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. 145, October-November

A Platform for Growth
The recent astronomical spike in the price of oil re-attuned Australia to the growing potential of national renewable energy industries. Solar is arguably the most immediately accessible and fastest evolving sector, however, commentators still say...
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Balancing Living Standards and Environmental Pressures
CSIRO's Dr Heinz Schandl and the Department of Climate Change's Dr Steve Hatfield Dodds explore the notion of 'decoupling' economic growth and environmental degradation. Since the 1950s, all OECD countries have experienced rapid growth in economic...
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Encountering Mutual Respect
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since the beginning of recorded history whales have always held an extraordinary magnetism for humans. Now, for a particular subspecies of minke whale, which visits Queensland's north coast each year, humans seem to have...
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Healing by the Community Spirit: It's the Story of the Largest Movement the World Has Ever Seen. A Movement with No Charismatic Leader; That Follows No Unifying Ideology; and Which Politicians, the Public and the Media Don't Recognise. but It Has the Potential to Heal the Earth. Alexandra De Blas Examines Blessed Unrest, a Book by Paul Hawken, Soon to Start Production as a Ground-Breaking Film
'There is another super power on Earth' says Paul Hawken. Students, volunteers, monks, -businessmen, farmers, poets, biologists, indigenous people, artists, and refugees are all part of it. This, 'the most diverse movement the world has ever seen,...
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Inside Ecovillage Life: Once Regarded as Little More Than Hippy Communes, Ecovillages Are Attracting a Lot of Attention as Australians, Driven by Concerns about Climate, Sustainability and Community, Seek a More Satisfying Lifestyle Alternative. but Are They for Everyone?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The first ecovillages started in Sweden in the early 1980s. Initially, members were galvanised by opposition to the use of nuclear energy, but the movement quickly became about finding new ways to live sustainably in the...
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Is Kangaroo Really a More Sustainable Choice? A Number of Prominent Experts and Environmental Groups Have Recently Endorsed the Kangaroo Industry. So, Exactly Why Is Eating Kangaroo 'Good for You and Good for the Environment,' as the Current Marketing Slogan States?
A recent report from the United Nations (1) concludes that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases (GHG) than all the cars and trucks in the world combined. Similarly, water consumption by livestock is highlighted as another key...
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Leading Scientist Formulates Rescue Plan for the Coorong
A team of Adelaide scientists has proposed a bold plan to rescue South Australia's Coorong--the iconic wetland area at the mouth of the River Murray--by pumping highly concentrated brine from its stagnant south lagoon overland into the ocean and...
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Speaking Up on Asia Pacific Sea-Level Rise Impacts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An April 2008 advertisement placed in The Australian newspaper by Green Cross Australia began a unique, deliberative process inviting the country to consider the role that Australians might play should sea-level rise and...
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Sustaining Our Iconic North
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At first glance the flooding rains of Australia's north may look appealing to water-hungry populations in the south. But take a closer look at water in the north in the context of the complex and fragile iconic landscapes...
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The Green RIG-Driving Eco-Education
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thinking outside the box, a small regional government agency in New Zealand has taken its environmental education 'show' on the road--in an 18-metre-long 'big green box on wheels', called the Green RIG. As the education...
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The Sun Rises Slowly for Australian Solar
When scientists from the University of New South Wales' solar photovoltaic group fabricated their first solar cell in 1975, Australia was a world leader in the solar energy industry. More recently, a lack of political support for solar technology...
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The Ten Commitments
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Faced with a growing catalogue of environmental priorities and having seen little real progress on solutions, a group of Australia's most eminent ecological scientists decided to take matters into their own hands. The result...
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The Underground Conservation Frontier
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Groundwater ecosystems are, in many ways, the final unexplored aquatic frontier on Earth. Now new research into these zones warns that a lack of knowledge and adequate management could not only lead to a decrease in biodiversity...
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The Zero Emission House Is Here
CSIRO and a consortium of industry and government partners (including Sustainability Victoria, Delfin Lend Lease and Henley Property Group) have partnered to design, build and monitor Australia's first Zero Emission House (ZEH) for the mass housing...
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