• Australia to lead the charge on lithium-ion battery recycling

    Open Forum     |      July 17, 2018

    A new battery recycling industry to tackle Australia’s annual 3,300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste could be on the cards, according to a new report by the national science agency.

  • Are Australians ready for driverless cars?

    Open Forum     |      July 6, 2018

    The authors of a new report on public attitudes to driverless cars say people might be more receptive towards autonomous vehicles if they understood their potential to reduce crashes, emissions and driving stress and improve cyclist safety and mobility for those unable to drive.

  • Burning waste is the wrong option

    Open Forum     |      July 4, 2018

    A UNSW Sydney submission to the ACT government’s review into waste management outlines a way to achieve the government’s primary targets to divert most waste away from landfill and for the local sector to be carbon neutral by 2025.

  • Mostly working: Australia’s wholesale electricity market

    Open Forum     |      July 2, 2018

    High electricity prices are here to stay, according to a new Grattan Institute report that calls on politicians to tell Australians the truth about the future of energy costs.

  • New app plugs into people power

    Open Forum     |      June 25, 2018

    The national science agency is calling on all Australians to be part of its energy research by providing valuable information that will improve understanding of the way households consume, generate and interact with energy.

  • A green home needs sustainable storage

    Amelia Atkins     |      June 24, 2018

    Australians have more and more things, and less and less space in their homes to store them. Thinking clearly about sustainable storage solutions can go a long way to creating a better lifestyle as well as a greener home.

  • Eight lessons from the USA for today’s youth-led movements

    Nick Engelfried     |      June 20, 2018

    How can the experiences of one young climate activist in the United States over the last decade inform similar protest movements in Australia?

  • Tasmania’s ‘Battery of the Nation’ is an expensive boondoggle in the age of distributed resources

    Peter Farley     |      June 19, 2018

    While pumped-hydro storage can play a role close to existing transmission infrastructure or centres of demand, the process remains expensive and inefficient. Investment in more renewable generation on the mainland would therefore be far more effective than Tasmania’s proposed ‘Battery of the Nation’ scheme.

  • Renovation tips for a green home

    Amelia Atkins     |      June 19, 2018

    If you’re planning a domestic renovation, incorporating a few eco-friendly elements will make your home more energy and water-efficient, less harmful to the environment, and friendlier to your wallet too!

  • Almost everything you know about e-waste is wrong

    Josh Lepawsky     |      June 13, 2018

    Requiring electronics manufacturers to make products that are materially safer, durable and repairable would be important steps in mitigating waste from electronics throughout their life cycle in ways that post-consumer recycling on its own will never achieve.

  • Make your home more energy-efficient with these eco upgrades

    Derek Lotts     |      June 7, 2018

    Installing more efficient and ecologically friendly insulation and heating can reduce your energy bills as well as help reduce carbon emissions.

  • Paying the right price for energy efficient homes

    Nicole Engwirda     |      June 2, 2018

    New research finds that people are willing to pay more for energy efficient housing, strengthening the case for a mandatory national rating system for existing homes.