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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, […]

    More Eco Stories

    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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