Australia’s Nuclear Power Dilemma

by Caroline Chmiel

Environmentalists in Australia strongly see nuclear energy as a crucial alternative to burning fossil fuels, especially because of its low-carbon emissions. A study conducted in in 2010, and then again in 2011 reveals the Australian public’s changing views on nuclear power in relation to climate change. Post-Fukushima, the majority of respondents (40%) said they would not accept nuclear power as an option to help tackle climate change, though most Australians still believed nuclear power to be a cleaner, more efficient option than coal which dominates their energy production. Previously, the survey in 2010 showed a majority (42%) responding with a sentiment of willingness to accept nuclear power if it would help address climate change. Continue reading

Why Would Anyone Buy a Hybrid Car?

by JP Kiefer

With some experts expecting the transport sector to contribute to 50% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, hybrid cars may be a great alternative to reduce climate change resulting from increased vehicle use. Despite this, some consumers choose not to drive hybrid vehicles. Ritsuko (2011), claims that this is a result of a car being more than just a utilitarian means of transport, but also an item laden with cultural meaning and image such as identity and status. Ritsuko researched what makes a customer buy a hybrid vehicle in order to discover how to encourage them to do so. Continue reading