are running down our planet's natural capital. Dermot O'Gorman explains why the green economy is the central theme of this week's Rio+20 summit.

A curriculum for localism

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Putting power and resources back into the hands of local communities is a philosophy that is gaining momentum with those looking for an answer to the problems caused by globalisation. Denis Bellamy looks at how localism can have an impact on people's lives and the life of the planet.

Holistic approaches to sustainable innovation

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The Brundtland Commission was set up in 1983 to unite countries to pursue sustainable development together. Sanjay Sharma says that for real progress to be made corporations need a radical change in business practice.

What if most greenies are going in the wrong direction?

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Householders are increasingly asked to take on the task of sustainable living at home. But Michael Mobbs says the biggest impact individuals can make is to demand changes from the big polluters.

Recessions don't cut greenhouse gases

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Despite trend forecasters predicting the global financial crisis would result in developed nations taking stock of their wasteful ways, global emission figures tell a different story. But Frank Jotzo hopes the surge in emissions may not be sustained.

New measures of progress mean little without action

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Discussions surrounding appropriate community progress measures have been going on in Australia, and world-wide, for decades. Discussion is good, but Charles Berger from the Australian Conservation Foundation, is frustrated that little has been done to translate that talk into action.

Resilient futures - picking the patterns for 2012

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Looking into the future is more than just a guessing game, but it's a game that organisations have to play to remain competitive. Larry Quick says that investigating the present is the best way to predict the future. He shares his top 2012 patterns to watch.

Climate change and the new narrative: understanding the politics and the impacts

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In this challenging series of articles, CEO of the Sustain Group, Matthew Tukaki, will discuss the changing nature of politics and the impacts it is having on the climate change and business response debate. This first blog covers the politics of the debate and policy execution is important while his second blog will provide a detailed industry analysis of the impacts, both directly and indirectly. 

Carbon Tax: Getting our value from the revenue

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The introduction of a carbon price has been one of the more controversial decisions from the federal government's Clean Energy Future plan. John Kirk will be keeping a close eye on where the revenue raised from this tax goes.

Do we need a price on carbon emissions?  In my opinion there is no doubt that it is necessary. The big question is how to make sure Australia derives the most benefit from funds raised through the tax.

The only way we as a community will begin to understand the ramifications of our individual carbon emissions is to have a price put on them.  Will this stop us from using electricity, driving cars, or continuing to use products that require intensive carbon emissions?  Not if history is an indicator. 

We have always found those extra few dollars to continue using those things we see as essential to our comfort and convenience.  Hopefully though, it will make us more aware of the cost of our impact on the environment.

More importantly though; how is the government going to use the revenue from this tax?