Food has a climate problem: Nitrous oxide emissions are accelerating with growing demand for fertiliser and meat – but there are solutions

By Hanqin Tian, Boston Coll ege; Eric Davidson, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Pep Canadell, CSIRO, and Rona Louise Thompson, Norwegian Institute for Air Research Food’s role in climate change has emerged as one of the defining challenges of our time. The journey of a steak, fruit or salad from the vast expanses of agricultural lands…

Climate change puts global semiconductor manufacturing at risk. Can the industry cope?

By Josh Lepawsky, Memorial University of Newfoundland Semiconductors are the basic building blocks of microchips. These technological marvels are in everything from lightbulbs and toothbrushes to cars, trains and planes, not to mention the vast array of electronics that have become integral to many people’s daily lives. The 21st century chip manufacturing industry has been…

Do we want a wind farm outside our window? What Australians think about the net zero transition

By Lucy Richardson, Monash University and Ella Healy, Monash University A paradox lies at the heart of Australian public opinion about climate change. While there is clear general support for substantial government action to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, there is also strong concern about the local impacts of new renewable energy infrastructure. The…

WA’s energy future includes carbon capture and storage – Bowen

The federal minister for climate change and energy Chris Bowen has definitively included the controversial technology of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in its net zero plans for Western Australia. In Perth for a series of announcements on the state’s energy future, Bowen was challenged by journalists at a media conference about disappointments with…

Orica speeds decarbonisation efforts

Chemicals and explosives technology manufacturer Orica today announced accelerated climate change targets. The Melbourne company has invested to deliver significant reductions in net operational Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the company. A forecast 19 per cent emissions reduction from FY2019 levels by the end of FY2023, successful low-emissions technology deployments,…