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. 150, August-September

A Factor 5 Water Saving with a Cooling Systems Innovation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Melbourne-based manufacturer Muller Industries Australia's new cooling system saves 80 per cent of the average water usage in commercial office buildings that use water-based cooling towers. Why is this important? One million...
Can a Parrot Get Justice under a Regional Forest Agreement?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) and their ability to effectively protect endangered species, such as the swift parrot, have recently been the basis of a high profile legal action brought by Tasmania's Senator Bob Brown....
Celebrating 35 Years
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This is the 150th issue in Ecos's 35 year history. There are few other magazines in Australia that have spanned such a range of years, let alone one covering environmental research. As such, the magazine's archive represents...
Celebrating 35 Years Covering Environmental Issues
This year, Ecos celebrates 35 years of publication and 150 issues, making it one of the longest running environment and sustainability magazines in Australia. We take a retrospective look at the magazine through the eyes if its editors--and a subscriber...
'Electric Driveway' to Plug Hybrid Cars into Zero-Emission House
Toyota Prius vehicles are being refitted by CSIRO engineers as part of an 'electronic driveway' initiative to transform family cars into low-emission mobile power units that could feed into low-emission homes. By replacing the small Prius battery...
Flashing Stars Light Up the Reef's Shelf
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During an expedition to the shelf edge of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists captured the first images of the life associated with rolling undersea dunes and discovered a large community of aggregated brittle stars that have...
Good News for Some Corals, Not So Good Elsewhere
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some of the world's corals may be able to escape destruction under climate change according to an international team of scientists studying a coral reef off Moorea, a French Polynesian island in the Pacific. The researchers...
Gore Launches a 10-Year Safe Climate Plan
If Australia is to urgently respond to what is increasingly being considered the climate emergency, it needs a feasible plan for fundamental action this decade. Safe Climate Australia, the new organisation launched by AI Gore in Melbourne last month,...
Greening IT: While IT's Pervasive Expansion Has Facilitated Many Positive Environmental and Societal Gains, There Are Also Unexpectedly Severe and Growing Impacts from the Global Electronics Boom. Rachel Sullivan Asks Whether Emerging Thinking on Greener IT Can Help Make Industries across the Board More Sustainable
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Information technology promised--and has delivered--us a lot, from more free time to mountains of information at our fingertips, and the idea of working from home. We use technology in many different ways, whether it be laying...
Green Work Boom: Collars the International Market
The burgeoning environmental industry is giving rise to an international-scale employment transformation. With it comes a wealth of opportunity for lower socio-economic workers both at home and abroad, and the promise of workplace evolution for most,...
Linking: Land Clearing to Drought and Climate Change
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A recent Australian study suggests that land clearing over the past 200 years may have been as significant a factor in this country's droughts and changing climate as increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. University...
Mammal Extinctions New Thinking
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With an increasing list of endangered mammals slipping towards extinction in Australia, leading ecologists are aiming for solutions with more effort on science-based changes in management practices on the ground. At August's...
National Business Leaders See Opportunities for Change
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With aftershocks of the international finance crisis still reverberating in late May, challenging industry and government leaders to re-double environmental and social development commitments was ambitious. But that was what...
Social Change Movements
The 21st century has seen a proliferation of new social change movements driven by grassroots community activism. On the issue of climate change, for example, scores of community-based groups have formed in Australia over the past few years to provide...
The Wine Industry Embraces Efficiency
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The latest environmental innovation across the wine industry was a topic of discussion and comparison at the recent 2009 Winery Engineering conference held in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Peter Policki, Technical Engineering...
UN-RMIT Partnership Tackles Problems in Pacific Cities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a collaboration that will see more detailed and effective 'social mapping' of cities in the Asia-Pacific region, UN-Habitat--the United Nations' agency for urbanisation and human settlements--has named RMIT's Global Cities...