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June 6, 2019

[Image: Children in Vanuatu | © CARE Australia]

Since early 2017 I've been involved in looking for new models that will help facilitate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia–Pacific.

This has tended to focus on economic drivers like trade and sustainable tourism and how they can support sustainable development, but also on the critical need for innovative partn...

January 18, 2019

[Image: Heading for Europe's Exit | © Herriot–Watt University.]

I very rarely get too disheartened – despite the very real sustainable development challenges that I get exposed to – yet, in a recent trip to Europe, I found myself faced with the realities that the UK is currently dealing with as it lurches, divided, towards a future outside the European Union.

Probably because it was my home for almost 30 years, bu...

September 20, 2018

[Image: 'Typhoon Maria Risk Assessment July 2018' | © AccuWeather]

Much of 2018 has seen me criss–crossing the Asia–Pacific working on a project for Fairtrade, whilst reminding myself what a diverse, vibrant and challenged region Australia sits on the fringes of.

The work itself has been both interesting and challenging in equal measure, but one of the things that struck me most during my travels was how clearly other...

July 4, 2018

[Image: 'Fijian Fairtrade Sugar Cane Farmer' | © Fairtrade ANZ]

It's one thing to read and hear about how climate change is already impacting the world, it's quite another to see it with your own eyes in a country particularly ill–equipped to cope with those impacts.

Over the past year, I've been privileged to be working on a couple of projects that are looking to help Fiji's 16,500 cane farmers to sell more Fairtrade...

May 27, 2018

[Image: 'Kaohsiung City, Taiwan' | © Taiwan Tourism]

As part of a research project exploring future sustainability trends in the Asia–Pacific, I've found myself spending some time looking at Taiwan recently – a part of the world that, depending on your perspective, is either an independent nation, or a more progressive region of China.

The United Nations hasn't officially recognised Taiwan since it lost its seat in the...

July 5, 2017

[Image: 'Kiribati Beneath the Waves' | © Kadir Van Lohuizen]

The last couple of months have seen me immerse myself in the inspiring (yet terrifying) world of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals – 17 overarching goals, 169 targets and 230 measures that were launched in January 2016 to try to create the kind of world in 2030 that all of us should be aspiring to live in.

No Poverty. No Hunger. Education...

May 31, 2017

[Image: Jari Island, the Solomon Islands | © James Morgan]

The middle of June marks the end of the first phase of a project that I first became involved with in September 2015 – WWF's long–term focus on 'Developing and Promoting Nature–based Tourism in the Coral Triangle'.

My first real involvement with the project was when I undertook a Baseline Analysis of Nature–based Tourism in the Coral Triangle – a real macr...

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...

March 8, 2017

[Image: Solar Farm in New South Wales, Australia | © Michael Hall]

Today saw the sad announcement that The Climate Institute is to close its' doors at the end of June this year.

Established in 2005, the Institute has been at the heart of the torrid climate policy battles that have, at times, engulfed Australia in the past decade.

During that time this small organisation (staff levels have never been above 15) achieved a...

November 10, 2016

[Image: Donald Trump, President–elect of the USA | © The Newcastle Herald] 

Having spent the last 3 months' grimly predicting a Trump presidency, I didn't realise quite how much I was hoping to be wrong until the little patch of map on the Guardian's live election results site that is Pennsylvania turned red yesterday to confirm he really was going to succeed President Obama as the 45th President.

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