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10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Sharon George, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University and Deirdre McKay, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Keele University. Theresa May’s new environment plan sets ambitious goals for plastic waste reduction. But there’s lots of room for slippage. One goal is to eradicate all “avoidable” plastic waste, though...

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Paul Harvey, Researcher of Environmental Science, Macquarie University.  A Senate report this week recommended a ban on single-use plastics such as takeaway food containers and plastic-lined coffee cups by 2023. This week will see Australians take a significant step towards that plastic-free future, with major supermarkets turning their backs...

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Alisa Bryce, Research Affiliate, University of Sydney; Alex McBratney, Professor of Digital Agriculture and Soil Science; Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture, University of Sydney; Budiman Minasny, Professor in Soil-Landscape Modelling, University of Sydney; Damien Field, Associate professor, and Stephen Cattle, Associate professor, University of Sydney Microplastics in the ocean,...

Are Solar Panels A Middle-Class Purchase? This Survey Says Yes

Are Solar Panels A Middle-Class Purchase? This Survey Says Yes

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Adam McHugh, Honorary Research Associate, Murdoch University The rate of growth in residential rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) in Australia since 2008 has been nothing short of breathtaking. Our new research suggests that the households most likely to join in the solar spree are those that are affluent enough to...

Tracking The Battles For Environmental Justice: Here Are The World’s Top 10

Tracking The Battles For Environmental Justice: Here Are The World’s Top 10

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Julie Snorek, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Environmental Justice Atlas, Autonomous University of Barcelona Environmental justice activism is to this age what the workers’ movement was for the industrial age – one of the most influential social movements of its time. Yet, despite its consistent progress since the 1970s, environmental justice protests...

The Live Export Trade Is Unethical. It Puts Money Ahead of Animals’ Pain

The Live Export Trade Is Unethical. It Puts Money Ahead of Animals’ Pain

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Peter Singer, Professor of Ethical Issues in Biotechnology, Justice and the Human Good, University of Melbourne Last month millions of Australians saw footage of sheep dying slowly from heat and thirst while being shipped on the Awassi Express from Fremantle in Western Australia to Doha, Qatar. The voyage was...

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...