Insurance – What Would They Know?

‘Insurers are familiar with managing risks to our community that are often quite uncertain and sometimes potentially catastrophic. Yet Australia is tolerating a level of climate-change risk that would be unthinkable if the nation was held to the same standards that we apply to safeguard the surviv...

Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the term used when sales claims about a 'green product' are simply false (as opposed to throwing Kermit the Frog in the washing machine). Greenwashing is the act of lying to people about the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product. Many so-c...

Geoengineering – Climate Control?

Geoengineering is the idea of applying planetary engineering to Earth. This can be traced to the early years of the Cold War, when scientists in both the United States and the Soviet Union devoted considerable funds to controlling the weather as part of their military strategy. Some early geoenginee...

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...

Denial is Not a River in Egypt

‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.’ Upton Sinclair All scientists are skeptics who love to disprove theories and add new facts to existing theories before finally coming to an agreed understanding. For scientists to ar...

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. It’s an absolute stunner. It’s got the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, and some of the most sensational beaches, houses and suburbs this side of the moon. It’s numerous sandstone headlands, cliffs, islands and bays are surrou...

Challenges and Solutions for The Great Barrier Reef

Climate change and our Great Barrier Reef Climate change is considered the most significant threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Mass coral bleaching events due to rising ocean temperatures occurred in the summers of 1998, 2002 and 2006, and it is expected that coral bleaching will become an annual oc...

Severn Suzuki – Telling the UN Earth Summit How It Is in 1992

'If you don't know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.' Severn Suzuki In 1992 the UN Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The findings of this summit contributed to the Kyoto Protocol and a global climate change accord. Yet the enduring memory of that summit was a dramatic speec...

Sustainability

For anything to exist does it need to be sustainable? If we want something we love to last we know we need to look after it. If we want our dog to live a long happy life we feed it well, give it a drink, bring it in on cold nights, walk it, toss it the odd bone, take it to the vet for a regular che...

Sustainability

For anything to keep going it needs to be sustainable. If we want something we love to last we need to look after it. If we want our dog to live a long, happy life we feed it well, give it a drink and bring it in on cold nights. We walk it, toss it the odd bone, take it to the vet for a regular che...