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    Eco Stories

    New research highlights the suppression of ecological and conservation science

    | November 29, 2019 | Reply
    New research highlights the suppression of ecological and conservation science

    It’s not just the media that?needs freedom to report on important issues of public interest. Science suppression is keeping the media, public and even policymakers in the dark on topics ranging from bushfires to species extinctions, a new survey reveals. Now 600 scientists have endorsed a statement by the Ecological Society of Australia calling for […]

    From quolls to emus: how the animals of the Tasmanian Midlands help guide conservation

    | November 28, 2019 | Reply
    From quolls to emus: how the animals of the Tasmanian Midlands help guide conservation

    Ecologists gathering in Launceston this week are discussing how the animals of the Tasmanian Midlands can guide conservation priorities in the region. From the lack of data on Tasmanian birds, to the movement of quolls, and why there are no longer emus roaming here. Scientists available for interview – contact Toni Stevens; Ecological Society of […]

    Recycling polyester could keep tonnes of textiles from landfill

    | November 28, 2019 | Reply
    Recycling polyester could keep tonnes of textiles from landfill

    QUT researchers have found a treatment to extract and reuse polyester from polyester/wool mix fabrics to help prevent some of the 92 million tonnes of textiles dumped every year going to landfill. Globally, an estimated 92 million tonnes of textiles go to landfill each year QUT researchers have found a way to separate polyester from […]

    Great Melbourne Telescope reaches for the stars for its 150th Anniversary

    | November 28, 2019 | Reply
    Great Melbourne Telescope reaches for the stars for its 150th Anniversary

    An icon of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ assembled in its original form for the first time since 1945, is on public display at Scienceworks this summer. Museums Victoria staff and volunteers with the Great Melbourne Telescope in the Pumping Station at Scienceworks in Spotswood. Source: Museums Victoria Every Wednesday since 2008,?volunteers have gathered?to painstakingly restore one of […]

    Ears all round: world’s first acoustic observatory

    | November 28, 2019 | Reply
    Ears all round: world’s first acoustic observatory

    You won’t see stars at the Australian Acoustic Observatory but you will “see” a galaxy of sounds from around Australia. Wild and remote areas around Australia will soon be part of the Australian Acoustic Observatory, the world’s first ‘Google maps for sound’ – hundreds of solar-powered sensors that will continuously record the sounds of wildlife […]

    Eco Awards & Events

    ANIMAL TRACKING APP CELEBRATES TRAIL OF SUCCESS

    | November 29, 2019 | Reply
    ANIMAL TRACKING APP CELEBRATES TRAIL OF SUCCESS

    An app that allows Indigenous rangers to gather environmental data in their own language has contributed to the first national threatened species plan developed with significant input from Aboriginal people. The Tracks App is among the winners at this year’s annual awards at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and was developed by the Atlas of […]

    Get to know a little more about the 2019 Banksia Large Business Award Finalists!

    | November 28, 2019 | Reply
    Get to know a little more about the 2019 Banksia Large Business Award Finalists!

    Australia Post, VIC In 2019 Australia Post launched a new Group Corporate Responsibility (CR) Plan, Everyone Matters: our plan for inclusive and sustainable prosperity. The SDGs are the backbone of Australia Post’s approach. Outlined in the plan are 10 aspirations for 2030, aligned to the SDGs the organisation impacts most directly, as well as 19 […]

    Carbon capture and storage event unites researchers, industry leaders from around the globe

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply
    Carbon capture and storage event unites researchers, industry leaders from around the globe

    Over the past two days, CO2CRC brought together more than 130 delegates for a two-day symposium on the greenhouse gas mitigation technology, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).? Top national and international scientists and researchers along with industry leaders, professionals, technology vendors and policy makers met in Torquay, Victoria to showcase fundamental developments in CCUS […]

    QUEENSLAND KING OF SOLAR WINS AUSTRALIAN YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply
    QUEENSLAND KING OF SOLAR WINS AUSTRALIAN YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR

    Queensland king of solar, Karl Brown of Instyle Solar has been crowned Australian Young Entrepreneur Trailblazer of the Year, beating out a tightly contested group at the Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards over the weekend.? Founding Instyle Solar with just $2,500 in 2014, the 39-year-old has grown the company into Queensland’s leading solar […]

    2019 Australasian Groundwater Conference in Brisbane

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply
    2019 Australasian Groundwater Conference in Brisbane

    AQUIFERS KEY TO RESOURCE RESILIENCE – 2019 GROUNDWATER CONFERENCE What do Australia’s climate change, finite water resources, resource management and energy-future challenges have in common? The 2019 Australian Groundwater Conference will outline an important commonality: they all require Australia’s groundwater experts to implement innovative groundwater solutions to meet Australia’s resilience aims. The Brisbane event will […]

    Climate Change

    A Call for unified National Leadership regarding Climate Change

    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
    A Call for unified National Leadership regarding Climate Change

    A Call for unified National Leadership regarding Climate Change Let us draw the line now under what is past. Let us just get on with working together to prevent global temperatures rising further. As soon as possible, can our Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition convene a Roundtable, shaping a bipartisan approach, drawing […]

    We need to plant 4 billion trees every year for the next 10 years

    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
    We need to plant 4 billion trees every year for the next 10 years

    Every minute we lose forest cover equivalent to 36 football fields. This means 13 million hectares of forest land disappear every year, an area equivalent to the size of Greece. The consequences are doubly negative for our planet: deforestation accounts for about 17% of Climate Change. The loss of forests has more impact on greenhouse […]

    How the mountain pygmy-possum can be saved from climate change

    | November 8, 2019 | Reply
    How the mountain pygmy-possum can be saved from climate change

    Scientists have come up with a radical plan to save the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum: take some from their alpine habitat and introduce them to a warmer, lowland rainforest environment. In a study published today in Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions B, researchers from UNSW Sydney use fossil evidence going back 25 million years to argue […]

    Why a Growing Greenland Glacier Doesn’t Mean Good News for Global Warming

    | November 2, 2019 | Reply
    Why a Growing Greenland Glacier Doesn’t Mean Good News for Global Warming

    A large pool of open water at the edge of Helheim Glacier in east Greenland, as seen from the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) aircraft. The OMG team successfully dropped an ocean probe in this pool of water and measured the water temperature right at the glacier’s face. In March, a NASA-led research team announced that […]

    Whales, penguins and krill feeling the heat in Antarctica

    | November 1, 2019 | Reply
    Whales, penguins and krill feeling the heat in Antarctica

    A new report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) highlights that human-caused warming is destroying sea ice habitat in the Antarctic, threatening the survival of many iconic polar species such as whales, penguins and krill. The report Tracking Antarctica: Responding to the Climate Crisis has been released as the annual meeting of the […]

    Clean Energy

    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 […]

    Neoen and Tesla to deliver Australia’s most innovative battery with the expansion of Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia

    | November 19, 2019 | Reply
    Neoen and Tesla to deliver Australia’s most innovative battery with the expansion of Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia

    A 50 per cent expansion of the world’s largest battery, Hornsdale Power Reserve, also known as the Tesla Big Battery, will provide additional grid stability while continuing to reduce the cost of electricity to consumers. The site will be the first grid-scale battery in Australia to provide inertia benefits to the National Electricity Market facilitating […]

    Maoneng secures AGL contract to expand NSW battery storage portfolio

    | October 30, 2019 | Reply
    Maoneng secures AGL contract to expand NSW battery storage portfolio

    Maoneng to expand battery storage portfolio in NSW with new AGL contract Maoneng will build utility-scale batteries that will provide reliability and security for AGL during peak periods The batteries will be operational from 2023 and will store enough energy to power up to 30,000 homes Maoneng,?the Australian company spearheading the country’s transition to renewable […]

    Sustainability

    Australia’s Reef report to UNESCO – how to avoid “in danger” listing

    | November 29, 2019 | Reply
    Australia’s Reef report to UNESCO – how to avoid “in danger” listing

    Conservationists have urged the Australian government to ramp up actions to protect the Great Barrier Reef in a crucial report due to be submitted to UNESCO by this Sunday (1 December). At stake is a possible “world heritage in danger” status for Australia’s national treasure. In 2015, the World Heritage Committee considered downgrading the Reef […]

    Biome opens first Melbourne store at world’s most sustainable shopping centre

    | November 28, 2019 | Reply
    Biome opens first Melbourne store at world’s most sustainable shopping centre

    Leading eco retailer, Biome, has its sights set on helping Melburnians change the world with a new store opening early December at Burwood Brickworks, planned to be the world’s most sustainable shopping centre.? With a thriving online store and five successful Queensland stores, the multi-award winning eco retailer is furthering its environmental impact bringing hundreds […]

    SODEXO LOOKS BEYOND MEAT FOR SUSTAINABLE PROTEIN ALTERNATIVE

    | November 18, 2019 | Reply
    SODEXO LOOKS BEYOND MEAT FOR SUSTAINABLE PROTEIN ALTERNATIVE

    Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, is the first Australian company to partner with plant-based meat innovator Beyond Meat to deliver sustainable protein alternatives to miners and corporate workers. Following worker demand, Sodexo will deliver Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger, a non-beef patty, to several sites as part of a three-month trial. TheBeyond Burger […]

    Sustainable solution for waste water treatment

    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
    Sustainable solution for waste water treatment

    When wastewater gives power to the people Sustainable purification of wastewater by naturally occurring algae is an outstanding way for regional towns to reuse precious water – and reduce a town’s carbon footprint and power usage at the same time, says environmental health Professor Howard Fallowfield. The remarkable wastewater treatment model – which is now […]

    Information gaps a barrier to ecosystem sustainability

    | November 1, 2019 | Reply
    Information gaps a barrier to ecosystem sustainability

    Information gaps a barrier to ecosystem sustainability Global efforts to protect ecosystems and biodiversity have good intentions and clear goals but are poorly executed, according to a new study. ‘Key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals’ was published in the Nature Sustainabilityjournal this week, developed by an international team including University of Southern Queensland […]

    Habitat

    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, […]

    Restoring habitat for Pink Snapper with a million seeds

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply
    Restoring habitat for Pink Snapper with a million seeds

    Seeds For Snapper to plant a million seeds in WA Western Australia’s second largest Pink Snapper spawning ground is slowly getting restored with the help of an innovative habitat restoration project, Seeds for Snapper. Behind the project is OzFish, Australia’s only first fish conservation group, who developed a trial last year to see if the […]

    Millions of coral babies ‘turbo-charged’ in floating nurseries to restore damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply
    Millions of coral babies ‘turbo-charged’ in floating nurseries to restore damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef

    PROJECT UPDATE: Coral researchers are working night and day on the Great Barrier Reef to complete a radically new approach to mass coral re-seeding, successfully rearing millions of hardy coral babies following the reef’s famous mass coral spawning event. The ‘Coral IVF’ team led by Southern Cross University’s Professor Peter Harrison, with researchers Katie Chartrand […]

    Antidepressant pollutants in waterways are destroying the social dynamics of fish, study finds

    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
    Antidepressant pollutants in waterways are destroying the social dynamics of fish, study finds

    The Monash scientists who found that pharmaceutical pollutants in waterways altered reproductive behaviour, anxiety levels, activity, and anti-predator?responses of fish have now discovered for the first time that such toxicity is also having a disturbing impact on the social behaviour of fish. The new findings are published today in Biology Letters and coincide with a […]

    Shearwater Rescue Initiative Helps Chicks Embark on their Maiden Migration to Alaska

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply
    Shearwater Rescue Initiative Helps Chicks Embark on their Maiden Migration to Alaska

    Motorists encouraged to be wary of migrating shearwater chicks and changed traffic conditions on Phillip Island as part of the Shearwater Rescue Initiative. Tens of thousands of shearwater chicks will leave Phillip Island and embark on their maiden migration to Alaska in the coming weeks – causing a potential road hazard for drivers in the […]

    More Eco Stories

    Packaging made from banana plants an a-peeling alternative

    Packaging made from banana plants an a-peeling alternative

    | November 29, 2019 | Reply

    Biodegradable ‘plastic’ bags made out of banana plants sounds a bit…bananas, but a couple of UNSW researchers have found a way to do it, and it could solve two industrial waste problems in one. Two researchers at UNSW Sydney have discovered a novel way to turn banana plantation waste into packaging material that is not […]

    A piece of history wrapped up in the future – Fazer brings pralines in a compostable box to Christmas sales

    A piece of history wrapped up in the future – Fazer brings pralines in a compostable box to Christmas sales

    | November 29, 2019 | Reply

    Fazer is committed to continuing the creation of sustainable solutions for the benefit of people and the environment, and packages have their own role to play in this.?In 2018, Fazer and Sulapac kicked off a collaboration project with the aim of researching, developing and testing microplastic-free, compostable packaging solutions for foodstuffs. Fazer is the first […]

    Plastic fantastic? The two-in-one solid shampoo & conditioning bar reducing bathroom waste by 6 plastic bottles per unit

    Plastic fantastic? The two-in-one solid shampoo & conditioning bar reducing bathroom waste by 6 plastic bottles per unit

    | November 28, 2019 | Reply

    Penrith-based and family-operated soaping mill, Shampoo with a Purpose, today celebrates a company?milestone by selling over 25,000 solid shampoo bars since launch and saving over 150,000 single-use?plastic bottles from ending up in Australian landfill. Launched in 2018 and lead by mother-and-daughter duo, Liz & Geneva Valek, Shampoo With A Purpose?pioneers the green movement in Australian […]

    Big knowledge needed to help answer big questions when managing Country

    Big knowledge needed to help answer big questions when managing Country

    | November 26, 2019 | Reply

    The First Australians helped plants branch out Fire season calendar a guide for better burns Indigenous ecological knowledge helps shape better weather forecasts Kiwirrkurra people eat cats; save bilbies and the great desert skink ‘Right way science’ the way for land management “The big knowledge that Indigenous people bring to ecology is profound, and it […]

    Lithium Australia increases stake in leading Australian battery recycler Envirostream to 74%

    Lithium Australia increases stake in leading Australian battery recycler Envirostream to 74%

    | November 26, 2019 | Reply

    HIGHLIGHTS? Lithium Australia moves to a 73.7% interest in Envirostream, up from 23.9%.? Envirostream is the only Australian company able to recycle all the energy metals from spent lithium ion batteries (“LIB”s).? Envirostream has successfully constructed and is commissioning its expanded Melbourne processing facility (capacity to recycle up to 3,000tpa of batteries).? Shipments of mixed […]

    Half a billion dollars’ worth of benefits provided free by Victorian coastal wetlands

    Half a billion dollars’ worth of benefits provided free by Victorian coastal wetlands

    | November 26, 2019 | Reply

    After three years of research, a team of leading marine experts, led by The Nature Conservancy and Deakin University, release today a watershed report describing and mapping the economic value provided, free-of-charge, by the coastal wetlands of south-eastern Australia. “Our research reveals for the first time the often underappreciated economic value provided by our coastal […]

    New campaign warns of asbestos lurking in homes

    New campaign warns of asbestos lurking in homes

    | November 26, 2019 | Reply

    A new campaign is warning NSW residents to be vigilant when renovating or building because asbestos lurks in more places than you’d think, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced today ahead of Asbestos Awareness Week (November 25 – December 1). Over 3,000 products containing asbestos were used in Australian homes and workplaces before asbestos […]

    ARENA gets cracking on commercial scale hydrogen

    ARENA gets cracking on commercial scale hydrogen

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply

    On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced a funding round of up to $70 million to help fast track the development of renewable hydrogen in Australia. ? ARENA’s hydrogen funding round is expected to play a material role in supporting commercial scale deployments of renewable hydrogen in Australia. […]

    Construction of new oyster reef for Albany gets underway

    Construction of new oyster reef for Albany gets underway

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply

    After more than a year of careful planning and community consultation, the construction of new oyster reefs in Oyster Harbour, near Albany on WA’s southern coast gets underway next week. “I’m so excited to get construction started,” said Alex Hams, Marine Project Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy. “Rebuilding these locally extinct reefs will bring back […]

    Research reveals Aussie shoppers unaware of caged egg industry

    Research reveals Aussie shoppers unaware of caged egg industry

    | November 23, 2019 | Reply

    Key facts: More than half (59%) always or almost always buy free-range eggs, with over half (52%) saying they never or hardly ever buy caged eggs 30 per cent don’t know or are unsure what caged eggs are Less than a third of consumers (32%) know how little space layer hens have in a cage […]

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