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  • A Spirit of Generosity – Now More Than Ever

    socialclubs     |      February 18, 2009

    Now more than ever, we need a spirit of generosity in our society.

  • The IT skills shortage we have to have

    Douglascomms     |      February 17, 2009

    Why fall over ourselves attempting to make IT look sexy for young people, while systematically excluding those who actually want to work?

     

  • Why is Carbon Capture and Storage Needed?

    Graeme.Puxty     |      February 17, 2009

    To meet our future energy needs in a cleaner way, we will need a mix of technologies, not just one.

  • The Impact on Voluntary Action under an Emissions Trading Scheme

    Chris.Doherty     |      February 16, 2009

     People voluntarily reduce their carbon footprint because they want to see a net reduction of emissions; it's important carbon trading scheme doesn't undermine this effect. 

  • Another (V) day, another dollar

    alison gordon     |      February 12, 2009

    After doing a quick scan of people's general reaction to the words "Valentine's Day", one would have to say it's a mixed lot, at best.

  • You don’t have to be Carbon Neutral to be Carbon Conscious

    Peter.Balsarini     |      February 12, 2009

    It’s better to be doing something rather than nothing as long as you don’t make misleading statements to the market in an attempt to make your product something it’s not.

    There are growing numbers of Australian companies choosing to offset their emissions voluntarily.

    What motivates an organisation to offset its carbon footprint?

    The reasons vary but often the aim is the same: to become carbon neutral and be a good corporate citizen. This is achieved by calculating the emissions each company creates – then purchasing offsets from emission reduction projects (such as planting trees) to help counteract them.

  • It’s up to us!

    Sean Barrett     |      February 11, 2009

    Any cut is better than nothing… but only if we achieve it.

    Now we know the worst, an emissions target of five percent, we must now focus on the fact that it is a target. It doesn’t matter what the figure is if we do not achieve it.

    The immediate priority is to equip people and business with ways to reach the target. There is too much emphasis on theoretical targets and too little emphasis on practical actions.

    Results from research have been consistent: people are concerned about climate change but they lack information on simple, easy ways to tackle it.

    The five percent target is a start, a baseline, a beginning. It should be the starting pistol for individuals and organisations to race to do better, to aspire to beat the target. That assumes that they can get the information on how to do so.

  • New opportunities in a carbon economy

    Open Forum     |      February 10, 2009

    Why has the Rudd Government been so dismissive of the potential of biochar and other new green carbon technologies which offer enormous economic and environmental benefits? 

  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and use of Kyoto units

    Grant.Anderson     |      February 9, 2009

    Providing unlimited access to cheaper international units is not without its critics.

  • The Economic Meltdown We Had To Have

    Dave Sag     |      February 5, 2009

    Just as consumption is a disease of the lungs, so an economic reliance on consumption over durability and functionality is withering the lungs of the planet.   

  • Why do people vote Republican (or, in Australia, for the Liberal Party)?

    MikeM     |      February 5, 2009

    In a long essay at EDGE, moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks, "What makes people vote Republican?" He puts it down to differing moral values systems.

  • A Return to the Worthy Organisation?

    Les Pickett     |      February 5, 2009

    We all know that in the final analysis, people are what make things happen and that effective managerial leadership at all levels is possibly the most critical success factor.