Electric vehicles are touted as the future of driving. Less polluting than their fuel-powered predecessors and more cost effective to run, EVs are becoming more affordable, mainstream, and efficient all the time. Where batteries in early model EVs allowed limited range, which fell markedly with time, battery technology is improving every year, covering greater distances with a single charge, and retaining the bulk of their power. But are electric cars genuinely more eco-friendly? And will they really cost you less than their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts over time? Here’s everything you need to know before you zoom into the future. View Post
Recently, I learned that much of Australia’s donated fashion is shipped off to the developing world and forms towering structures of pollution that, from a distance, could easily be mistaken for a cliff face. Resale of the west’s hand-me-downs is big business in Africa‘s open-air markets – roughly four million tonnes of castoff clothing is shipped across the globe annually, from developed nations.
Knowingly or not, Africa has become the West’s junkyard.
Despite growing awareness of the problem with fast fashion, and a rising number of sustainably minded consumers, global clothing production has doubled since 2000. Some 87% of global clothing waste clogs up landfills or is incinerated, textile workers endure woefully low pay and hazardous work conditions, and an abundance of water, energy and chemicals are used in fashion production. And according to the ABC, we’re happy to indulge our fashion overlords, buying sixty percent more clothing than we did fifteen years ago, and keeping it for half as long. But why do we engage in this farce?View Post
As if the doom and gloom of a pandemic wasn’t bad enough, earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) dropped their Sixth Assessment Report. The report predicts that we will exceed a global average of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial climate, within two decades, and begin to see more frequent weather extremes and climate disasters, including bushfires, flooding, and drought.
Okay, so it’s bad – but even the most sophisticated computer modelling can’t foresee the future and many media outlets have failed to cover that the IPCC’s report is tinged with hope. If we can reach net-zero emissions and hold warming at 1.5 degrees, there’s a good chance that average temperatures will begin to lessen and the effects of climate change reverse.View Post