The Tipping Point | Veena Sahajwalla

Australian Story: Jennifer Feller

Introduced by War on Waste host Craig Reucassel

Scientist Veena Sahajwalla is a recycling superstar with some bold new ideas about how to save waste from landfill. 

As Australia’s collective garbage guilt builds alongside the tonnes of plastic piling up in recycling depots, her innovative inventions may offer some exciting new solutions.

Inspired walking the streets of her Mumbai neighbourhood as a child, Veena observed almost everything was reused and “nothing was wasted”. 

This can-do attitude shaped her engineering career and sowed the seeds for some ground-breaking ideas, including making steel from car tyres.

Now she’s unveiling her latest invention, a “micro factory” that creates building materials and tiles from dumped clothes and glass. 

It’s a revolutionary concept. But will it work outside the lab?

Report | CSIRO: A circular economy roadmap for plastics, tyres, glass and paper in Australia

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Your beer bottles and old clothes could become home furnishings in ‘recycling revolution’

When some people see trash, Veena Sahajwalla sees opportunity. The engineer and her team of innovative thinkers are opening new doors to manufacturing where one day your home could be tiled using those old beer bottles and clothes you’re throwing out.

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How Australia was left dangerously exposed

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On Monday ABC examines how Australia was left dangerously exposed.

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Monday’s Four Corners is “Lockdown: How Australia became trapped by COVID-19”, reported by Adam Harvey.

“It’s been disappointing. We’ve been let down. There’s no point in sugar coating it. It’s just been a massive disappointment.” Resident

For weeks, millions of Australians have been trapped by outbreaks of COVID-19 around the country with five states and the Northern Territory plunging into lockdown.

“The risk is real and we need to act quickly. We need to go hard, we need to go fast… I don’t want to see people end up in our hospitals on ventilators.” Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

At a grim press conference in Sydney, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian bluntly told the nation that with case numbers on the rise, the threat of COVID-19 had reached an unprecedented level.

“The situation that exists now…is regarded as a national emergency.” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Now, despite millions of people being told to stay at home, the number of infections is climbing with the virulent Delta strain.

“We should be very worried about Delta. Delta is many times more infectious than the original wild type of virus. It is really easy to transmit, and it is slightly more problematic when it comes to people who’ve only had one dose of vaccine.” Former Health Dept Secretary

This type of outbreak is exactly what the nation’s leading experts warned of when Four Corners reported on the failings in Australia’s vaccine rollout in May.

“It’s clear the virus hasn’t gone away. It will come back in this country and if we have really low levels of vaccination at that point in time, then the impact of that will be far greater than it would have been otherwise.” Dr Paul Griffin, May 2021

Their warnings have become a grim reality. On Monday Four Corners examines how Australia was left dangerously exposed.

“A leak from quarantine was probably inevitable. But the problems we’re having now all go back to the decisions that were made last year.” Former Health Dept Secretary

As the program shows, the slow and sometimes faltering vaccine rollout has made the task of beating COVID-19 that much harder.

“We’re going to have to increase our supply and increase our injecting rate by a third, every day, seven days a week, until December 31.” Epidemiologist

For those struggling to get back on their feet after a horror 2020, there is frustration that they are facing even more pain.

“There is a high level of anxiety bordering on depression for many people, but the real frustration from the business community is around the lack of vaccination rollout right now. And we know that vaccinations are our only way of getting out of these lockdowns.” Retail spokesperson

Experts warn that there will be more to come if the issues of supply and hesitancy aren’t overcome.

“The longer a variant spreads, the greater the risk of it learning mutations and changing, and becoming a super variant.” Epidemiologist

Environmental investigations

Environmental investigations reporting supported by the Limb Family Foundation

Environmental investigationsMonday 22 February 2021

Coalition’s ‘three critical priorities’ for environment scorned as ‘shameful inaction and spin’

Waste policy, climate adaptation and reform of conservation laws top government agenda, letter reveals

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Australia’s environment ministers did not meet in 2020, prompting concern from conservationists about a lack of coordinated action after the devastating bushfires that killed or displaced an estimated 3 billion animals. Photograph: James D Morgan/Getty Images

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‘Development should stop’: serious flaws in offsets plan for new western Sydney airport

The site chosen to offset the massive Badgerys Creek project was already earmarked for protection. Experts accuse the government of ‘double-dipping’Published:3:30 AM

The site chosen to offset the massive Badgerys Creek project was already earmarked for protection. Experts accuse the government of ‘double-dipping’by Lisa Cox

Mulgoa resident and conservationist Lisa Harrold who has been campaigning for better conservation outcomes for the people of western Sydney for more than 30 years. Photograph: Carly Earl/The Guardian

City of Fear

Foreign Correspondent

City of Fear

Once a city of protest, Hong Kong has become a city of fear.

The ABC’s China correspondent Bill Birtles reported on the tumultuous Hong Kong pro-democracy protests throughout 2019-2020, before his abrupt return home when China-Australia relations blew up.

Now Birtles brings us the final chapter of the Hong Kong rebellion, as Beijing exerts an iron grip on the once liberal outpost, snuffing out the last breaths of democracy.

He tells the story of Max, a young Hong Kong activist, who must decide if he should stay and fight for democracy, risking jail, or flee and continue to campaign from outside.

“The atmosphere is different. It’s a lot grimmer. And it’s become a lot harder to hold on to hope,” says Max.

We follow Max as he moves carefully around the city, building networks with those committed to staying and pondering a future in exile where he has freedom but no family.

We speak with protest leader Joshua Wong, on trial for organising protests.

“Now is not the time for us to kow-tow to Beijing and surrender!” declares a defiant Wong. Days after our interview, Wong is jailed.

We join pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo as she packs up her office in the Legislative Council, having resigned in protest at China’s squeeze on who can run for office.

“I was quite happy to call it a day but that doesn’t mean we’re giving up the democracy fight in Hong Kong,” says Mo, but she concedes it’s a losing battle.

“On the surface, Hong Kong is still quite so glamorous, quite so prosperous looking, but then deep down it’s rotting.”

Some locals – like Australian educated, pro-government politician Nixie Lam – welcome an end to the chaos of protest and the return of law and order.

“Just don’t say you want Hong Kong independent…or accept foreign monies to try to promote things like that. Then you’ll be totally fine,” says Lam, denouncing the protest leaders as traitors.

As Max prepares to depart, Beijing orders a wave of arrests, sending a thousand police across the city to detain the remaining pro-democracy leadership. Claudia Mo is on the list.

“I never imagined Hong Kong would have come to this,” she says.

Reporter: Bill Birtles
Producer: Mark Corcoran

Watch ‘City of Fear’ on Foreign Correspondent, Tuesday 9 February at 8pm on ABC TV + iview. You can catch replays on ABC News channel Thursday at 12:30am, Saturdays at 9:30pm and Sundays at 6:30pm.

Sacred Space

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Series 34 Sacred Space – James Ricketson

Geraldine Doogue seeks powerful connection with prominent Australians through an investigation of their sacred space. Filmmaker James Ricketson talks about his connection to his home in the northern beaches of Sydney.Share

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James Ricketson

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James Staniforth Ricketson is an Australian film director who, in June 2017, was arrested while flying a drone at a Cambodia National Rescue Party rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and charged with espionage, a charge he denies. WikipediaBorn: 1949 (age 71 years), SydneyRelativesStaniforth Ricketson (grandfather)Criminal chargeEspionageEducationAustralian Film Television and Radio SchoolAwardsAACTA Award for Best FilmAACTA Award for Best Adapted ScreenplayAlan Stout Award for Best Short Film

The megafires and pandemic expose the lies that frustrate action on climate change

Tim Flannery

Scientist and conservationist Prof Tim Flannery, one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change: ‘I have hope that the Morrison government can lead Australia out of danger.’ Photograph: Carly Earl/The GuardianFire, Flood and Plague – essays about 2020

If there was a moment of true emergency in the fight to preserve our climate, it is now

  • This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020

by Tim Flannery

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“Will the Morrison government act in time? There is one important difference between the pandemic and the climate emergency that may hinder prompt climate action. Pandemics grow quickly: one week there might only be a scatter of cases, but within a fortnight, without strong action, there could be thousands. By comparison, the climate emergency is slow-moving. The fate of Turnbull warns that those struggling against self-interest and climate denialism have a difficult job ahead of them.

One cause for optimism, however, lies in the fact that the megafires and the pandemic have exposed some of the lies told to frustrate action on climate change. That it would be “economy wrecking” to take action in the face of the climate emergency is one. Australian electors now understand that their government can do extraordinary things to protect them. . . . “

Coronavirus lockdown series Cancelled captures pandemic living in all its comedy and anxiety

ABC Arts

By Hannah Reich for The Screen Show

A man, an older lady and a woman all in masks sitting on a couch
Cancelled has a classic sitcom set-up, but it doesn’t hold back from the more painful parts of the pandemic.(Supplied: Luke Eve)

“On March 15, Australian director Luke Eve was set to marry Spanish actor María Albinana in Valencia, Spain.

But the couple were forced to call off their wedding after the rapid spread of COVID-19 sent Spain into a strict lockdown in which people were only allowed to leave their homes for food and medicine.

The couple ended up stuck in their apartment with Eve’s mother Karen, whose two-week trip from Australia spiralled into a multi-month stay.

nstead of spending lockdown as many others have — baking breadknitting or making TikToks — this creative couple decided to turn their lives into a web series.

“There were only three of us in the house and a mobile phone. That was all we had,” Eve says.

Armed with an iPhone 10 and funded by Screen Australia, the three of them made Cancelled, a 10-episode web series, recently released on Facebook.”

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“Award-winning reporter Sarah Ferguson presents Revelation, a ground-breaking documentary series on the criminal priests and brothers of the Catholic Church, their crimes laid bare for the first time in their own words.

In response to the High Court’s decision regarding Cardinal George Pell, the ABC has temporarily removed episode three of Revelation from its platforms while updating its content.”