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Your Role in the Copenhagen Climate Talks

I wouldn’t make a very good diplomat. The veiled dance and coded signals of international political negotiation would drive me crazy. There are two months before world leaders gather in Copenhagen, Denmark for a United Nations Summit to hammer out a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. This could possibly the […]

California: Good Eggs, After All

From 2015, all eggs in California will be sunny side up – at least for the chickens. State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that makes California a cage-free state for chickens by 2015. The bill, which was backed by the Humane Society of the United States, will […]

Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye

Since moving to California, I have become besotted with hummingbirds. These graceful little birds are found only in the Americas and until a year ago I had only seen them in photographs and wildlife documentaries. I’d seen slow-motion video footage of the figure-eight beating of their wings but never an […]

Cadbury Bows to People Power, Drops Palm Oil

Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said: “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” If you’ve ever doubted this, look no further than Cadbury chocolate. Last month we reported that Cadbury decided to add palm oil to its chocolate in Australia […]

Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye

Since moving to California, I have become besotted with hummingbirds. These graceful little birds are found only in the Americas and until a year ago I had only seen them in photographs and wildlife documentaries. I’d seen slow-motion video footage of the figure-eight beating of their wings but never an […]

Exploring America, Eco Style: My Trip to Death Valley

When Woody Guthrie sang of redwood forests and diamond deserts in “This Land is Your Land”, his lyrics suggested his roaming and rambling was entirely on foot. But the reality is that the United States is so vast and diverse that these days, motorized transport of some kind is needed for serious […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye

Since moving to California, I have become besotted with hummingbirds. These graceful little birds are found only in the Americas and until a year ago I had only seen them in photographs and wildlife documentaries. I’d seen slow-motion video footage of the figure-eight beating of their wings but never an […]

Exploring America, Eco Style: My Trip to Death Valley

When Woody Guthrie sang of redwood forests and diamond deserts in “This Land is Your Land”, his lyrics suggested his roaming and rambling was entirely on foot. But the reality is that the United States is so vast and diverse that these days, motorized transport of some kind is needed for serious […]

Think Cheese Is More Eco + Humane Than Meat? Think Again

Cheese is my weakness. Camembert and cheddar, stilton and swiss, mozzarella and mascarpone, gouda and goat’s cheese, feta and fresh quark – I love them all. And while it may not be great for my waistline or as environmentally pure as organic lentils, at least I can eat it knowing […]

Bad Eggs: Why the Salmonella Outbreak Was Preventable

The worst thing about the current outbreak of salmonella in the United States is all the people who are getting sick. The second worst thing is that it was entirely preventable. The New York Times reports that federal regulators rejected the idea of mandating egg farmers to vaccinate their hens […]

Cadbury Adds Palm Oil to Its Chocolate

As the recession cuts deeper into the profits of big food companies, many brands are downsizing their portions in a bid to cut costs. In some cases, they are also downgrading their ingredients. But as chocolate giant Cadbury is discovering – you mess with your iconic brands at your peril. […]

Think Cheese Is More Eco + Humane Than Meat? Think Again

Cheese is my weakness. Camembert and cheddar, stilton and swiss, mozzarella and mascarpone, gouda and goat’s cheese, feta and fresh quark – I love them all. And while it may not be great for my waistline or as environmentally pure as organic lentils, at least I can eat it knowing […]

California: Good Eggs, After All

From 2015, all eggs in California will be sunny side up – at least for the chickens. State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new law that makes California a cage-free state for chickens by 2015. The bill, which was backed by the Humane Society of the United States, will […]

Cadbury Adds Palm Oil to Its Chocolate

As the recession cuts deeper into the profits of big food companies, many brands are downsizing their portions in a bid to cut costs. In some cases, they are also downgrading their ingredients. But as chocolate giant Cadbury is discovering – you mess with your iconic brands at your peril. […]

Climate Change Could Make Your Meat Taste Bad

We already know that we should eat less meat for the sake of the planet – the United Nations has said reduced meat consumption would help curb greenhouse emissions. While many ardent environmentalists are vegetarian, initiatives like Meatless Monday are trying to encourage all of us to do our part, […]

Eco Laundry Drying Secrets Revealed

I grew up in sunny Australia where it was, and still is, normal to hang your wet laundry out to dry on an outdoors clothes line. With the luxury of space and a warm climate, most Australians either do not have a tumble dryer at all or regard it as […]

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How the Queensland Floods Brought a Nation Together

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! These words, well known to most Australians, were penned over […]

Care of Hummingbirds: To Dye or Not to Dye

Since moving to California, I have become besotted with hummingbirds. These graceful little birds are found only in the Americas and until a year ago I had only seen them in photographs and wildlife documentaries. I’d seen slow-motion video footage of the figure-eight beating of their wings but never an […]

Bad Eggs: Why the Salmonella Outbreak Was Preventable

The worst thing about the current outbreak of salmonella in the United States is all the people who are getting sick. The second worst thing is that it was entirely preventable. The New York Times reports that federal regulators rejected the idea of mandating egg farmers to vaccinate their hens […]

Scape-Goating BP Lets Big Oil Off Scot-Free

I’ve been watching the growing condemnation of BP from all sides of the political spectrum and it’s making me mad as hell! Now, don’t get me wrong – BP is no friend of mine. Some days I can’t bear to read the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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