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Eco Stories

Last supper: Fish use sharp barbs and spines to fight off hungry seals

| May 4, 2020 | Reply
Last supper: Fish use sharp barbs and spines to fight off hungry seals

What price are you willing to pay for food? As humans, we face this challenge each time we shop, but for some seals and dolphins this may be a life or death decision. Modern medical scanning reveals the steep price some marine mammals are willing to pay for food, after a stranded fur seal was […]

Mild autumn conditions can lead to algae problems

| April 30, 2020 | Reply
Mild autumn conditions can lead to algae problems

The ideal conditions for algal blooms in water sources and waterways include the mild autumn conditions that are being experienced across many parts of the country this year. The still-warm temperatures can create the perfect environment for campylobacter or blue-green algae to grow and flourish, especially in still and shallow water. These toxic algal blooms […]

Coronavirus underlines why employee health is a pressing sustainability issue

| April 30, 2020 | Reply
Coronavirus underlines why employee health is a pressing sustainability issue

By Piya Baptista, Program Implementation Manager, Global Reporting Initiative Companies around the globe are facing an unprecedented level of disruption due to the COVID-19 crisis. The economic consequences of the outbreak are already being widely felt. But what about the responsibilities of businesses to look after their workforce? What is clear is that the way […]

THE ROLE OF COMPOSTING IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

| April 29, 2020 | Reply
THE ROLE OF COMPOSTING IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

The extreme heat over the summer months and ongoing drought have brought the worst bushfire season we have seen in Australia, destroying houses, local businesses, vegetation?and wildlife. The increasing effects and consequences of global warming urgently calls for?drastic changes in the way we reuse resources. The push for a greener and more sustainable?environment has now […]

We need green spaces in COVID-19 era

| April 29, 2020 | Reply
We need green spaces in COVID-19 era

UNSW Associate Professor Paul Osmond says buildings and cities need to change after this pandemic. UNSW Associate Professor Paul Osmond is urging people to soak up nature on balconies, gardens or exercise in parks during COVID-19. “We need nature, at a minimum for viewing, but ideally through immersion and interaction,” the lecturer from UNSW Built […]

Eco Awards & Events

Queensland Premier to headline Renewables Stimulus Summit

| May 4, 2020 | Reply
Queensland Premier to headline Renewables Stimulus Summit

The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, will be the headline speaker at Australia’s biggest online renewable energy event on 6 May 2020. The Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery will bring together State and Territory energy ministers, industry and community leaders, and prominent academics to outline a roadmap for simultaneously revitalising and decarbonising Australia’s economy. “We […]

Music Lovers Prove Their Commitment to Party With The Planet With Over 4,000 Pledges and 100,000kg of CO2 Emissions Avoided

| May 1, 2020 | Reply
Music Lovers Prove Their Commitment to Party With The Planet  With Over 4,000 Pledges and 100,000kg of CO2 Emissions Avoided

In a time of much-needed good news for the music industry, not-for-profit organisation Green Music Australia’s Party With The Planet initiative has wrapped up with some fantastic results for our embattled planet. The initiative, which launched in December last year backed by over 20 of Australia’s leading musicians, 10 of the country’s biggest music festivals […]

Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards launched giving parents the perfect lesson plan for term two

| April 30, 2020 | Reply
Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards  launched giving parents the perfect lesson plan for term two

Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has today launched its annual photography awards celebrating everyday photographers who capture the state’s natural beauty. With social distancing rules limiting the movement of Queenslanders, QCC is encouraging people to explore their own photo galleries or capture the great outdoors whilst outside exercising. “Our annual Natural Wonders Photography Awards have always […]

The James Dyson Award 2020 is open for entries

| April 29, 2020 | Reply
The James Dyson Award 2020 is open for entries

We are looking for inventors solving big problems. This year there will be two international winners – not one. Since 2005, the James Dyson Award (JDA) has challenged inventive and entrepreneurial undergraduates and recent graduates of engineering and design, to invent something that solves a problem. 1 in 5 past winners, who each received the […]

TOYOTA CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF OUR PLANET

| April 21, 2020 | Reply
TOYOTA CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF OUR PLANET

TOYOTA CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF OUR PLANET ** $7.4m Hydrogen Centre education facility ready to open at Toyota Centre of Excellence ** ** Toyota hybrid powertrain offered in eight models by end of 2020 with CO2 emissions as low as 76g/km ** ** Toyota Australia’s solar capacity of 1156kW […]

Climate Change

Two thirds of citizens around the world agree climate change is as serious a crisis as Covid-19 – Ipsos survey

| April 24, 2020 | Reply
Two thirds of citizens around the world agree climate change is as serious a crisis as Covid-19 – Ipsos survey

Most Australians support a green economic recovery from COVID-19.?Citizens want economic recovery actions to prioritise climate change. A new Ipsos poll conducted in 14 countries shows widespread support for government actions to prioritise climate change in the economic recovery after COVID-19 with 65% globally agreeing that this is important. For Australia, 57% agreed climate change […]

Earth Day – The EIU’s Climate Change Resilience Index

| April 22, 2020 | Reply
Earth Day – The EIU’s Climate Change Resilience Index

The Asian economy will be 2.6% smaller by 2050 due to lack of climate resilience? The Asia-Pacific economy will be 2.6% smaller in 2050 according a new framework developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU), with developing countries in the region set to be the most affected.? The EIU expects economic losses in every […]

$1.8 million in scholarships awarded to 15 bright young Australians investigating solutions to global challenges

| March 5, 2020 | Reply
$1.8 million in scholarships awarded to 15 bright young Australians investigating solutions to global challenges

Next generation solar technology, futureproofing farmers’ crops from climate change, and better understanding the genetics behind Autism Spectrum Disorder are just three of 15 research projects a group of outstanding postgraduate students will be undertaking with the support of Westpac Scholars Trust.? Today the Trust announced its 2020 Westpac Future Leaders Scholars, recognising 15 ambitious […]

ANTARCTIC FLOATING ICE WALLS PROTECT AGAINST WARMING SEAS

| March 4, 2020 | Reply
ANTARCTIC FLOATING ICE WALLS PROTECT AGAINST WARMING SEAS

A recent study published in the journal Nature has explored the physics behind the warming ocean currents around the Antarctic coast, finding floating ice walls offer some protection to the ice sheet by limiting the amount of ocean heat that reaches the ice. The research was led by the University of Gothenburg and used data […]

Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again

| February 12, 2020 | Reply
Ancient Antarctic ice melt increased sea levels by 3+ metres – and it could happen again

Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, a new international study led by UNSW Sydney shows – and the scientists say we’re headed in that direction again. Mass melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was a major cause of high […]

Clean Energy

GE Renewable Energy Secures 10-Year Service Agreement with Idaho Wind Partners

| April 23, 2020 | Reply
GE Renewable Energy Secures 10-Year Service Agreement with Idaho Wind Partners

Agreement includes full service agreement for 122 GE 1.56-82.5 turbines GE’s PowerUp, eSCADA and Digital Plan of the Day digital tools also selected Schenectady, NY, April 22, 2020—GE Renewable Energy today announced that it has been selected by DIF Capital Partners to provide a 10-year full service agreement (FSA) for the 183 MW Idaho Wind […]

Macquarie University campus to be powered by renewables

| April 22, 2020 | Reply
Macquarie University campus to be powered by renewables

Macquarie University has signed a seven-year contract with Red Energy to switch to a 100 per cent renewable electricity source for its North Ryde campus. The move will see the University’s total greenhouse gas emissions cut by 92 per cent, with the campus’ electricity being sourced from Snowy Hydro from 1 July 2020. Under the […]

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 […]

Sustainability

Saving energy and lives: how a solar chimney can boost fire safety

| May 5, 2020 | Reply
Saving energy and lives: how a solar chimney can boost fire safety

Saving energy and lives: how a solar chimney can boost fire safety A must-have in green building design, solar chimneys can slash energy costs up to 50%. Now research reveals they could also help save lives in a building fire. In a world-first, researchers designed a solar chimney optimised for both energy saving and fire […]

Sydney leads in sustainability global uni Impact Rankings

| April 23, 2020 | Reply
Sydney leads in sustainability global uni Impact Rankings

University of Sydney excels in UN Sustainable Development Goals Sydney has placed first in Australia and second globally in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which focus on the twin issues of protecting the environment while addressing inequality through sustainable development. The University of Sydney has been named as one of the world’s leading institutions […]

Windows will soon generate electricity, following solar cell breakthrough

| April 21, 2020 | Reply
Windows will soon generate electricity, following solar cell breakthrough

Two square metres of solar window will do the same job as a standard rooftop solar panel, Australian researchers say. Semi-transparent solar cells that can be incorporated into window glass are a “game-changer” that could transform architecture, urban planning and electricity generation, Australian scientists say in?a paper in?Nano Energy. The researchers – led by Professor […]

Vestiaire Collective Launches ‘Wardrobe Reality Check’ Challenge to Mark Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

| April 15, 2020 | Reply
Vestiaire Collective Launches ‘Wardrobe Reality Check’ Challenge to Mark Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

Vestiaire Collective, the leading global community platform for desirable pre-owned fashion, launches the ‘Wardrobe Reality Check,’ an initiative challenging fashion lovers around the world to consider the environmental impact of their wardrobe choices. Today’s uncertainty has prompted many of us to re-evaluate the way we live in the short and the long term. Developed to […]

Five ways to engage the private sector in the SDGs

| April 9, 2020 | Reply
Five ways to engage the private sector in the SDGs

With the clock ticking on the deadline to complete the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), governments need to up the pace of progress – and do more to harness participation from both the public and private sectors. GRI has set out recommendations to help policymakers work with companies to capture their contributions as part of national […]

Habitat

Help save the bees: New app turns users into bee counters

| May 1, 2020 | Reply
Help save the bees: New app turns users into bee counters

WE NEED BEES. They are environmental champions and one of our ecosystem’s most important pollinators, responsible for much of our food supply and truly essential to sustain life on earth as we know it. Yet, bee populations have been steadily on the decline for years. We must find ways to educate people about the critical […]

Earth Day calls to save amphibians on the brink

| April 18, 2020 | Reply
Earth Day calls to save amphibians on the brink

Study finds shortfalls in amphibian conservation With climate action a theme of Earth Day 2020 (22 April 2020), a new research paper highlights the plight of some of the most vulnerable creatures. More than birds and most mammals, amphibians (frogs, salamander, worm-like caecilians, anurans, etc) are on the front line of extinction in a hotter, […]

Flinders University Media Release – Bees point to new evolutionary answers

| April 15, 2020 | Reply
Flinders University Media Release – Bees point to new evolutionary answers

Evolutionary biology aims to explain how new species arise and evolve to occupy myriad niches – but it is not a singular or simplistic story. Rare bees found in high mountain areas of Fiji provide evidence that they have evolved into many species, despite the fact they can’t readily adapt to different habitats. These bees […]

Destruction of koala habitat increased after “vulnerable” listing

| April 14, 2020 | Reply
Destruction of koala habitat increased after “vulnerable” listing

Before and after satellite pictures of cleared koala habitat https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xXCyhULWcp8rfaIfmpC4tQzkg1SKxNNP A new report by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia shows the destruction of koala habitat actually increased after the iconic marsupial was listed as “vulnerable” in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. The analysis looked at clearing rates in known or likely koala […]

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 […]

More Eco Stories

IN HEARTS WAKE ANNOUNCE NEW CARBON OFFSET ALBUM ‘KALIYUGA’ + LAUNCH THEHOUSEOFKALI.COM INTERACTIVE SITE +  RELEASE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘SON OF A WITCH’

IN HEARTS WAKE ANNOUNCE NEW CARBON OFFSET ALBUM ‘KALIYUGA’ + LAUNCH THEHOUSEOFKALI.COM INTERACTIVE SITE + RELEASE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘SON OF A WITCH’

| May 5, 2020 | Reply

In Hearts Wake will release their fifth studio album ‘KALIYUGA’ on August 7, 2020 while also releasing new single & video ‘Son Of A Witch’ today. The band will minimise their environmental footprint on the release by carbon offsetting the entire process and using recycled materials to create the physical product for the music. “During […]

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Launches The “Ultimate Getaways” Offer

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Launches The “Ultimate Getaways” Offer

| May 2, 2020 | Reply

Inspiring Gifting of Positivity and Care With a Much-Needed Holiday We can always dream of visiting the next vacation destination after the?travel hiatus ends and sharing care by gifting our loved ones, with a much-needed getaway to uplift spirits during these extraordinary times. Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has launched its exclusive Ultimate Getaways offer. […]

Palaeontologists find full fossil skeleton of bizarre mammal known as the ‘crazy beast from the south’

Palaeontologists find full fossil skeleton of bizarre mammal known as the ‘crazy beast from the south’

| April 30, 2020 | Reply

International research involving palaeontologists from Monash University has revealed for the first time the full fossil skeleton of an unprecedentedly bizarre mammal from the Age of Dinosaurs. The research, published in Nature, shows that this animal belonged to an essentially unknown group of extinct mammals found only in the southern hemisphere. The new mammal, named […]

PROPERTY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR INDUSTRY TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY

PROPERTY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR INDUSTRY TO JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST MODERN SLAVERY

| April 29, 2020 | Reply

Seventeen of Australia’s largest property groups, including Stockland, AMP, Frasers Property, Mirvac, Vicinity, Dexus and Lendlease, are taking a collaborative approach to tackle modern slavery, partnering with innovative tech solution, Informed 365 to report on and collate information concerning their operations and supply chains.? The approach uses Australian based Informed 365’s web-based platform to gather, […]

HOPE FOR BILLION DOLLAR BIO-ECONOMY TO BLOOM

HOPE FOR BILLION DOLLAR BIO-ECONOMY TO BLOOM

| April 29, 2020 | Reply

National Bioenergy Roadmap the pathway to a resilient Australia? Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor yesterday announced with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) that consultation has commenced on the development of a first-ever national bioenergy roadmap, to help inform the next series of investment and policy decisions in the bioenergy sector in […]

PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE FOR FORESTRY RESEARCHERS

PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE FOR FORESTRY RESEARCHERS

| April 29, 2020 | Reply

Three forestry researchers who worked with the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have been awarded the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg Prize today by Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf XVI in Stockholm. The three winners of the 2020 prize, Professor Joseph Landsberg, Professor Richard Waring and Professor Nicholas Coops either worked for CSIRO or were visiting researchers to […]

High density imaging offers solution to counterfeiting

High density imaging offers solution to counterfeiting

| April 28, 2020 | Reply

Governments, industry and consumers have faced the issue of counterfeit goods for a long time. Advancements in technology and growing use of the internet has heightened these potential issues, making it easier for counterfeiters to refine their methods and create additional channels for them to promote and sell their goods. For those stuck in a […]

$95 million relief package for zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks welcome relief for a struggling sector

$95 million relief package for zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks welcome relief for a struggling sector

| April 28, 2020 | Reply

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) today welcomes the announcement of a $95 million relief package by the Federal Government to support the nation’s zoos, wildlife parks, animal sanctuaries and aquariums in the care and feeding of their animals. VTIC Chief Executive Felicia Mariani said, “We are pleased and relieved to see this allocation of […]

Activist-led design can promote more sustainable solutions in the age of coronavirus

Activist-led design can promote more sustainable solutions in the age of coronavirus

| April 28, 2020 | Reply

Activist-led design can promote more sustainable solutions in the age of coronavirus The challenges of coronavirus may allow us to rewrite our understanding of production and design, says a practice-led researcher from UNSW Art & Design. The current challenges to offshore production models caused by the coronavirus have the potential to bring about a reinvestment […]

Less than two weeks left to have your say on the future of waste in NSW

Less than two weeks left to have your say on the future of waste in NSW

| April 28, 2020 | Reply

Join almost 10,000 others and have your say on what happens to our plastic bags, takeaway containers and recycling. ? Submissions are open and encouraged until Friday, May 8 on the NSW Government’s plan to tackle the use of plastics, reduce waste and pollution and increase recycling across the State. To date almost 10,000 submissions […]

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