Eco Stories

Italy to Lead Global Celebrations of World Environment Day, Spark Action on Sustainable Future

Italy to Lead Global Celebrations of World Environment Day, Spark Action on Sustainable Future

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Italy has today been named host of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June, in a joint announcement made by the Government of Italy and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production in the context of […]

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‘One tonne test’ can help restore the world’s failing coral reefs

‘One tonne test’ can help restore the world’s failing coral reefs

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

A simple test of the amount of fish living on a coral reef can be used as a guide to restore degraded reefs and fishers’ livelihoods, according to a paper published in the scientific journal Nature. An international team of marine scientists, who surveyed over 800 coral reefs worldwide, have developed a mathematical model to […]

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UQ research shows wheat could be drought-proof

UQ research shows wheat could be drought-proof

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

A University of Queensland scientist has developed a method to help grain growers become more resilient to expected changes in climate. PhD candidate Cecile Richard’s cheap and simple technique allows scientists to better adapt grain crops such as wheat to drought conditions. The method uses a system of clear plastic pots, which allows scientists to […]

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Population pressure on the environment will lead to catastrophe

Population pressure on the environment will lead to catastrophe

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) urges people everywhere to mark tomorrow’s Earth Day by focusing on the role that overpopulation plays in environmental degradation. SPA national president Sandra Kanck says the evidence is overwhelming that the world’s natural environment is trending towards a catastrophe and that population pressure is a primary cause. ‘There are limits to […]

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WHO Warnings on Weed Killer; Glyphosate Global Self-Testing Online

WHO Warnings on Weed Killer; Glyphosate Global Self-Testing Online

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

We thank the Organic Consumers Association and Feed The World project for facilitating the Global Testing for the weed killer Glyphosate which is now found in food, soils, water, air, human breast milk and urine. The online Self-Testing Form is listed in the links below. In this International Year of Soils and in the light […]

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Aboriginal art prospects brighten

Aboriginal art prospects brighten

| April 7, 2015 | Reply

Prospects for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art are starting to improve after a period of slow sales over recent years. This is one of the findings to emerge from a ground-breaking study of the Aboriginal art economy carried out by the CRC for Remote Economic Participation entitled A Place in the Economy: The […]

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Eco Awards & Events

UNEP launches the 2015 World Environment Day Blogging Competition

UNEP launches the 2015 World Environment Day Blogging Competition

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) calls on all writers and bloggers worldwide to post a blog on the 2015 World Environment Day (WED) theme for a chance to win a trip to Milan, Italy, this year’s WED global host. The 2015 WED Blogging Competition, launched today, will award the winning blogger the opportunity to […]

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Next free chemical cleanout and e-Waste drop off day

Next free chemical cleanout and e-Waste drop off day

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Put it in the diary – Council’s next free Household Chemical Cleanout and e-Waste Drop Off Day is on Saturday 9 May 2015, 9am–3.30pm. The day is one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular chemical and electronic waste collection services. At the last chemical and e-waste day in February, over 1,200 residents dropped off approximately […]

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Sustainability specialist joins Greenfleet Board

Sustainability specialist joins Greenfleet Board

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Sustainability specialist Angela McClowry has been appointed to the board of Greenfleet. Ms McClowry has 15 years’ experience driving sustainability programs across the food, energy, forestry and horticulture industries, and joins a diverse board committed to building Australia’s ‘green’ infrastructure. According to Greenfleet’s Chairman, Gunther Jurkschat, Ms McClowry’s expertise will complement the already robust board. […]

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New $10,000 award aims to celebrate the Sunshine Coast environment through art

New $10,000 award aims to celebrate the Sunshine Coast environment through art

| April 8, 2015 | Reply

Sunshine Coast Council has announced a brand new award in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize that will excite artists across the nation.

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Mission conference to embrace a green “revolution of tenderness”

Mission conference to embrace a green “revolution of tenderness”

| April 8, 2015 | Reply

With Pope Francis soon to issue an encyclical on the environment, Australia’s premier conference on mission will adopt a very green hue when it begins in Sydney in May. The ‘Mission: one heart many voices’ conference, to be held at the SMC Conference Centre in Sydney’s CBD, is set to be a stirring exchange of […]

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The Fair Trade Event Trail

The Fair Trade Event Trail

| March 16, 2015 | Reply

To Register: http://moralfairground.com.au/fair-trade-event-trail/ Deadline 20 April 2015 Moral Fairground is hosting the Victorian Fair Trade Festival 2015 in Melbourne and we again invite local fair trade businesses, educational institutions, not-for profit organisations  advocacy group a community groups to participate in this Fair Trade Event Trail.Be recognised as leader and advocate or ethical and fair-trade during […]

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Habitat

‘One tonne test’ can help restore the world’s failing coral reefs

‘One tonne test’ can help restore the world’s failing coral reefs

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

A simple test of the amount of fish living on a coral reef can be used as a guide to restore degraded reefs and fishers’ livelihoods, according to a paper published in the scientific journal Nature. An international team of marine scientists, who surveyed over 800 coral reefs worldwide, have developed a mathematical model to […]

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Protection Granted for the Manta Ray

Protection Granted for the Manta Ray

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Manta rays have been protected in International and Australian waters thanks to a multidisciplinary research study. Earthwatch Institute’s Project Manta has been researching manta rays in Australian waters since 2009 and is aimed at recording biological and ecological information on the species. Volunteer divers join Earthwatch researchers to photograph and study manta rays, and the […]

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Collaboration “can save forests and $billions”

Collaboration “can save forests and $billions”

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

International scientists have urged the three nations who share the Asian island of Borneo to collaborate more closely to save their endangered wildlife and meet development goals. By coordinating conservation and development efforts as well as reforming land-use, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei could retain up to half of the land of Borneo as forests, protect […]

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Belrose resident saves Sydney from the next cane toad

Belrose resident saves Sydney from the next cane toad

| April 8, 2015 | Reply

A quick-thinking Belrose resident has saved Sydney from becoming ground zero for an invasion of Asian black-spined toads, which have the potential to be even more devastating than the cane toad. “Quick action in reporting the unusual find allowed for the rapid identification of the source, enabling a search for more Asian black-spined toads to […]

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New ‘enigma’ moth helps crack evolution’s code

New ‘enigma’ moth helps crack evolution’s code

| March 12, 2015 | Reply

It is less than 10mm long, but the aptly named ‘enigma’ moth recently discovered on Kangaroo Island in South Australia is causing quite a stir. Aenigmatinea glatzella – which has iridescent gold and purple wings – is a ‘living dinosaur’ that represents an entirely new family of primitive moths. This is the first time since […]

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Turtle and shark tagging part of new Ningaloo Reef research partnership

Turtle and shark tagging part of new Ningaloo Reef research partnership

| March 12, 2015 | Reply

The World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia will be the focus of a new marine research partnership between CSIRO and BHP Billiton Petroleum announced today. Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world, extending for 300 kilometres along the northwest coast of Australia. The five-year, jointly-funded $5 million research program will […]

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Clean Energy

ASEAN Commits to Switch to Efficient Lighting

ASEAN Commits to Switch to Efficient Lighting

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Harmonised standards and policy will slash energy consumption in ASEAN region. ASEAN member states have committed themselves to work together to switch to efficient lighting standards and policies, a move that will significantly reduce energy consumption in the region. Meeting at the 19th annual meeting of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Sub-Sector Network (EE&C-SSN), organized […]

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Ground-breaking floating solar technology launches in Australia

Ground-breaking floating solar technology launches in Australia

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Infratech Industries launches Australia’s first floating solar system today which will generate an estimated 57 percent more power than fixed land-based systems. The proprietary tracking, cooling and concentrating technology uses water to counteract the gradual loss of output caused by overheating solar panels to create a better performing and more efficient system. Based in South […]

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Procter & Gamble and Constellation Announce One of Nation’s Largest Biomass Renewable Energy Plants

Procter & Gamble and Constellation Announce One of Nation’s Largest Biomass Renewable Energy Plants

| March 12, 2015 | Reply

The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), today announced the development of an up to 50-megawatt biomass plant that will help run one of P&G’s largest U.S. facilities. The plant will significantly increase P&G’s use of renewable energy, helping move the company closer to its 2020 goal of […]

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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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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

World class artworks in a world renowned rainforest to be unveiled next week at Sculpture at Scenic World 2015

World class artworks in a world renowned rainforest to be unveiled next week at Sculpture at Scenic World 2015

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

The ancient Blue Mountains rainforest will become an outdoor art gallery next Wednesday 15 April, when 31 sculptures from around the world are unveiled at Sculpture at Scenic World 2015. After two weeks of delicate installation with each sculpture being transported down the Scenic Cableway at Scenic World, artworks have been curated for the Jurassic […]

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ecostore advertorial for Carbon Capture

ecostore advertorial for Carbon Capture

| March 12, 2015 | Reply

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today. New packaging launching this month in Australia from ecostore, helps people play their part in tackling this global challenge at a local level. Last September ecostore became the first manufacturer in New Zealand to switch to new plastic bottles that we’ve called our […]

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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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More Eco Stories

Blue carbon strategy to tackle climate change

Blue carbon strategy to tackle climate change

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

A new project to capture carbon in coastal vegetation has the potential to limit coastal erosion, support local tourism and fisheries industries, and tackle climate change. Greenfleet has teamed up with one of the world’s leading conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, and Deakin University, to explore how Australia can support projects that sequester carbon in […]

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Breathing new life into malaria detection

Breathing new life into malaria detection

| April 30, 2015 | Reply

Australian scientists have made a significant discovery that could lead to a simple and quick “breath test” for malaria. Researchers at CSIRO, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and the Australian National University are working on tests for diagnosing malaria by identifying distinctive chemicals that can be detected in the breath of patients infected with the […]

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EARTH HOUR 2015 SPOTLIGHTS AUSSIE FOOD AND FARMERS

EARTH HOUR 2015 SPOTLIGHTS AUSSIE FOOD AND FARMERS

| March 12, 2015 | Reply

In 2015, Earth Hour in Australia will celebrate Aussie food and farmers, reminding Australians of the need to tackle global warming for the sake of our rural communities and our supply of fresh, healthy, homegrown food. All Australians are proud of our farmers for feeding the nation, but they are on the frontline of rising […]

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