World Bank ups the stakes on Sustainability Reporting

So the World Bank, in line with the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals has the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared properity. More recently this has included a stronger focus on environmental and social sustainability, which has resulted in a newly released set of global reporting indicators to assist in reading their 2014 Sustainability Review.

Newmont’s Indonesian gold mine to become a botanical garden

Mining companies are the scapegoats of many eco-warriors and sustainability supporters, but Newmont Mining is one example of a resources giant that is making a difference environmentally, and in our Asia Pacific region. From 1996, the US company operated a gold asset under the local entity PT Newmont Minahasa Raya (PTNMT) on the  Minahassa Peninsula on the northern Sulawesi island of Indonesia. …

Uber, Phocas & 99Designs: Forging a new path for Aussie business.

There are three articles that have come out in the last fortnight, written by our friends at the Australian Financial Review. Whilst there are always numerous articles on various markets, employment law discrepancies and the like, these three articles all focus quite heavily on the changing nature of work not just in Australia, but around the world. More and more …

TED Talks: Five climate change lessons from the Amazon

[ted id=2166] A new TED Talk just released (above) brings us the story of Brazil’s fight against deforestation, and shows us how the lessons learned can be applied to global climate change mitigation. Filmed late last year, the talk is presented by Tasso Azevedo, the man responsible for spearheading Brazil’s anti-deforestation operations, who now works internationally on global climate change …

What you need to know about Australia’s clean energy

Earlier this week we talked about Australia’s energy mix in the context of the global renewables market, but it’s important in this conversation to understand our own energy market. Currently our renewable electricity generation stands at 14.76% of total output, and the breakdown of that mix is below: Australia’s total electricity consumption stands at 213,500 Gigawatt hours (GWh). Renewable energy …

Global Renewable Energy: How does Australia stack up?

The beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to take stock of where we are as a nation and see how our fledgeling renewable energy industry stacks up against other countries’ markets. This is a difficult comparison to make, given the vast differences in geography, population, development and technological capability that we find across our …

SustainingPeople’s year in review

2014 is almost over, and here at SustainingPeople we’ve been absolutely humbled by a following of over 500 people in 59 countries around the world! Thank you all for your support – we truly appreciate your interest, and your comments throughout the year have enabled us to bring higher quality information for your digestion. And, given that 500 followers is …

And Now for Something Completely Different

This time of year is Christmas time for many of us, and here at SustainingPeople, we love nothing more than sitting back with our loved ones, and eating all manner of delicious treats. We understand that it’s now after Christmas and that we should’ve stopped eating, however that is no fun at all so we are still inhaling turkey and fruit …

Why Wikipedia isn’t just for winning arguments and last minute reports

Wikepedia is a wonderful tool that most of us have come across in our day to day lives. It is the new information tool of the masses, regulated and edited by the Wikemedia Foundation staff, and society at large. We use it for research and more often than not, to settle arguments – confounding friends and enemies with unbelievable facts and weird wisdom.