The Business of Green

The Business of Green

Money matters in the green world, by Leon Gettler.

Melting-ice

Melting ice: Earth's white flag

Friday, 16 March 2012

Melting ice in the Arctic is the Earth's warning signal. It will have knock on effects around the world and it needs to be managed now.

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Houses built of zero carbon

Friday, 17 February 2012

Australia will have to upgrade its building standards to allow more zero carbon houses to be built. Zero carbon houses produce big costs savings in energy and people are prepared to pay for that.

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Rudd’s climate change lessons

Friday, 2 March 2012

Kevin Rudd stands as a monument to Labor's lost opportunities on climate change. If Rudd was driven by policy principle rather than politics he could have stood his ground and gone to a double dissolution election early in 2010. He probably would have won the election easily and history may have been very different.

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Electric cars to save the auto industry

Friday, 3 February 2012

Electric cars might save the auto industry. But that will need government intervention and prices to come down.

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Solar boost

Friday, 9 December 2011

We are now witnessing what looks like an astonishing boom in renewables. More than 1 million Australians now live in homes powered by solar panels and the nation is on track to meet its target of a fifth of its energy from renewables by 2020. That’s a 35 fold increase in solar power.
Still, there is some way to go. Renewable energy generates only about 10 per cent of Australia's power but 80 per cent still comes from the burning of black and brown coal. And emissions are rising, suggesting we have to do a lot more work.

Get ready for extreme weather

Friday, 25 November 2011

The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change tells us to get ready for some freaky weather. This will continue to businesses and the economy and it's the backdrop to the climate change convention coming up in Durban

Energy era

Challenges of the new energy era

Friday, 11 November 2011

The new legislation locking in a carbon tax and shifting Australia to an emissions trading scheme is the beginning of a new era but the challenges are just beginning.

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Population and climate change

Friday, 28 October 2011

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?

Green business

Business, Abbott and carbon futures

Friday, 14 October 2011

With the carbon legislation passed through the lower house this week, business are in planning mode.

green-building

Can green buildings save the planet?

Friday, 30 September 2011

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.

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