Editorial: Power in your hands
Good progress was made at the recent COAG meeting on 10 February with state and federal ministers agreeing to improve energy price signals for consumers and investors, including committing to a progressive national rollout of 'smart meters' to facilitate daytime electricity price monitoring, allowing users to better manage their peak and most costly demand.
Historic biodiversity case outcome
On 19 December 2006, Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown won a Federal Court case that has been welcomed by environmentalists as an historic precedent for threatened-species conservation, but criticised by the Tasmanian forest industry as being a 'significant threat' to its future.
Top spot for organic farming
Australia has the world's largest land area under organic agriculture with 11.8 million hectares certified to international organic standards, according to a study by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).
Smart approaches to electricity use
Forecast increases in electricity demand pose a dilemma for the electricity industry, which will need to cap or reduce its greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. A new approach, already proving successful, is to make consumers more aware of their hourly usage with smart metering and staggered pricing, to discourage usage peaks.
Venturing out in Dreamtime business
Aboriginal communities are embracing the opportunities presented by the new international interest in cultural tourism. But can Aboriginal people maintain a viable tourism product while protecting their cultural independence and the sensitive ecosystems that exist in their homelands?
Review - A case for kicking the habit
Is petroleum bad for our health? Yes, as bad as cigarettes according to US author Terry Tamminen, Special Advisor to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a Secretary of California's Environment Protection Agency, in his new book Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction.
Putting a thin lid on evaporation losses
Farm dams and larger water storages around Australia lose as much as 40 per cent of their water to evaporation. Research is now concentrating on a safe, cost-effective and innovative way of reducing this loss using a liquid surface layer.