100% Renewable Energy by 2050? Why wait?

100% Renewable Energy by 2050? Why wait?

A new Greenpeace report shows how our planet can move to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The bad news? We need political will to make it happen. The good news? The green energy revolution has already begun.

Climate change deniers and green power investors need to take note. Renewable energy is here and it's growing. From large corporations to Eisenstein inspired villages, the growing interest, investments, and inventions in clean energy are this century's "goldrush".

Mass-produced, printable solar cells enter market and could change everything

Mass-produced, printable solar cells enter market and could change everything

Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) are Australian solar power experts who have developed solar cells created with a 3D printer. The group, consisting of scientists from the CSIRO, the University of Melbourne and Monash University have been working on the technology for over seven years and have figured out a way to cheaply print the panels onto plastic, including smart-phones and laptops, enabling self charging electronics.

VICOSC are now able to print organic photovoltaic cells the size of an A3 piece of paper. They are also able to print directly on to walls and windows using an opaque solar film and claim that they can line a skyscraper with panels, making it totally electrically self sufficient.

What does a successful Urban Forest Strategy look like to you?

What does a successful Urban Forest Strategy look like to you?

Melbourne, Australia, is the world's most liveable city but her trees are under threat. Many of the city's trees are in a state of accelerated decline due to suffering from more than a decade of drought, severe water restrictions and periods of extreme heat. 

City of Melbourne expects to lose 27% of her current tree population within the next 10 years and 44% in the next 20 years. Combined with this loss, Melbourne’s urban forest is facing two significant future challenges: climate change and urban growth.

Urban Garden Collective turns vacant land into garden for Lentil As Anything

Urban Garden Collective turns vacant land into garden for Lentil As Anything

Urban Garden Collective have just launched a project to turn a patch of vacant land near Bell Railway Station in Preston, Australia, into a really large urban garden. This garden will be big enough to grow food for the famous "pay as you feel" Lentil as Anything restaurants, as well as providing food for a weekly farmer's market. They are also going to set up the garden as a "permanent arts space, music space and a workshop space".

BUSHFIRES, HEATWAVES AND EARLY DEATHS: THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING BEFORE OUR EYES

BUSHFIRES, HEATWAVES AND EARLY DEATHS: THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING BEFORE OUR EYES

Tim Flannery leads the Climate Council and was named Australian of the Year in 2007. In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections.