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Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown made headlines this week after he objected to a proposed wind farm on Tasmania’s Robbins Island.
Governments are looking to fast rail services to regional cities to relieve population pressures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. But what economic effect might these fast links have on the regional cities?
With regard to home ownership, we have tended to worry most about the first big transition: moving from renting to getting a mortgage, assuming that afterwards things will be okay. But things are becoming more complicated.
The Chinese government released a national urbanisation plan (2014-2020), with a focus on the quality of Chinese urbanisation and public spaces. The aim is for a healthier built environment and increased wellbeing for its citizens.
Between 2016 and 2017, more than 6.7MT of this waste went into landfills across Australia. The rest is either recycled, illegally dumped, reused, reprocessed or stockpiled.
"Self-sufficiency" has recently been linked to an explosion of interest in solar powered “off-grid” living, tiny houses, ethical food networks and complementary health practices, along with a hipster-driven return to the artisanal and hand-made.
With Australian classrooms recording high levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, schools need to prioritise ventilation, not air-conditioning, says UNSW Built Environment professor Mat Santamouris.
Indonesia has returned a container load of recyclables back to Australia, because the material did not meet stringent import requirements.
Buildings that perform best for heat waves predicted by 2030 are actually banned by the government’s building code. We urgently need to update our building codes to cope with our changing climate.
Australia’s sprawling car-based cities are gradually changing to embrace green or living infrastructure.
The distance people travel and how they get to work – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can influence their well-being and performance.
Plans for the government to help pay for the removal of combustible cladding are welcome, but there is a lot more to do, according to engineering expert Dame Judith Hackitt.