Eco Stories

Search for renewables inspires QUT’s Fulbright scholar

Search for renewables inspires QUT’s Fulbright scholar

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

Growing up surrounded by cane fields in north Queensland has had a lasting legacy on QUT’s newest Fulbright scholar and research chemist, Dylan Cronin. Working in QUT’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) on his doctoral thesis, Mr Cronin (pictured below) is determined to find renewable solutions to cater for increased demands for energy, […]

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CCWA Media: Parliament must not block Councils acting in community interest

CCWA Media: Parliament must not block Councils acting in community interest

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

Western Australia’s peak environment group has called on WA Members of Parliament to support Local Government laws that protect the environment and act in the interests of communities following a move by Peter Katsambanis MLC to disallow a plastic bag ban passed by the City of Fremantle. The proposed Local Government law has the backing […]

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Nature a valuable investment for homeowners and businesses

Nature a valuable investment for homeowners and businesses

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

New survey shows investing in greenery leads to significant payoffs An independent survey commissioned by Planet Ark has found that many Australians clearly value the health and wellbeing benefits of living in a home and neighbourhood with lots of nature. The survey showed that Australians would be willing to pay an average of $35,000* more […]

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Conservation groups call for more transparency and less spin on gas fracking from WA government

Conservation groups call for more transparency and less spin on gas fracking from WA government

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

Conservation groups are calling for more transparency and less spin on gas fracking from Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion as he opened WA’s inaugural ‘Water Management for Shale and Tight Gas Resources’ seminar in Perth today. The Minister has labelled community resistance to gas fracking as a ‘fear campaign’, claiming that better government regulations […]

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Smartsalary customers help Greenfleet to plant one million trees

Smartsalary customers help Greenfleet to plant one million trees

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

A long-term commitment to sustainability from one of Australia’s largest outsourcing salary package companies has helped Greenfleet to plant one million native trees, offsetting carbon emissions and growing the nation’s green infrastructure. Since 2008, Smartsalary has been partnered with not-for-profit organisation Greenfleet to offset the emissions generated by the thousands of vehicles leased by its […]

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Premier Mike Baird and Mayor Jean Hay kick off ‘PLASTIC FREE JULY’

Premier Mike Baird and Mayor Jean Hay kick off ‘PLASTIC FREE JULY’

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

The NSW Premier and State Member of Parliament for Manly, The Hon. Mike Baird will meet up with Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay AM to launch Manly Council’s ‘Plastic Free July’ campaign at Manly Council Chambers, 1 Belgrave Street, at 9.00am on Monday 22 June 2015, Manly Council. ‘Plastic Free July’ aims to encourage people […]

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Eco Awards & Events

Ethical Enterprise Award 2015: Rewarding businesses that make a difference

Ethical Enterprise Award 2015: Rewarding businesses that make a difference

| July 15, 2015 | Reply

It’s back! The Ethical Enterprise Award is returning for it’s third year in 2015 to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s most inspirational enterprises. The Ethical Enterprise Award is open to any Australian business or organization of any size that delivers innovative, ethical, positive social, environmental and economic impact in local, state, national or […]

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Final Countdown to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2015

Final Countdown to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2015

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

Victorian sustainability innovators and leaders are encouraged to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards and share their work before entries close next month.   The Premier’s Sustainability Awards are the flagship sustainability awards for the Premier of Victoria, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water and Sustainability Victoria.   Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive Officer Stan […]

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2014 Premier’s Recognition Award Winner – Port Phillip EcoCentre –  urges others to enter this year

2014 Premier’s Recognition Award Winner – Port Phillip EcoCentre – urges others to enter this year

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

Port Phillip EcoCentre won the big award, the Premier’s Recognition Award, in the 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards for its project ‘Life Support for the Bay’ – their call to the Melbourne community to be more aware of the critical relationship between local catchments and Port Phillip Bay.   ‘Life Support for the Bay’ focuses on […]

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Winner of the 2015 National NAIDOC poster competition announced

Winner of the 2015 National NAIDOC poster competition announced

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

Elaine Chambers, a proud Kuku Yalangi/Koa Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, is this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition. As the winner, Ms Chambers will have her artwork, titled: We all stand on Sacred Ground, displayed on the 2015 National NAIDOC Poster and receive a $5,000 cash prize. The poster will be distributed […]

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The Nature Conservancy Australia Photo Competition is now open

The Nature Conservancy Australia Photo Competition is now open

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

Dear friend, I’m excited to let you know that The Nature Conservancy Australia Photo Competition has opened again for the second year running! So if you’re a budding photographer, here’s your chance to show us your creative talents. Head outdoors to explore your natural environment and capture stunning photographs of nature! Learn more about this […]

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A game-changing new documentary about you, me and the future of our environment

A game-changing new documentary about you, me and the future of our environment

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

A Drop In The Ocean is a groundbreaking documentary feature about the adverse impacts of human activity on the world’s oceans and the practical steps that everyday people can take to mitigate these.

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Habitat

Wildlife precinct to teach kids about biodiversity

Wildlife precinct to teach kids about biodiversity

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

To raise awareness about the importance of native animals and biodiversity in a safe outdoor space – and attract the next generation of National Parks lovers – Landcare Australia in partnership with energy distributor Jemena and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service have created the Kukundi Nature Trail and wildlife precinct at Lane Cove National […]

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Vulnerable Koala Listing in Queensland Political Stunt

Vulnerable Koala Listing in Queensland Political Stunt

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has today labelled the Queensland Government’s recent decision to list the Koala as a vulnerable species under the Nature Conservation Act a political stunt. ‘Look back and see what the vulnerable listing for the Koala in Southeast Queensland achieved,’ said Deborah Tabart OAM, Chief Executive Officer of the AKF. ‘The […]

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Celebrity species ‘can help save other wildlife’

Celebrity species ‘can help save other wildlife’

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

Charismatic or ‘celebrity’ endangered wildlife can help save less well-known or ‘forgotten’ animals – if the conservation funds are used wisely, environmental scientists say. Dr Joseph Bennett and Professor Hugh Possingham argue that the world has developed a very inefficient way of choosing which animals facing extinction to save, often favouring popular wildlife such as […]

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New species of snail found on Bush Blitz, scientist confirms

New species of snail found on Bush Blitz, scientist confirms

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

A new species of snail has been found on Bush Heritage Australia’s Carnarvon Station Reserve in the highlands of southern Queensland by a BHP Billiton employee assisting scientists on a Bush Blitz expedition. Bush Blitz is a pioneering nature-discovery partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia. Since 2009 it has […]

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Koala Culling – Australian Koala Foundation’s Stance

Koala Culling – Australian Koala Foundation’s Stance

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is condemning the Victorian Government’s announcement that further Koala culls may be imminent in the Cape Otway region in Victoria. The AKF said that although culling should never be an option for Koala management, it is important to note that they don’t want to see Koalas suffer. AKF Chief Executive […]

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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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Clean Energy

Search for renewables inspires QUT’s Fulbright scholar

Search for renewables inspires QUT’s Fulbright scholar

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

Growing up surrounded by cane fields in north Queensland has had a lasting legacy on QUT’s newest Fulbright scholar and research chemist, Dylan Cronin. Working in QUT’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB) on his doctoral thesis, Mr Cronin (pictured below) is determined to find renewable solutions to cater for increased demands for energy, […]

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Car component maker changes lanes to solar future

Car component maker changes lanes to solar future

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

CSIRO’s solar technology has been exported to Japan in a move that further demonstrates the viability of solar as an international trade industry for Australia. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), which received funding from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to “develop and verify technologies for enhancing measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions”, will establish […]

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Initiatives by Non-State Actors to Curb Emissions Can Help Win the Fight against Climate Change – New UN Report

Initiatives by Non-State Actors to Curb Emissions Can Help Win the Fight against Climate Change – New UN Report

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

Actions by Cities, Companies, and Sectors Could Complement Government Efforts and Save Close to 1.8 GtCO2e by 2020 Bonn / Nairobi, 10 June 2015 – Initiatives by non-state actors to cut greenhouse gas emissions are becoming increasingly significant in fighting climate change, and could bring savings of close to 1.8 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent […]

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The European Wind Energy Association welcomes the deal between lawmakers to reform the Emissions Trading System before 2021

The European Wind Energy Association welcomes the deal between lawmakers to reform the Emissions Trading System before 2021

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

The EU-28 Member States and the European Parliament have agreed to introduce a market stability reserve in 2019 to tackle a glut of over 2 billion excess permits in the ETS. The surplus of allowances is currently suppressing the carbon price and failing to hold Europe’s worst polluters to account over their emissions. Policymakers have […]

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Global Wind Day

Global Wind Day

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth. Today, wind energy is a mature and mainstream technology and one of the fastest growing […]

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AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ENERGY SAVING PROGRAM TO HELP LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

AUSTRALIAN-FIRST ENERGY SAVING PROGRAM TO HELP LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

An Australian-first trial energy saving program, Reduce Your Juice, has today been launched to help lower the cost of living for Brisbane’s low-income renters, with program participants having the opportunity to save up to up $2851 or 19% off their average annual electricity bill2. Created by Brisbane City Council’s sustainability agency CitySmart and funded by […]

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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

PM Opens Coconut Technology Centre

PM Opens Coconut Technology Centre

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

The Cinderella of health food is coconut oil, going from “artery-clogging” to “healthy” saturated fat in the last 10 years. Australian social enterprise company Kokonut Pacific (KP) is a coconut pioneer and this week leads the way again with the official opening on Thursday 18 June of the Coconut Technology Centre (CTC) in Honiara, Solomon […]

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New tool cuts cattle transport costs with maths

New tool cuts cattle transport costs with maths

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

A new tool is helping reduce the cost and time of transporting cattle in Australia, which can account for up to 40 per cent of the market price. Cattle face some of the longest journeys of any Australian commodity—in northern Australia cattle travel an average of close to 1000 kilometres, and as much as 2500 […]

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Euro vision turns reality for Australia’s iconic ‘green whistle’

Euro vision turns reality for Australia’s iconic ‘green whistle’

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

Patients around the world will soon benefit from a unique Australian invention, with emergency pain killer Penthrox (commonly known as ‘the green whistle’) receiving initial regulatory approval for sale in the European and UK markets. Australian healthcare company Medical Developments International (MDI) will use a new low-cost manufacturing process developed with CSIRO to increase their […]

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The End of Plenty: the race to feed a crowded world

The End of Plenty: the race to feed a crowded world

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

‘Joel K. Bourne Jr. has written one of the most informative, engaging books on the world food prospect I have ever read.’ Lester R. Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute and author of Full Planet, Empty Plates An award-winning environmental journalist introduces a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next […]

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Why Aussies aren’t buying plug-in cars: QUT study

Why Aussies aren’t buying plug-in cars: QUT study

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

Is it price, perception or the sales person stopping Australians buying electric cars? Researcher Alina Dini, from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, said Australia trailed the developed world when it came to buying plug-in cars with just under 2000 sold in the last three years compared to more than 300,000 in the US. Why Aussies […]

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CSIRO’s new dimension to 3D printing for small business

CSIRO’s new dimension to 3D printing for small business

| June 1, 2015 | Reply

A new innovation centre that will accelerate industry adoption of metal 3D printing and other emerging additive manufacturing technologies will be opened today by CSIRO. The $6 million centre, called Lab 22, provides Australian companies with affordable access to specialist additive manufacturing equipment and expertise and offers huge efficiency and productivity benefits for product development. […]

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More Eco Stories

Global Salmon Initiative Launches Inaugural Sustainability Report Alongside World Ocean Summit 2015

Global Salmon Initiative Launches Inaugural Sustainability Report Alongside World Ocean Summit 2015

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

To mark World Environment Day the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) today launched its inaugural Sustainability Report at the Economist’s World Ocean Summit 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. The landmark report showcases key environmental and social data across all 14 GSI member companies. This is the first time a global food sector has collectively reported on sustainability […]

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

The success of our marine scientists and the importance of their work supporting Australia’s growing ‘blue economy’ is being highlighted during today’s Australian Institute of Marine Science Open Day. Parliamentary Secretary Karen Andrews visited the open day, held at AIMS’s headquarters at Cape Cleveland, near Townsville and adjacent to the centre of Australia’s Great Barrier […]

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2015 Lowy Institute Poll finds rapidly shifting attitudes on climate issues and strong views about solar

2015 Lowy Institute Poll finds rapidly shifting attitudes on climate issues and strong views about solar

| June 18, 2015 | Reply

The 2015 Lowy Institute Poll, released today, has recorded the third consecutive rise in Australians’ concern about global warming: 50% of Australian adults now say that ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs’. This is the highest result on this question since […]

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