Passive solar design

Dining room and roof windows

North facing roof windows direct sunlight onto suspended slab in the Surrey Hills house. Passive solar design uses a combination of windows, shading and thermal mass to regulate temperature inside a building. Passive solar design features include: In the northern hemisphere, south-facing windows get the sunlight. External links

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Simple water saving tips

Here are some simple and effective changes you can make to conserve water. Indoors Outdoors External links

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Water conservation

Grey water, Brunswick West house

Water is a scarce resource in Australia. There are good opportunities for conserving our water and using it more efficiently in both rural and residential areas. This article provides some links on water-related topics. See also

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2009 Walk Against Warming

The 2009 Walk Against Warming was held in several Australian cities on December 12, 2009. 40,000 people attended the rally in Melbourne, Australia.[1]  Speakers urged the Australian government to participate in the creation of a binding international agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and set strong emission reduction targets at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference in progress. 90,000… Continue reading 2009 Walk Against Warming

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Multi-Party Climate Change Committee

The Multi-Party Climate Change Committee was established on 27 September 2010 to help build consensus on how Australia will tackle Climate Change. The Committee will explore options for the introduction of a carbon price. It will report to Cabinet, through the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, with a range of possible… Continue reading Multi-Party Climate Change Committee

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Green carbon

Brown Mountain old growth Shining Gum tree.

Australia’s native forests store three times as much carbon as previously thought and could hold the key to tackling climate change, according to a researchers. A report released in August 2008 has found the eucalypt forests of south-east Australia – stretching from Queensland through NSW and Victoria and into Tasmania – store the equivalent of… Continue reading Green carbon

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Cyclone Yasi

Tropical cyclone Yasi - MODIS satellite image

Cyclone Yasi is a category 5 tropical cyclone that impacted North Queensland on 23:00 Wednesday 2 February 2011. Cyclone Yasi details: Professor Ross Garnaut stated that scientists have predicted there would be more frequent extreme cyclones – though not necessarily more frequent cyclones – due to greenhouse gas emissions.[1][2] Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the… Continue reading Cyclone Yasi

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Tesla Motors

Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors mission is to design and sell high performance, super efficient electric cars. Tesla Motors state that their cars join style, acceleration, and handling with advanced technologies that make them the quickest and the most energy-efficient cars on the planet. At the core of Tesla Motors is the belief that an electric car need not… Continue reading Tesla Motors

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Smart networks

Smart network

Smart Networks, Smart Grid and Intelligent Utility Networks are all these terms that describe an environment where computer-based electronics called ‘digital technologies’ are incorporated into utility networks to achieve substantial increases in customer service and network reliability, while catering for present and future environmental and sustainability initiatives (like distributed renewable energy resources such as wind power and solar power).… Continue reading Smart networks

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Victoria’s new solar laws

The Brumby government in Victoria, Australia, announced the impending introduction of new Feed in tariff legislation in May 2008 following and election promise in 2006 to introduce it. While the intention to encourage clean energy production from solar panels was good, the initial structure of Victoria’s proposed feed in tariff did not achieve this. Amendments to the… Continue reading Victoria’s new solar laws

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