Folks at the Centre for Integrated Sustainability Analysis in Sydney, Australia seem to be doing some pretty terrific work these days. I have noticed their involvement in several cool projects lately:
Researchers there worked with the Stockholm Environment Institute on the reassessment of the UK's carbon footprint which showed that counting offshored emissions, the UK was producing more, not fewer, greenhouse gasses.
Barney Foran put forward a nice summary of what factors might be essential to building a sustainable Australia:
The six principles are: stabilising human population number and age structure; reducing the use of the grand global elements; basing economy and society on flows rather than stocks; shortening the supply chain; engineering society for durability and resilience; and developing a new economics where taxes tell the truth.
And, perhaps most impressively, they had a hand in the research behind the Australian Conservation Foundation's Interactive Consumption Atlas, a really excellent example of making the ecologically invisible visible in a compelling way.
I'll have to keep an eye on these folks.