Eco Stories

New Zealand shows up Australian government inaction on Southern Ocean poachers

New Zealand shows up Australian government inaction on Southern Ocean poachers

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

The Australian Greens spokesperson for Fisheries, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that New Zealand’s efforts in recent days to use its Navy to round up illegal toothfish poachers in the Southern Ocean shows how pitiful the Australian government’s efforts have been.

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Sustainable Travel International Announces Evolution of Leadership Team

Sustainable Travel International Announces Evolution of Leadership Team

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

Sustainable Travel International today announced changes to its leadership team, adapting to a changing landscape for the tourism industry and cause-based organizations. These changes come as the non-profit organization takes the next step in its own evolution, driven by a goal to positively impact the lives of at least 10 million residents and their families […]

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Boost for Murray–Darling groundwater research

Boost for Murray–Darling groundwater research

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

The partnership approach to groundwater research was strengthened this month with the Murray–Darling Basin Authority announcing $1 million to fund studies by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. MDBA chief executive Dr Rhondda Dickson said the collaboration would provide important technical and scientific support for decision‐making in the Murray–Darling Basin. “The three‐year research […]

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Vanishing big trees put Australia’s urban wildlife in peril

Vanishing big trees put Australia’s urban wildlife in peril

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

Australian cities must work harder to preserve their large, old trees if we want to keep our native animals, environmental scientists have warned. Across Australia – and the world – the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals, says Mr Darren Le […]

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“Visiting a park could save your life”, scientists say

“Visiting a park could save your life”, scientists say

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

City dwellers should visit parks more often and take advantage of this free and easy way to boost their physical and mental health, environmental scientists have urged.

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Voice of the Earth 2015

Voice of the Earth 2015

| December 10, 2014 | Reply

A unique coalition of Australian community based green groups – including Eco Voice, Eco Chick and Carbon Market- are today launching a global search to find the next Voice of the Earth.

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Eco Awards & Events

Earth Hour 2015 Countdown Begins, Marked by Launch Of High Impact Video

Earth Hour 2015 Countdown Begins, Marked by Launch Of High Impact Video

| February 5, 2015 | Reply

WWF’s Earth Hour kickstarted the countdown to the 2015 event with the release of the official campaign video

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Transitions Film Festival 2015 Melbourne

Transitions Film Festival 2015 Melbourne

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

The Transitions Film Festival returns to Melbourne this February, with an expanded program of world-changing documentaries.

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Think tank attracts international environmental experts to WA

Think tank attracts international environmental experts to WA

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) and BHP Billiton are set to hold an interactive “think tank” as part of its multi-million dollar Restoration Seed Bank Initiative (RSB). The think tank, to be held in early January 2015, will see six local and international experts gather in Western Australia for workshops and site visits […]

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Beachside The Waves Of Action Keep Coming…

Beachside The Waves Of Action Keep Coming…

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

The 2015 Hurley Australian Open of Surfing February 7 – 15, 2015 With the biggest names in surf and skate in the water and the Beach Bowl, as well as a killer music line up, the 2015 Hurley Australian Open of Surfing will deliver in spades when it hits Manly Beach next month. Completing the […]

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Planet on a Plate: Eating & Farming for our Future

Planet on a Plate: Eating & Farming for our Future

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

GM-free Australia Alliance & Sydney Food Fairness Alliance Present Dr Vandana Shiva: ecologist, scientist, philosopher, feminist “PLANET ON A PLATE: EATING AND FARMING FOR OUR FUTURE” introduction by farmer, author and educator, Joel Salatin Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surrey Hills, Sydney Friday February 20th 2015, 6 for 7pm until 9pm. As recipient […]

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Voice of the Earth 2015

Voice of the Earth 2015

| December 10, 2014 | Reply

A unique coalition of Australian community based green groups – including Eco Voice, Eco Chick and Carbon Market- are today launching a global search to find the next Voice of the Earth.

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Habitat

Is Minister’s  Decision Legally Flawed?

Is Minister’s Decision Legally Flawed?

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

Steve Dickson, the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, recently advised Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc there is insufficient evidence to show that a First Point care and  facility for sick and injured wildlife is warranted or necessary for Fraser Island. This is despite the existence of extensive hard evidence gathered by Save […]

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Vanishing big trees put Australia’s urban wildlife in peril

Vanishing big trees put Australia’s urban wildlife in peril

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

Australian cities must work harder to preserve their large, old trees if we want to keep our native animals, environmental scientists have warned. Across Australia – and the world – the future of large old trees is bleak and yet large trees support many species such as birds and small mammals, says Mr Darren Le […]

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Canberra fiddles while fire burns

Canberra fiddles while fire burns

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

Like many seeing the fires rage in South Australia, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is deeply concerned about the fate of Koalas. While no one knows exactly how many animals died in the fires, assessment from the AKF suggests that fewer Koalas might have been impacted than expected – probably less than 50. ‘This is […]

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Helping native birds beat their bullies

Helping native birds beat their bullies

| January 28, 2015 | 1 Reply

Small Australian native birds are losing food and home to a growing flock of rivals, including native birds arriving from other states, invasive alien birds and those that thrive in urban areas, environmental scientists have warned. In addition to targeting high profile pest birds such as the Indian myna, Australia should expand its lines of […]

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Death sentence for nearly 4000 whales as Australian Government sits on hands

Death sentence for nearly 4000 whales as Australian Government sits on hands

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

The Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the announcement of the new Japanese Whaling program for 2015/16 and beyond. Senator Whish-Wilson said “Japan has issued themselves a permit to kill nearly 4000 Minke Whales in Antarctic waters. They want to put 333 whales on the butcher’s block, every year […]

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Saving Christmas Island’s reptiles

Saving Christmas Island’s reptiles

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

Environmental scientists are working alongside park rangers to protect Christmas Island’s remaining reptilian wildlife from extinction.

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Clean Energy

Yingli Green Energy to power Europe’s largest solar plant

Yingli Green Energy to power Europe’s largest solar plant

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

Yingli Green Energy announces largest solar power park in Europe.

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Australia only second to US in G20 in propping up dying fossil fuel industry with billions

Australia only second to US in G20 in propping up dying fossil fuel industry with billions

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

An international report out today, ‘The Fossil Fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration’, shows the Abbott Government is giving the big mining companies billions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies. “While the Abbott Government is confecting a budget crisis, it’s giving away billions of dollars of taxpayer money to the big […]

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PM Abbott’s ‘coal is good for humanity’ comment ludicrous and dangerous

PM Abbott’s ‘coal is good for humanity’ comment ludicrous and dangerous

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

Tony Abbott’s comment, that ‘coal is good for humanity,’ while opening the Caval Ridge coalmine in Moranbah shows the Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the reality of the climate crisis we face. “People will be shaking their heads in disbelief at the Prime Minister’s alarming comment today, and future generations will wonder […]

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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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Organics

X-Out all the nasties around your home

X-Out all the nasties around your home

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Advertorial – X-OUT AustralAsia was established with the goal of becoming a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of organic, environmentally green and safe, innovative, unique organic and green products that demonstrate superior odour elimination properties, waste neutralisation abilities and safe cleaning effectiveness. X-OUT AustralAsia is committed to providing 100 per cent safe, organic and environmentally green […]

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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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Eco Products

Looking for non-toxic food and drink containers for home made food?

Looking for non-toxic food and drink containers for home made food?

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

Many of us worry about the health risks associated with using toxic plastics, especially to hold and store food. Reusables Etc is a new Australian online business that has sourced a fantastic range of products made from safe, non-toxic, and eco friendly materials with minimal or no use of plastic. They’ve done the hard work […]

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Family pooch now the environment’s best friend with the EnsoPet composting system created in Australia

Family pooch now the environment’s best friend with the EnsoPet composting system created in Australia

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

The Australian domestic pooch can now leave an important environmental paw print in the backyard with the release of a new pet composting system. EnsoPet is as innovated composting system that converts waste and significantly boosts garden soil quality with its transition into nutrient rich organic matter. The composting EnsoPet pet waste system for animals […]

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New book from Gower: Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising

New book from Gower: Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Gower has just published a book which may be of interest to your members, readers or subscribers: Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising edited by Elizabeth Mamukwa, Ronnie Lessem, Alexander Schieffer. Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising marks the debut of the Integral Green Society and Economy series, which links the philosophical ‘integral’ […]

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X-Out all the nasties around your home

X-Out all the nasties around your home

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Advertorial – X-OUT AustralAsia was established with the goal of becoming a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of organic, environmentally green and safe, innovative, unique organic and green products that demonstrate superior odour elimination properties, waste neutralisation abilities and safe cleaning effectiveness. X-OUT AustralAsia is committed to providing 100 per cent safe, organic and environmentally green […]

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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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More Eco Stories

Climate warning: PM Abbott leads Australia down a withering garden path

Climate warning: PM Abbott leads Australia down a withering garden path

| January 29, 2015 | Reply

Greens leader Christine Milne says dire projections for Australia in the new CSIRO climate change report must be a wake-up call for the Abbott government and big business, which are harming people and missing huge economic opportunities by refusing to minimise global warming. “If the natural world is in trouble, then so are we, and […]

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New climate change projections for Australia

New climate change projections for Australia

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology today released climate change projections for Australia that provide updated national and regional information on how the climate may change to the end of the 21st century. The projections are the most comprehensive ever released for Australia and have been prepared with an emphasis on informing impact assessment and […]

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Climate and friends influence young corals’ real estate choices

Climate and friends influence young corals’ real estate choices

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

Coral larvae use ocean temperature and the presence of symbiotic algae to determine where they should settle, researchers have found. Using a range of sensory cues to find a good location improved the coral’s chance of survival, said Dr Eugenia Sampayo from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of […]

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