As the world population hits seven billion, it raises questions about the impact of population on the environment. Is it about population, or is it about lifestyle choices?
With the carbon legislation passed through the lower house this week, business are in planning mode.
How electric vehicles are becoming more accessible, functional and affordable.
With a carbon price coming in, there will be more pressure on companies and developers to create green buildings. Certainly the evidence shows green buildings are more energy efficient and produce healthier and more productive workforces. But they can't reduce the country's emissions unless we have a lifestyle change.
The health and environment benefits of eating locally are well known, but it’s not just localising food that’s important. In Mudgee, NSW, G writer Caitlin discovered why locality is also central to identity, community and wellbeing.
Business has been campaigning against the Gillard Government's carbon price legislation but there's evidence showing that companies that lower their emissions have higher profits and outperform their laggard competitors.
If you're a loyal customer of a cosmetics company that uses petroleum-based cosmetics, why not use that to persuade them to change their ways?
Governments in New South Wales and Victoria have clamped down on wind energy and their decisions are not based on science, they're catering for vested interests. Wind power will generate investment, jobs and income. It's not perfect but it's an important part of the mix.
One way we can reduce our consumption of petrochemical-filled body care products is to use less of them in the first place. I'm not suggesting we stop bathing altogether, though!
We are now seeing a clash between food security, environmental risks and energy security in a low carbon world. There are no easy answers. Gas, so much cleaner than coal, could be providing a quarter of the world's energy within 20 years and Australia, with over 100 years' worth of coal seam gas ready to be piped to the surface, is in a great position. But coal seam gas is raising a real stink in Australia with concerns being raised by farmers and environmentalists.