Category: Environment

Help Save Endangered Gorillas, Recycle Your Electronic Waste

Help Save Endangered Gorillas, Recycle Your Electronic Waste

Electronic waste, or e-waste for short, is one of the world’s fastest growing waste streams, being dumped in landfills at record rates in Australia and across the world. According to Sustainability Victoria, an estimated 16 million TVs and one million mobile phones are discarded in Australia each year. But rather than throwing these away, electronic goods such...

Divert Don’t Dump: Victorian Government To Ban E-Waste in Landfill

Divert Don’t Dump: Victorian Government To Ban E-Waste in Landfill

Brisbane, Australia: The Victorian Government is making it illegal to dump e-waste in landfill from 1 July 2019. According to Sustainability Victoria, an estimated 15 million electronic items were sent to landfill in Australia in 2007-2008, and that number has steadily increased. Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to any electronic item with a plug, battery or...

Coal Does Not Have An Economic Future in Australia

Coal Does Not Have An Economic Future in Australia

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Salim Mazouz, Research Manager, Crawford School of Public Policy; and Principal at NCEconomics, Australian National University. Renewables are stealing the march over coal in Australia, and the international outlook is...

What Australia Needs to Do To Achieve Its Paris Agreement Net Zero Emissions Targets

What Australia Needs to Do To Achieve Its Paris Agreement Net Zero Emissions Targets

In 2016, 174 nation states (including Australia) and the European Union, agreed on the United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change. This global acknowledgement that humans are the primary drivers of climate change was a critical turning point in history. To avoid the most serious impacts of human-induced climate change, scientists estimated that the planet’s average temperatures could...

Top 10 Items Collected at Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup All Made of Plastic

Top 10 Items Collected at Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup All Made of Plastic

Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is on September 15. The world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to fight against ocean plastic pollution, this year the non-profit launches their new #SuitUpToCleanUp campaign encouraging people to suit up and head to their local beach or waterway to help pick up litter and plastic debris and...

Female Corporate Leaders Make Firms Less Likely To Fall Foul of Environmental Laws

Female Corporate Leaders Make Firms Less Likely To Fall Foul of Environmental Laws

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Chelsea Liu, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide   Companies with more gender-balanced boards are less often sued for breaching environmental laws, suggesting that these companies are more mindful of protecting the environment. That is the key finding of my research, published in the Journal of...

Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Coal Pollution Rules

Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Coal Pollution Rules

UNITED STATES: On Tuesday, August 21, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled plans to roll back Obama-era regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants and give states the power to regulate their own emissions. These rules would undo much of the progress the Obama administration made in the fight against climate change and cause catastrophic consequences on...

What Australian States Can Learn From Trump Dismantling Climate Change Policy

What Australian States Can Learn From Trump Dismantling Climate Change Policy

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Sarah Graham, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was greeted with dismay around the world. Less well known, but probably just as damaging to emissions reductions, was freezing standards for carbon dioxide emissions from cars in July. The erosion of...

Will The Next Generation Care About The Environment?

Will The Next Generation Care About The Environment?

The guiding principle for the eco and sustainability movement is the future: that we treat the earth in a way that generations unborn can also have an earth to live in, an environment to enjoy and resources to extract. That the earth isn’t just a platform for human existence, but also a living being. That...