Eco Stories

Industry and investors warned gas fracking will not be welcome in Southwest

Industry and investors warned gas fracking will not be welcome in Southwest

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Western Australia’s peak environment group has issued a warning to oil and gas industry and investors that fracking will not be welcome in the state’s Southwest tourism, following the release of new areas for oil and gas exploration between Bunbury and Busselton. An area of 650 square kilometers of land has been opened to bids […]

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Council supports the ‘Cancel the Licence’ Coal Seam Gas campaign

Council supports the ‘Cancel the Licence’ Coal Seam Gas campaign

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Marrickville Council has voted unanimously to support Stop CSG Sydney’s campaign to permanently prevent any future drilling for coal seam gas in the Sydney region. Council will now write to the NSW Minister for Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts, requesting he cancel Dart Energy’s licence to drill for CSG. All Marrickville Councillors agreed that they […]

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Too much danger, too little detail: EPA urged to give red light to WA yellowcake plan

Too much danger, too little detail: EPA urged to give red light to WA yellowcake plan

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

National and state environment and Aboriginal groups have today called on the WA Environment Protection Agency to halt any further consideration of new proposals for uranium mining near Wiluna. Uranium hopeful Toro Energy is seeking EPA approval for the recently acquired mining leases at Lake Maitland and Millipede to be included in the company’s wider […]

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Nat Geo explorer ship visits endangered Bali starling

Nat Geo explorer ship visits endangered Bali starling

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

INDONESIAN conservation NGO Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) joined with Durrell Expeditions bringing 85 UK ecologists and conservationists by National Geographic explorer ship witnessing a wild release of Critically-endangered Bali starlings back to the wild at the protected island bird sanctuary, off Bali. Under protection by traditional law, the Bali starlings are released […]

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Popular grant scheme offers more money for rural communities

Popular grant scheme offers more money for rural communities

| October 9, 2014 | Reply

An initiative set up to say ‘thank you’ to regional Australia will open a new round of cash grants from Monday (15 September) for nationwide community groups with water on their minds. The Philmac Project provides individual grants of up to $5000 to local organisations wanting to carry out water-related projects that benefit rural and […]

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Backyard biodiversity: Spiders in the suburbs of Sydney

Backyard biodiversity: Spiders in the suburbs of Sydney

| October 7, 2014 | Reply

Many species of spiders in Sydney actually prefer urban habitats. Lizzie Lowe, from the University of Sydney, surveyed spiders in 73 private gardens and compared them to six urban parks, six patches of remnant vegetation and five bush land sites. Ms Lowe said even though cities are very different to natural habitats, the green space […]

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Eco Awards & Events

International technology innovator to lead CSIRO

International technology innovator to lead CSIRO

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

The appointment of Dr Larry Marshall as the new Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) was announced today by the Chairman of the CSIRO Board, Simon McKeon. “Dr Marshall has an impeccable record as a scientist, a technology innovator and business leader,” Mr McKeon said. “His wealth of experience in […]

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Theme announcement: Sand Sculpting Australia presents, Friends, Foes and Super Heroes – Walt Disney

Theme announcement: Sand Sculpting Australia presents, Friends, Foes and Super Heroes – Walt Disney

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

There’s something for everyone as popular Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters will come to life in sand this season as Sand Sculpting Australia proudly presents Friends, Foes and Super Heroes. Showcasing the artistic skill of 20 international and Australian sand sculptors, the exhibition will be open from 10am on Boxing Day, 26 December […]

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Australia Still Rating Well When It Comes To Sustainability!

Australia Still Rating Well When It Comes To Sustainability!

| October 16, 2014 | Reply

Announcing the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards Finalists Now in its 26th year, the Banksia Foundation continues to provide a positive platform to showcase the best in Australian invention, innovation and ingenuity in the all important sustainability space. The amazing array of innovative initiatives that have entered this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards, now in its 26th […]

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Popular grant scheme offers more money for rural communities

Popular grant scheme offers more money for rural communities

| October 9, 2014 | Reply

An initiative set up to say ‘thank you’ to regional Australia will open a new round of cash grants from Monday (15 September) for nationwide community groups with water on their minds. The Philmac Project provides individual grants of up to $5000 to local organisations wanting to carry out water-related projects that benefit rural and […]

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Marine and beach littering project tops Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Marine and beach littering project tops Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| October 7, 2014 | Reply

The Port Phillip EcoCentre has won the state’s top honour in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards – the Premier’s Recognition Award – for its program ‘Life Support for the Bay’.

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Transitions Film Festival Launches Full Program

Transitions Film Festival Launches Full Program

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

The Transitions Film Festival returns to Adelaide this spring with another inspiring program of world-changing documentaries.

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Habitat

Split reserves increase bilby’s survival chance

Split reserves increase bilby’s survival chance

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Australia’s shy Easter bunny alternative, the endangered bilby, will have a far better chance of surviving deadly predation by feral cats and foxes if they are kept in several protected areas instead of a single large area, scientists say. Research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) reveals that establishing entirely new […]

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Bandicoots in the ‘burbs: Balancing urban growth and the conservation of a species on the edge

Bandicoots in the ‘burbs: Balancing urban growth and the conservation of a species on the edge

| October 7, 2014 | Reply

The endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot is under threat from Melbourne’s urban sprawl. Melbourne’s population is expected to increase by 3.4 million by 2050 and in response, the Victorian Government is expanding the city’s growth boundary and developing new industrial and residential areas. According to Dr Pia Lentini from the University of Melbourne, these new suburbs […]

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The great unknown: the life and times of fish living on sand

The great unknown: the life and times of fish living on sand

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Sand—that grainy stuff that covers vast swathes of the ocean floor—may not seem as exciting a habitat as coral reefs or seagrass meadows, but according to Lachlan Fetterplace from the University of Wollongong, there’s a whole lot going on in the vast sandy stretches of the ocean. According to Lachlan, sand or soft sediments cover […]

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Long-distance Aussie travellers ‘under threat’

Long-distance Aussie travellers ‘under threat’

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Two once-common migratory birds have been nominated this week for admission to Australia’s list of threatened species. Catastrophic recent declines in populations of the curlew sandpiper and eastern curlew have resulted in their nomination for threatened status, based on work led by researchers at the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub. “Australia is the end-point of one […]

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Humane Society International Calls on International Whaling Commission to Curb Violations of Global Moratorium

Humane Society International Calls on International Whaling Commission to Curb Violations of Global Moratorium

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

With the 65th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission set to begin 15 September in Portoroz, Slovenia, pro-conservation countries are preparing to take on Japan and other whaling nations in the latest round of struggle over the integrity of the global commercial whaling moratorium that has spared tens of thousands of whales from the […]

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Network of Sites for Indian Ocean Marine Turtles Launched

Network of Sites for Indian Ocean Marine Turtles Launched

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Representatives and observers from 25 countries have reached agreement on a suite of measures that will strengthen efforts to conserve marine turtles in and around the Indian Ocean. These charismatic animals – threatened by illegal hunting and egg harvest, coastal development, fisheries by-catch and marine debris in many parts of their range – took centre […]

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Clean Energy

Global carbon dioxide emissions reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013

Global carbon dioxide emissions reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels reached a new record of 36 billion tonnes last year. At the same time, the pace of emissions from burning fossil fuels continues to grow at a high rate. Executive-Director of the Global Carbon Project (GCP) and co-author of the 2014 report CSIRO’s Dr […]

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Photon Energy and Yingli Solar deliver carbon reductions to Australia Post

Photon Energy and Yingli Solar deliver carbon reductions to Australia Post

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

“Yingli Solar” supplies Australia Post with a 284 kWp solar photovoltaic panels through solar PV system solution provider, Photon Energy Australia.

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Turning mining wastewater into rainwater

Turning mining wastewater into rainwater

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

A new cost-effective technology to treat mining wastewater and reduce sludge by up to 90 per cent has been used for the first time at a commercial mine. The technology, called Virtual Curtain, was used to remove metal contaminants from wastewater at a Queensland mine and the equivalent of around 20 Olympic swimming pools of […]

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Fossil Fuel’s ‘Double Whammy’ to Wildlife

Fossil Fuel’s ‘Double Whammy’ to Wildlife

| June 6, 2014 | Reply

The Earth’s richest areas for biodiversity – northern South America and the western Pacific Ocean – are threatened by future fossil fuel extraction. In a new study published in the international journal Science, environmental scientists reveal that fossil fuel extraction can have a double impact on local and regional animals and plants. “This double whammy […]

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Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health

Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health

| June 6, 2014 | Reply

Australia needs a nationwide effort to raise soil fertility, guarantee food security and a healthy diet – and lock up carbon. The call comes from the Australian Soil Consortium (ASC), a group of leading farmers, agribusiness companies and scientists who are concerned for the future of one of the nation’s most valuable assets. “Improving our […]

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‘Botox for plastic’ to freeze power costs

‘Botox for plastic’ to freeze power costs

| May 12, 2014 | Reply

A new material that prevents plastic from ageing has been developed by CSIRO – offering huge environmental and cost savings for the energy industry.

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Organics

Australia’s biggest egg producer fined by ACCC

Australia’s biggest egg producer fined by ACCC

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Egg producer Pirovic Enterprises has today been fined $300,000 for misleading and deceptive labelling of their products as free range.  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took legal action this year against both Pirovic Enterprises and Snowdale Holdings, two of Australia’s biggest egg producers, for misleading consumers. The ACCC alleged that Pirovic used images […]

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Hidden costs of cheap food

Hidden costs of cheap food

| August 18, 2014 | 2 Replies

Many people want to eat well and feed their families wholesome, nutritious food, but in today’s tough economic climate many people feel they simply cannot afford to do so.

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Which Eggs?

Which Eggs?

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

One of the most frequently asked  questions we get at www.consumewithcare.org is which eggs to buy. Unfortunately there is no simple answer to that question. Of course we would always recommend that you buy eggs that come from hens which have been raised in a free range environment, where they able to carry out their […]

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HSI produces report card on Free Range Eggs in run up to State Election

HSI produces report card on Free Range Eggs in run up to State Election

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

South Australians have shown overwhelming support for truth in labelling with thousands of concerned consumers pushing for a legislative approach to define ‘free range’ eggs.  Humane Society International (HSI) believes that their wholehearted unity deserves full recognition and it’s time for the South Australian government to commit to a long term solution, offering true clarity. […]

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HSI demands Joyce, “Minister for Caged Eggs”, withdraw damning statements against free range egg producers

HSI demands Joyce, “Minister for Caged Eggs”, withdraw damning statements against free range egg producers

| February 4, 2014 | Reply

Recent news reports that the outbreak of bird flu near Young last October could throw Australian free range egg production into long-term disarray has angered Humane Society International (HSI), since the farm was not free range at all.  Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, was quick to lay the blame for the outbreak on the […]

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South Australians Desperate to Crack ‘Free Range’ Egg Legislation

South Australians Desperate to Crack ‘Free Range’ Egg Legislation

| October 8, 2013 | Reply

Last month 18,000 postcards signed by South Australians determined to endorse truth in labelling for eggs marked ‘free range’ were presented to Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau, at a Humane Choice Breakfast in Adelaide. Minister Rau’s industry code would only allow eggs produced by farms stocking a maximum of 1,500 hens per […]

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Eco Products

Lightning-Based Severe Weather Tracking and Alerting Technology Receives U.S. Patent

Lightning-Based Severe Weather Tracking and Alerting Technology Receives U.S. Patent

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Advanced technology that uses lightning flash rates to track storm cells and issue faster, potentially life-saving alerts for severe weather is the focus of a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug, received the patent for the technology, which relates to techniques for using the location, […]

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Change campaign sees swell of support for safer beauty products

Change campaign sees swell of support for safer beauty products

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Australians will be reminded that what goes on the skin goes in, and encouraged to incorporate natural products into their beauty regime during Natural Beauty Week on October 20 – 24, 2014. Presented by the College of Natural Beauty, the change campaign will raise awareness of the health and environmental impacts of chemicals used in […]

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Australia Post gives the green thumbs up!

Australia Post gives the green thumbs up!

| September 2, 2014 | Reply

Australia Post is featuring five beautiful private gardens from Open Gardens Australia in a new stamp issue. Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said: “The new stamp issue depicting gardens from across the country, celebrates the wonderful work of Open Gardens Australia. We trust it will appeal to both collectors and gardening enthusiasts alike.” Open […]

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Which Eggs?

Which Eggs?

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

One of the most frequently asked  questions we get at www.consumewithcare.org is which eggs to buy. Unfortunately there is no simple answer to that question. Of course we would always recommend that you buy eggs that come from hens which have been raised in a free range environment, where they able to carry out their […]

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Biodiversity Info captured in new CSIRO book

Biodiversity Info captured in new CSIRO book

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

This morning at Parliament House, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will launch Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia, a new book from CSIRO. Capturing the latest information on Australia’s biodiversity, the book aims to provide business, government, and the community with practical solutions to managing Australia’s globally unique natural assets. “This publication is an invaluable […]

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Australian floral emblems bloom onto stamps

Australian floral emblems bloom onto stamps

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Australia Post is featuring national and state floral emblems in a new stamp issue available now. These floral emblems are striking examples of Australia’s flora and form part of the nation’s identity and floral heritage. The four domestic base-rate (70c) stamps depict the Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha, Tasmanian Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus, Waratah Telopea speciosissima […]

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More Eco Stories

Buy a Bale Farmy Army to the rescue

Buy a Bale Farmy Army to the rescue

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Over the past 16 months Buy a Bale and Frontier Services have been working hard with farmers across NSW, SA and QLD to keep going through one of the worst droughts in history. With some areas now well into their third year without rain organisations such as Buy a Bale and Frontier Services are essential […]

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Are we losing touch with nature?

Are we losing touch with nature?

| October 7, 2014 | Reply

Many of us are missing out on the many health and wellbeing benefits that are on offer from nature within our cities. Researchers from the University of Queensland have found that people who are more connected to nature are far more likely to make the most of city parks, or even their own backyards. This […]

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The Truth About Waste Disposal

The Truth About Waste Disposal

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

In the race for sustainability and more earth friendly practices, companies big and small look to reduce their environmental impact, and with good reason. We now know more of the environment toll of urban pollution, but did you know that ineffective waste removal and oil and chemical runoff are just as much to blame? “Pollution […]

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