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The New 100% Recyclable Packaging Target Is No Use If Our Waste Isn’t Actually Recycled

The New 100% Recyclable Packaging Target Is No Use If Our Waste Isn’t Actually Recycled

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Atiq Zaman, Lecturer, Curtin University Commonwealth, state and territory environment ministers last week agreed on an ambitious target that 100% of Australian packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. This is no doubt sensible, given the turmoil sparked by China’s crackdown on waste imports. Having a 100% target...

We Can’t Recycle Our Way to ‘Zero Waste’

We Can’t Recycle Our Way to ‘Zero Waste’

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Jenni Downes, Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney In the wake of the final episode of the ABC’s War on Waste, in which a dismayed Craig Reucassel canvasses Australia’s rubbish-related sins, the idea of “zero waste” is pretty hot right now. But often when we...

Australia’s ‘Electric Car Revolution’ Won’t Happen Automatically

Australia’s ‘Electric Car Revolution’ Won’t Happen Automatically

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Graciela Metternicht, Professor of Environmental Geography, School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW and Gail Broadbent, Post Graduate Researcher Electric Vehicles, UNSW Electric cars might finally be having their moment in Australia, after British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta approached the South Australian government about retooling Adelaide’s defunct Holden factories...

Sustainable Shopping: Save the World, One Chocolate at a Time

Sustainable Shopping: Save the World, One Chocolate at a Time

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Robert Edis, Soil Scientist, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; Kanika Singh, Research Fellow, University of Sydney, and Richard Markham, Research Program Manager for Horticulture, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Cocoa is probably the most sustainable of all internationally traded commodities, so there are several “feelgood” reasons for...

Why Some Conservatives Are Blind to Climate Change

Why Some Conservatives Are Blind to Climate Change

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Jiaying Zhao, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia; Jennifer Whitman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, and Rebecca M. Todd, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia Imagine this: A young professional couple at a party mentions they’re thinking of buying a home in a popular waterfront neighbourhood that scientists...