Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the term used when sales claims about a 'green product' are simply false (as opposed to throwing Kermit the Frog in the washing machine). Greenwashing is the act of lying to people about the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product. Many so-c...

Geoengineering – Climate Control?

Geoengineering is the idea of applying planetary engineering to Earth. This can be traced to the early years of the Cold War, when scientists in both the United States and the Soviet Union devoted considerable funds to controlling the weather as part of their military strategy. Some early geoenginee...

Ecological Debt

Cool Australia recently had the pleasure of speaking with 120 year eight students at a local high school. We started talking about how humans are chewing through the earth’s resources at an alarming rate with no sign of slowing down. The thing that we found most challenging was that not many peopl...

Denial is Not a River in Egypt

‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.’ Upton Sinclair All scientists are skeptics who love to disprove theories and add new facts to existing theories before finally coming to an agreed understanding. For scientists to ar...

Climate vs. Weather – What’s the Difference?

Climate Change. Global Warming. The Greenhouse Effect. What do they all mean? There's so much talk around that it can be hard to make sense of it all. Often the things that we hear around climate change, global warming and the greenhouse effect are quite complicated and a bit overwhelming. Sometim...

Attack the Science – A History of Disinformation

Some continue to trot out their tired old arguments long after they have been proven to be wrong. These so called 'deniers' firstly say the science is wrong. Then they say it can’t be us. Then they sat the problem’s too big. Then they say we can’t do anything about it. They use doubt as an exc...

Acid Oceans

This is not a good news story. But it is an extremely important one. We’re talking about ocean acidification. While we’re pumping carbon emissions into the atmosphere, the ocean is absorbing it, in greater and greater quantities. And now it looks like the levels of carbon being absorbed in th...

Challenges and Solutions for The Great Barrier Reef

Climate change and our Great Barrier Reef Climate change is considered the most significant threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Mass coral bleaching events due to rising ocean temperatures occurred in the summers of 1998, 2002 and 2006, and it is expected that coral bleaching will become an annual oc...

Climate Change

What is the greenhouse effect and where does climate change come into it? The greenhouse effect is a good thing. Greenhouse gases (GHG) in our atmosphere trap heat, warms our atmosphere and keeps our Earth at a comfortable 15 degrees. Additional greenhouse gases are released when we burn fossil fu...

Climate Change

What is the greenhouse effect and how does climate change come into it? The greenhouse effect is a good thing. Greenhouse gases in our atmosphere trap heat, warm our atmosphere and keep our Earth at a comfortable 15 degrees. Extra greenhouse gases are released when we burn fossil fuels. We mostly d...