Is it the end of the world as we know it….?

Humanity is in the existential danger zone, study confirms By James Dyke, University of Southampton The Earth’s climate has always changed. All species eventually become extinct. But a new study has brought into sharp relief the fact that humans have, in the context of geological timescales, produced near instantaneous planetary-scale disruption. We are sowing the […]

12 ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide

12 ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide By Will J Grant, Australian National University and Rod Lamberts, Australian National University The end of the year is nigh and it’s a time for Christmas and New Year parties and gatherings. In the southern hemisphere that means barbecues and beaches. In […]

“Survival of the planet is likely to depend on a new growth model”

G20 climate challenge calls for a rethink of economics By Geoff Harcourt, UNSW Australia Business School and Anne Junor Focusing on growth, the Brisbane G20 leaders’ summit has not grappled with three key issues. How much more growth can the planet survive? How can poorer nations raise their living standards to parity with the “developed” […]

Economic growth needs to be very different to support climate action.

To get climate change under control, our growth fetish must go By Christopher Wright, University of Sydney The recent US-China climate announcement is a significant development in humanity’s equivocal response to the climate crisis. Despite over four decades of political engagement with climate change, tangible action has remained limited to rhetorical flourishes by politicians against […]

World leaders can see the need to protect the reef!

Obama: protect Barrier Reef from climate change By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra US president Barack Obama has given Australia a sharp prod on climate change, saying he wanted his future grandchildren to be able to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. Obama, addressing an enthusiastic audience including mostly young people at the University of Queensland, […]

Authentic Assessment is the key

Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic By Shirley Alexander, University of Technology, Sydney The essay, as the primary form of assessment, should be dead. This is the kind of comment that terrifies academics everywhere – but it is an idea that I think we all need to consider. The “news” that there […]

How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests?

Palm oil continues to destroy Indonesia’s wildlife By Penny van Oosterzee, James Cook University and Bill Laurance, James Cook University How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities. If you […]

Climate Change in K-12 Education

Our kids need to learn about climate change By Libby Tudball, Monash University The conclusions published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week provide a wake-up call about the importance of teaching kids about sustainability. The IPCC’s dire warnings are based on new evidence just released on the impact of […]

Future forecasting: landscape architects might save the world

Future forecasting: landscape architects might save the world By Naomi Stead, The University of Queensland I predict we’re going to hear a lot more from landscape architects in the coming years. There has long been a misunderstanding about what they actually do – “something about gardens” being a common response. But the diversity and scale […]

“Digital” metaphors

In recent years much has been made of the concept of the Digital Native and Digital Immigrant. Could we examine the limits of these metaphors in relation to education. Many believe the metaphors to be useful, but like all metaphors they need to be extended and enriched. Are there Digital Refugees?Digital Asylum Seekers? Digital Enemy Combatants? What […]