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Eco Stories

TOMRA DOUBLES THEIR GOAL TO HELP BUSHFIRE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES WITH RURAL AID

| January 9, 2020 | Reply
TOMRA DOUBLES THEIR GOAL TO HELP BUSHFIRE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES WITH RURAL AID

TOMRA have today announced that, in support of those affected by the current bushfire and drought crisis, they have doubled the goal of their Bottles for the Bush appeal with Rural Aid to half a million dollars after generous Aussie recyclers hit the original $250,000 target in less than nine weeks. “It is heartbreaking to […]

Australia formally becomes world’s largest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

| January 6, 2020 | Reply
Australia formally becomes world’s largest  exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Australia has officially become the world’s largest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) on an annualised basis. In sending overseas, an estimated record 77.514 million tonnes (Mt) of locally produced LNG in calendar 2019, Australia edged out former No. 1 LNG export titleholder Qatar, expected to produce 75Mt in 2019. The 2019 Australian LNG exports […]

Cape York fire forum explores carbon farming through burning

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
Cape York fire forum explores carbon farming through burning

While unprecedented fires ravage southern Australia, leaders in fire management came together recently in Cooktown to further their work in managing fire across northern Australia for grazing, biodiversity, greenhouse gas emission reduction and cultural outcomes. The Cape York Fire Forum, held in Cooktown on 3-4 December, focused on the opportunities and challenges of carbon farming […]

South Korean bound first shipment from Lithium Australia’s new Melbourne battery metals recycling plant

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
South Korean bound first shipment from Lithium Australia’s new Melbourne battery metals recycling plant

HIGHLIGHTS? ▪ Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd has shipped the first batch of product from its recently expanded Melbourne plant.? ▪ That shipment included high-value mixed metal dust (‘MMD’) containing the energy metals cobalt, nickel, lithium and graphite.? ▪ Lithium Australia NL has now increased its stake in Envirostream to 84%, in line with its agreement […]

Partnership to save the iconic green carpenter bee

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
Partnership to save the iconic green carpenter bee

As fires burn across much of southeastern Australia, it’s a timely reminder that all creatures are ravaged by the flames, not only the mammals we see on news reports. Insects are also directly impacted by fires, and Cedar Anderson, inventor of the Flow Hive, and one of the reasons more of us are spending our […]

Eco Awards & Events

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 […]

Here are the 2019 Banksia Sustainability Award Winners

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
Here are the 2019 Banksia Sustainability Award Winners

Winner of Australia’s leading sustainability award spotlights SDGs Picture:?Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) A social, not-for-profit enterprise enabling progress towards 15 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has won gold at Australia’s foremost sustainability awards. The 2019 Banksia Gold Award was won by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) at the […]

2020 National Sustainability Conference Program Has Arrived!

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
2020 National Sustainability Conference Program Has Arrived!

On behalf of the Association for Sustainability in Business, we are delighted to announce the launch of the 2020 National Sustainability Conference Program. If you are looking to learn from and collaborate with experts in the field, start by viewing our 2020 program here. With 6 renowned keynote speakers (and more to be announced), 40 […]

Winner of Australia’s leading sustainability award spotlights SDGs

| December 30, 2019 | Reply
Winner of Australia’s leading sustainability award spotlights SDGs

A social, not-for-profit enterprise enabling progress towards 15 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has won gold at Australia’s foremost sustainability awards. The 2019 Banksia Gold Award was won by Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) at the Banksia Sustainability Awards ceremony in Sydney last night. ISCA is a member based NFP […]

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 […]

Climate Change

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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, […]

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 […]

More Eco Stories

INDIGENOUS STUDENTS TO GET ON BOARD RV INVESTIGATOR

INDIGENOUS STUDENTS TO GET ON BOARD RV INVESTIGATOR

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

A new program launched by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to participate in research undertaken in Australia’s vast marine estate. The Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship (ITSS) will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students to join voyages on CSIRO’s research vessel Investigator with […]

Australian companies opt for renewable energy to reduce costs and lower carbon emissions

Australian companies opt for renewable energy to reduce costs and lower carbon emissions

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

Some of the biggest electricity users in Australia should negotiate power agreements sourced from renewable energy suppliers to support the financial viability of renewable energy projects in Australia and reduce their carbon emissions, finds a new briefing note from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The note, Electricity Power Agreements in the […]

New discovery in Africa expands picture of the ‘Age of Fishes’

New discovery in Africa expands picture of the ‘Age of Fishes’

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

Fossil expands ancient fish family tree A second ancient lungfish has been discovered in Africa, adding another piece to the jigsaw of evolving aquatic life forms more than 400 million years ago. The new fossil lungfish genus Isityumzi mlomomde?was found about 10,000km from a previous species described in Morocco, and is of interest because it […]

Smart energy devices to empower consumers

Smart energy devices to empower consumers

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $2.7 million in funding to Wattwatchers to develop a consumer-facing energy data hub, ‘My Energy Marketplace’, that will give greater visibility over household energy use. ? Approximately 5,000 households and businesses, and 250 schools will be invited to have Wattwatchers […]

Environmental grants awarded for Protecting Our Places 2019

Environmental grants awarded for Protecting Our Places 2019

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

Eleven grants amounting to nearly $585,000 were awarded to NSW Aboriginal community organisations and groups as part of NSW’s Protecting Our Places funding program for 2019. Awarded by the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust, these grants empower Aboriginal organisations and corporations to conserve culturally significant environmental landscapes, the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment’s (DPIE), […]

NATIONAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT GIVES SECOND CHANCE FOOD A FRESH START

NATIONAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT GIVES SECOND CHANCE FOOD A FRESH START

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

National not-for-profit, Food For Change is revolutionising charity standards, with the launch of its new app in partnership with grocery giant, IGA.? Set to roll-out nationally across 800+ IGA stores next month, Food For Change aims to deliver over 500,000 meals to hungry Australians.? The IGA Food Rescue App connects food rescue organisations with their […]

Sydney set for a hot, dry summer: how to keep cool in the drought

Sydney set for a hot, dry summer: how to keep cool in the drought

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

Water usage set to increase by 6.6%* over Sydney’s hot, dry summer so being mindful of saving water is more important than ever. The Bureau of Meteorology has reported 2019 is shaping up to be one of the driest and hottest years on record with temperatures set to approach 40 degrees on Thursday and Saturday. […]

Split Shifts: Coral Spawning Take Two Is Anything But Predictable

Split Shifts: Coral Spawning Take Two Is Anything But Predictable

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

One month after the northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef burst into a billion boulder eggs for the annual coral spawning event, sections of the Reef north of Cairns last night put on an encore performance. Marine scientists claim it was better than any spawning event seen in the last decade. ? Russell Hore, […]

SEASONAL FORECASTS CHALLENGED BY PACIFIC OCEAN WARMING

SEASONAL FORECASTS CHALLENGED BY PACIFIC OCEAN WARMING

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

CSIRO research has found global warming will make it more difficult to predict multi-year global climate variations, a consequence of changes to long-term climate variability patterns in the Pacific Ocean. The results, published today in Nature Climate Change, shed light on how the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) was responding to a changing climate, with implications […]

Ancient Mediterranean seawall first known defence against sea level rise

Ancient Mediterranean seawall first known defence against sea level rise

| December 30, 2019 | Reply

Ancient Neolithic villagers on the Carmel Coast in Israel built a seawall to protect their settlement against rising sea levels in the Mediterranean, revealing humanity’s struggle against rising oceans and flooding stretches back thousands of years. An international team of researchers from the University of Haifa, Flinders University in Australia, the Israel Antiquities Authority and […]