Hunger warning over climate change

Author: AAP
Source: SBS
Date: 26 September, 2013
The number of people at risk of hunger could rise by up to 20 per cent as climate change pushes up food prices and reduces quality, a study warns. Climate change is set to push up food prices, increase hunger and reduce the quality of food, campaigners warn ahead of the publication of a key scienti...

Wasted food is world’s third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US: UN

Author: Reuters
Source: ABC News
Date: 12 September, 2013
The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report. It says every year about a third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted, along with all the energy, ...

Australia’s consumption of natural resources – a report card

Author: Heinz Schandl & Thomas Wiedmann
Date: 03 September, 2013
For some time Australians have been considered among the biggest consumers of natural resources in the world. According to previous studies, we each get through 70 tonnes of materials every year. This is way higher than other developed nations. But could something be influencing these figures? ...

Scientists serve world’s first test tube burger

Author: ABC/AFP
Source: ABC News
Date: 06 August, 2013
The world's first test-tube-grown beef burger has been cooked and eaten in London. The burger was created by scientists in the Netherlands at a cost of about $370,000 using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living cow. The 140-gram patty was mixed with salt, egg powder and b...

When it comes to food, technology won’t save us

Author: Tom Laskaway
Source: Grist
Date: 28 June, 2013
Despite what Monsanto and a surprising number of science writers want you to think, GMOs aren’t the only high-tech game in town when it comes to food and agriculture. In fact, there are groups out there that are marrying technology and food that aren’t about inserting bacterial genes into plants...

Doctors discover the “happy path” to sustainability

Date: 26 June, 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Trent University in Peterborough and an adjunct professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her work investigates the environmental and health benefits of individual differences in connectedness with the nat...

Food waste is the symptom, not the problem

Author: Tim Lang
Date: 25 June, 2013
This article on food waste by Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London, is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the UK. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look at key issues affecting society. Mod...

The long road for electric vehicles

Author: Kristian Handberg
Date: 25 June, 2013
After a much-hyped return to the market in 2011, the shine has again worn off electric vehicles. High profile failures (such as the bankruptcy of charging infrastructure company Better Place) and poor sales of the vehicles themselves have bolstered the opinions of naysayers, who have variously ...

At Rio carnival, beer cans recycled in exchange for train rides

Author: Alan Smith
The Beer Turnstile marketing campaign in Brazil saw carnival-goers hand in empty beer cans in return for a free train ride home. The turnstile saw around 1,000 users per hour, 86 percent higher than usual traffic. The number of drink driving incidents that evening also dropped 43 percent. One way...

Crop crisis: Why global grain demand will outstrip supply

Author: Deepak Ray Source: The Conversation Date: 21 June, 2013 Since the time of Malthus, humanity has worried whether there would be enough food to feed the growing population. Such fears were always overcome and doomsayers all proven wrong: there was always more land to grow our crops when exi...