We are now witnessing what looks like an astonishing boom in renewables. More than 1 million Australians now live in homes powered by solar panels and the nation is on track to meet its target of a fifth of its energy from renewables by 2020. That’s a 35 fold increase in solar power.
Still, there is some way to go. Renewable energy generates only about 10 per cent of Australia's power but 80 per cent still comes from the burning of black and brown coal. And emissions are rising, suggesting we have to do a lot more work.
Guest-blogger Ruth Hessey from the Total Environment Centre reflects on the G Challenge this issue to ‘avoid single use drinks’, remembering a more simple time when we weren’t so wasteful.
From recent vocal outrage being heard in regional communities against the Draft Basin Plan for the Murray-Darling Basin, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it isn’t all that different from last years’ saga. G writer Caitlin thinks it is, but even the ‘new improved’ plan might not work.
The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change tells us to get ready for some freaky weather. This will continue to businesses and the economy and it's the backdrop to the climate change convention coming up in Durban
Food is an essential and everyday part of our lives, but how often do we stop and consider where exactly it came from, and for meat eaters particularly; what do we know about its origins?
The new legislation locking in a carbon tax and shifting Australia to an emissions trading scheme is the beginning of a new era but the challenges are just beginning.
G writer Caitlin reflects on the responsibilities of waste management after a visit to Smokey Mountain II, a waste dump on the outskirts of Manila in the Philippines, where ingenuity and recycling is a survival skill and a livelihood.
As the world population hits seven billion, it raises questions about the impact of population on the environment. Is it about population, or is it about lifestyle choices?
With the carbon legislation passed through the lower house this week, business are in planning mode.
How electric vehicles are becoming more accessible, functional and affordable.