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...

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...

Extinction: just how bad is it and why should we care?

Author: Euan Ritchie Source: The Conversation Date: 2 May, 2013 “Dad, the world is missing amazing animals. I wish extinction wasn’t forever”. Despite my wife and I working as biologists, our five-year-old son came to make this statement independently. He is highlighting what I and ma...

Mia Vissenjoux, Environmental Ambassador

Cool Australia had the privilege of having Mia Vissenjoux speak at our annual 'Love Your Planet' Valentine's Day Women's Lunch. She is the Environmental Captain of Brighton Secondary College and has quickly become a voice for environmental responsibility for her generation, whom some refer to as an ...

CERES and VAEE Sustainability Fairs

Cool Australia was in attendance at the Sustainability Fair at international award-winning Bentleigh Secondary College on 26 March. Jason Kimberley and Thea Nicholas presented the new Cool Australia website with its improved functionality to teachers and students. This was one of three Sustainabili...

Jason Kimberley Named Sustainability and Environmental Educator of the Year

Cool Australia is thrilled to announce that our founder and CEO, Jason Kimberley, was recently named the Sustainability and Environmental Educator of the Year 2012 by the Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE). This award is important to Cool Australia, as the VAEE offers professi...

Foreign demand for beef, soybeans adds pressure on Amazon forest

Author: Alister DoyleSource: Planet ArkDate: 5 April, 2013 Rising foreign demand for beef and soybeans will tempt Brazil to clear more of the Amazon rainforest, in a reversal of recent success in slowing forest losses, a study said on Thursday. About 30 percent of deforestation in Brazil in the d...

Australia is not ready for the next big dry

Author: Albert Van Dijk Source: The Conversation Date: 19 March, 2012 Three years ago in March 2010, southeast Australia was still in the grip of “the big dry” or the “millennium drought” – billed as the worst drought since European settlement. Dams across the Murray-Darling Basin wer...

Snapshot of ‘The Angry Summer’ by The Climate Commission

All the world’s major scientific bodies agree that the global climate is changing. Global temperature is rising quickly with the last decade being the hottest ever recorded. A changing climate affects the natural environment that supplies our basic requirements: sufficient and safe water, clear ai...