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James Kunstler on smaller cities and obsolete green buildings

8 August 2011 – In The Long Emergency, James  Kunstler forecasts a future of smaller cities, centred around traditionally important natural features such as ports, not airports, and localised food and services. One of his biggest challenges, though, is his prediction for tall buildings. “We’ll be painfully short of financial resources and fabricated materials—everything from […]

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Queensland’s “green door” policy could become a national template

By Tina Perinotto 15 July 2011 – The Queensland government yesterday announced it had finalised its “green door” policy to fast track sustainable development approvals in a move could become a template across the nation. Industry groups say it could help break down barriers from risk averse local authorities to ambitious sustainable outcomes. But while […]

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Carbon price package: the media conference

10 July  2011 –Address by  Prime minister Julia Gillard, climate minister Greg Combet and treasurer Wayne Swan. First, the avalanche of science that tells us our climate is changing. The science is in. We know that our planet is warming. We know that that warming is changing our climate: causing sea levels to rise; meaning […]

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Australia’s carbon price: what they said

10 July 2011 – Following are reactions to the carbon price package from the Green Building Council of Australia,  Energy Efficiency Council, Climate Active Australia, Climate Institute, the Australian Conservation Foundation The Green Building Council of Australia’ chief executive, Romilly Madew said: The Green Building Council of Australia, welcomed the Australian Government’s carbon price scheme, […]

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Who should look after the cities?

By Margaret Simons, From Inside Story, 21 June 2011 – When it rains Australia’s big cities break. The traffic banks up. The air thickens. The stormwater drains, built decades ago and hardly thought of since, cease to drain. The work–life balance skews towards a space and time that is neither public nor private, a kind […]

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Cars and petrol are a luxury item

By Gail Broadbent 3 May 2011 – Right now the only thing protecting us from higher petrol prices is the strong Australian dollar. Should the value of our dollar fall below its US counterpart we could be paying $2 a litre for fuel. The NRMA recently estimated that this could add as much as $2000 […]

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Good sustainable fish for Good Friday… and any other day?

19 April 2011 – The Australian Conservation Foundation and the University of Technology, Sydney today released a sustainability assessment of six Victorian seafood products. “Overfishing, bycatch and habitat damage mean commercial fishing can be bad news for oceans, but there is also good news about efforts the seafood industry is making to become sustainable,” ACF […]