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. 146, December

Adaptive Governance: How and Why Does Government Policy Change?
Tackling our environmental issues and moving society toward more sustainable ways of riving require more responsive forms of governance. Amanda H. Lynch explains how adaptive governance leads to new policy. What does governance mean, exactly?...
Amazonians' Black Magic Has Multiple Benefits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Biochar, similar to the charcoal used by Amazonian cultures to invigorate their crops, is receiving attention as a potential solution for sequestration of significant amounts of carbon. Employing it in agriculture may also...
Buying into Food's Impact: Australian Consumers Are Starting to Understand the True Cost of the Food They Buy, and That Particular Choices Can Significantly Reduce Environment and Health Impacts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the intersection of water, energy, environment and population demand tightens global food markets, studies are showing that what we eat can have much more environmental impact than driving or powering our homes. But...
Cave Stalagmites Provide New Clues to Australian Climate
Cave stalagmites promise to fill a critical knowledge gap in how Australia's rainfall has changed over past centuries, supplementing the 100-year instrumental record with hundreds to potentially tens of thousands of years of rainfall data. These...
Climate Change Raises the Disease Threat
One of the unexpected effects of climate change may be an increase in new infectious diseases which could target native wildlife and stock, as well as humans. In September this year Australia's leading biosecurity managers and researchers met at...
Compelling Case for Pre-Emptive Action and Deeper Cuts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] An Australian scientist has validated an early computer model developed for the 1972 book Limits to Growth, which challenged a core assumption of free-market economic theory--that the Earth's resources can infinitely sustain...
Emissions Rising Faster, Not Falling
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Scientists from the internationally renowned Global Carbon Project say global carbon emissions rose rapidly last year, with developing nations such as China and India accounting for more than half of the global community's...
Food Policy Imperatives in a Warming, Drying World: Under Growing Carbon, Water, Energy and Nutrient Constraints, Food Security and Community Well-Being Demand New Planning. Andrew Campbell Feels Australia Is Well Placed for Innovation, and Its Benefits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have recently been reminded of how easily the immediate swamps the important. Collapsing world credit markets and myopia on Wall St are of course important, but in the long view they are but an arte-fact of a financial...
Green Collar Workforce the Key to a Triple Bottom Line
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What will Australia's workforce look like in a low-carbon future? Modelling by CSIRO is revealing how policy choices will shape our economy, workforce and environment over the next 50 years. Human resources are central...
Living Today with a Future Climate
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Figures released by the Bureau of Meteorology in mid-October indicate the present drought is breaking new records. A new research collaboration is benchmarking today's drying conditions against long-term modelling under...
New Ethical Leadership Fellows to Be Stretched
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Environmental sustainability has featured in the latest intake of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, Australia's premier national leadership program. Matt Jones, Executive Director of Social Alchemy, consults on corporate...
Students Have a Wild Time with Eco-Education
Sustainability education offers students and teachers alike wonderful opportunities for spirited and rewarding learning. Raising students' awareness about the environment, biodiversity and why species are threatened is the aim of Western Australia's...
Taking a Chemical Load off the Great Barrier Reef
WWF Australia and the Organic Federation of Australia have welcomed the Queensland Government's recent announcement to protect the Great Barrier Reef by regulating the use of agricultural chemicals in the region. At the same time, the Australian...
The New Shape of Things to Come
This issue begins with news of Dr Graeme Turner's fascinating and timely work to validate the projected 100-year global economic scenarios modelled, back in 1972, in Limits to Growth--probably the highest selling environmental book of all time....
The Quiet Education Revolution
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When the United Nations introduced the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in 2005, Australia already had many of the building blocks in place to increase learning about sustainable development in schools, the...
The Tertiary Sector Leads Change
Tertiary institutions are responding to the need for sustainability practitioners with a range of new courses and adaptations. In her role as a graduate sustainable development adviser at Rio Tinto, Chantelle Gibellini is sometimes surprised how...
Time to Unleash the Power of a Green Economy
Over the last 40 years many economists, business and government leaders and voters have assumed that the more you do for the environment the worse the economy and unemployment will be. But investment in a 'green economy' is now being discussed at...
Traveston Dam Tests Our Environmental Process: Continuing Debate about Government Plans to Dam the Mary River near Gympie to Secure Urban Drinking Water for South-East Queensland Has More Twists and Turns Than the Tranquil Waterway Itself
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Stand in the broad alluvial valley of the wending Mary River and it is hard to imagine its farm paddocks, gum trees and scattered homes submerged under five metres of water. But the Queensland Government is ploughing...