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of something big
Newseek's inaugural ranking of the 500 largest US companies according to
their green performance
to pack waste-free lunches
and graphics for a healthy school lunch
Thousands of dolphins will soon be herded
into a cove by clanging steel pipes. Japanese fishermen will then hack
them to death for cheap meat
battery could change the world
energy just got even more exciting
Aust-NZ Climate Change & Business Conference (24-26 Aug 2009)
Melb/Syd, 100 speakers led by Penny Wong & her NZ counterpart, Dr
not an Aussie Cash for Clunkers Program?
sign our 'Australian Cash for Clunkers' petition at - THANKS!
complete guide to going paperless
Pentagon and environmental groups in agreement?
are melting faster than anyone predicted just a few years ago
out these stunning treehouses from around the world - (just click
on treehouse near bottom of Beluga whale article)
Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been ignored in the past because it is
too big a problem, but it's now being studied
Would recommend this site - has solid articles on renewable energy
Useful site with unbiased reports on green products
to harvest wild rice
Warning - this is not so easy!
How To Live (Comfortably) on $36/Month
not forget that Aussie favourite, damper bread -
steps to growing sunflowers
Josh Catone suggests some websites that support ethical companies.
standard means less waste
3 mobile phones in a house often
meant 3 chargers, which was bad
for the environment. Now 10 mobile
companies have agreed on a standard micro usb.
wind power is not so good
A small reduction in burps & farts
worldwide is equivalent to
millions of cars being taken off the
road - see also the
links at the bottom of the article.
is entitled to query the science
Fielding's verdict is in
Why have carbon emissions gone up, but the
hasn't over the past 10-15 years?
may be too small ()
& action on greenhouse gases may still be needed, but Fielding's
question is valid...Scary
for green organisations whose natural
inclination is action, but valid nevertheless. A response can now
be made by Fielding's detractors & assessed by all.
He's not convinced there's a causal link between greenhouse gas
emissions & global warming.
Senator Steve Fielding may not be popular right now amongst many
Australian environmentalists for holding up the works while he
investigates to what extent atmospheric carbon dioxide is causing global
However, I’d suggest that it's simple responsibility for a politician
to look at both/all sides to an issue without any preconceptions. The
role of solar flares in temperature change should be investigated at a
political level. Government scientists should present their case to
Steve Fielding appears to be genuinely searching for the facts on the
matter. In fact, his self-funded trip to the USA is quite gutsy given
the pressure to make a quick decision and given the multitude of voices
saying "What could you possibly know or determine?" We have a
similar responsibility to become informed before we form a position (or
vote), no matter what our current level of knowledge is.
Of course, if solar flares are at some stage found to be the main cause
of global warming, there may be no less impetus to reduce carbon
emissions – after all, carbon emission reduction is at least partially
within our power - but that is a separate debate. We should be
progressing on reliable scientific facts as Steve Fielding is
endeavouring to do.
The green movement may have been rather exclusive in the past, but we
now have no choice but to be inclusive.
talking about water...
Today is the 1st of June, which marks the start of National
Oceans Month in the USA
Fraser Island once had the world's freshest water, but
the island's lakes have been neglected for 12 years. Monitoring is
looking better in Qld (28 May 2009)
There's been terrible flooding here in Queensland, but the dams are
looking better. The 3 largest dams in south-east Qld are nearly at 75%
will global warming look like?
Australia, with drought, fires, heat waves, extinction, floods,
yesterday's Green Marketing in a Changing Climate' conference (22 Apr)
One problem with wind turbines is noise. We met John Glass at conf
yesterday. His turbine is silent
& much more efficient.
Much can be
done in retail. Impressed with Capalaba Good Guys (a Brisbane electrical
store) at conf. yesterday - they've been blazing a trail for the co
an accurate picture of global energy flows
The highly influential 1997
article "Earth's Annual Global Mean Energy Budget" has
recently been updated. The 2009
article "Earth's Global Energy Budget" promises to be just
change early warning system
An interdisciplinary workshop is currently being conducted at the CCAMLR
headquarters in Hobart, Tasmania, to address important issues in
measuring, assessing and providing early-warning
detection of climate change impacts on
marine ecosystems and biodiversity, by measuring change in the Southern
Ocean. A key focus will be to promote national and international
collaboration and the aim is to develop a Southern Ocean Sentinel
program. It will take ten years to refine, but an action plan will be
presented at the end of the week.
Workshop dates: 20-24 April 2009
acidification link proven
Scientists from the ACE CRC have published the first field evidence of a
link between ocean acidification and a decrease in the shell-making
ability of some marine organisms.
Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC)
Published: 09 March 2009
Climate Experts criticize "wasteful and luxurious" lifestyles
of rich nations
The Chinese experts asked a Canberra conference why China should
take strong action on global warming when Australia's efforts were
Australia's environmental standards and public transport were described
as poor and building and street lighting as not energy efficient.
Australia's pledge to cut greenhouse emissions by five to 15 per cent by
2020 was also labelled as "insufficient."
Published: 15 April 2009
of Innocent Drinks to Coca-Cola applauded
It was always going to be controversial, but some are seeing a
silver lining in the sale of the eco business to the multinational.
Published: 7 April 2009
Segway unveil new two-wheel vehicle
Segway is famous for its two-wheeler and other inventions.
Could this new two-wheeler solve the world's urban transportation
problems (along with the financial problems of its partner in this
venture, General Motors Corp)?
Published: 7 April 2009
building in the United Arab Emirates
Dubai's new emphasis on sustainable
Source: Austrade Export Update
Antarctic ice shelf to break loose
The Wilkins Ice Shelf, covering 16,000 sq km, has lost 14 percent of its
size over the past year and is expected to break loose following
dramatic weakening picked up by satellite.
Published: 4 April 2009
may be "nearly ice-free" in 32 years
The latest scientific model predicts that 80 percent of Arctic ice may
disappear in 30 years, not 80 years as previously estimated.
Source: Yahoo (AFP)
Published: 4 April 2009
Couples are starting to arrange nature-based weddings and be more
mindful of the carbon footprint their big day leaves on the planet.
Published: Nov-Jan 2009 (Volume 146)
joins global task force to create new ‘green’ economy
The United Nations launched
a low-carbon prosperity task force today in London, charged with
developing practical projects and policy proposals to stimulate a new
green global economy.
Source: UN News Centre
Published: 31 March 2009
Lays Out Clean-Energy Plans
President Obama yesterday outlined plans to spend about $59
billion in economic stimulus funds and $150 billion from the federal
budget to promote what he calls America's "clean-energy
Source: The Washington Post
By: William Branigin
Published: 24 March 2009