Category: Environment

The Developing World’s Middle Class Is Growing: What Does This Mean for Climate Change?

The Developing World’s Middle Class Is Growing: What Does This Mean for Climate Change?

As of 2016, 3.2 billion people globally are considered middle class. A study by the Brookings Institution estimates this number to increase by 140 million annually, and in the next five years, by 170 million. While the growth of the global middle class is not necessarily the same all over the world, it can be considered...

New UN Report Outlines ‘Urgent, Transformational’ Change Needed To Hold Global Warming To 1.5°C

New UN Report Outlines ‘Urgent, Transformational’ Change Needed To Hold Global Warming To 1.5°C

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Authors: Mark Howden, Director, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University and Rebecca Colvin, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University. A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s...

Climate Change Will Rock You Like A Hurricane, Here’s What You Can Do So It Doesn’t…

Climate Change Will Rock You Like A Hurricane, Here’s What You Can Do So It Doesn’t…

Climate change is a major contributor to the larger storms striking the Earth and the hurricanes, fire seasons, and droughts that have affected the US and many other parts of the world. There are enormous impacts on the climate that have specifically been caused by humans, and those changes are starting to have a negative...

Communicating Sustainable Living: Expanding the Narrative So That It’s Culturally Inclusive

Communicating Sustainable Living: Expanding the Narrative So That It’s Culturally Inclusive

Abuja, Nigeria: Nicholas Patrick Wiseman, back in 1845, once wrote that an idea is immortal and cannot be killed. Personally, I think ideas are pretty much eternal. All the greatest changes in human lives across the world had at one time or another stemmed from an idea. From the concept of slavery to that of...

14 Famous Female Leaders on Climate Change, Sustainability and Protecting Our Environment

14 Famous Female Leaders on Climate Change, Sustainability and Protecting Our Environment

While there are many prominent men flying the flag for climate change and sustainability – Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio quickly spring to mind here – there are plenty of prominent women leading the way too. Below, famous female leaders from a variety of professions and backgrounds, share their thoughts on climate change, sustainability and...

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...