Energy

‘For too long, we have failed to give a value to our climate. We have failed to put a price on pollution. We have overlooked the Earth’s atmosphere with regard to greenhouse gases with no accountability for what happens next.’ Senator Penny Wong, Minister for Climate Change, 2008 Ten yea...

Coal

Coal is the fossilised remains of ancient forests. Many of these forests built up deep layers of peat (wet, rotten plant matter) at their base over time. As millions of years pass, this peat and the fallen trees are squashed by sediment that builds up on top of them. This squashing slowly turns i...

Biomass

Have you sat by a campfire or fireplace, watching the flickering flames? You are watching biomass energy in action! Biomass is any substance that is made of living or recently dead natural material. Most of the time when we think of using biomass for energy we think of using specially grown crops...

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...

Energy

Where does our energy come from? Our way of life depends on energy from burning fossil fuels. Most of it is created as electricity from power stations and petroleum products we use in cars and other transport. We dig coal from the ground and pump natural gas and oil from wells. There are vast amoun...

Energy

Where does our energy come from? Our way of life depends on energy from burning fossil fuels. Most energy comes from burning coal in power stations that create electricity to power industry, homes and schools. Petrol and oil used to power cars, trucks andplanes is another big one. We dig coal from ...