OPINION

Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions

Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions

The Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting global warming to less than 2˚C by the end of the century. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, to meet such a massive challenge, societies will need to do more than simply reduce and limit...

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The 'clean coal' row shouldn't distract us from using carbon capture for other industries

The 'clean coal' row shouldn't distract us from using carbon capture for other industries

Since the February blackouts in South Australia, the Australian government has increased its interest in carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). However, in Australia and elsewhere, CCS is closely associated to so-called "clean coal" technologies. The...

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Three ways to improve commercial shipping's environmental footprint

Three ways to improve commercial shipping's environmental footprint

Do you wear Do you wear runners, drink coffee or own a mobile phone? The chances are that these products cruised to you on a ship. In 2015, the global merchant fleet carried a record 10 billion tonnes of cargo, a 2.1% increase from the previous year....

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What happens when our taps run dry?

What happens when our taps run dry?

Digital technology allows us to step back and 'smart up' around the current cycle of water consumption and wastage.

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After 25 years of trying, why aren't we environmentally sustainable yet?

After 25 years of trying, why aren't we environmentally sustainable yet?

In 1992, more than 170 countries came together at the Rio Earth Summit and agreed to pursue sustainable development, protect biological diversity, prevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests. But, 25 years later, the natural...

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Explainer: the rise of social impact investing

Explainer: the rise of social impact investing

Governments, communities and industries are grappling with issues such as climate change, inequality and social justice, and how to mobilise more funding to tackle these issues. One possible solution is impact investing.

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How electric cars can help save the grid

How electric cars can help save the grid

A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia's east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast.

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Plastic fantastic: how lotteries could revolutionise recycling

Plastic fantastic: how lotteries could revolutionise recycling

In July 2018, Queensland will launch a container refund scheme, in a bid to boost recycling and reduce litter and pollution.

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Progress to 100% renewable energy in Victoria

Progress to 100% renewable energy in Victoria

The present government in Victoria has announced that the targets for renewable energy (meaning renewable electricity) are 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025. In addition to this, there has been a target announced that Victoria will be GHG emission neutral by...

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The state of the waste data

The state of the waste data

The Australian State of the Environment (SoE) 2016 Overview was tabled in Parliament on March 7, 2017. The previous SoE was in 2011.

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