Ecos

A bimonthly scholarly journal that publishes research and issues of sustainability in the environment, industry and community. Focused on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Articles from No. 126, August-September

Affluenza in Australia
Dr Clive Hamilton is Executive Director of independent public policy research centre, The Australia Institute. Much of his recent work with Institute colleagues has been to highlight the issue of consumption spending, and the relationship between wealth...
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A Planned Cultural Economy for Cape York: A New Report Acknowledges Cape York Peninsula as a Globally Significant Cultural Landscape Requiring Innovative and Sensitive Solutions to Its Impending Development Challenges. the Cooperative Work of Scientists, Conservationists, Traditional Owners, Economists, and Government and Business Interests, the Report Could Be a Blueprint for the Future Planning of Australia's Northern Regions
On Cape York Peninsula you gain a strong sense of being in a landscape quite unlike anything else in Australia. Its striking physical landmarks bear a strong spiritual significance for the Indigenous people of the region--a cultural distinctiveness...
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Australian Performance: An International Perspective
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), based in London, is a CEO-led organisation dedicated to economic progress and environmental and social responsibility. How does it consider progress in the Australian resources sector? ICMM...
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Coastline Retreat Predictions Questioned
University of Sydney academics say they have advanced models which show that the erosion around Australia's coastline predicted in July's Allen Group Report for the National Greenhouse Office could be almost twice that indicated for the same climate-change...
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Crucial Steps Forward Recognised at the Eurekas
This year's Australian Museum Eureka Prizes showcased some outstanding national and international research contributions to sustainable development. Professor Mark Burgman of the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne won the Botanic Gardens...
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Fish Food from Wastewater
Waste from livestock has been used to fertilise aquaculture systems in Indochina and Asia for over a century. Now Australia's Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Centre (EBCRC) is using the principles of this production system to turn...
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HIPPIES Assessed Who Eats Whom around Heard Island
In the summer of 2003 the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) conducted an ambitious ecosystems study of the key predators that breed on sub-Antarctic Heard Island, their prey and the regional ocean environment. Called the 'Heard Island Predator-Prey...
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Life Could Be Cooler with Sugar Coated Roads
Family-owned Australian company, EcoPave, has developed a commercially viable, non-petroleum-based asphalt substitute made from organic wastes, such as the sugar byproduct molasses. Its GEO320 asphalt not only out-performs regular, 'old-fashioned'...
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Marine DNA Work Eases Drug Search Pressure on Wild Stocks
A new methodology, developed by an international team of scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the University of Aberdeen, and The London School of Pharmacy, has removed a huge hurdle to the development of new drugs from...
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More Fairly Labelled: How Fairtrade Is Making Ethical Consumers the New Stakeholders in International Development
Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) is unique in setting trade standards and certification that are empowering almost a million disadvantaged producers and workers in more than 50 countries. Fairtrade Labelling is a rapidly growing...
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Resourceful Thinking
With a much-heralded boom in resources demand and production on our hands, it's an opportune time to consider the progress the resources sector has made in embracing the priorities of more sustainable thinking and practice. As the Focus on pages...
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Rio Tinto's Approach: Australia's Rio Tinto, One of World's Largest Resource Companies, Has the Philosophy 'That There Is No Conflict between Sustainable Development and Business'. the Company Says Turning That Philosophy into Action Has Been Made Possible Largely by the Pragmatic Culture of the Minerals Industry
The Rio Tinto Foundation In 2002, in partnership with the federal government, Rio Tinto set up the Rio Tinto Foundation for a Sustainable Minerals Industry. A $35 million interest-free loan was provided as assistance by the Government with the company...
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Sale of Weeds Online Highlights the Need for Tighter Controls
The regular online sale of declared weeds in Australia has highlighted the inadequacy of the current state-based system of weed management, and reiterated the urgency for more stringent national controls. Ecos was alerted by a reader in early August...
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Seeing the Light: Is the Resources Sector Changing?
With a longstanding reputation for tough company managers, 'dig and deliver' attitudes, high profile environmental accidents and a reportedly cavalier attitude to the welfare of communities in overseas host countries, the perception in some quarters...
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Thailand's Renaissance Monarch
To exemplify forest renewal, water conservation and agricultural self-sufficiency, Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, converted his chief: residence, Chitralada Villa in Dusit Palace, central Bangkok, into an experimental farm, demonstration...
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The Power of a Camera: In India, the World's Second Most Populous Country, the Fate of Forests, Wilderness and Wild Creatures Hangs by a Thread in the Face of Human Need and Exploitation. Independent Filmmaker Shekar Dattatri, Creator of Powerful Nature Documentaries, Is Wielding His Camera in an Inspired Personal Bid to Save India's Fast-Vanishing Nature
An experienced wildlife filmmaker, 41-year-old Dattatri fuses passion with advocacy. For his work, which is changing both public opinion and government policy towards the environment in India, Shekar Dattatri has been chosen as an Associate Laureate...
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Young People Aren't All Totally into 'Stuff'
Combined youth spending power in the 11 major economies, including Australia, exceeds a massive US$750 billion dollars per year. But recent national research shows that against a constant marketing onslaught, young people are beginning to show signs...
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