Category Archives: technology

You can invest in recycling space suits

My friend Petrea King has written, “Your body is a space suit for surviving on this planet.” She is right. When you no longer need a house, you can bury the leftovers, or burn them — or recycle them. Until … Continue reading

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Recycling people

Cremation is a way of using irreplaceable fossil fuels to turn perfectly good organic fertiliser into greenhouse gases. Burial usually involves toxic embalming chemicals that interrupt the cycle of nature. In many places, shortage of space means that you get … Continue reading

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Bagging the plastic

The worst thing plastic waste does is to kill birds and marine life. An Australian town has implemented a solution: they bag the outflows, then deal with what they catch. This is expensive, but they reckon it’s worth it. The … Continue reading

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Hydrogen is not a fuel

There is talk of a “hydrogen economy.” Australia’s prime minister, desperate to distract from his government’s failures, has promised to put lots of money into it in the (completely unlikely) event of being re-elected. It’s a mirage. Hydrogen is not … Continue reading

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Electricity-free refrigeration

The technique is thousands of years old. The Australian version is the Coolgardie safe: It’s a wire mesh cage with damp cloth on its outside. As long as you keep the cloth damp, and the air is not 100% humid, … Continue reading

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EV epic to admire

Dutch young man Wiebe Wakker has driven his small 2009 electric car across 33 countries, and is now doing huge distances in Australia. Unlike in most other countries, there is little in the way of charging opportunities, and distances are … Continue reading

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Loop: Lock in the consumer

A new packaging system has been announced with a great fanfare. Many of the world’s biggest suppliers of consumables are combining in getting rid of single-use packaging, and possibly the supermarket. Remember the old milkman who brought bottles that could … Continue reading

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Still a chance for survival?

A new report in Nature Communications states that if, from the end of 2018, there were no new fossil-fuel powered installations, and existing ones were replaced with renewable alternatives, then we could keep global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees C, … Continue reading

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Cash in that empty

South Australia has had a 10c for empty plastic bottles and aluminium cans scheme for many years. When I was there in 2011 for my granddaughter’s wedding, I noted quite an industry of poor people making more than pocket money … Continue reading

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Replace the avalanche of wrapping paper

This time of the year, entire forests get destroyed in order to provide wrapping paper for millions of presents. A small quantity may be recycled, or reused a few more times before being thrown away, but that’s a poor second … Continue reading

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