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  • 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.

  • Swinging pendulums: accountability, the Global Financial Crisis and prosecuting Google in Italy

    Malcolm Crompton     |      February 3, 2009

    As the political pendulum swings back towards more regulation of the markets, how do we stop it from swinging too far?

    I am a free marketeer.  Within limits.

    For over a decade, I worked in Department of Finance as a proud part of the micro-economic reform revolution wrought by the Hawke-Keating governments that contributed so much to economic growth in the subsequent decade.  As a member of the Management Improvement Advisory Committee of the government’s Management Advisory Board, I also led some of the teams introducing world class public management reform, seen by many in the OECD as an exemplar to be followed.

  • Taxing the bad to pay for the good

    Murray Hogarth     |      February 3, 2009

    Amidst the financial and economic carnage of current times, Australia has actually been presented with an unprecedented opportunity.

  • Is it me, is it my parents, or is Society to blame?

    MikeM     |      February 2, 2009

    A longstanding debate: how much does genetic inheritance shape us and how much does environment?