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| With credit where credit's due to Jack Judge and Henry James "Harry" Williams |

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August 2, 2018

[Image: 'Seoul City Skyline' | © Visit Korea]

I recently spent some time researching ethical and sustainable consumer trends in South Korea, a research project which included spending an intense week in the country's capital, Seoul.

My visit came just after Moon Jae–in and Kim Jong–un had made history by meeting on the border of North and South Korea, with events being spiced up by Donald Trump's inevitable s...

March 15, 2017

[Image: 'My Life as a Battery' | © Mark Ravitz]

It's been building for the best part of 5 years now, but the last few days could well be looked back on as the point when battery storage finally started to be considered as an essential component of Australia's long–term energy mix.

That it took a tweet from American Elon Musk to drag this particular technology to the forefront of our politicians minds is not surprising...

August 25, 2016

[Image: City of Yarra, Melbourne | © Andrew Curtis] 

When I was knee–deep in the policy world of The Climate Institute, I often heard about the shifts needed to 'de–carbonise our society' and the CO2 reductions that would result – followed by evidence of how slow our leaders were actually going about instigating those shifts. It was inspiring and depressing in pretty much equal measure.

What I never got to see fir...

October 30, 2015

[Nuon Solar Team Nuna 8 | Winner of the 2015 World Solar Challenge]

It's been a long month.

Between working on some inspiring new projects, throwing myself into the 6th month of my 2nd daughters' journey on earth (that bit's been exhilaratingly exhausting!) and a few trips around Australia, I must admit I was feeling a little bit jaded yesterday.

So as I headed off to Sydney University last night, there might possi...

September 1, 2015

[Wind turbines in the Texan Oilfields]

Yesterday I found myself listening to US Consul General Hugo Llorens at Western Sydney University.

The title of the event was enough to get me intrigued - 'United States Perspectives on the Clean Tech Revolution' - but what really struck me was the energy with which Mr Llorens spoke.

To hear a moderate conservative talking with such conviction about the inevitability of the Cleante...

August 28, 2015

[Solar Impulse round the world flight]

As we head deeper into the 21st Century, the problems for the human species seem to keep mounting up.

Population pressures, increasing social inequality, scarce resources, a changing climate, the globalisation of... everything. Everywhere you look it seems there are issues we need to address to secure the prosperous future that surely just about everyone wants for the next generat...

August 2, 2015

 [A CETO Wave Energy Unit | Western Australia]

On 3rd August Carnegie Wave announced a $4.3m (£2m) grant awarded by the Scottish Government for the development of a wave energy power conversion system.

This latest funding commitment is important for many reasons but, perhaps most significantly, it demonstrates a growing confidence in the technology's potential from overseas.

Carnegie's CETO technology has been...

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