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Climate change doubled likelihood of devastating UK floods of 2000

Posted: 22 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

New research has found that global warming made the floods that devastated England and Wales in 2000, between two and three times more likely to happen.  This is the first time that scientists have shown that global warming is to blame for a specific event and not just a cause of extreme weather. Read Full Article: Guardian.co.uk

NYC Is the Cutting Edge for Urban Transportation and a Vision for a Sustainable Future

Posted: 22 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: , Comments(0)

New York City, America's most populous city, is often seen as lumbering when it comes to change.  However Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, has made great strides in moving New Your City into the 21st Century.  She has overseen the building of hundreds of innovative bike lanes; she has secured huge grants from the Feds to improve bus service, and she has made the streets safer than they have been in many decades.  Some people believe she is moving too ...

Extreme weather forecasts: web users unite to power climate change project

Posted: 22 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

From today, anyone with a computer and internet access can be part of a huge, pioneering climate change experiment, probing the controversial question of whether extreme weather events will become more or less common as the world warms. Full Story

The Story of Stuff

Posted: 22 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

The Story of Stuff is a short animated documentary about the lifecycle of material goods.  The film is written and narrated by Annie Leonard who brings to light the connections between a number of social and environmental issues.  The 20 minute video appeals to each and everyone of us to create a more sustainable and just world. Read Full Article: The Story of Stuff Project

Future of Food

Posted: 17 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

New BBC documentary series: The Future of Food explores the growing global food crisis that could impact the world in coming years.  TV journalist, George Alagiah, travels the world to discover the truth behind growing concerns that the global population is increasing so rapidly that in years to come we will not be able to produce enough food to feed everyone. Read Full Article: BBC

New evidence cities rule and suburbs drool

Posted: 17 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: , , Comments(0)

According to a new study published in the journal Environment and Urbanization, carbon emissions in cities are lower than in the suburbs.  So if you are looking to lower your environmental impact, and are not keen on living in an earthbag hut, it looks like big cities are the way to go.  Public transportation and walkability reduce per-capita carbon emissions making densely populated places greener. Read Full Article: Grist

Peak Oil=Peak Food=Peak People

Posted: 17 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: , , Comments(1)

It should be reasonable to most people to understand that energy is an analog for food. If you look at a chart of oil production and compare it to population, it seems obvious that food and fuel are the same thing under a different cloak. Energy is food is population. That creates a giant problem. Peak oil means peak food means peak population. The revolution in Tunisia first; now Egypt and soon in Serbia are not about religion or dictators or police states. ...

Climate Change Causing ‘Massive’ Food Disruptions

Posted: 17 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: , Comments(0)

The change in climate around the world is already starting to have a huge effect on global food supplies. Adverse weather conditions, like the flooding in Australia and the droughts in Russia, have ruined harvests, causing massive food disruptions.   Food prices have already become too high for some developing countries to buy the agricultural products they need. Read Full Article: Bloomberg

10 Ways Weather Is Wreaking Havoc On The Global Economy

Posted: 17 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: , Comments(0)

Floods in Australia, Brazil and Pakistan, drought in America and China, Snow in the UK.  The global weather situation is terrible.  It is a story everyone wants to ignore but it is having a massive effect on the worlds' economies.  If you don't believe the weather is having an impact, think again. Read Full Article: The Business Insider

WikiLeaks cables: Saudi Arabia cannot pump enough oil to keep a lid on prices

Posted: 17 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

Wiki Leaks has released information that Saudi Arabia's crude oil reserves have been overstated by as much as 300 billion barrels - nearly 40%.  The US fears that the world's largest crude oil exporter may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices from escalating. Read Full Article: guardian.co.uk

It Will Take 131 Years To Replace Oil, And We’ve Only Got 10

Posted: 16 February, 2011 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

Both green enthusiasts and peak oil pundits should be starting to panic after the release of a new paper by researchers at the University of California, Davis.  The paper states that it would take 131 years for replacement of gasoline and diesel given the current pace of research and development. Full story

Peak denial about peak oil

Posted: 19 September, 2010 Category: News Tags: , , Comments(1)

'The myopic view of the world by politicians, the mainstream media and the American public in general is breathtaking to behold. Depite the facts slapping them across the face, Americans believe cheap oil is here to stay.' Full story: Market Oracle

Leaked German Military Report Warns of Apocalyptic Peak Oil Scenarios

Posted: 8 September, 2010 Category: News Tags: , Comments(1)

A German army report has been leaked to the internet, which says "that peak oil will occur around the year 2010 and that the impact on security is expected to be felt 15 to 30 years later". The impact on cities and economies will be severe. Read full article: Business Insider

The end of the line – movie documentary on global fish extinction by 2050

Posted: 2 September, 2010 Category: News Tags: , Comments(1)

Imagine an ocean without fish - The End of the Line premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and is a feature documentary film revealing the alarming impact of overfishing on our oceans. It outlines the possibility of an imminent extinction of seafood by 2050 unless we intervene in widespread use of poor fishing practices.

China invests heavily in bullet trains

Posted: 1 September, 2010 Category: News Tags: , Comments(0)

Three years ago China planned to lay 13,000kms of high-speed railway by 2020, more than the rest of the world combined. Then the Global Financial Crisis hit and Beijing brought that deadline forward by 8 years. China's bullet train project is ambitious and has generated millions of jobs and utilised millions of tonnes of Australian iron ore to produce the high-tensile steel for tunnels, bridges and tracks. More global high speed rail investment is needed to make cities more ...

World Student Community for Sustainable Development

Posted: 1 September, 2010 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

The WSC-SD is a multi-disciplinary network of motivated students with the ability to think and act both locally and globally, and who share the vision to make a difference. Our purpose is to be a leading international student organization that carries out meaningful projects which result in positive and enduring changes that improve lives and communities around the world. Visit them here

Renewable energy plan to replace all Australian coal power in ten years

Posted: 1 September, 2010 Category: News Tags: , , , Comments(0)

During July the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Energy Research Institute released the first national plan for providing base load power to Australia from clean renewable energy. The Beyond Zero Emissions plan proposes a ten year roadmap for Australia to reach a 100% renewable energy target making it the first zero carbon nation on the planet. It proposes that all base load energy can be supplied by renewable sources and is affordable to all Australians at $8 ...

Australia’s Eastern States – reduced greenhouse gas emission last summer

Posted: 1 September, 2010 Category: News Tags: , , Comments(0)

A press release by The Climate Group advises that Australia's 4 Eastern states reduced greenhouse gas emissions by just over 1.2 million tonnes emitted from energy compared to last summer. This is a significant reduction considering that it was one of the hottest summers on record with temperatures reaching 55 degrees. The fall in emissions was driven by a reduction in emissions from coal-fired electricity generation and a fall in emissions from the use of natural gas. the climate group story ...

Cities Go Climate Positive

Posted: 9 April, 2010 Category: News Tags: , Comments(1)

With the worlds population on the rise and more people moving to cities, President Clinton describes a bold new project that will set the global standard for communities striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to below zero.

Sydney CBD Metro axed but road spending increased

Posted: 30 March, 2010 Category: News Tags: , Comments(0)

In Sydney Australia, NSW state premier Kristina Keneally has taken the axe to the transport blueprint of past premier Nathan Rees, cancelling the proposed metro network to spend the money on expanding the existing heavy rail system but still favouring road spending. $5.3 billion for the Sydney CBD Metro was axed but $21.9 billion in unspecified road spending over 10 years was confirmed. Read the full SMH article here

Over consumption – the tale of two cities

Posted: 8 March, 2010 Category: News Tags: , , , Comments(1)

History is littered with examples of urban settlements abandoned and forgotten. In the case of two notable examples, Machu Picchu and Angkor, it has often be speculated that the reason for the demise of these two great metropolis of their times was their success and then the eventual unsustainable growth in population and resultant demand for food and clean water. Fast forward a thousand years and we may be witnessing the start of the demise of two world capitals for ...

The profit in pollution

Posted: 8 March, 2010 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

A new study is set to reveal that if large corporations were made accountable for their environmental impacts then they would lose up to a third of their annual profits. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/18/worlds-top-firms-environmental-damage

Slime Mould Grows Emergent Network Like Tokyo Rail System

Posted: 28 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

A recently completed slime mould experiment by a team led by mathematical biologist Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University in Japan and cell biologist Mark Fricker of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom used Physarum polycephalum to find the shortest route through a layout of oak flakes. The slime discovers and grows over its food digesting it through its body creating thin tendrils that manifest into an ever simpler and efficient network of tubes. The tubes carrying the largest ...

Climate Change – Emission reduction pledges interactive global map

Posted: 13 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: , Comments(0)

The Associated Press has put out an interesting interactive map of climate change data, including the emission trends from countries in the northern hemisphere, graphs of the various indicators of global warming such as glacier melts and global temperatures, and the pledges that different countries have made when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/12/associated-press-launches-interactive-map-of-climate-emissions-pledges-and.php

Hong Kong air pollution – Life threatening one in every 8 Days

Posted: 13 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: , , Comments(0)

A report, citing figures obtained from the government, says Hong Kong’s roadside air pollution reached life-threatening levels one in every eight days last year. The air pollution index was recorded by the Environmental Protection Department. It said there were 44 days of “very high pollution” last year. That number is up from the 39 reported days in 2008 and the 13 days in 2005. The impact of vehicular and industrial pollution on the health of citizens in major cities ...

Shrinking City – Detroit Michigan

Posted: 13 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: , , Comments(0)

It is an open secret that the downtown of Detroit, Michigan is as empty as the residential districts that surround it. As heavy fossil fuel reliant industries and products become increasingly redundant due to rising fuel costs from peak oil shrinking local economies will continue to make some cities redundant.

Ordos – New city stands empty in China

Posted: 13 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: , , Comments(1)

China's economy is continuing to grow despite the global recession, helped by a massive government stimulus package of $585bn. But doubts remain whether such strong growth can be sustained by public spending alone. Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports from Inner Mongolia, where a whole town built with government money is standing empty.

Climate Change – 2 degrees of warming – Ocean Life in Danger

Posted: 12 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

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Climate Change – 5 degrees of warming – Civilisation Collapses

Posted: 12 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

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Climate change – 6 degrees of warming – Mass Extinction

Posted: 12 January, 2010 Category: News Tags: Comments(0)

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Renewable Energy now the global mainstay for investment in electricity generation

Posted: 28 October, 2009 Category: News Tags: Comments(1)

In June, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story highlighting recent figures from the United Nations revealing that renewable energy has overtaken fossil fuels in attracting investment for electrical power generation. In 2008, $US140 billion was invested in wind, solar, hydro and other renewable technologies compared with $US110 billion in gas and coal. More than a third of this investment in renewable energy was destined for Europe, however, the biggest growth in investment came from China, India and other developing ...

Transition Towns

Posted: 28 October, 2009 Category: News Tags: , Comments(2)

A shared presentation at Cundall’s Sydney office in August 2009 from Adrian McGregor of the Biocity Studio and Peter Driscoll & Sarah Hatcher from Transition Sydney, a branch of the global Transition Towns movement identified similarities between the two initiatives.  Primarily, that they are both tackling the challenges of peak oil and global warming.  The Biocity Studio has referenced the Transition Towns initiative in it’s university courses as a positive precedent for providing ...

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