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27 MARCH 2013

ECOS: everyday energy consumption through interactive data visualisation

"Inviting play and reflection on the role of green buildings, ECOS presents data on the Cube using a simple and interactive game–like application. The data shows how energy consumption and generation impacts people in a variety of climates within a five–star rated green building like the Science and Engineering Centre (SEC), where the Cube is located.

ECOS incorporates live weather data into an interactive illustration and places a fictional green building into different climates, allowing users to play with the parameters of the buildings and observe the results and the possible impacts on people.

ECOS promotes behavioural change by demonstrating the factors that influence sustainable energy consumption and generation."

Project team: Prof Jeff Jones (Cube Project Leader), Debra Polson (Project Leader), David Wallace, Cassie Selin, Warwick Mellow

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2013Australiabehavioural change • Cassie Selin • Creative Industries Faculty • Creative Industries Research • data visualisationDavid Wallace Debra Polsonecological balance • ECOS • energy consumption • energy generation • environmental challengesenvironmental change • environmental impacts • environmental issues • everyday energy consumption • game-like application • green building • green energy • heating efficiency • information aestheticsinformation interaction designinteraction design • interactive data • Jeff Jones • live data • our planetpatterns of consumptionQUTQUT Cube ProjectsScience and Engineering Centresustainable consumptionWarwick Mellowworld energy consumption

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Simon Perkins
23 MARCH 2013

The Environment Nexus: WATER, ENERGY, FOOD

"Nexus thinking is a new way of thinking that recognises the crucial interdependence of water, energy and food – a relationship that forms the core of the Environment Nexus project. This new IIEA video explores the deep interconnections between the three essential resources and highlights the need for nexus thinking to help meet the world's needs, as it grows from 7 to 9 billion by 2050."

(The Institute of International and European Affairs, 20 February 2013)

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20132050agricultureanimated presentationbio-ethicscall to actionclimateenergyenergy consumption • Environment Nexus • environment policy • environmental issuesEUEuropean Parliament • European Parliament Environment Nexus • foodfood productionfood security • global energy demands • global energy use • global interdependence • IIEAinfographics • innovative ways • Institute of International and European Affairsintegrated approachesinterdependenceIrelandmeatmeat productionnew thinkingnexuspolicy makersresource management • steak • sustainabilitysustainable consumptionsustainable futurevegetarianismwaterworld energy consumptionworld population

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Simon Perkins
06 MARCH 2012

Home: a call to action to halt global warming

"In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus–Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health. With this film, Arthus–Bertrand hopes to provide a stepping–stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME.

HOME is the first film that has been made using aerial–only footage. The film marks artist–activist Yann Arthus–Bertrand's feature film directorial debut.

HOME the movie is carbon offset. All of the CO2 emissions engendered by the making of the film are calculated and offset by sums of money that are used to provide clean energy to those who do not have any. For the last ten years, all the work of Yann Arthus–Bertrand has been carbon offset."

(Yann Arthus–Bertrand)

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Simon Perkins
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