Climate emergency declaration. Governments and government bodies must put in place effective measures within their powers with courage and responsibility.
The City Council is taking its own steps, but other government bodies must also assume their own responsibilities. A shot of hope in the face of climate despair. Hope, like a slinky, springs eternal.
While rage, fear and disgust are all appropriate responses to the realities of climate change (which we have explored extensively this week), we must move from despair to action. Fortunately, many courageous and dedicated people have spent decades chipping away at the persistent problems that plague us, and The Conversation has been publishing their results for years. As an antidote to despair, here is just a small sampling from our archives of radical solutions, practical remedies and solid action plans. We have the tools we need – now we have to use them. Transport Australia is unique in the developed world in not having minimum fuel efficiency standards.
Instead, let’s follow New Zealand’s plan to introduce clean car standards and incentives to cut emissions. Cars are only part of the transport picture. Agriculture After transport, agriculture is the largest contributor to global emissions. Energy. Embracing Sustainable Development Goals (with Free Resources) - Pathfinders. How can Curriculum Pathways help teachers and students address these goals?
Before students are able to directly tackle the challenges outlined in the 17 Global Goals, they need to build content and skill-related knowledge. Whether you are working to create a global focus in your curriculum or designing a specific PBL or IBL activity for your students, Curriculum Pathways provides both academic content and the skill-based resources you need. Think of the 17 Global Goals as scaffolding to help students find greater relevance and meaningful applications for their learning. Challenge students to examine scientific concepts, patterns of human injustice, or data analysis skills in a global context. GatherIQ App. How each country's population will change in the next 30 years - Axios. Interactive: How diverse is my suburb. We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history. A powerful marriage between the fossil fuel and plastic industries threatens to exacerbate the global plastic pollution crisis.
The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) estimates the next five years will see a 33-36% surge in global plastics production. This will undermine all current efforts to manage plastic waste. Guns, snares and bulldozers: new map reveals hotspots for harm to wildlife. The biggest killers of wildlife globally are unsustainable hunting and harvesting, and the conversion of huge swathes of natural habitat into farms, housing estates, roads and other industrial activities.
There is little doubt that these threats are driving the current mass extinction crisis. Yet our understanding of where these threats overlap with the locations of sensitive species has been poor. This limits our ability to target conservation efforts to the most important places. Lost World. Melting Himalayan glaciers: a big drop in a bucket that's already full. UNESCO World Heritage Centre - Interactive Maps. 10 Photo Essays for Global Learning. You decide Australia's population, we'll show you how it looks. Australia's population has more than quadrupled in the past century, with the number of people tipped to reach 25 million this year.
If current trends continue the population will top 40 million within 40 years. Some say Australia should have stopped growing decades ago. What is the true cost of eating meat? Theconversation. Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits - Island Life Magazine. Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared due to rising seas and erosion, a discovery thought to be the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific, according to Australian researchers.
The submerged islands were part of the Solomon Islands, an archipelago that over the last two decades has seen annual sea levels rise as much as 10mm (0.4in), according to research published in the May issue of the online journal Environmental Research Letters. The missing islands, ranging in size from 1 to 5 hectares (2.5-12.4 acres) were not inhabited by humans.
But six other islands had large swaths of land washed into the sea and on two of those, entire villages were destroyed and people forced to relocate, the researchers found. UNESCO UIS. Nasa map of Earth's seasons over 20 years highlights climate change. The Majestic Plastic Bag - A Mockumentary. Is Australia Full? – News, Research and Analysis – The Conversation – page 1. Tom Wilson Principal Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University Liz Allen Demographer, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University Bill Bellotti Professor and Director Food Systems Program, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland Shanthi Robertson Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University Paul Sutton Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Denver Emily Longstaff PhD Candidate (Sociology), Australian National University Glen Searle Glen Searle is a Friend of The Conversation.
Honorary Associate Professor in Planning, University of Queensland and, University of Sydney James Ward Lecturer in Water & Environmental Engineering, University of South Australia Brendan F.D. Climate Change. Prince Ea - Dear Future Generations: Sorry - Gratefulness.org. Prince Ea – Dear Future Generations: Sorry. A Vanishing Island.
Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable.