In Renew 154, we look at the case for agrivoltaics: the sharing of land between agriculture and renewable energy generation. Our detailed buyers guide for this issue is on air purifiers, and there are in-depth features on the prospect of a Green New Deal for Australia, the pros and cons of the proposed Marinus Link/Battery of the Nation project, and Renew’s campaign for a minimum 7-Star NatHERS standard.
There’s also the lowdown on Renew’s Green Rebuild Toolkit; how to set up a vegie garden in a rented property; our regular recycling feature (this issue: fabric recycling); urban composting in properties where space is tight; Alan Pears building an oven (so you don’t have to); the first Australian EV bulk buy; and could a PHEV be for you?
Inside you’ll find:
For a new deal?
In which Sophie Weiner looks at whether the Greens’ Green New Deal is the Green New Deal Australia needs.
The Marinus Link/Battery of the Nation proposal: the way of the future, or a white elephant? And either way, who’s going to pay for it? Emily Jarvie investigates.
Reaching for the stars
Rob McLeod, Renew’s Sustainable Housing Advocate, explains our ongoing campaign for a minimum 7-Star NatHERS rating in all new homes.
With bushfires getting worse every year and air pollution a year-round concern, air purifiers are looking less like an extravagance and more like a sensible purchase. If only there was an air purifier Buyers Guide! Wait…
Sharing the sun: the case for agrivoltaics
Australia seems immense, but the demand for high quality agricultural land is already butting up against the demand for land for renewable energy projects. Does the future lie in sharing?
Putting the Toolkit to work
Our parent organisation Renew is putting together a Green Rebuild Toolkit to help bushfire victims rebuild safely and sustainably.
Putting down roots
Milkwood founder Kirsten Bradley explains guerilla gardening tactics for renters who find themselves looking longingly at their house- owning friends’ vegie gardens.
Beyond the op shop
In the latest of a regular series on Australia’s recycling industry, we look at the world of fabric recycling.
Soiled for choice
Composting keeps organic waste out of landfill—thus preventing greenhouse emissions—and provides fertiliser for gardens. But what if you don’t have space for a compost bin? Tegan Lyon has you covered.
Cooking up efficiency
This month, Alan Pears [checks notes] … builds an oven?!
Could a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle be for you?
Are PHEVs a stop-gap solution, a stepping-stone to “real” EVs, or a worthy endeavour in and of themselves? Jack Clarke gives a personal perspective on his Mitsubishi Outlander.
EVs are expensive in Australia… but in Japan, they’re relatively cheap. Do you feel a plan coming together? Ben Clark does.