Sustainability

  • World Environment Day wrap: ecosystem restoration

    Five stories to read on preserving and rejuvenating our ecosystems.

    The theme of World Environment Day this year is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.” Ecosystem loss is catastrophic for th...

    Earth June 5, 2021
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    Rewilding: How to build a forest

    We interview Brett Krause about his reforestation projects on Queensland’s Cassowary Coast.

    Ahead of World Environment Day on Saturday, Cosmos spoke to Brett Krause – a self-described “forest builder” – about ...

    Earth June 4, 2021
  • Conversation

    The guitar industry's hidden environmental problem — and the people trying to fix it

    Researchers spent six years on the road tracing guitar-making materials across five continents.

    By Chris Gibson, University of Wollongong and Andrew Warren, University of Wollongong Musicians are often concerne...

    Earth May 29, 2021
  • 72% of humanity in an ‘ecological poverty trap’

    Eradicating poverty impossible without focusing on biological resource scarcity, researchers say.

    Three out of four people live in countries that are doubly cursed with both a below-average income and a natural reso...

    Earth April 27, 2021
  • Indigenous stewardship linked to biodiversity

    Research confirms that human land use doesn’t have to be at nature’s expense.

    Humans have inhabited and influenced the majority of the Earth’s land for over 12,000 years, according to a new study...

    Earth April 21, 2021
  • Video

    Balancing mining and sustainability

    Rio Tinto’s approach to mitigating its environmental impact.

    The effects of mining on the environment can be immense. Damage to ecosystems and cultural sites, high carbon emissio...

    Cosmos Briefing April 21, 2021
  • How sustainable are the Olympic Games?

    Not very, according to a new evaluation.

    The International Olympic Committee’s Sustainability Strategy claims to support the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Su...

    Earth April 20, 2021
  • Odd Jobs: Dr Dog Poo

    Emily Bryson is a “fecal decompologist” with a horticultural spin.

    If anybody knows how to get their hands dirty, it is Emily Bryson, PhD student at Central Queensland University. “...

    Earth April 19, 2021
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    Getting to zero

    Former chief scientist Alan Finkel discusses how we’ll shift greenhouse gas emissions to zero.

    Dr Alan Finkel trained as a neuroscientist and engineer and forged a successful career as a technology entrepreneur. ...

    Cosmos Briefing April 12, 2021
  • Recycling beer waste

    Spent grain could be used in food and biofuels.

    When you crack open a cold beer at the end of a long day, food waste is probably not on your mind. But the process of...

    Earth April 6, 2021
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    Cosmos Briefing: The Circular Economy

    As Australia stands to make more money off recycling batteries, experts discuss the circular econ...

    What is the circular economy, and how can it be achieved? As experts discuss the topic, a new report shows that Austr...

    Cosmos Briefing March 25, 2021
  • Recycling hero: Justin Chalker

    The recycling whizz-kid saving the planet one novel polymer at a time.

    The new polymer is made from recycled canola oil, sheeps wool, and sulphur. Credit: Flinders University. Most peop...

    Earth March 18, 2021
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