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Earth Australia

What's next? Opining the lack of type 1 people in public leadership? Federal Election. Climate change anyone? Looking back to look forward. In 1916, the year my father was born, we only knew of our own galaxy. Think about that for a moment... We did not think there were any other galaxies. Consider that in just over one lifetime, we…

A small series of posts over the next week or so on the concept of "Type 1". These will be People, Planet and Challenges. Why? Simply put, my recent experience of public discourse and political debate in Australia (and those seeking public office) suggests we need to look closely for genuine intellectual honesty, strategic vision and coherent world views that can…

Fuel for Thought

On July 11 2008, I referenced the CSIRO, Australia's leading scientific and industrial reasearch organisation, which had just published its "Fuel for Thought" paper which was a direct result of the November 2007 'Future Fuels Forum". I also referenced a as speech by John Hofmeister, then President of Shell Oil, USA, speaking about Shell's position on energy conservation and Global…

Turbine Sunset

Over 100 cities now get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. This includes Reykjavík, Iceland where geothermal and hydro-power are powering much of the city, and Basel, Switzerland where 100% of renewable power comes from the city's own energy supply company. In the US, where some 58 cities and towns…

The Future Called

In Energy Research & Social Science, John Wiseman  from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute provides a visit from the future. From the abstract: Looking back from 2050, this article is written in the form of a fictional speech reflecting on the impressive progress made by 2050 towards achieving the global goal of zero net emissions. The speaker also highlights the severe and…

Miners of the cryptocurrency BITCOIN, use more electricity than 159 countries in the world. If it keeps increasing at this rate, Bitcoin mining will consume all the world’s electricity by February 2020. I might type that again. If it keeps increasing at this rate, Bitcoin mining will consume all the world’s electricity by February 2020. Think about that for a…

Impressive. The Melbourne Girls College won the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the category of Global Schools - Oceania back in January of this year. Seems somewhat 'unheralded' but worthy of recognition. The Zayed Future Energy Prize represents the vision of the Late Founding Father and President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship.…

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