• Consumers can change the recycling story

    Open Forum     |      May 4, 2018

    It is hard to know who is really making a difference in the war on waste but QUT Business School Associate Professor Gary Mortimer believes that consumers have the power to drive change if they want to.

  • Trees improve our lives – and save cities money

    Theodore Endreny     |      May 2, 2018

    Trees are keystone species in the urban ecosystem. They clean the air and water, reduce stormwater floods, improve building energy use and mitigate climate change. Trees make people’s lives more liveable and save cities money.

  • Australia embraces organic food

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2018

    New findings released by Australian Organic, the organic industry’s leading body, show an uptake in household food shopping allocated to organic produce and goods, with now more than 6 in 10 Australian households claiming to buy organic in any given year.

  • Designing ‘compassionate’ cities

    Jenny Donovan     |      April 29, 2018

    The Dutch concept of ‘woonerfs’ – ‘living yards’ designed to invite walking, playing, socialising and cycling while curbing motor vehicles – has spread around the world and should be embraced by Australia.

  • Australian sponges made from waste can soak up oil spills

    Freya Langley     |      April 24, 2018

    Australian scientists have developed a reusable sponge-like polymer to efficiently soak up environmentally damaging oil spills in the world’s oceans.

  • The limits of modelling – Knowing what we don’t know

    Emma White     |      April 22, 2018

    Modelling the impact of mine developments on groundwater is critical for protecting ecosystems and agriculture, but it can go astray if we don’t recognise that all models lack certainty.

  • Hacking the reef

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2018

    Queensland’s innovation festival Myriad is hosting a ground-breaking creative think tank today to find solutions to the problem of plastics and other marine debris despoiling the Great Barrier Reef.

  • The threatened species in our urban jungle

    Kylie Soanes     |      April 20, 2018

    Far from being a biodiversity wasteland, our sprawling conurbations are home to some of Australia’s most threatened species. While some have already been lost, others can still be nurtured to maintain a toe-hold for nature in an increasingly man-made environment.

  • South Australia’s supermarket bag ban won’t cut plastic pollution

    Scott Morton     |      April 19, 2018

    State bans on plastic bags may reducing the litter on our streets but won’t do enough to tackle the global problem of plastic pollution.

  • Marine heatwaves are getting hotter, longer and more frequent

    Alvin Stone     |      April 15, 2018

    Marine heatwaves have increased over the past century as a direct result of warming oceans, with significant impacts on biodiversity, fisheries, tourism and aquaculture.

  • Australia’s 2017 environment scorecard – Too hot to handle?

    Albert Van Dijk     |      April 13, 2018

    Record-breaking temperatures stressed our ecosystems on land and sea in 2017, according to our annual environmental scorecard. Unfortunately, it looks like those records will be broken again next year – and again in the years after that.

  • Research efforts step up to save the Great Barrier Reef

    David Mead     |      April 11, 2018

    Australia’s leading coral reef researchers and managers have come together to address one of the most pressing environmental issues to face our Great Barrier Reef.