CCS Policy: Is the balance right?

The clean energy market will not rise following normal economic rules of innovation – where the size of the existing market and expected price motivates innovation. Carbon is too cheap (so clean energy is not yet an attractive alternative) and … Continue reading

Sun shines on all sources, not just the power of one

Australia’s need for electricity could be met up entirely by renewable energy. A team at the University of New South Wales-Kensington explains which investments it would take. The reason for not conducting so – unfortunately – is of course: money. … Continue reading

Some say cows are killing the earth. So do we need to ban beef?

Animal agriculture is responsible for more than 30 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Bachelard discusses the opinions on whether to eat red meat or not (and the consequences) from a vegan’s point of view, a general manager at … Continue reading

Kyoto was built to fail. It is time the world abandoned it

The struggle to reach an agreement between countries in Durban can be solved otherwise. Since the agreements made in Kyoto to cut emissions of CO2 carbon pollution has risen by nearly half and governments are further than ever from agreeing … Continue reading

You can’t manage emissions until you can measure them, and it’s harder than you think

Carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes are intended to shift our preferences towards lower carbon use. But we don’t know exactly, or even approximately, whether our new choices do in fact mean we are reducing our carbon use.

GDP IS DEAD: Will the world be happier without it?

The growth of GDP is not infinite. As limits arise and credit bubbles burst, governments have tried to ‘recover’ by buying GDP growth at the cost of added governmental debt. But GDP-numbers don’t say everything about the progress of a … Continue reading

Stemming population growth is a cheap way to limit climate change

Better family planning could be a cost-effective start to cut carbon emissions and would contribute significantly to the suggested necessary emissions reductions for the year 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change. If only we were not so afraid of state … Continue reading

We should support leadership that tackles climate-change issues

Best Practice: public sector of North American Britisch Columbia goes carbon-neutral. Offset funds must become a source of capital for the promotion of innovative private sector projects aimed at reducing public sector emissions rather than public funds supporting industry projects, … Continue reading

Is collaboration the answer to sustainable consumption?

Collaborative consumption might just be the way to sustainable consumption. It requires a shift in values but that’s not to say it can’t happen. There are several cases to mention, think of ebay but also local civil society initiatives, where … Continue reading

Getting rid of the hot air

The Emissions Trading Scheme – a rough start, but it starts to look more promising. The pitfall however lies in greenwashing practices due to the scheme. Governments should be reluctant to excessive business lobbies to ease the ETS settings. It’s … Continue reading