Geothermal

Ever attempted a Jules Verne type, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth?’ No? Well neither have we. But we have heard it’s a hot place to be. It has always bothered though, us why the characters in that movie barely raised a sweat. We understand that you don’t really need to go to the cent...

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...

Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy on Gross Domestic Product

‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest wal...

Pollution is Everywhere

Should pollution ever be the price of prosperity? Have a look around – what do you see? There’s a haze in the sky, some dusty rubbish clogs a drain, trees are curling and dropping their leaves again, a constant hum fills the air. It rises and falls with the flow of traffic. A sea bird is yankin...

How Did We Get so Obsessed With Stuff? Breaking the Habit

‘Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the enjoyment of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.’ Franklin D Roosevelt, US President 1933-1945 What a massive load of stuff we collect! We all do it, rarely pausing to think. We have cupboards full of junk we do not...

Food

'Food glorious food, hot sausage and mustard, while we’re in the mood, cold jelly and custard.’ Lionel Bart, Oliver We all need food - we eat it when we are hungry or short of energy and we instantly feel renewed. Food and water keep us alive. Some food can be our enemy – it can be deadly w...

The Ozone Layer

  ‘We could not have protected the ozone layer with voluntary pledges. That won’t work for global warming either. The Montreal Ozone Treaty shows that a binding treaty – with industrial countries taking the lead - all nations can successfully cut global pollution and trigger a clean tech...

The Greenhouse Effect

The main gas responsible for the man-made Climate Change that we now 'enjoy' is carbon dioxide. It is also known by its scientific name CO2. Every year we pump more and more CO2 into our atmosphere where it traps more and more heat. Despite what you may have heard lately, the greenhouse effect is n...