Eco Stories

Energy Storage Council’s Australian Battery Guide

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
Energy Storage Council’s Australian Battery Guide

This guide, prepared by the Australian Energy Storage Council (ESC), is an easy to understand framework designed to provide guidance to the energy storage industry and consumers in the interim while formal Australian Standards and being developed for the sector. Industry leading companies are committed to the highest levels of safety and performance. Together with […]

ACT announcement a win for all of Australia

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
ACT announcement a win for all of Australia

THE Climate Council has welcomed the ACT government’s announcement that they will bring forward their target to power the Territory with 100% renewables target forward to 2020. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said the move would have strong community support. “The ACT government has consistently showed strong leadership on climate change issues,” she said. “This […]

CSIRO climate scientists essential to combating climate change say 350.org

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
CSIRO climate scientists essential to combating climate change say 350.org

350.org Australia has reiterated how important the role of CSIRO climate scientists are in combatting climate change and have questioned whether an internal discussion about whether to cut 120 climate science jobs was influenced by pro-fossil fuel politics. Emails released indicate management flagged cutting 120 scientists working in government-funded climate change research, with a shift […]

UN Environment Programme and Partners Launch Sustainable Diving Guide to Protect Marine Assets

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
UN Environment Programme and Partners Launch Sustainable Diving Guide to Protect Marine Assets

Guidance material on how recreational diving can protect fragile marine biodiversity threatened by growing coastal tourism and support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched at Asia’s largest and oldest dive expo by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners. The Green Fins Toolbox, developed through a public-private partnership initiative working with diving […]

China is partnering with ISCA to develop an infrastructure sustainability rating scheme for China

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
China is partnering with ISCA to develop an infrastructure sustainability rating scheme for China

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has signed a collaboration agreement at the Australia Week in China signing ceremony to create the Green Infrastructure Finance Accreditation (GIFA) scheme for the Chinese infrastructure industry.

Australia lags behind as ink dries on climate agreement

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
Australia lags behind as ink dries on climate agreement

Australia has made little progress since the Paris agreement despite major advances globally, according to the Climate Council. Environment minister Greg Hunt will join world leaders and diplomat at New York’s UN headquarters tomorrow to sign the Paris climate agreement. About 160 countries are expected to sign the agreement, setting a record for international diplomacy […]

Eco Awards & Events

10th Byron Bay International Film Festival Becomes Multi-Dimensional

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
10th Byron Bay International Film Festival Becomes Multi-Dimensional

The internet is awash with news articles examining the potential impact of Virtual Reality with predictions that this new medium will reach across all sectors of business and community and will grow into a $150 Billion Industry.

The Transitions Film Festival Returns To Adelaide, 20 – 29 May 2016

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
The Transitions Film Festival Returns To Adelaide, 20 – 29 May 2016

This year’s Festival highlights films about discovery, purpose, innovation, impact and the transformational ideas that will change the way we live.

National Youth Week: Indigenous Youth Talent Shines through Art

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
National Youth Week: Indigenous Youth Talent Shines through Art

It’s National Youth Week, and Indigenous Australian youth are invited to submit their art to the 2016 MAX National Indigenous Art Competition. 2015 youth winner Jyi Lawton used the competition to catapult himself into the arts scene in South East and Central Queensland with his winning entry ‘Didgeriwho?’ through the competition’s specific youth category. Since […]

A 40 Million Year Penguin Parade

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
A 40 Million Year Penguin Parade

Phillip Island, Museum Victoria Scientists reveal Australia’s Lost History of Penguins.

Announcing Australian Regional Development Conference

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
Announcing Australian Regional Development Conference

Save the date for the 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference being held in Canberra from 5 – 6 September 2016. With the theme Planning, Participation and Progress this year’s conference highlights what is happening in regional Australia; where it is happening, who is being affected and how planning is informing new projects. The program will […]

Entries open for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| April 13, 2016 | Reply
Entries open for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Victorians who have shown leadership in sustainability and a commitment to improving the environment are encouraged to enter the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards and share their stories.

Habitat

A 40 Million Year Penguin Parade

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
A 40 Million Year Penguin Parade

Phillip Island, Museum Victoria Scientists reveal Australia’s Lost History of Penguins.

Where have the largest whale sharks gone?

| April 1, 2016 | Reply
Where have the largest whale sharks gone?

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) have raised concerns about the whereabouts of the world’s biggest whale sharks after finding that the largest sharks observed in recent years were smaller than those recorded more than a decade ago.

Become A Citizen Scientist And Support The Future Of Australia’s Wetland Birds And Their Precious Habitat

| April 1, 2016 | Reply
Become A Citizen Scientist And Support The Future Of Australia’s Wetland Birds And Their Precious Habitat

Wetlands are habitats that are critical for Australia’s waterbirds, but they are under threat from reduced river flows and flooding, drought, climate change and land use changes. We are asking everyday Australians to help turn the tide by simply collecting wetland bird feathers to help researchers create the first ever ‘Feather Map of Australia’ to […]

Full Moon Spawns Reproductive Frenzy

| April 1, 2016 | Reply
Full Moon Spawns Reproductive Frenzy

Each year the world’s largest reproductive event occurs on coral reefs around the world – and scientists look on in awe at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Coral spawning will happen along Ningaloo Reef, and other reefs in WA, five to 10 days after the recent full moon (March 23). Marine scientists from CSIRO and […]

Green Growth Plan spells disaster for endangered cockatoos

| March 15, 2016 | Reply
Green Growth Plan spells disaster for endangered cockatoos

Conservation Groups have responded with alarm to revelations that the WA Government’s Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan would decimate the remaining population of unique and endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos on the Swan Coastal Plain. The Plan has been developed as part of a Strategic Assessment which aims to protect endangered wildlife and provide certainty for […]

Conservation Efforts For Sunda Pangolins

| March 12, 2016 | Reply
Conservation Efforts For Sunda Pangolins

The global trade of pangolins has reached epic proportions and it is believed that more than one million have been traded illegally in the past decade alone.

Clean Energy

Energy Storage Council’s Australian Battery Guide

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
Energy Storage Council’s Australian Battery Guide

This guide, prepared by the Australian Energy Storage Council (ESC), is an easy to understand framework designed to provide guidance to the energy storage industry and consumers in the interim while formal Australian Standards and being developed for the sector. Industry leading companies are committed to the highest levels of safety and performance. Together with […]

Australasian Bioplastics Association Launches New Website

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
Australasian Bioplastics Association Launches New Website

The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. With the use of bioplastics becoming more prevalent and having a bigger part in consumer products, agricultural products and waste management, the ABA felt it was timely to develop a website that provides useful information on bioplastics to consumers, industry, […]

Biggest jump in fuel-efficient car sales since records began

| April 2, 2016 | Reply
Biggest jump in fuel-efficient car sales since records began

Australian consumers have bought a record number of fuel-efficient, low-emissions cars leading to the biggest year-on-year growth in the percentage of new cars sold since the NTC began analysing the figures in 2004. Chief Executive of the NTC Paul Retter said 4.7 per cent of the new cars sold in 2015 were classified as low-emissions […]

LG Chem Expands Footprint in Australian Residential Solar Storage Market

| April 1, 2016 | Reply
LG Chem Expands Footprint in Australian Residential Solar Storage Market

LG Chem, Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries has announced its plans to expand its footprint in the Australian residential solar storage market. With its expertise and legacy in the IT and Automotive battery industry, LG Chem has more recently established itself as a clear leader in the energy solar storage […]

Renewable Energy Investments: Major Milestones Reached, New World Record Set

| April 1, 2016 | Reply
Renewable Energy Investments:  Major Milestones Reached,  New World Record Set

Coal and gas-fired electricity generation last year drew less than half the record investment made in solar, wind and other renewables capacity — one of several important firsts for green energy announced in a UN-backed report. ·        Coal and gas-fired generation attracted less than half as much capacity investment as renewables last year; ·        Renewables […]

Clean energy scholarship awarded to fast track women on boards

| March 15, 2016 | Reply
Clean energy scholarship awarded to fast track women on boards

n celebration of International Women’s Day, the Clean Energy Council announced the recipient of the inaugural Developing Women Directors Scholarship, which aims to improve the gender balance in leadership and board positions across the renewable energy sector. Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton congratulated AllGrid Energy Marketing and Alliance Manager Deborah Oberon on becoming […]

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

Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough

| May 6, 2016 | Reply
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough

In 1957, Sir David Attenborough first visited, and scuba dived on one of our planet’s most extraordinary creations, the Great Barrier Reef. Shrouded in mystery, and mostly inaccessible, he always wanted to go back to further explore the ecosystem he describes as “like no other in the natural world”. Sixty years on, using brand-new technology […]

Hall of Fame for Anna

| April 11, 2016 | Reply
Hall of Fame for Anna

The accolades for Cape Jaffa Wines (Limestone Coast) just keep pouring in. Head winemaker Anna Hooper has recently been inducted into the 2016 Australian Business Woman’s Hall of Fame. ‘HerBusiness’, formerly The Australian Businesswoman’s Network, has been recognising and profiling Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs for the past eighteen years and Anna now stands alongside some […]

Hamburg Bans Plastic Coffee Pods

| April 1, 2016 | Reply
Hamburg Bans Plastic Coffee Pods

Marking a strong start to 2016, ecoCaffe, the exclusive Australian distributor of the world’s first 100% biodegradable coffee capsule, has launched new branding and is offering customers two brand new award-winning variants to celebrate a strong start to 2016. German City Hamburg bans plastic coffee pods that take more than 500 years to decompose Sustainable […]

LG Chem Expands Footprint in Australian Residential Solar Storage Market

| April 1, 2016 | Reply
LG Chem Expands Footprint in Australian Residential Solar Storage Market

LG Chem, Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries has announced its plans to expand its footprint in the Australian residential solar storage market. With its expertise and legacy in the IT and Automotive battery industry, LG Chem has more recently established itself as a clear leader in the energy solar storage […]

ecostore and Target partner to bring safer baby body care to Australian homes

| February 9, 2016 | Reply
ecostore and Target partner to bring safer baby body care to Australian homes

ecostore Australia is excited to announce the launch of their highly sought-­‐after baby range in Target stores nationally and online from January 26, 2016. The range consists of eight plant-­‐based products, which are designed to be safer and gentler for babies than many mainstream brands containing harsh chemicals. ecostore takes pride in producing outstanding quality […]

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 […]

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One year after Nepal Earthquake – Supporting Greener Reconstruction in Nepal

One year after Nepal Earthquake – Supporting Greener Reconstruction in Nepal

| May 6, 2016 | Reply

A year after a series of major earthquakes devastated large areas of Nepal, the United Nations Environment Programe (UNEP) and partners are continuing to support  green and sustainable post-disaster recovery in the Himalayan nation. The 25 April 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks killed more than 8,700 people, injured over 22,000 and destroyed and damaged over […]

Climate Science Centre a win for Australia’s future

Climate Science Centre a win for Australia’s future

| May 6, 2016 | Reply

The CSIRO has announced the establishment of a national climate research centre to be based in Hobart. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the CSIRO Climate Science Centre will focus on climate modelling and projections for Australia, drawing on both national and international research expertise. “Our Strategy 2020 is focussed on collaboration, global connection, […]

Antarctica 20-year plan desperately light on detail

Antarctica 20-year plan desperately light on detail

| May 6, 2016 | Reply

Greens spokesperson for Antarctica issues, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that Greg Hunt’s 20-year Antarctic Strategy is desperately light on details when it comes to spending and key actions. Senator Whish-Wilson said, “When Tony Press laid out his report to Government to guide the development of this strategy he laid out 32 key recommendations to be […]

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