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Carbon Economy

Caring for our country

The review of the Caring for our Country initiative launched last week. From 21 June to 15 August 2012, the Australian Government will be consulting on specific areas of the next phase of the program implementation that are still to be developed. Caring for our Country aims to achieve an environment that is healthy, better protected, well-managed, resilient and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.

Educate for the sake of the future

Ulrike Schuermann's picture

Ulrike Schuermann looks to the future and asks what do Australian children need and what can the public and the government do to help protect them and make their lives more secure?

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

Dermot O'Gorman's picture

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

Sanjay Sharma's picture

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

Frank Jotzo's picture

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

Charles Berger's picture

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.