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. 136, April-May

A Community Airs Its Views about Water Access
While federal and state governments battle for 'ownership' of the Murray River, there is at least one place along the watercourse where the local community is able to register its concerns about access to water. Unlike many bodies of water that...
Aquaculture Advances: In the Past Decade, Aquaculture Has Become a $100 Billion Global Industry-The Fastest Growing Food-Production Sector since the Advent of Intensive Agriculture in the 1950s. Australia's Industry, While Still Relatively Small, Is Setting High Standards for Quality, Environmental Rigour and Innovative Research
Ten years ago, farmed species provided only 35 per cent of the world's fish consumption. Recently the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimated that aquaculture now produces almost 50 per cent of the world's food fish....
Climate Leaders: The New Corporate Standard
Being 'climate neutral' is rapidly becoming the new corporate standard and part of a broader movement to become more efficient and less polluting. Numerous organisations in Australia, large and small, have recently committed to this emergent international...
Council Achievers Have a Global Reach: Through a Range of International Campaigns and Remarkably Effective Support Programs, ICLEI Has Empowered Local Governments in 67 Countries to Engage Business, Industry, Residents and Wider Levels of Government to Seize the Sustainability Initiative. Wendy Pyper Reports on the Outstanding Success of This Visionary Organisation
Since 1997, local governments across Australia have saved the equivalent of 8.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through local actions--comparable to taking 2 million cars off the road for one year. As part of this effort, one, the City of Melbourne,...
El Nino, Indonesian Fires and Pollution
While the link between El Nino and drought in eastern Australia is well established, recent NASA satellite and rainfall data suggest El Nino may also have boosted wildfire activity in Indonesia, adding to pollution levels over the Indian Ocean. ...
'Not the Flake, Thanks': Choosing Seafood Wisely
The pocket-sized Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide, published by the Australian Marine Conservation Society, is an easy-to-use reference that lists the sustainability status of 60 seafood species available in supermarkets, restaurants and other...
Ocean Management Goes Global
As climate change and overfishing take their toll on ocean ecosystems, an ambitious new project is underway to monitor physical ocean changes and track the movement and behaviour of sea creatures, on a global scale. The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN),...
Politics Adds to Macquarie Island's Pest Problem
A comprehensive eradication program to rid Macquarie Island of rabbits, rats and mice is being delayed by a dispute between the Tasmanian and Federal governments over who will foot the bill. The delay has concerned UNESCO's World Heritage Committee,...
Reconnecting Country at a Landscape Scale
Celebrations on either side of the continent have marked impressive developments for two visionary Australian landscape reconnection projects. Gondwana Link in south-west Western Australia and Kosciusko to Coast in New South Wales are vast collaborative...
Salt of the Earth
Could one man's problem provide another man's meat? If the Australian fish supply's future lies with aquaculture, why not exploit the continent's unwanted, saline groundwaters to grow marine or salt-tolerant fish inland? In New South Wales, Dr Geoff...
The Lapse of Luxury: With Luxury Hotels Booming around the World. Matthew Brace Reviews What This Rapidly Growing Sector of the Australian Tourism Industry Is Doing to Reduce Its Appreciable Environmental Impact, and Educate Its Guests
International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), the global exhibition that monitors and promotes the top end of the travel market, says the luxury sector is growing at 'more than 10 per cent per annum, more than double that of the mainstream travel sector'....
The Nappy Changers: Breaking Down the Impact of a Billion Nappies
This year, Australian parents will throw away one billion used disposable nappies, each taking up to 300 years to decompose.With a life cycle that involves considerable environmental impact, it was inevitable that an eco-friendly solution to the global...
The Pace of Change
Since our last issue, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has met again and followed through with some significant decisions on climate change adaptation measures, most of which were under-reported in the general media. These moves not only...
Winning Nature Photography
While many Australians will be familiar with the UK-based Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and touring exhibition, few will have heard of the annual ANZANG (Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea) Nature photographic competition...
Would You Pay to Offset Your Air Travel Emissions? Australians Can Now Offset the Environmental Impacts of Their Air Travel-But How Many Will Want to? Gillian Kendall Asks the Question of Airline Carbon Levies
With more affordable fares on offer because of competition, more Australians than ever are flying. But until recently, most may never have considered their travel impacts on the environment. Now, awareness and attitudes are changing. As fares have...