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      Eco Stories

      AUSTRALIANS URGED TO DIG DEEP & RECYCLE FOR NATIONAL BUSHFIRE RELIEF INITIATIVE

      | February 8, 2020 | Reply
      AUSTRALIANS URGED TO DIG DEEP & RECYCLE FOR NATIONAL BUSHFIRE RELIEF INITIATIVE

      Australians are being urged to donate all empty drink bottles and cans to the TOMRA Bottles for the Bush initiative. Every 10 cent donated to Bottles for the Bush goes towards Rural Aid – a charity dedicated to supporting regional and rural communities with deliveries of drinking water, hay bales and livestock feed. “Bottles for […]

      Sugar ants’ preference for pee may reduce greenhouse gas emissions

      | February 7, 2020 | Reply
      Sugar ants’ preference for pee may reduce greenhouse gas emissions

      An unlikely penchant for pee is putting a common sugar ant on the map, as new research from the University of South Australia shows their taste for urine could play a role in reducing greenhouse gases. Led by wildlife ecologist Associate Professor Topa Petit, the Kangaroo Island-based research found that sugar ants prefer urine over […]

      Wildlife “facing starvation” may need food drops for 12 months

      | February 7, 2020 | Reply
      Wildlife “facing starvation” may need food drops for 12 months

      Native animal rescue groups are warning that wildlife in bushfire areas are facing starvation and may need food drops for the next year. Wildcare Queanbeyan’s food drops were costing more than $6,000 a month and the organisation feared it could no longer afford this expense. But thanks to supporters of the World Wide Fund for […]

      HERE’S CHEERS TO A NEW USE FOR CO2 FROM THE ATMOSPHERE

      | February 7, 2020 | Reply
      HERE’S CHEERS TO A NEW USE FOR CO2 FROM THE ATMOSPHERE

      It won’t tackle global carbon emissions yet, but a new technology from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has found a way to pull carbon dioxide?(CO2) out of the atmosphere and put it into beer and other beverages. At a time when CO2?levels in the atmosphere are increasing, there have been shortages in industrial supplies of […]

      Fire flights over Adelaide Hills and KI create 3D maps of fire grounds for recovery and future safety planning

      | February 5, 2020 | Reply
      Fire flights over Adelaide Hills and KI create 3D maps of fire grounds for recovery and future safety planning

      Adelaide-based Airborne Research Australia is creating free 3D high resolution maps of devastation caused by fires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island to help communities recover and reduce future fire risks. The maps, which contain unprecedented detail and are available from the Airborne Research Australia (ARA) website, are intended to assist communities, emergency services […]

      Eco Awards & Events

      Clean Up Australia Day in the Inner West

      | February 4, 2020 | Reply
      Clean Up Australia Day in the Inner West

      Inner West Council is encouraging local residents and community groups to get involved at a Clean Up site in the Inner West. This year is the 30th anniversary of Clean Up Australia, the nation’s largest community-based environmental event. Everyone’s invited to volunteer or register a site. This year’s significant dates are: Cooks River Clean Up, […]

      Research sends five young people on expedition to care for Antarctica’s future

      | February 3, 2020 | Reply
      Research sends five young people on expedition to care for Antarctica’s future

      Five young leaders from Antarctic ‘gateway cities’ will travel to the continent from 12-19 February as part of an international research project led by Western Sydney University with its partners, including the University of Tasmania and Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH). During the journey, the leaders will visit international research stations and take part in discussions […]

      Arilla Pays Tribute to Victoria’s Unique & Inspiring Landscape

      | February 2, 2020 | Reply
      Arilla Pays Tribute to Victoria’s Unique & Inspiring Landscape

      Situated amidst the scenic backdrop of over 300 hectares of beautiful natural landscape, Arilla Restaurant (“Arilla”) at Boneo Park on the Mornington Peninsula, is inviting guests to explore and seek their own inspiration from the surrounding Tootgarook Wetland when Boneo Park celebrates World Wetlands Day on Sunday, 2nd February. The freshwater Tootgarook Wetland is Mornington […]

      Individuals can offset their own CO2 emissions by planting six trees per month

      | January 23, 2020 | Reply
      Individuals can offset their own CO2 emissions by planting six trees per month

      The platform Tree-Nation has planted 5 million trees on four continents with the help of more than 130,000 individuals and 2,200 companies January 26th, the World Environmental Education Day, was started in 1975 by the United Nations to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment. 45 years later and the effects of climate […]

      Sea monster made of bottles and cans descends on museum to keep oceans litter free

      | January 23, 2020 | Reply
      Sea monster made of bottles and cans descends on museum to keep oceans litter free

      On display until 29 January 2020?at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour The Return and Earn Kraken – made from approximately 4,000 plastic bottles and cans – has descended on the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, to highlight the importance of recycling and the need to eliminate litter and plastics in our environment. […]

      Climate Change

      Climate Change: It’s All in the Numbers

      | January 23, 2020 | Reply
      Climate Change: It’s All in the Numbers

      The debate may rage on but the scientific basis of Climate Change is clear and the numbers are in to prove it, according to international climate change and climate variability expert and Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer School Public Lecturer, Professor David Karoly. 100 years of human influence on Australian average temperature variations. Bureau […]

      Vital conservation projects kick off

      | January 19, 2020 | Reply
      Vital conservation projects kick off

      Focus on saving plants, animals as climate changes Australia’s environment is battling hotter, dryer and more extreme conditions – including bushfires – and scientists are being called in to help restore degraded landscapes and animal populations to prepare them for further climate change in the future. New Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grants, announced […]

      Moreland acts on vision for a zero carbon and waste free community by 2040

      | January 19, 2020 | Reply
      Moreland acts on vision for a zero carbon and waste free community by 2040

      Council’s recently adopted Zero Carbon Moreland – Climate Emergency Action Plan sets out how it will be supporting residents, businesses and schools to act together in response to the climate emergency. The five-year action plan maps a pathway towards three key outcomes for 2040: efficient and 100% renewably powered energy; active or zero emissions transport […]

      Raising plants to withstand climate change

      | December 30, 2019 | Reply
      Raising plants to withstand climate change

      Success with improving a model plant’s response to harsh conditions is leading plant molecular researchers to move to food crops including wheat, barley, rice and chickpeas. Flinders and La Trobe University researchers in Australia are focusing on genes that encode antioxidant enzymes to minimise harmful oxidative responses in leaf cells to environmental stress. Experiments showed […]

      Great Barrier Reef study shows how reef copes with rapid sea-level rise

      | December 30, 2019 | Reply
      Great Barrier Reef study shows how reef copes with rapid sea-level rise

      Three distinct growth phases in past 9000 years Multiple stresses could have killed off the reef 7000 years ago Understanding the reef’s past will help us predict its future A new study into the recent history of the Great Barrier Reef has shown how it responds to rapid sea-level rise and other environmental stresses. The […]

      Clean Energy

      CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT COLLAPSES AS RISKS AND UNCERTAINTY MOUNT

      | February 2, 2020 | Reply
      CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT COLLAPSES AS RISKS AND UNCERTAINTY MOUNT

      ?The level of new investment commitments in large-scale renewable energy projects has collapsed by more than 50 per cent according to new analysis by the Clean Energy Council which reveals a fall from 51 projects worth $10.7 billion in 2018 down to 28 projects worth $4.5 billion in 2019.? While the strong flow of projects […]

      Clear air: Monash research to reduce carbon footprint of asthma inhalers

      | January 13, 2020 | Reply
      Clear air: Monash research to reduce carbon footprint of asthma inhalers

      Researchers are conducting a series of experiments using X-ray scattering and computer modelling in order to find a low-global warming replacement propellant for asthma inhalers. By the end of 2029, the propellant HFC-134a will be banned for use in pressurised metered-dose inhalers. There is currently no solution for the world’s 339 million asthma sufferers. As […]

      Solar secrets revealed ahead of summer season

      | November 26, 2019 | Reply
      Solar secrets revealed ahead of summer season

      Thousands of Australians are unaware of the government rebate available to homeowners and businesses looking to turn to renewable energy and reduce their power bill. The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme is open to all Australians and creates a financial incentive for individuals and small businesses to install eligible small-scale renewable energy systems. Eligible systems include […]

      Cool solution for renewable refrigeration

      | November 23, 2019 | Reply
      Cool solution for renewable refrigeration

      An innovative new cooling technology developed in South Australia will be trialled at food, agriculture and tourism businesses to help reduce their energy costs and emissions from heating and cooling.? ? On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $2 million in funding to Glaciem Cooling Technologies Pty […]

      World’s largest scale battery set to get even bigger

      | November 19, 2019 | Reply
      World’s largest scale battery set to get even bigger

      After a successful two years of playing a critical role in maintaining grid security, the world’s largest battery is set to receive a significant upgrade to further benefit the grid in South Australia. ? On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $8 million in funding to Neoen […]

      Sustainability

      New Melbourne hotel launches tomorrow with aim of achieving NABERS’ first 5-star energy environmental rating

      | February 5, 2020 | Reply
      New Melbourne hotel launches tomorrow with aim of achieving NABERS’ first 5-star energy environmental rating

      Pro-invest launches a ‘hotel for the times’: Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank to reduce energy consumption by 25%, delivering 4-star comfort with a 5-star environmental rating? 5 February 2020: Pro-invest’s newest hotel development, the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank, launches tomorrow (6 February) incorporating the Australian hotel industry’s most significant energy and environmental initiatives, delivering […]

      MULTIPLEX TOPS OUT LARGEST MASS TIMBER PROJECT AT LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

      | February 5, 2020 | Reply
      MULTIPLEX TOPS OUT LARGEST MASS TIMBER PROJECT AT LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

      Premier global construction company, Multiplex, has reached a major construction milestone on La Trobe University’s $100 million student accommodation project at its Bundoora campus, topping out the twin building development.? This project is the largest mass timber construction project currently underway in Victoria, with the entire development utilising a full cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam […]

      Port of Newcastle partners with Greenfleet to offset carbon emissions

      | February 3, 2020 | Reply
      Port of Newcastle partners with Greenfleet to offset carbon emissions

      Port of Newcastle has offset carbon emissions from all corporate flights as part of efforts to reduce its impact on the environment and create a more sustainable port. Through a partnership with Greenfleet, a leading not-for-profit environmental organisation, the Port is now offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for all international and domestic corporate flights from January […]

      Deliveroo announces formation of a dedicated Sustainability & Social Impact Team to drive purpose-led initiatives in 2020

      | December 30, 2019 | Reply
      Deliveroo announces formation of a dedicated Sustainability & Social Impact Team to drive purpose-led initiatives in 2020

      Deliveroo formalises initiatives with new team to drive purpose-led partnerships and engagement Focus areas for 2020 include sustainability, reducing hunger and homeslessness, and local community projects Deliveroo stepped up its social impact initiatives this year with partners including Returnr, Polished Man, BioPak and the Lighthouse Foundation Following a successful year of sustainability and social impact […]

      ZAVI: A SUSTAINABLE LABEL TO CHALLENGE FAST FASHION

      | December 30, 2019 | Reply
      ZAVI: A SUSTAINABLE LABEL TO CHALLENGE FAST FASHION

      Entirely sustainable international label ZAVI is set to rival Australia’s fast fashion scene when it launches online this September. Founded by designer Vibhuti Vazirani, the brand offers men and women timeless and affordable pieces created wholly from quality natural fibres.? Conscious consumerism is on the rise, with Australians increasingly gravitating towards vegan and vegetarian diets1, […]

      Habitat

      Great Barrier Reef water pollution threatens dolphins

      | January 28, 2020 | Reply
      Great Barrier Reef water pollution threatens dolphins

      Rare snubfin dolphins in Queensland’s Fitzroy River and humpback dolphins in Port Curtis are under threat from exposure to increasing amounts of water contamination, according to Southern Cross and Flinders University marine researchers. A study published in Ecological Indicators sampled pollutants in the blubber and skin of humpback and snubfin dolphins in the Fitzroy River […]

      WWF: hope for wildlife as koalas found surviving in burnt out forest

      | January 19, 2020 | Reply
      WWF: hope for wildlife as koalas found surviving in burnt out forest

      In a story of hope, special detection dogs have found seven koalas alive amid burnt out forest at Maryvale on Queensland’s Southern Downs, and evidence of even more survivors. The search, which is ongoing, is being funded thanks to generous donations to the World Wide Fund for Nature from locals and people around the world […]

      WWF’s “Towards Two Billion Trees” plan to aid koala bushfire recovery

      | December 30, 2019 | Reply
      WWF’s “Towards Two Billion Trees” plan to aid koala bushfire recovery

      The World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia today launched an ambitious tree-recovery plan as an analysis by the organisation shows bushfires have burned at least 1.3 million hectares of koala habitat in New South Wales. Since July, the fires have scorched more than 8% of the state’s known koala forest, with estimates many hundreds of the […]

      AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS CALL FOR HELP TO SAVE OUR INSECTS

      | December 30, 2019 | Reply
      AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS CALL FOR HELP TO SAVE OUR INSECTS

      Scientists fear Australian insect populations are on the brink of collapse and are calling for the public’s help to paint a better picture of the problem so they can develop solutions to help tackle the challenge. Dr David Yeates is Director of the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. He […]

      Saving our Tassie Devils: new insights in the fight against contagious cancers

      | November 26, 2019 | Reply
      Saving our Tassie Devils: new insights in the fight against contagious cancers

      Closing in on a blood test diagnosis How baits could be used to deliver vaccines Devils fighting off their own tumours Infected populations growing up too fast How devils protect threatened species from feral cats And why the boys are to blame. At the University of Tasmania, they are working on a diagnostic blood test, […]

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      Flinders University Media Release – Learning through listening to Indigenous voices

      Flinders University Media Release – Learning through listening to Indigenous voices

      | February 7, 2020 | Reply

      Understanding Indigenous insights to Country and culture demands a new means of learning through humility, patience and listening for non-Indigenous people. Flinders University anthropologist and Matthew Flinders Fellow, Professor Amanda Kearney, explains this in a new book that explores how her 20 years of anthropological studies in Yanyuwa Country, a remarkable part of northern Australia, […]

      New study: Sustainable festivals/events see 61% rise in just one year

      New study: Sustainable festivals/events see 61% rise in just one year

      | February 4, 2020 | Reply

      Sustainability isn’t a trend for consumers anymore – it’s a responsibility. And Aussie event organisers are catching on, from major festivals to local community groups.? Today Eventbrite released their 2020 Trend Report revealing that 72% of Eventbrite creators view sustainability as not only something to consider, but something to prioritise. What’s even crazier? This is […]

      Grey seals discovered clapping underwater to communicate

      Grey seals discovered clapping underwater to communicate

      | February 3, 2020 | Reply

      An international study by Monash University has discovered wild grey seals can clap their flippers underwater during breeding season. This is regarded as a show of strength that warns off competitors and advertises themselves to potential mates. The video footage taken by researchers shows a male grey seal clapping in the wild, producing a gunshot-like […]

      GE Renewable Energy to Supply Cypress Turbines for 132 MW Onshore Wind Farm in Finland

      GE Renewable Energy to Supply Cypress Turbines for 132 MW Onshore Wind Farm in Finland

      | February 2, 2020 | Reply

      GE Renewable Energy announced today that it has been selected by OX2 as the supplier for the 132 MW Mets?lamminkangas wind farm, in Finland. The project, which will use 24 of GE’s Cypress onshore wind platform, represents GE’s first Cypress-equipped wind farm in Finland. OX2 will operate the Cypress turbines at 5.5 MW, with a […]

      WORLD-FIRST ENERGY CONTRACT AND DATA MARKETPLACE WILL REMOVE KEY BARRIERS TO UPTAKE OF CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES

      WORLD-FIRST ENERGY CONTRACT AND DATA MARKETPLACE WILL REMOVE KEY BARRIERS TO UPTAKE OF CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES

      | February 2, 2020 | Reply

      WORLD-FIRST ENERGY CONTRACT AND DATA MARKETPLACE WILL REMOVE KEY BARRIERS TO UPTAKE OF CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES New energy contracts designed to assist clean energy technologies and energy market participants navigate the rapid market transition underway will be the centrepiece of a new digital marketplace, after the project won backing from the Federal Government, through the Australian […]

      Citizen scientists get snappy for bushfire-ravaged environment

      Citizen scientists get snappy for bushfire-ravaged environment

      | February 2, 2020 | Reply

      Forget Instagram – UNSW Sydney researchers are urging citizen scientists to use their mobile phones for a good cause: to monitor the recovery of bushfire-affected plants and animals for the Environment Recovery Project which will inform future research. Anyone in fire-affected areas of Australia can participate, no matter their scientific knowledge or camera skills: all […]

      WWF supporters helping wildlife survivors like Maryanne

      WWF supporters helping wildlife survivors like Maryanne

      | January 28, 2020 | Reply

      A young koala named Maryanne is the small mercy linked to one of the most poignant photographs of Australia’s bushfire crisis. The image of a charred koala, which couldn’t escape flames at Wivenhoe Pocket, went viral when it was posted by koala carer and volunteer firefighter Peter Luker. But Maryanne was luckier than the koala […]

      TIME TO UP-THE-ANTE TO QUELL THE OVEN-LIKE CONDITIONS IN OUR CITIES

      TIME TO UP-THE-ANTE TO QUELL THE OVEN-LIKE CONDITIONS IN OUR CITIES

      | January 28, 2020 | Reply

      With Australia having its warmest and driest year and for the world, its second warmest year on record, experts say we’re not acting fast enough nor at the scale required to keep pace with climate change – ultimately compromising the liveability of our cities. A range of advocates for Greener Spaces Better Places – a […]

      Seabin Project announces plans to bring manufacturing and product development to Australia

      Seabin Project announces plans to bring manufacturing and product development to Australia

      | January 28, 2020 | Reply

      Next tech Seabin 6.0 development launching in June 2020 Australian ocean cleaning innovators, Seabin Project, have announced their plan to re-shore, with their manufacturing and production moving from France to Brisbane, Australia starting June 2020. Seabin has partnered with Evolve Group to re-engineer, develop, manufacture and produce the next tech Seabin 6.0,? enabling a reduction […]

      Sharp increase in Ningaloo whale shark injuries might be due to boat encounters

      Sharp increase in Ningaloo whale shark injuries might be due to boat encounters

      | January 28, 2020 | Reply

      Scarring and major lacerations due to vessel collisions becoming more common, study finds. Almost one-fifth of the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) in Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef Marine Park show major scarring or fin amputations, with the number of injured animals increasing in recent years, new research reveals. Distinctive scar patterns strongly suggest many of the […]

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