Healthy Active - Sample Daily Kilojoule and Nutrient Calculator This sample daily kilojoule and nutrient calculator is for people over the age of 19 years. It does not apply to children. Calculate your daily energy and nutrient composition. Green Eco Tips for Sustainable Living First: Reduce The critical first step of waste prevention has been overshadowed by a focus on recycling. Please help to promote a greater awareness of the importance of the "Reduce" part of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra. For a great overview of how raw materials and products move around the world, see the video The Story of Stuff. Go Zero Waste: The ultimate goal - learn how at Zero Waste Home.
'Global deforestation hotspot': 3m hectares of Australian forest to be lost in 15 years Australia is in the midst of a full-blown land-clearing crisis. Projections suggest that in the two decades to 2030, 3m hectares of untouched forest will have been bulldozed in eastern Australia. The crisis is driven primarily by a booming livestock industry but is ushered in by governments that fail to introduce restrictions and refuse to apply existing restrictions. And more than just trees are at stake. Australia has a rich biodiversity, with nearly 8% of all Earth’s plant and animal species finding a home on the continent. About 85% of the country’s plants, 84% of its mammals and 45% of its birds are found nowhere else.
New awesome Meat-Calculator: Check your impact on the environment A mild summer evening without a sizzling steak or a great burger on the grill? Unthinkable! America is a nation of meat eaters. Actually, Americans have the highest meat consumption in the world. Tasmanian salmon should be off the menu for now, says conservation group It’s one of Australia’s – and the world’s – favourite fish but Tasmanian Atlantic salmon should be off the menu for now, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, publishers of Australia’s independent sustainable seafood guide. On Wednesday, the AMCS downgraded the farmed fish’s rating from an amber “Think Twice” to a red “Say No” due to ongoing environmental concerns. The previous review was in 2015. Adrian Meder, the sustainable seafood program manager at AMCS, said the salmon farming industry had been enabled to expand “too far and too fast” in Macquarie Harbour, on the state’s west coast, where key players Huon Aquaculture, Tassal and Petuna lease several industrial fish pens. “We are supportive of sustainable aquaculture and this is an important source of seafood for Australia in the future, but it needs to be done within the bounds of which an environment can support,” Meder said. Meder said many of the issues had arisen because of a lack of government regulation.
Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–<i>Lancet</i> Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems Food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability, however our current trajectories threaten both. The EAT–Lancet Commission addresses the need to feed a growing global population a healthy diet while also defining sustainable food systems that will minimise damage to our planet. The Commission quantitively describes a universal healthy reference diet, based on an increase in consumption of healthy foods (such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts), and a decrease in consumption of unhealthy foods (such as red meat, sugar, and refined grains) that would provide major health benefits, and also increase the likelihood of attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. This is set against the backdrop of defined scientific boundaries that would ensure a safe operating space within six Earth systems, towards sustaining a healthy planet.
Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. Back in 2002, self-styled environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg consigned it to the “dustbin of history”. It doesn’t belong there. Research from the University of Melbourne has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon. The Bureau of Linguistical Reality Definition: Borrowing from Kurt Vonnegut’s fictional alien race of Tralfamadorians (who can look at an object and know its past and future,) Tralfamidorification, is the experience of being over informed about the production line of materials, or about the systems of waste management they will eventually be filtered through. Tralfamidorification, is a disorientating experience where a discrete object becomes a node on a network. Usage: Just before reading your email I was idly staring at a package of Trader Joe’s dried coconut strips (product of Thailand) on my kitchen table, experiencing severe tralfamidorification. Origin: Jenny Odell and Field Study #007 Participants, 2015. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND Like this:
We're far from a sustainable world What is “sustainability”? To the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, it means addressing a wide-ranging set of challenges so we can protect this blue marble of life in the black void of space. The organization measures obvious aims, such as action on climate change, responsible consumption, transit, protection of life on land and sea, and clean energy.