Sustainability Archive

May
10
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Octopus use specialised skin cells called chromatophores to change colour. These cells also allow them to make changes to the opacity and reflectivity of their body. The shifts can take place in a fraction of a second.

Part 2: Replicants of the Reef

On a rocky stretch of coastline on Hawaii’s Big Island a group of marine biologists are studying the lifecycle of the octopus – a creature that lives fast and dies young. Read more…

Jul
03
0
The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant

Atomkraft? Nein Danke

As a nation with a large reserve of uranium but no nuclear energy industry Australia is periodically subject to op-ed pieces designed to drum up support for a domestic nuclear power industry.
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Apr
16
0
Customers browsing the stalls for fresh seafood at the Tsukiji fish market.

Tsukiji Fish Market

You can find a lot of dead sea creatures at Tsukiji Fish Market but you wont find much whale meat.

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Apr
12
0
Vegetables growing under halogen lamps in Pasona 02

Pasona 02, Tokyo

Right in the center of the biggest city in the world an experiment in agriculture is being conducted.

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Mar
20
0
The Nagakin Capsule Tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo

The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo is a run-down testament to the ambition of some of Japan’s most celebrated post-war architects.

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Mar
12
0
Joestu tetrapods

The Dogs and Demons of Joetsu

The small coastal city of Joetsu on Japan’s north coast highlights some of the problems facing modern Japan.

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Dec
02
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Elephants at an artificial watering hole in Addo Elephant Park.  The Park is more than one and half thousand square kilometers and supports an elephant population in excess of 600 animals.

Africa’s Charismatic Megafauna

In South Africa, the saying goes, ‘wildlife must pay its way’. It’s not enough to be endangered you have to generate revenue to be conserved.

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Nov
04
0
Frescoes on the ceiling of a cave church in Göreme, Cappadocia.

Iconoclasm & the Burger King

In the valleys of Cappadocia are hundreds of cave churches from the early years of Christianity.
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Mar
19
0
Underneath the 'L' in the western suburbs of Detroit.

Chicago

Some images from the start of a chilly spring in Chicago.

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Mar
18
0
Jellyfish on display at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Thankfully not an aquarium in a shed but just an aquarium named after a guy called Shedd.

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Feb
26
0
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Teck Cominco Zinc Smelter

Some photos from our guided tour of the Teck Smelter in Trail, BC.

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Sep
14
0
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Photographic Empathy

Early colour photographs of Tsarist Russia by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii courtesy of the US Library of Congress.

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Jun
27
0
Desertification

Marsel Van Oosten

Some tremendous wildlife and landscape photography by Marsel Van Oosten.

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Jan
20
0
Dove Lake at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Cradle Mountain National Park

Some images from Cradle Mountain National Park in Central Tasmania.

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Jan
12
0
Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park

Some images from a trip to the Grampians in western Victoria late last year.

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Dec
13
0
Manufactured Landscapes

Edward Burtynsky

Burtynsky is a legendary photographic artist but there’s a reason I haven’t featured any of his work here before.

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Nov
14
0
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Earth – Time Lapse Flyover

Some amazing footage taken from the International Space Station as it orbits the earth.
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Aug
04
0
Aluminium furniture melted and re-set as pools after the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.  Aluminium has a melting point of 660°C.

Black Saturday. Aftermath.

After months of deliberation the Royal Commission report into the 2009 bushfires has been released and its findings have been made public.

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Mar
11
0
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Infographics: Michael Paukner

I come across a lot of high-quality infographics in publications like New Scientists and I’m continually impressed by how designers find new ways to present information.

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Feb
28
0
Polar bear and cub

Skeptical Science

A very talented friend of mine working for Shine Technologies here in Melbourne has just completed work on an iPhone application designed to provide easy access to the scientific data that contradicts some of the more popular arguments put forward by ‘climate skeptics’.

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