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Eco Stories

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 […]

Big knowledge needed to help answer big questions when managing Country

| November 26, 2019 | Reply
Big knowledge needed to help answer big questions when managing Country

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 […]

Eco Awards & Events

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 […]

Get to know a little more about the 2019 Banksia Academia and Research Award Finalists!

| November 23, 2019 | Reply
Get to know a little more about the 2019 Banksia Academia and Research Award Finalists!

Monash University Buildings and Property Division, VIC Monash University has opened a new residential accommodation complex on its Peninsula Campus, constructing its most energy efficient building in the process. Gillies Hall provides students with a range of modern, high quality and sustainable living spaces over six levels. The building includes 150 self-contained studio apartments, with […]

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

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 […]

ENGIE, L’Oréal Australia sign 5 year renewable energy deal

| November 1, 2019 | Reply
ENGIE, L’Oréal Australia sign 5 year renewable energy deal

L’Oréal Australia will be powered by 100 % renewable electricity under a long-term energy supply agreement with ENGIE Australia & New Zealand. The five-year deal is part of L’Oréal’s global Sharing Beauty with All sustainability program, which commits the company to reduce its environmental footprint, through changes such as using renewable energy. As at 2018, […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Launch of Hickory Builders Assurance for Hickory Group Projects

Launch of Hickory Builders Assurance for Hickory Group Projects

| November 23, 2019 | Reply

The Hickory Group continue to be one of the most environmentally friendly construction company in Australia. In recent months Hickory has completed projects such as Market Lane, Nexus Corporate, and Conservatory that have obtained 5-star ratings from either or both NABERS and the Green Building Council of Australia. There has been significant growth in the […]

A Wimmera volunteer protecting rare aquatic praying mantis from drought set to represent VIC on national stage

A Wimmera volunteer protecting rare aquatic praying mantis from drought set to represent VIC on national stage

| November 23, 2019 | Reply

A Wimmera volunteer protecting rare aquatic praying mantis from drought set to represent VIC on national stage ? As drought and unprecedented bushfire conditions rage across rural Victoria, one Stawell volunteer is dedicated to safeguarding an endangered aquatic praying mantis and other rare species in the Wimmera. ? By coordinating the planting of 1.1 million […]

Protecting our water quality

Protecting our water quality

| November 23, 2019 | Reply

Researchers at the University of Adelaide found that in many Australian inland waterways, risks to water quality associated with the potential release of the carp virus would be minimal in many areas and manageable in others. “If the carp virus is released to control carp,” explains Principal Investigator Justin Brooks “the ecosystem will need to […]