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. 152, December

350 Reasons for Climate Action
On October 24, through the website www.350.org, as well as Twitter, Facebook, Flikr and YouTube, the International Day of Climate Action rallied millions of people in 181 countries to participate in more than 5200 events calling for strong action and...
Breakthrough in National Policy for E-Waste
Industry associations and environment groups concerned about the mounting problem of e-waste--discarded computers, monitors, TVs and other electronic products--welcomed the announcement of a National Waste Policy by state and federal environment ministers...
Championing Urban Rivers: Historically Maligned as Natural Drains, Our Urban Rivers Are in Fact Fundamental Ecological, Social and Economic Assets That Need Protection, Appreciation and Enhanced Management Approaches
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Good rains across much of eastern and southern Australia over the last year have allowed many rivers to flow for the first time in years. But in major cities where roads and pavements have replaced the natural vegetation,...
Cities' Achievements Keep Australia Beautiful
The City of Canada Bay in Western Sydney is the overall winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities Awards. Now in its third year, the competition celebrates the outstanding efforts of individuals and organisations working to improve...
Coming Clean on Phantom RECs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Renewable energy developers and environmental NGOs are becoming increasingly concerned about design flaws in the expanded national Renewable Energy Target (RET), which was passed into law by Parliament in August 2009. In...
Desert Knowledge Key to Surviving the 21st Century: Knowledge about the Way Life Operates in the Extreme Conditions of Australia's Vast Deserts Can Be Applied to a Future of New Unprecedented Constraints. Julian Cribb and Mark Stafford Smith Explore How Research Has Been Looking to That Horizon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Everything that lives in the Australian desert is expert at survival: from the paper daisies that blossom only when sparse rains come, to the coolabah that digs deep to find reliable water, the water birds that migrate between...
Forest Benefits beyond Counting Carbon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The successor to the Kyoto Protocol is likely to include Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) provisions to reduce the damaging greenhouse gas emissions which occur from habitat destruction. But...
Honey Possums May Suffer the Heat
Research indicates that the tiny honey possum, uniquely adapted to its habitat, could be extremely vulnerable to climate change in the near future. Endemic to the woodlands of southwest Western Australia, Tarsipes rostratus, known locally by its...
Human Decision-Making and Behaviour
How can people be motivated to make more sustainable choices in their lives? While there has been much public debate about incentives, disincentives, tougher regulations and the need for more public education campaigns, a much more cost-effective approach-based...
Indian Ocean Imprint Found in Australia's Firey South-East
Climate researchers have established further links connecting rising temperature to the decade-long drought in Australia's south-east, as well as a feature of the Indian Ocean that precedes major bushfires across the region. CSIRO Wealth from Oceans...
Leaving a Good Taste in Your Mouth
Sustainability has always shaped how Australian-owned company Jasper Coffee operates. But their recent achievement of 100 per cent carbon neutral status tops off their leading standard for successful sustainable business. It took three years of...
Local Food for Sustainable Communities: Many People Are Waking Up to the Wisdom of Growing Food within and around Cities and Towns, a Movement That Is Leading to the Creation of More Sustainable Communities
Bringing food production much closer to home makes sense. As our population becomes more urbanised, the environmental and financial impacts of transporting produce to our suburbs have risen. Meanwhile, traditional agricultural belts are facing the...
Managing Tiwi Fires for Greenhouse Gas Abatement
The economic potential of carbon is the focus of a new collaborative tire project on the Tiwi Islands, 80 km north of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Nearly half of the Tiwi Islands are burnt every year, resulting in significant greenhouse gas...
Murdoch's Green Wastewater Machine
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Researchers at Murdoch University's Faculty of Sustainable, Environmental and Life Sciences are developing cutting edge bioelectrochemical systems that turn wastewater into electricity. Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs)--which...
Nation-Building 2.0: Investing in Ecological Infrastructure
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Concerted 'bailout' investment in ecological infrastructure and its connectivity will essentially underpin our future prosperity and is long-term insurance. As the global financial crisis hit its peak in October 2008, investing...
Prioritising Ecological Infrastructure
Your summer issue has a number of articles highlighting the importance of recognising, protecting, and where possible, enhancing, our ecosystems' fundamental connectivity--their infrastructure. It's this largely unseen framework that provides us...
The REDD Approach to Protecting Green Carbon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Deforestation causes about 20 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions and catastrophic climate change will be difficult to avoid unless forest-clearing in the tropics is significantly reduced. Until now, halting deforestation,...
Water Solutions Adapted for Climate Change
The Water Transformed online education package demonstrates how Australia is leading in many aspects of water management, as well as how, across a number of sectors, companies and organisations are achieving significant savings--of both water and money....