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Eco Stories

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 supporters helping wildlife survivors like Maryanne

| January 28, 2020 | Reply
WWF supporters helping wildlife survivors like Maryanne

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

| January 28, 2020 | Reply
TIME TO UP-THE-ANTE TO QUELL THE OVEN-LIKE CONDITIONS IN OUR CITIES

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

| January 28, 2020 | Reply
Seabin Project announces plans to bring manufacturing and product development to Australia

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

| January 28, 2020 | Reply
Sharp increase in Ningaloo whale shark injuries might be due to boat encounters

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 […]

Eco Awards & Events

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. […]

Clean Up Australia Day calls for 700,000 volunteers to Step Up in 2020

| January 19, 2020 | Reply
Clean Up Australia Day calls for 700,000 volunteers to Step Up in 2020

Volunteer registrations for Clean Up Australia Day 2020 opened today with an appeal to Australians to step up on Sunday 1 March, to reduce the amount of waste in the environment. Clean Up Australia Chairman Pip Kiernan said Australia creates 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste each year1. Only 12% of this is recycled with […]

GraysOnline is hosting a mega online bushfire auction commencing February 1, 2020

| January 13, 2020 | Reply
GraysOnline is hosting a mega online bushfire auction commencing February 1, 2020

The on-going bushfire catastrophe engulfing much of south-east Australia has stretched firefighting and animal rescue groups to breaking point. GraysOnline is launching a major online auction event to raise much-needed funds for volunteer firefighters and animal welfare. GraysOnline is calling for Australians to donate their valuable, or unused items for this major auction. 100% of […]

GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST 3D Now Showing at IMAX Melbourne

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST 3D Now Showing at IMAX Melbourne

Great Bear Rainforest 3D takes audiences?on a wonder-filled journey to Canada’s?rugged west coast Experience one of the planet’s most exquisite and secluded wildernesses – Canada’s?Great Bear Rainforest – in a new giant-screen documentary Great Bear Rainforest 3D?now showing exclusively at IMAX Melbourne. From the underwater ocean world, through the salmon river valleys to the ice-capped […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Sustainability

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, […]

Vena Energy Announces 18-Megawatt Towada Solar Project Achieving Commercial Operation

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
Vena Energy Announces 18-Megawatt Towada Solar Project Achieving Commercial Operation

Vena Energy, one of Asia-Pacific’s leading Independent Power Producers (IPP), announced today that the 18-megawatt “Towada” Solar Project has achieved complete commercial operation in November 2019. Capable of producing up to 19,704-megawatt hours annually, the Towada Solar Project features 46,424 photovoltaic modules of 395-watt peak (Wp) each, covering an area of 28.53-hectares in Towada City, […]

First action plan in 25 years aims to save Australia’s snakes and lizards from extinction

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
First action plan in 25 years aims to save Australia’s snakes and lizards from extinction

The status of Australian snakes and lizards has deteriorated significantly over the past two decades, with the number of species assessed as threatened nearly doubling from 1993 to 2017. Now, a team of scientists, led by Monash University, has developed a roadmap to stop the decline with a comprehensive plan titled The Action Plan for […]

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 […]

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

Building advice for bushfire prone zones: “Design sensibly and for the long term”

Building advice for bushfire prone zones: “Design sensibly and for the long term”

| January 28, 2020 | Reply

It is possible for residents to rebuild in bushfire affected zones, the Dean of UNSW Built Environment, Professor Helen Lochhead says. But the designs need to be well located and designed, in line with the Australian Standard,?AS3959 Construction of?buildings?in?bushfire-prone areas, and using best practice planning principles. “In the majority of cases, we can design much […]

THE ICONIC IS GIVING YOUR CLOTHES A SECOND CHANCE WITH THE LAUNCH OF GIVING MADE EASY

THE ICONIC IS GIVING YOUR CLOTHES A SECOND CHANCE WITH THE LAUNCH OF GIVING MADE EASY

| January 28, 2020 | Reply

Australia and New Zealand’s leading online retailer, THE ICONIC, in partnership with Australia Post and Salvos Stores, has today announced their new Giving Made Easy initiative. Giving Made Easy helps customers donate their pre-loved clothing to the Salvos using the same solution as THE ICONIC’s free and easy returns. A first for online retail in […]

Will Australian waste management be technology ready in 2030?

Will Australian waste management be technology ready in 2030?

| January 23, 2020 | Reply

Waste and resource recovery companies invited to assist in turning rubbish mountains into business opportunities. Australia wasn’t ready for 2019’s waste crisis. Can we shift to a viable, high-tech industry by 2030? The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) is calling on people at the frontline of waste and resource recovery to share their […]

Platypus on brink of extinction

Platypus on brink of extinction

| January 20, 2020 | Reply

New UNSW research calls for national action to minimise the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs. Australia’s devastating drought is having a critical impact on the iconic platypus, a globally unique mammal, with increasing reports of rivers drying up and platypuses becoming stranded. Platypuses were once considered widespread across […]

Port of Newcastle leads ANZ in global environmental and sustainability standards

Port of Newcastle leads ANZ in global environmental and sustainability standards

| January 20, 2020 | Reply

Port of Newcastle has become the first port in Australia or New Zealand to be certified by EcoPorts, the global environmental and sustainability standard for the ports sector. EcoPorts this month certified Port of Newcastle under its Port Environmental Review System (PERS) following stringent independent tests by Lloyd’s Register to measure the port against best […]

Help select the location of South Australia’s next shellfish reef

Help select the location of South Australia’s next shellfish reef

| January 20, 2020 | Reply

South Australians can now have their say on the location of South Australia’s new metropolitan shellfish reef which will boost fish numbers and create jobs. Public feedback is now being sought on the location of the Adelaide Oval-sized reef, which will be constructed in Adelaide’s metropolitan waters of the Gulf St Vincent. Minister for Environment […]

Redesigning Centennial Park to care for Australia’s endangered animals

Redesigning Centennial Park to care for Australia’s endangered animals

| January 19, 2020 | Reply

Could city parklands be used to house endangered animal species? That’s a question that’s been answered by a group of UNSW students who have proposed a timely redesign of Moore Park and Centennial Park to be an incubator for native bats, birds and eels. The students were asked to design research and veterinary labs in […]

Key MetroMap developments announced by Aerometrex

Key MetroMap developments announced by Aerometrex

| January 19, 2020 | Reply

Release of MetroMap 3D Web Browser and measurement tools? New aerial camera system ‘MetroCam’ now fully operational? Increases efficiency of capture programs? MetroMap sales momentum continues? Australian aerial mapper, Aerometrex Limited (ASX: AMX) has announced key market growth developments and a new product release for its cornerstone MetroMap program.? MetroMap™ is Aerometrex’s online aerial imagery […]

NEW TOOL FOR SUGARCANE FARMERS TO HELP THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

NEW TOOL FOR SUGARCANE FARMERS TO HELP THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

| January 19, 2020 | Reply

In a world first, sugarcane farmers in far north Queensland have a new app by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, that will help them manage fertiliser use and reduce nitrogen runoff onto the Great Barrier Reef. Currently there’s no way sugarcane growers can tell whether fertiliser has runoff from their farm but the free app, […]

UniSA expert calls for ‘fire-line’ to future-proof against bushfire disaster

UniSA expert calls for ‘fire-line’ to future-proof against bushfire disaster

| January 19, 2020 | Reply

As fires continue to burn across Australia, damage estimates are now in the billions. More than 8.4 million hectares have been burnt, almost 2000 homes have been destroyed, and 26 people have lost their lives. Such immense devastation means policymakers are under pressure to identify strategies that will future-proof communities before they start rebuilding beyond […]

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