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      Eco Stories

      Global calls for Australia to halt its extinction crisis

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      The President of WWF-International has written an open letter to Australia’s political leaders calling for immediate action to halt biodiversity loss and support a global New Deal for Nature and People. Pavan Sukhdev, who was appointed WWF’s International President in 2017, is visiting Australia to call for strong action to halt the loss of Australia’s […]

      University students build ‘A House For Life’

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Competing in the Solar Decathlon in the Middle East in 2018, The University of Wollongong (UOW) teamed up with TAFE NSW to create the ‘Desert Rose’ house, a net-zero energy home specifically designed for people living with dementia and other age-related diseases. Dubbed the ‘Energy Olympics’, the Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges […]

      Rabbits more destructive to dunes than climate change

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Rabbits have been identified as the culprit behind historical damage to the vast dune system that flanks South Australia’s Coorong. A long-term study of vegetation cover on Younghusband Peninsula’s transgressive dunes by Flinders University researchers shows that rabbits have been the most destructive factor affecting dune stability, ahead of wind, temperature fluctuation or rainfall -- […]

      Sydney’s first Seabins splash down!

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      The first two full-time Seabins have splashed down in Sydney – one in Darling Harbour and one in the Parramatta River. This comes less than a year after the Seabin Project first demoed its ingenious floating rubbish bins in Australian waters. To date, the Australian-invented Seabin has over 435 Seabins collecting waterway pollutants in ports, […]

      Climate Proofing Australia: A whole-of-landscape approach to tackling climate change

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Representatives from the agriculture, forestry and ecological restoration industries have today launched an unprecedented cross-sector alliance and collaborative land management approach to Australia’s climate change mitigation strategy. The Climate Proofing Australia (CPA) alliance advocates for a whole-of-landscape approach to tackle climate change aimed at integrating trees and improving soils across the landscape to store carbon, […]

      Eco Awards & Events

      Earth Hour 2019 | Saturday 30 March 2019 | 8.30pm

      | March 14, 2019 | Reply

      WWF is urging Australians to participate in Earth Hour 2019 and switch off their lights for one hour to show their support for Australia to get back on track to meeting its international climate change commitments. In signing the 2015 Paris Agreement, Australia committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26% on 2005 […]

      Sydney Road Gallery Photography Exhibition Captures the Beauty and Resilience of Coral Reefs; It’s Not Too Late.

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Sydney Road Gallery presents a new underwater photography exhibition highlighting the plight of the Great Barrier Reef titled ‘Reef: Captured Moments of Hope and Resilience’ which will be opened by Professor Tim Flannery, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Australian Museum for Climate Change on Saturday 2 March 2019 at 3pm. The exhibition showcases the photography […]

      Longest ever electric car journey reaches Melbourne

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      One man has driven the electric Blue Bandit in nearly three years and 91,000km from Amsterdam to Melbourne.

      Textile take-back could take fashion sector from rags to riches

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      For the retail sector, fashion and textile waste is both an urgent issue and a huge opportunity for innovation – a dichotomy recognised by entrepreneur Camille Reed. Reed is calling for a national clothing take-back scheme (currently non-existent in Australia) which would disrupt the whole industry for the better, and potentially save it millions. Four […]

      Ben & Jerry’s & AYCC are ona roll helping young Australians demand climate action

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Ben & Jerry’s and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) are teaming up to help young Australians make their voices heard on climate action this federal election. Together they will be visiting select University campuses to encourage students to check they are enrolled to vote – and to grab a free scoop. Throughout February and […]

      Climate Change

      Young Growing Forests Offer the Greatest Opportunity For Carbon Storage

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Newly-published research by an international team including scientists from Western Sydney University and CSIRO has found that younger, regrowing forests are much more capable of taking carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it away than older established forests. In research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United […]

      Climate Proofing Australia: A whole-of-landscape approach to tackling climate change

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Representatives from the agriculture, forestry and ecological restoration industries have today launched an unprecedented cross-sector alliance and collaborative land management approach to Australia’s climate change mitigation strategy. The Climate Proofing Australia (CPA) alliance advocates for a whole-of-landscape approach to tackle climate change aimed at integrating trees and improving soils across the landscape to store carbon, […]

      Australia’s first Council-led Climate Emergency Conference

      | August 26, 2018 | Reply

      Darebin City Council is taking a leadership role in climate change by hosting Australia’s first council-led Climate Emergency Conference. To be held at Northcote Town Hall on 11 and 12 September 2018, Council has engaged the support of renowned international and Australian experts to discuss the climate emergency and to call on business and government […]

      Reef 2050 Plan exposes Australia on climate change

      | July 20, 2018 | Reply

      WWF-Australia welcomed the increased focus on climate change – including the devastating consecutive coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 – in the revised Reef 2050 Plan. “However, we are deeply concerned that the plan still fails to acknowledge the obvious truth that Australia must do much more to cut our own emissions if we […]

      Antarctica in 2070: What future will we choose?

      | July 16, 2018 | Reply

      Choices made in the next decade will have long-term consequences for Antarctica and the globe, according to research published today in Nature. The study explores how Antarctica and the Southern Ocean will change over the next 50 years, and how those changes will impact the rest of the globe. Two scenarios are considered: one in […]

      Clean Energy

      Boral Timber to turn sawmill residues into renewable diesel and bitumen

      | August 27, 2018 | Reply

      Under the $1.2 million study, Boral will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery using innovative technology, which would be located near the Herons Creek sawmill. If the study is successful, the proposed biorefinery, which would cost an estimated $50 million to build, could convert up to 50,000 tonnes of waste sawmill […]

      Australia to lead lithium-ion battery recycling charge

      | July 20, 2018 | 1 Reply

      A new battery recycling industry to tackle Australia’s annual 3300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste could be on the cards, according to a new report. The report, ‘Lithium battery recycling in Australia’, says Australia could lead the world in the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, addressing this waste which is growing by 20 per […]

      Orange, tea tree & eucalyptus oils sweeten diesel fumes

      | July 16, 2018 | Reply

      Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only fuel. QUT PhD researcher Ashrafur Rahman tested each of the waste oils for performance and emissions as a 10 per cent oil/90per cent diesel blend in a 6-cylinder, 5.9l diesel engine. […]

      Schwartz Hotels switch on the ‘green power’

      | April 20, 2018 | Reply

      The Schwartz Hotel Group has added to its ‘green power’ commitment by transforming the rooftop of Mercure Sydney into a major solar energy receptor which will not only produce renewable energy for the hotel’s operation, but significantly reduce its carbon emissions. Renewable energy group, Earthconnect, installed the micro inverter system, which comprises 357 panels covering […]

      EPSA supply Cat’s? first solar plant in action on Australian soil

      | April 20, 2018 | Reply

      11,040 Cat? PV solar modules are mounted on fixed axis steel frames contouring the challenging terrain of the Adelaide foothills. In this innovative first-of-its-kind project combining solar and methane gas in an energy production farm, Energy Power Systems Australia (EPSA) was engaged by Joule Energy (a wholly-owned subsidiary of LMS Energy) in their partnership with […]

      Sustainability

      Wind farm boom boosts regional Victorian jobs

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Thanks to a wind farm boom in Victoria, Geelong will see the creation of a new wind turbine assembly facility that will serve as Victoria’s centre for turbine manufacturing. The new facility will play a key part in the manufacturing of wind turbine components and assembly for Tilt Renewables’ Dundonnell Wind Farm in south-west Victoria. […]

      University students build ‘A House For Life’

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Competing in the Solar Decathlon in the Middle East in 2018, The University of Wollongong (UOW) teamed up with TAFE NSW to create the ‘Desert Rose’ house, a net-zero energy home specifically designed for people living with dementia and other age-related diseases. Dubbed the ‘Energy Olympics’, the Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges […]

      Keep Australia Beautiful and Mount Franklin proudly announce a new partnership

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) and Mount Franklin today announce a new partnership to educate, inspire and take action to enable better recycling opportunities for Australians. Keep Australia Beautiful CEO Val Southam said “KAB has been carrying out the independent audited research project known as the National Litter Index for the past 13 years, and is […]

      Food scraps trial to reduce landfill

      | November 28, 2018 | Reply

      The City of Sydney is inviting 100 apartment buildings and 300 houses to join its first food scraps collection trial in mid-2019. The trial is part of the City’s Leave Nothing to Waste action plan, which has a target of diverting more than 90 per cent of waste from landfill by 2030. “We know our […]

      Veolia will operate Australia’s first Energy from Waste facility

      | November 28, 2018 | Reply

      Yesterday, financial close was reached between client Project Co, Veolia and our consortium partner Acciona for the design, build and operation of the EfW facility. Project Co, made up of Phoenix Energy, Macquarie Capital and DIF Infrastructure selected Acciona to design and build (D&B) The Kwinana Project, and Veolia as the preferred bidder for the […]

      Habitat

      Global calls for Australia to halt its extinction crisis

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      The President of WWF-International has written an open letter to Australia’s political leaders calling for immediate action to halt biodiversity loss and support a global New Deal for Nature and People. Pavan Sukhdev, who was appointed WWF’s International President in 2017, is visiting Australia to call for strong action to halt the loss of Australia’s […]

      Rabbits more destructive to dunes than climate change

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Rabbits have been identified as the culprit behind historical damage to the vast dune system that flanks South Australia’s Coorong. A long-term study of vegetation cover on Younghusband Peninsula’s transgressive dunes by Flinders University researchers shows that rabbits have been the most destructive factor affecting dune stability, ahead of wind, temperature fluctuation or rainfall -- […]

      Taking Reef protection “to the next level”

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society today expressed strong support for the Queensland government’s Bill introduced to Parliament to phase out farm practices and other activities that pollute the Reef’s waters. WWF and AMCS’s joint Fight For The Reef campaign helped secure strong policies for the Reef, including a ban on dredge spoil dumping […]

      New Virgin Australia and Greening Australia carbon offsetting partnership takes flight

      | November 28, 2018 | Reply

      A significant new carbon offsetting partnership between Virgin Australia and national not-for-profit, Greening Australia, will see critical habitat created in South Australia for internationally important migratory shorebirds and other threatened wildlife. The new project – one of Australia’s largest biodiverse carbon offset projects to date – will see the revenue from carbon credits purchased by […]

      Our mammals at greatest risk from cats and foxes, new study

      | November 28, 2018 | Reply

      New research led by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has revealed which mammals are most vulnerable to cats and foxes, and many much-loved potoroos, bandicoots and bettongs, as well as native rodents, are at the top of the list. Jim Radford from La Trobe University led a team of over 20 scientists and conservation managers […]

      More Eco Stories

      Atlas starts Permanent Recruitment and Executive Search Business in the APAC region

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Atlas starts Permanent Recruitment and Executive Search Business in the APAC region With the offshore renewables industry surging ahead as countries aim to achieve their climate targets, clients all over the world – and definitively in the Asia Pacific region ?– are increasingly looking to recruit professionals for permanent roles. As of March 2019, Atlas […]

      Fluence signs landmark €165 million contract in Ivory Coast

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Fluence Corporation Limited (ASX: FLC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a landmark €165 million commercial agreement with the Federal Government of Ivory Coast for the turnkey supply of a 150,000 m3/day surface-water treatment plant (the “Plant”). The Plant will treat water from Lagune Aghien, Ivory Coast’s largest freshwater reserve near Abidjan, which […]

      Australian Ethical uses 100% recyclable billboard skins for Out of Home campaign

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Billboard skins used in a new advertising campaign for Australian Ethical will be recycled into products traditionally manufactured from hard wood timber, following the development of an innovative material. In a world’s first, billboard skins known as SmartSkins – which was developed by print specialist Cactus Imaging and its parent company oOh!media – will be […]

      Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation welcomes Labor’s federal funding commitment

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation today welcomes Labor’s $6 million election commitment to restore federal funding to the Foundation’s world-leading Kitchen Garden Program. The funding shows a commitment to a shared vision of the Foundation and Australian Labor Party in addressing the country’s childhood obesity crisis through a tried and tested, Australian-grown program that […]

      Commercial food waste powering renewable energy push

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Spoiled fruits, vegetables and old cooking oil are among some of the recycled food waste products which helped to power Victorian households this summer. ReWaste is Victoria’s first ‘waste to energy’ plant, opened in May 2017 by Yarra Valley Water – Melbourne’s largest supplier of water and sanitation services, servicing more than 1.9 million people […]

      VOLCANOES 3D explodes onto the world’s largest screen these school holidays!

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      IMAX Melbourne presents SK Films’ VOLCANOES 3D, a 45 minute giant screen documentary film by Canadian filmmaker Michael Dalton-Smith. This fiery but family friendly film will screen daily throughout the autumn school holidays, exclusively in IMAX 3D. Join intrepid explorer Carsten Peter as he dodges boulders at the edge of an active volcano in Indonesia, […]

      Coal power stations disrupt rainfall: global study

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Modern coal-fired power stations produce more ultrafine dust particles than road traffic and can even modify and redistribute rainfall patterns, a new 15-year international study shows. The study indicates filtration systems on modern coal-fired power stations are the biggest source of ultrafine particles and can have considerable impacts on climate in several ways. In urban […]

      Australians are more confused than ever when it comes to saving the planet

      | March 11, 2019 | Reply

      Australians are more bewildered than ever before when it comes to choosing foods that are best for people and the planet, with 63% admitting they are keen to do the right thing but are confused by the number of diets1, fads and ‘green’ claims available. The volume of information is leaving Aussies questioning “should I […]

      Coca-Cola Australia teams up with CitizenBlue to tackle drink container recycling in NSW

      | December 24, 2018 | Reply

      In a new partnership, Coca-Cola Australia (Coca-Cola) and CitizenBlue are coming together to create new solutions to NSW’s waste challenge and introduce more drink container recycling options at venues and events in Sydney and regional NSW. CitizenBlue is a social enterprise collective of seven environmental not-for-profit organisations, including the Total Environment Centre, Surfrider Foundation and […]

      Electric scooter scheme returns to St Kilda for extended trial

      | December 24, 2018 | Reply

      St Kilda will be able to ‘Ride’ again with Australian company RIDE launching an extended trial of its e-scooter-sharing scheme. RIDE, Australia’s first e-scooter company is re-introducing Rides along the St Kildaforeshore, with customers locating and hiring them via a map on the RIDE App, then leaving them wherever they’d like (as long as it’s […]