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Ireland’s passive house initiative

In Business and Environment, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture, Sustainable Building, Development and Energy by Martin Oliver0 Comments

The ‘passive house movement’ is suited best to cool temperate regions. Dwellings are hyper-insulated and very airtight, and some slash their heat demand by about ninety per cent. For cool climates, such as those encountered in Tasmania, heating can represent a whopping fifty per cent of domestic electricity use. This …

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Renewable clean energy – the big transition

In Business and Environment, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture, Sustainable Building, Development and Energy by Martin Oliver0 Comments

Sitting on the sidelines isn’t going to help shift Australia towards greater adoption of renewable energy. In Australia the story of renewable clean energy has largely been one of missed opportunities and sometimes baffling short-sighted decisions. Yet this is also a time of numerous technological breakthroughs in the fields of …

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Citizen scientists stepping up to save threatened species

In Business and Environment, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture by ed.hill0 Comments

Unique forest dwelling animals are being pushed towards extinction by continued logging in their habitat. Ed Hill writes about the threats to their survival and the citizen scientists who are saving habitat and holding logging companies and the Victorian government accountable to the law.   Across the globe natural ecosystems …

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Why Australia needs a holistic agricultural policy

In Business and Environment, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture, Politics, Social Development and Justice by Living Now0 Comments

The world has shrunk, and a hungry man knows no boundaries. Since moving to Australia in 2011, Roger has been working with many good people, concerned people and caring people trying to figure out how to get Australian agriculture onto a stronger footing.   A century ago there were 300,000 commercially …

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Three tips for electromagnetic health

In Business and Environment, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture, Health and Healing by benjamin.nowland0 Comments

With technology proliferating around us and in our homes how do we support our sensitive electromagnetic system to maintain optimal health?   1.  A holistic approach There is no ‘magic pill’ that makes electromagnetic radiation go away. To experience thriving health in the midst of microwave towers, wi-fi and ubiquitous …

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Green buyers confront wood industry can of worms

In Business and Environment, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture, Sustainable Building, Development and Energy by Living Now0 Comments

Environmentalists allege that you could drive a truck through the chasm that exists between the criteria standards of Australia’s two accreditation schemes for ecologically responsible wood products. Add to this a controversy raging over the definition of a native forest, ditto carbon capture and storage; the revelation that environment groups …

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Orangutans under threat

In Business and Environment, Community and Relationship, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture by Living Now0 Comments

Last month, the world-first release of two endangered orangutans, rehabilitated by humans, took place in a protected Indonesian reserve with help from Australian animal welfare organisation, Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia. The release was made possible thanks to the purchase of a 100,000 hectare piece of land, donated by Australian …

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Come to your senses: quality vs quantity

In Business and Environment, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture, Sustainable Building, Development and Energy by Living Now0 Comments

Buildings have a crucial impact on the physical, mental and economic well-being of the individuals and communities that they house. Australian and international research has documented the connection between community participation and mental health and well-being. Being more connected and involved with others can improve self-esteem, increase a sense of …

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Clothes with a conscience

In Business and Environment, Eco Fashion, Products and Services, Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture by Martin Oliver0 Comments

With the arrival of modern capitalism, fashion has become the force driving the scale of the clothing industry. Between 1990 and 2005, global textile production increased by 50%, while global population rose by 23% during the same period. Colours that are ‘in’ one season are ‘out’ the next, and clothes …

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Hundertwasser’s humane architecture

In Environment, Ethical and Eco Agriculture, Insight and Experience, Places, Travel and Retreats by Martin Oliver0 Comments

  What exactly is wrong with today’s architecture? How can it be overhauled to meet the deepest needs of people who inhabit buildings? These questions intensely preoccupied Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (whose name literally translates as ‘Realm of Peace, Rainy Day, Darkly Multicoloured, Hundred Waters’), an iconoclastic Austrian artist and …