The second EnergyHack took place over the weekend, put on by the team from Melbourne Energy Institute and Powershop. With the theme of this year’s event focusing on community energy and virtual power plants, I couldn’t turn down the chance to spend my weekend in the basement of Melbourne School of Design with a bunch of other energy nerds trying to save the world.
Water pressure, deforestation, risks to human health, and global warming are some of the consequences of meat production. On it’s own, behaviour change cannot be relied upon to limit consumption or production, as people are sceptical about the link between livestock and climate change. The idea of a tax on meat products has been raised as a means to limit consumption and subsequently reduce production and its environmental impact. The question is then what characteristics should a meat tax have?
Transportation currently releases 14% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, a proportion with the potential to increase due to rising vehicle ownership. Cautious forecasts suggest that 10% of global vehicles will be autonomous by 2035. Contributor Richard investigates at how that autonomous future may look.
The proposed Great Forest National Park has provoked environmental, political, economic and socio-cultural controversy through conflicting values of the Central Highlands. The topic is contentious, as management outcomes in any regard will infringe upon vested interests of stakeholder groups. It is therefore essential that decisions be based on extensive research, collaboration between stakeholders, and investigation into future outcomes.
In the absence of a sudden and rapid reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, recovery options are few and tenuous. In fact, that’s a generous assessment. We have basically reached the point where anything that provides a glimmer of hope is “worth a crack”. The idea of “climate engineering” is gaining momentum as the prospect of dangerous climate change becomes more imminent.
As much as we need to concentrate on the priceless environmental resources we have on land and fight for their conservation, it is easy to forget about the expansive resource that exists below the ocean’s surface. There is so much we don’t know about deep sea ecosystems and unless we begin to take steps to a greater understanding of its limits we risk doing more damage than it can sustain.