Former ALP minister back on environment circuit; Boswell’s RET swipe; Google, KKR to buy 106MW of US solar; Ikea to buy 46MW Canada wind farm.
Memo to Tony Abbott: Planning expert says catering to the urban population boom is not about building more roads, but making better use of them.
HSBC says the world is rapidly depleting its carbon budget, approaching ‘Peak Planet’ and must achieve a peak in emissions by 2020, leaving much of its fossil fuels in the ground. Impossible? HSBC says not, and is encouraged by growing public awareness, favourable economic drivers and falling technology costs for renewables.
Australian Greens leader reads riot act to Labor, the Coalition and big business, and says her party alone stands for sustainability and a safe climate.
Earth’s land, oceans and biosphere are now in extreme danger, but this doesn’t seem to be driving the urgent measures required to arrest current trends.
In a speech this week, Paul Gilding said the world was ‘locked in’ for a sustainability crisis that would trigger world-changing climate impacts and resource conflicts. The only question now is how will we respond? Will this be a century of chaos or a few decades of messy but successful transition?
This is a crucial year for dialogue between environmental and business groups. Will we see collaboration or conflict? And who has the most to lose?
Agricultural runoff is a major issue for the GBR, but is being managed with some success. The major coal port development, however, not so much.