Eco Stories

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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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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Talking about Indigenous Ecological Knowledge

Talking about Indigenous Ecological Knowledge

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Insights into the lives and hopes of Aboriginal youth in central Australia will be discussed at a special symposium in Alice Springs today. CSIRO Indigenous Research Fellow, Josie Douglas, will be talking about Aboriginal youth; their feelings for country and their perspectives on their predecessors. She will also explore how young Aboriginal people adapt and […]

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Northern development – just add water

Northern development – just add water

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Scientists have warned that increased water extraction in northern Australia will require trade-offs between different groups and industries, as plans progress to develop the north for greater agricultural production. Director of the Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Program Michael Douglas is today leading a special session on the issue as part of […]

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Eco Awards & Events

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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Congratulations Multipro Civil Pty Ltd – finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2014

Congratulations Multipro Civil Pty Ltd – finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2014

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Campbellfield-based construction company Multipro Civil Pty Ltd has been announced as a finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their Birrarung Marr Stormwater Harvesting Project, providing fit-for-purpose irrigation water for the city park on the bank of the Yarra River. Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulates the Multipro Civil team for their innovative work […]

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Australians to make the first footsteps toward emergency global warming summit

Australians to make the first footsteps toward emergency global warming summit

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

WHAT: Australians will lead the world on climate for a change, as September 21 rallies around the country kick off a global day of action urging world leaders to take real action. WHEN: Sunday 21 September from 11am. WHERE: Starting from the State Library of Victoria and marching to Treasury Gardens, Melbourne will lead same […]

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Habitat

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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Asian Countries Agree on Roadmap for the Conservation of Large Mammals

Asian Countries Agree on Roadmap for the Conservation of Large Mammals

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Government and civil society representatives and key experts from 14 Asian countries agreed on a joint initiative to strengthen the conservation of 14 large mammal species that move across Central Asia such as the Saiga antelope, Mongolian gazelle, Snow leopard, Wild Camel and Argali mountain sheep. The new initiative is the result of a meeting […]

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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

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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Hop to Tour Herb Garden This easter

Hop to Tour Herb Garden This easter

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

As we enter the colder months there’s nothing like a home cooked meal. Even better, a home cooked meal with freshly picked herbs from your garden. Landscape designer Matt Leacy of Landart Landscapes shares some great garden tips that will revamp not only your entertaining areas, but also your Easter meals. You don’t need to […]

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A box full of eco, natural goodies delivered straight to your door each month!

A box full of eco, natural goodies delivered straight to your door each month!

| February 19, 2014 | Reply

A family owned business located on the Sunshine Coast, Renai & Rob started there soul searching  journey over a decade ago. Today as successful business owners, Renai and Rob  share their knowledge through Native Box; a surprise sample box full of natural, eco, sustainable products . Native Box is the first of its kind in […]

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More Eco Stories

Climate detectives reveal handprint of human-caused climate change in Australia

Climate detectives reveal handprint of human-caused climate change in Australia

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Australia’s hottest year on record in 2013 along with the accompanying droughts, heat waves and record-breaking seasons of that year was virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused global warming. New research from ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS) researchers and colleagues, over five different Australian papers in a special edition of […]

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Humane Choice farmer named Livestock Producer of the Year!

Humane Choice farmer named Livestock Producer of the Year!

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Happy Valley Free Range has won the Livestock Producer of the Year in the 2014 Farmer of the Year Awards! Joanne Stritch never dreamed of being a farmer, but her passion to deliver to the public pork that was raised in a natural caring environment lead her to create the Happy Valley Free Range farm.  […]

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Lake Eyre Basin wins 2014 Australian Riverprize!

Lake Eyre Basin wins 2014 Australian Riverprize!

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

International RiverFoundation has awarded the 2014 Australian Riverprize to the Lake Eyre Basin. The award was presented in front of river professionals from all over the world at the Riverprize Gala Dinner, held in conjunction with the International Riversymposium in Canberra on Tuesday 16 September. The Lake Eyre Basin Partnership received the award for successfully […]

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