Eco Stories

Is Our Reliance On Beef Destroying The Rainforest?

| December 16, 2015 | Reply
Is Our Reliance On Beef Destroying The Rainforest?

It’s a well-known fact that the Amazon Rainforest is constantly shrinking thanks to the influence of mankind. What many do not know, however, is the main cause of deforestation. While many might assume the forest is being destroyed only for its natural resources, the real answer is much simpler – our reliance on cattle for […]

$1 million fine against Japanese Whaling Company a win for federal environmental laws and community access to the courts

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
$1 million fine against Japanese Whaling Company a win for federal environmental laws and community access to the courts

The Federal Court’s ground-breaking decision which found Japanese Whaling Company Kyodo in contempt of court for killing whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary and imposed a $1 million fine is not only a win for the whales. This judgment is also a big victory for Australia’s national environmental laws and demonstrates how vital it is […]

Now the bad news – welcome to a 1.0°C world!

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Now the bad news – welcome to a 1.0°C world!

This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be even hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organisation has said, warning that inaction on climate change could see global average temperatures rise by six degrees Celsius or more. Global average surface temperatures this year are set to reach […]

Report: huge support for legal medicinal marijuana

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Report: huge support for legal medicinal marijuana

More than nine out of every 10 Australians (91 per cent) believe the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes should be made legal, according to a special Roy Morgan research survey. The survey showed that only seven per cent were against legalisation and two per cent were uncommitted. Although Roy Morgan Research has been asking […]

Philanthropic beer co. launches for good cause

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Philanthropic beer co. launches for good cause

A new craft beer company is set to shake up Australia’s $4 billion beer industry by brewing beers that help support uniquely Australian causes. And, if the venture takes off like similar projects in the US and the UK, Aussie pub-goers could be drinking “Great Barrier Beers” within months. Founder of the social enterprise “The […]

New partnership to enrich ‘green infrastructure’ in New Zealand

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
New partnership to enrich ‘green infrastructure’ in New Zealand

A new partnership between business and environment groups will help to promote green infrastructure in New Zealand. CardLink Systems Limited (CardLink), a subsidiary of global fuel card provider FLEETCOR, which services millions of cardholders worldwide, has established a program to offset customers’ emissions by planting trees in New Zealand. Through a partnership with carbon offsetting […]

Eco Awards & Events

WOMADelaide Releases 2016 Planet Talks Program

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
WOMADelaide Releases 2016 Planet Talks Program

WOMADelaide has released the full program of speakers , discussion topics and workshops for the 2016 Planet Talks, presented in partnership with the University of South Australia. Hosted as part of the WOMADelaide festival in Adelaide’s Botanic Park on March 11 – 14, The Planet Talks returns to the picturesque setting of Speakers’ Corner, as […]

Celebrity Chefs Serve up Free Meals from Discarded food

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Celebrity Chefs Serve up Free Meals from Discarded food

Prominent chefs from Thailand and Australia used ingredients that are usually discarded to dish up meals for people in Bangkok to promote awareness on food waste. The ‘Think.Eat.Save’ event is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and OzHarvest in support of the UN Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) to halve global food waste along […]

New research shows private land conservation on the increase

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
New research shows private land conservation on the increase

New research by The Nature Conservancy Australia’s Director of Conservation, Dr James Fitzsimons, highlights the recent boom in landholders choosing to set aside their properties for nature conservation. Despite the recognised importance of private land for biodiversity conservation, there has been little re­search into systems of private protected areas at a country-wide level. Findings from […]

Students Awarded Scholarships For Environmental Achievements

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Students Awarded Scholarships For Environmental Achievements

A scholarship that commemorates the achievements of Paul Turner in the contaminated lands consultancy community has been awarded to two science students from The University of Western Australia. It is the third year running that students from UWA have been successful in receiving a Paul Turner Scholarship. Afira Zulkifli, of Riverton, and Madison Roberts, of […]

KAB, Australian Sustainable Cities Overall Winner: Frankston City Council, Victoria

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
KAB, Australian Sustainable Cities Overall Winner: Frankston City Council, Victoria

The prestigious overall Sustainable Cities win for 2015 went to Frankston City Council.

Sand Sculpting Australia presents ‘A Day at The Zoo’

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Sand Sculpting Australia presents ‘A Day at The Zoo’

There is something for everyone this summer as much loved exotic animals including orang-utans, zebras, gorillas, giraffes and over one hundred more come to life in sand as Sand Sculpting Australia proudly presents, ‘A Day at The Zoo’. Showcasing the artistic skill of 20 international and Australian sand sculptors, the exhibition will be open from […]

Habitat

Saving endangered sea turtles? There’s an app for that.

| December 8, 2015 | Reply
Saving endangered sea turtles? There’s an app for that.

An Australian mobile app has been launched to help save endangered loggerhead sea turtles at threat from coastal development. The Turtle Tracker app will allow anyone to track the ocean journeys of endangered loggerhead sea turtles and provide critical information to scientists to support conservation efforts for this vulnerable marine animal which has a survival […]

Funding grant for Cheetah in a race against extinction

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Funding grant for Cheetah in a race against extinction

Zoos Victoria marked International Cheetah Day with a funding announcement for the Tsavo Cheetah Project in Kenya. The Tsavo Cheetah Project is one five projects to receive a grant through Zoos Victoria’s 2016 International Conservation Grants. The Cheetah is Africa’s most endangered cat, with populations disappearing from much of their original range as a result […]

World failing to protect its migratory birds

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
World failing to protect its migratory birds

Scientists have called for a greater international collaborative effort to save the world’s migratory birds, many of which are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight paths. More than 90 per cent of the world’s migratory birds are inadequately protected due to poorly coordinated conservation around the world, a new […]

Guests Help Gather Crucial Turtle Data At Ramada Eco Beach Resort

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Guests Help Gather Crucial Turtle Data At Ramada Eco Beach Resort

As the first flatback turtles come ashore at Western Australia’s Eco Beach for nesting season, guests at the Ramada Eco Beach Resort, Broome, are collecting data to help the scientists studying them. Flatback turtles nest only in northern Australia and dwell exclusively in shallow sea areas. At present, the species is not considered endangered or […]

Rare Speartooth Sharks caught and tagged in Australia

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Rare Speartooth Sharks caught and tagged in Australia

The first ever adult Speartooth Sharks have been caught and satellite tagged by CSIRO scientists working in remote Cape York.

Research Uncovers How Some Coral Can Survive Annual Bleaching Events

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Research Uncovers How Some Coral Can Survive Annual Bleaching Events

A study has found that coral with high levels of fat or other energy reserves can withstand the impact of annual coral bleaching events, compared to coral with lower levels of fat reserves.

Clean Energy

New shared solar service gives Aussie renters cleaner, cheaper energy

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
New shared solar service gives Aussie renters  cleaner, cheaper energy

Australian tech startup, Matter, has launched Digital Solar, a pioneering technology that will enable 2.4 million rented households in Australia to benefit from clean and cheap solar power by allowing landlords to sell solar energy to their tenants. Digital Solar combines two growing trends; distributed solar and the shared economy, to create a unique solar […]

Significant Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Across UN

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Significant Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Across UN

The United Nations emitted over 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2014 – the same as the annual CO2 emissions from 191,019 US homes or from consuming 4,868,772 barrels of oil, according to the organization’s annual reporting of its greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, efforts to reduce emissions continued across […]

Australia’s first electric jet ski

| November 2, 2015 | Reply
Australia’s first electric jet ski

A team of students from The University of Western Australia has built Australia’s first electric personal watercraft, commonly referred to as a jet ski. The UWA’S Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) prototype is much quieter than a petrol-powered jet ski and produces no emissions. REV Director Professor Thomas Braunl said the innovation combined the fun […]

Launch of Australia’s largest carport solar development in Brisbane

| November 2, 2015 | Reply
Launch of Australia’s largest carport solar development in Brisbane

Australia’s largest carport solar development to generate clean power for a local retail and office space saving more than 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution a year has been launched at Buranda in Queensland by Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Larissa Waters According to Mr Khalil, “Through solar carparks, businesses, such as shopping centres, can […]

Solar powered boat improves tourist experience and boosts the bottom line

| November 2, 2015 | Reply
Solar powered boat improves tourist experience and boosts the bottom line

A solar powered boat at a remote western Queensland eco tourist resort has improved the experience enjoyed by visitors and boosted the bottom line. Adels Grove is almost as remote as you can get being 3,500 km from Brisbane on the Queensland/Northern Territory border, 1,200 km west from Innisfail or 340 km north from Mount […]

Clean-up injects new value into old urban land

| October 8, 2015 | Reply
Clean-up injects new value into old urban land

Effective clean-up of contaminated sites delivers large returns to land-holders and taxpayers, and can boost home values for citizens living nearby by more than 10 per cent. The dramatic gains to be had from expunging the industrial mistakes of the past will be described by one of the world’s leading environmental scientists, Professor Rao Surampalli […]

Organics

Tasty offerings from Total Wellbeing Diet

| October 8, 2015 | Reply
Tasty offerings from Total Wellbeing Diet

To celebrate 10 years since the Total Wellbeing Diet was first introduced a collection of over 400 accessible CSIRO recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner is now available in one volume. In 2005, CSIRO published the Total Wellbeing Diet, a nutritionally balanced and scientifically proven eating plan based on years of research into higher protein […]

Aussie Diets Fail The Test

| September 11, 2015 | Reply
Aussie Diets Fail The Test

Australian diets aren’t making the grade with an addiction to junk food largely to blame, according to findings from the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score Survey. The country’s diet quality was given a rating of 61 on a 100-point scale when assessed using the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score – a scientifically validated survey which assesses people’s […]

X-Out all the nasties around your home

| December 2, 2014 | Reply
X-Out all the nasties around your home

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 […]

Australia’s biggest egg producer fined by ACCC

| September 30, 2014 | Reply
Australia’s biggest egg producer fined by ACCC

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 […]

Hidden costs of cheap food

| August 18, 2014 | 2 Replies
Hidden costs of cheap food

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.

Which Eggs?

| August 18, 2014 | Reply
Which Eggs?

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 […]

Eco Products

Guests Help Gather Crucial Turtle Data At Ramada Eco Beach Resort

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Guests Help Gather Crucial Turtle Data At Ramada Eco Beach Resort

As the first flatback turtles come ashore at Western Australia’s Eco Beach for nesting season, guests at the Ramada Eco Beach Resort, Broome, are collecting data to help the scientists studying them. Flatback turtles nest only in northern Australia and dwell exclusively in shallow sea areas. At present, the species is not considered endangered or […]

Report: huge support for legal medicinal marijuana

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Report: huge support for legal medicinal marijuana

More than nine out of every 10 Australians (91 per cent) believe the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes should be made legal, according to a special Roy Morgan research survey. The survey showed that only seven per cent were against legalisation and two per cent were uncommitted. Although Roy Morgan Research has been asking […]

Philanthropic beer co. launches for good cause

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Philanthropic beer co. launches for good cause

A new craft beer company is set to shake up Australia’s $4 billion beer industry by brewing beers that help support uniquely Australian causes. And, if the venture takes off like similar projects in the US and the UK, Aussie pub-goers could be drinking “Great Barrier Beers” within months. Founder of the social enterprise “The […]

Snuggle up with ‘Koala Stories’ this Christmas

| December 7, 2015 | Reply
Snuggle up with ‘Koala Stories’ this Christmas

The ‘Koala Woman’, or Deborah Tabart OAM if you’re using her real name, has shared her warm-hearted tales in her first book Koala Stories, released this week. Koala Stories is a beautiful collection of first-hand anecdotes, observations and facts about Koalas, accompanied by stunning photographs by internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas. “Australians, and people […]

Queensland manufactured natural paints and plasters help to promote wellbeing and ward off ‘Sick Building Syndrome’

| November 2, 2015 | Reply
Queensland manufactured natural paints and plasters help to promote wellbeing and ward off ‘Sick Building Syndrome’

Featured regularly on the nationwide TV Reality show The Block and used extensively in residential and commercial projects including the multi-award winning Canberra Hotel Hotel building, ROCKCOTE’s new Australian manufactured Natural Materials range of plasters and paints is proving to be a hit with health professionals and home owners concerned about their health and wellbeing. […]

Tasty offerings from Total Wellbeing Diet

| October 8, 2015 | Reply
Tasty offerings from Total Wellbeing Diet

To celebrate 10 years since the Total Wellbeing Diet was first introduced a collection of over 400 accessible CSIRO recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner is now available in one volume. In 2005, CSIRO published the Total Wellbeing Diet, a nutritionally balanced and scientifically proven eating plan based on years of research into higher protein […]

More Eco Stories

Queensland land clearing destruction will stop Australia reaching 2020 climate pollution targets

Queensland land clearing destruction will stop Australia reaching 2020 climate pollution targets

| December 7, 2015 | Reply

Queensland is wiping out so much bushland that Australia is highly unlikely to meet its 5 per cent climate pollution reduction target by 2020 if it is not stopped, the Wilderness Society said after the Queensland Government today revealed 296,324 hectares of bush was cleared in 2013-14. “Land clearing in Queensland is completely out of […]

BP’s Great Australian Bight oil drilling plans rejected

BP’s Great Australian Bight oil drilling plans rejected

| December 7, 2015 | Reply

BP appears to have learnt nothing from the Gulf of Mexico disaster, with Australia’s offshore oil and gas authority, NOPSEMA, rejecting its application to drill in the Great Australian Bight and saying BP’s “environment plan does not yet meet the criteria for acceptance under the environment regulations”. NOPSEMA had earlier said BP needs a comprehensive […]

Gas fracking report fails sniff test

Gas fracking report fails sniff test

| December 7, 2015 | Reply

Western Australia’s peak environment group has renewed calls for a ban on gas fracking in WA following the release of a Parliamentary Inquiry report into the unconventional gas industry in the state. CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said “Many other countries have banned gas fracking in order to protect groundwater, farming and food industries. “If the […]

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