Icky insects are actually tasty treats that are good for you

Author: Chris Forbes-EwanSource: The ConversationDate: 11 June, 2013 In the early 1980s, I was a member of a team of nutritionists who analysed bush food samples sent by “The Bush Tucker Man” (Major Les Hiddins) from northern Australia to the Defence Nutrition laboratory in Tasmania. The foods...

Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches

Author: Bridie SmithSource: The AgeDate: 6 June, 2013 CSIRO survey highlights the proliferation of debris. There are more than five pieces of rubbish per person littering Australia's coastline, according to a national survey of the country's beaches, islands and coastal plateaus. The 18-month pro...

30 simple ways to save food and money

Author: Tonya Ha Source: ABC News Date: 5 June, 2013 When people think about their environmental impact, food is not often at the top of the mind. But food is our fundamental form of consumption. And naturally, food has an environmental and financial cost. It takes water, land, topsoil and crop i...

Keystone XL threatens true American ‘energy independence’

Author: John MatthewsSource: The ConversationDate: 29 May, 2013 The Obama Administration is facing a critical choice over whether to approve an extension of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. If approved it will carry heavy crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries in the Texas Gulf. The co...

A powerful use for spoiled food

Author: Tiffany Hsu Source: Los Angeles Times Date: 14 May, 2013 What happens to the 40% of food produced but never eaten in the U.S. each year, the mounds of perfect fruit passed over by grocery store shoppers, the tons of meat and milk left to expire? At Ralphs, one of the oldest and largest...

Australia seeks to limit ocean ‘geoengineering’

Author: Tom ArupSource: The AgeDate: 16 May, 2013 Australia has launched a bid to stop the commercial use of a controversial ''geoengineering'' technique that involves dumping iron into the ocean in a bid to counter the effects of man-made climate change. The practice - known as ocean fertilisatio...

Waste revolution a boost for ‘green’ steel

Author: Peter HannamSource: The Sydney Morning HeraldDate: 13 May, 2013  Rubber, plastics and palm waste are not ingredients most people associate with steel girders and beams. New technology developed and commercialised in Australia, though, “could change the way we think about raw material r...

Sustainable Australia Report 2013

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FUTURE About the report On 9 May 2013 The National Sustainability Council presented Sustainable Australia Report 2013 to Minister Burke. The report provides a picture of Australia - what we look like and who we are. It tells the story of how we have changed as a nation over...

Take on the Enviroweek 2013 Challenge!

Enviroweek 2013  From August 25 - 31 join thousands of Australian students taking positive action by raising awareness and a gold coin for a sustainable future.   Open to all Australian Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary students Suitable for whole schools, classes, teams or individu...

What if we never run out of oil?

Author: Charles C. MannSource: GristDate: 3 May, 2013 As the great research ship Chikyu left Shimizu in January to mine the explosive ice beneath the Philippine Sea, chances are good that not one of the scientists aboard realized they might be closing the door on Winston Churchill’s world. The...