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. 138, August-September

A Warning and Action on Coral Reef Conservation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Protecting the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change, natural disasters and rising human pressures will be a key test of Australia's ability to keep our natural environment healthy and resilient. That's...
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Business Signs Up to Support Short-Term Cuts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While the Australian Government and Opposition are delaying making a decision about short-term cuts to greenhouse gas emissions until 2008, the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development has signed up almost...
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Catching Up with the New Carbon Cycle: While Australia Has Been Slow to Embrace Carbon Emissions Trading, the European Union and to a Lesser Extent the US Have Been Busy Exploring the Potential of Carbon Markets, Positioning Themselves for a New Global Paradigm
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to the World Bank, in 2006 the global market for carbon emissions trading was worth around US$30 billion--an almost threefold increase from 2005. (1) Carbon markets function by placing a cost on carbon emissions,...
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Community Breathes New Life into Lagoon Creek: People Everywhere Are Joining Forces to Take Action on Local Environmental Problems, Supported by Public Funding and Professional Guidance. However, Sometimes the Solution May Involve Bringing in the 'Heavy Artillery'
A kingfisher dips over Lagoon Creek, a flash of blue reflected on the water surface. Little more than a year ago, there were no reflections on this small channel on Queensland's Herbert River floodplain--just a dense mat of weeds over the surface,...
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Desalination: Option or Distraction?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Perth already has one and is planning its second, Melbourne is getting a bigger one, Sydney has finally decided to get one, and Queensland and South Australia are likely to follow suit. Spurred on by the recent drought,...
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Highlighting the 'Social' in CSR
A key theme of Ecos 138 is social equity, a core principle of corporate social responsibility (CSR). On page 9, Ian Dunlop writes on the need for equitable solutions to two pressing global problems--the need to cut carbon emissions and the peak...
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Making Sure Your Home Is Not an Energy Sink: When It Comes to Using Energy around the Home, People Seem to Be Getting the Message That It's Important to 'Switch off and Save'. the Next Step Is Understanding How Much Energy Is Used by Different Activities, So We Know Which to Tackle First, Advises Peter Seligman
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] It makes no sense to turn off a light when you leave a room in which an electric heater has been left on. The power used by the light is 100 watts (W), while a heater typically draws 2000 W. How big a yardstick is 100...
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Marine Reserves Bring NZ Waters Back to Life
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the world's first marine reserves--Goat Island Reserve at the northern end of the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand--turned 30 this year, and is proving the value of the marine reserve system in maintaining biodiversity....
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Plant Crops to Clean Up Aquaculture Waste
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Integrated aquaculture has been used for centuries in China, where farmers have grown rice and fish in the same irrigated plot. Now this small-farm practice is beginning to show promise in the West at a larger scale. Fish...
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Prompt Action Required on Sustainability and Global Inequity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sustainability is finally starting to be taken seriously in the corridors of power. For the immediate future, the touchstones of our preparedness to raise our sights above narrow personal and national self-interest and to...
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Reclaimed Water That's Good Enough to Bottle
With Australia's future climate predicted to be hotter and drier, Australian researchers are thinking more creatively about our cities' water supplies. A team of Adelaide researchers has combined the potential of stormwater and underground aquifers...
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Sea Rangers Close in on Gulf's Killer Nets
Along Australia's remote northern coastline, indigenous sea rangers have been working with government and non-government organisations to clean up a deadly threat to marine life. Northern Australia is under attack by a new threat--ghost nets. These...
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Sweet Success in Utilising Saline Water
Date palms have become a figurative oasis in the 'desert' of rising water tables and salinity on Dave and Anita Reilly's South Australian property in the Riverland region near Berri. Selected as a case study for the Innovation in Irrigation showcase...
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The Proof Is in the Printing: Corporate Stationery, Marketing Kits and the like Are a Necessary Part of Business Communication. So What Can Businesses Do to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Such Material? A Lot, as Ecos Discovered during an Environmental Audit of Its Own Printing Procedure
While Ecos strives to be as sustainable as possible, we thought we could do better in the way we print the magazine. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In October 2006, as part of an environmental audit, we researched several Australian printers who claimed,...
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The Value of a Truly Sustainable Business Strategy: When Organisations Embrace Sustainability as a Core-Rather Than Peripheral-Value, They Create Competitive Advantage and a Wealth of Goodwill. at Least Two Australian Companies Have Proved It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While corporate social responsibility (CSR) is now a part of the corporate vernacular, in many Australian companies the responsibility for CSR remains the domain of the corporate affairs department. Unfortunately, this...
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Tuning in to a Deeper Wisdom: In 2005, Natural Sequence Farming Founder Peter Andrews Was Featured on ABC TV's Australian Story, since Voted One of the Top Five Episodes of the Last 10 Years. His Book Back from the Brink Is a National Bestseller. Why Are Andrews' Ideas Attracting So Much Attention?
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] When Peter Andrews developed the insights that inform hi+s theory of natural sequence farming, he drew inspiration from the wisdom of the Australian landscape. 'While the challenges farmers face today are serious, we can...
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Uranium Mining and the Question of Corporate Social Responsibility: Does Uranium Mining Carry a Greater Corporate Social Responsibility Than Other Commodities in Terms of Downstream Nuclear Waste Recovery and Recycling, and Its Wider Impact on Local Communities and Workers?
'Social licence to operate' is a phrase that Australia's giant mining corporations have recently introduced into their corporate language. But some industry observers argue that while these companies may have demonstrated their credentials in managing...
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