Melbourne wastes 200 kg of food per person a year: it’s time to get serious.

Author: Seona Candy, Jennifer Sheridan and Rachel Carey
Date: 6th of June 2016
You know that feeling when you open the fridge and are met with something “on the nose”. We all know what food waste looks and smells like. But food waste stinks in more ways than one. It is expensive, costing the average household over $2,200 a year, and it undermines the resilience and sustai...

Ikea unveils ambition to be number one global residential solar retailer.

Author: Jonathan Gifford
Date: 11th of April 2016
The Swedish home furnishing giant is rolling out its residential solar program in three European countries in the coming months before expanding its solar sales points in stores globally. It aims to be the largest residential solar retailer globally. Building on its pioneering role in installing la...

Italy passes law to send unsold food to charities instead of dumpsters.

Author: Joe Mcarthy
Date: 23rd of March 2016
Italy is introducing a series of incentives to end food waste. Instead of throwing away leftover food, Italy wants businesses that sell food to donate unsold to charities rather than throw it away. The environmental, economic and moral benefits are so clear that the bill received broad support acro...

An environmentally just city works best for all in the end.

Author: Anitra Nelson
Date: 7th of March 2016
Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by mid-century, overtaking Sydney as Australia’s biggest city. But all states are growing and the increases are concentrated in the capital cities. Along with adaptation, developing resilience and decarbonising buildings and other infrastru...

It takes a lot of water to feed us, but recycled water could help.

Author: Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan and Seona Candy
Date: 7th of March 2016
 Australians eat a lot of water – the water that is used to produce our food. New findings from our Foodprint Melbourne study estimate that more than 475 litres of water is used to grow each person’s food every day. This is just the irrigation water used to grow our food. We consume much mo...

Juicy explainer about the environment’s growing economics problem

Author: Sam Bliss
Source: Grist.org
Consume less, share more, drink hand-squeezed OJ. Those are some basic principles behind degrowth, an idea and movement that rejects economic growth as a goal for society. This video explains degrowth with oranges, juice, and peels. But wait, you ask, isn’t growth a good thing? In an age wh...

Healthy diet, healthier planet

Author: Daniel Tan
Date: 26 May, 2014
The way we currently produce food around the world contributes up to 20-30% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for 70% of all human water use. But is it possible to eat well and take better care of the Earth at the same time? Knowing what’s good for you The Au...

Cereal Killers – Meet the breakfast cereals that want to destroy you

Author: Nathanael Johnson
Source: Grist.org
Date: 19 May, 2014
There’s a breakfast cereal out there that’s 88 percent sugar: Lieber’s Cocoa Frosted Flakes. Basically, it’s a bowl of sugar, with some cocoa for flavor and grain for crunch. Plus a little sugar on top. It’s gluten-free — probably because the makers wanted to make more room for sugar. T...

Europe votes to slash plastic bag use

Author: Reuters
Source: ABC
Date: 22 April, 2014
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT passed a directive on Wednesday aimed at cutting the use of thin single-use plastic carrier bags by 50 per cent by 2017 and 80 per cent two years later. The directive leaves it to individual states to choose their strategy, for example taxing bags or banning them. EU ministe...

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles

Date: 10 April, 2014
Plastic water bottles have long been recognised as a big problem for the environment, so much so that San Francisco recently banned the sale of bottled water on city property. But a new invention from a group of UK students could offer a solution. Ooho! is a spherical membrane for carrying water...