Entries by Susan McMichael

What’s the scenario with global biodiversity?

When the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) ~ the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, consisting of 195 member countries ~ reviews and assessed the most recent scientific information on climate change, one of the central things they were concerned with are climate projections and future scenarios. That is, what the […]

Can we feed 10 billion people on organic farming alone?

Critics of organic agriculture have argued for years that organic agriculture is inefficient, requiring more land than conventional agriculture to yield the same amount of food. Proponents have countered that increasing research could reduce the yield gap, and organic agriculture generates environmental, health and socio-economic benefits that can’t be found with conventional farming. Organic agriculture occupies […]

Global map reveals ‘unsafe levels’ of biodiversity across 58% of Earth’s surface

Biodiversity has dropped below the “safe limit” across 58% of the Earth’s surface according to the most comprehensive analysis of global data to date. The international study, published recently in the journal Science, suggests that the degree of lost biodiversity across more than half of the world’s surface is substantial enough to question the ability of […]

Starfish Foundation receives Tax Deductible Donation Status!!!

In hugely exciting news, after nearly five years of negotiations, Starfish Initiatives is incredibly pleased ~ as well as incredibly relieved ~ to announce that the Starfish Foundation has been officially listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations ~ which means we are now able to receive tax deductible donations. This is a very significant […]

Queensland rural business increases diversity, and profits

Kalfresh is a multi-million-dollar business at Kalbar, an hour out of Brisbane in the fertile Scenic Rim. It grows, packs and markets carrots, pumpkins, onions and beans for domestic and export markets. Managing director Richard Gorman changed hiring practices and the business culture after some questions about the diversity of his management team made him […]

e- change is new sea change

Fast broadband helping Australians to embrace the lifestyle dream. A new ‘e-change’ movement is projected to have city folk heading to country and coastal towns in search of a better lifestyle and super connectivity, according to new research by Bernard Salt. The Super Connected Lifestyle Locations Report commissioned by NBN Co identifies more than 600 […]

Sacred mountains celebrate decade back under Aboriginal management

What began as a bold experiment ~ handing over control of two national parks in New South Wales to traditional Aboriginal owners a decade ago ~ is today being hailed as a landmark act of reconciliation. In 2006 the NSW Government formally handed back Gulaga and Biamanga National Parks on the far south coast to […]

Rammed earth wall keeping the top end cool

Composed of 230m of simple, natural materials, this earthen structure may look unassuming, yet it is actually the longest rammed earth wall in Australia. Built to accommodate cattle workers during mustering season in the scorching Western Australia outback, the eco-friendly formation represents a shift in the approach to architectural design of this sort. Built by Luigi […]