Eco Stories

Private land ‘can help save Australia’s imperilled wildlife’

Private land ‘can help save Australia’s imperilled wildlife’

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Private land can help protect Australia’s endangered bird populations as effectively as the nation’s best performing conservation reserves, a new study shows. In the surprising discovery, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and The Australian National University (ANU) have found that unprotected areas are faring far better than old conservation […]

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Coincidence or collusion? Melbourne, Monash avoid calls for fossil fuel divestment

Coincidence or collusion? Melbourne, Monash avoid calls for fossil fuel divestment

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

A day after an embarrassing leak revealed that Monash University’s Chief Financial Officer wanted to pretend it hadn’t been asked about its investments in carbon-intensive stocks, University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis has released a statement resisting calls to divest from fossil fuels. Mr Davis’s statement drew attention to the university’s sustainability credentials but […]

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Santos contaminates Pilliga Forest yet again

Santos contaminates Pilliga Forest yet again

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Coal seam gas operations continue to threaten water resources, with the NSW Environment Protection Authority reporting yet another spill.

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New UN-led Global Partnership to Help Green 30 National Economies by 2020

New UN-led Global Partnership to Help Green 30 National Economies by 2020

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Countries such as Burkina Faso, Peru, Mauritius, Mongolia, and Senegal are set to boost their economies through a shift of investment and policies towards a new generation of assets that include clean technologies and resource efficient infrastructure, green skilled labour, well-functioning ecosystems, and good governance.  Such a transformation, supported by the UN-led Partnership for Action […]

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OceanWatch Australia: Steward of Australia’s marine environment

OceanWatch Australia: Steward of Australia’s marine environment

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

The Australian Government has announced the coming of age for OceanWatch Australia, with recognition as the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Group for Australia’s marine environment. Delivering on a 2013 election promise of further developing Australia’s sustainable fishing sector, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said, “OceanWatch should be very proud of its achievements, becoming recognised as […]

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Toro uranium expansion plan: premature and polluting

Toro uranium expansion plan: premature and polluting

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Western Australia’s peak environmental group has condemned a move by uranium mining hopeful Toro Energy to expand their unrealised Wiluna mine plan into a much larger uranium mining precinct spanning 100km and two ecologically sensitive lake systems in the East Murchison region. The state EPA has released details of the expansion plan while the company […]

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Eco Awards & Events

RMIT says Premier’s Sustainability Awards “a great thrill and wonderful recognition”

RMIT says Premier’s Sustainability Awards “a great thrill and wonderful recognition”

| April 9, 2014 | Reply

RMIT University, is urging other sustainable buildings to enter this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

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‘Walk on the Wild Side’ special edition of SwitchOn! Magazine

‘Walk on the Wild Side’ special edition of SwitchOn! Magazine

| April 9, 2014 | Reply

SwitchOn! Magazine special feature to honour International Patron Dr Jane Goodall

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Launching International Composting Awareness Week

Launching International Composting Awareness Week

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

The Centre for Organic Research and Education (CORE) launches the 9th edition of International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) 5-11 May 2014 across Australia.

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Fair-Trade Mother’s Day High Tea

Fair-Trade Mother’s Day High Tea

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Women are encouraged to come together for the Fair-trade Mother’s Day High Tea to make a positive difference for the homeless on Melbourne’s streets. The fifth annual Fair-Trade Mother’s Day High will be filling the Melbourne Town Hall Supper Room with colour, hope and courage on Sunday 11th May from 11.30am – 1pm. This glamorous […]

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Leaders and innovators urged to enter Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Leaders and innovators urged to enter Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| March 14, 2014 | Reply

Victorians who have demonstrated leadership in sustainability are being encouraged to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2014 to showcase their work.

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Earth Hour And Spider-Man Join Forces To Save The Planet

Earth Hour And Spider-Man Join Forces To Save The Planet

| March 4, 2014 | 1 Reply

In a first of its kind partnership, Spider-Man will be the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour, with a message to inspire individuals to use their power to become Super Heroes for the planet.

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Habitat

Markhors, The Pakistani Wild Goat Endangered

Markhors, The Pakistani Wild Goat Endangered

| April 9, 2014 | Reply

IUCN consider the Markhor as endangered with less than 2500 mature animals left on the planet.

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Finding new ways to stave off koalas’ demise

Finding new ways to stave off koalas’ demise

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Scientists are using genetics to save endangered koala populations from the perils of urbanisation. Researchers at the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub (NERP ED) have analysed genetic patterns in Queensland koalas and found how striking the right balance between tree cover and roads can help save animals threatened by urban growth, says […]

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Over 100 sharks killed as HSI slams WA EPA shark decision

Over 100 sharks killed as HSI slams WA EPA shark decision

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Humane Society International (HSI) is very concerned with the decision reached by the West Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that it will not undertake an assessment on the WA shark drumline program, while 101 dead tiger sharks can now be counted. “The EPA’s decision that the short term program poses ‘negligible risk’ to the marine […]

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Updated pest animals App for “smart” phone users

Updated pest animals App for “smart” phone users

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

An updated version of a popular free smartphone App to help people identify Australia’s worst pest animals is now available from the Invasive Animals CRC. Andreas Glanznig, CEO of the Invasive Animals CRC, said that the innovative and popular ‘Field Guide to Pest Animals’ App, initially released in mid-2013, now provides iOS mobile device users […]

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HSI Welcomes Rejection of NT Crocodile Safari Hunt Proposals

HSI Welcomes Rejection of NT Crocodile Safari Hunt Proposals

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Humane Society International (HSI) has welcomed the Federal Minister for the Environment’s announcement that he will not be approving plans by the Northern Territory Government for the safari hunting of saltwater crocodiles due to animal cruelty concerns. “For over 20 years the Northern Territory Government has been putting forward proposals to successive Federal Governments seeking […]

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Protected mako sharks killed, chopped up, and used as bait in WA

Protected mako sharks killed, chopped up, and used as bait in WA

| March 4, 2014 | 1 Reply

Humane Society International (HSI) has again voiced its disgust at the ongoing Western Australian shark cull after it emerged that mako sharks, protected as migratory species under federal environmental legislation (the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)) have not only been caught on the drumlines, but have also been chopped up and […]

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Clean Energy

Renewable energy now cheaper than coal

Renewable energy now cheaper than coal

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Western Australia could be the first State in Australia to be powered on solar energy through the night with American company, Solar Reserve, setting up in Perth. The move comes as independent research released today by Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam and Sustainable Energy Now shows it will be cheaper to deliver 100 per […]

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Sustainable Public Procurement Programme Can Accelerate Shift to Resource-Efficient World

Sustainable Public Procurement Programme Can Accelerate Shift to Resource-Efficient World

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

A newly launched global programme will harness the power of the trillions of dollars that governments spend on public procurement each year towards a shift to a more resource-efficient world.  The Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme – the first action to get underway as part of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and […]

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Go Get a car space

Go Get a car space

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

Car sharing will soon be a more realistic transport option for the Marrickville community. At its meeting on 18 March, Council voted unanimously to adopt the Marrickville Draft Car Share Policy 2014. The policy recommends more on street car spaces dedicated to car share, as well as dedicated off-street car share spaces in medium to […]

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NSW National Party MPs Meet Farmers to Receive 10,000 Strong Petition Calling for CSG moratorium

NSW National Party MPs Meet Farmers to Receive 10,000 Strong Petition Calling for CSG moratorium

| April 7, 2014 | Reply

A landmark state-wide campaign that brings together more than 75 community and environment groups, representing tens of thousands of people from across the state, working to protect our land and water from the destructive impacts of coal and gas will launch in Sydney, one year out from the 2015 state election. The Our Land, Our […]

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GreenShareCar Selects Metavera’s Car Sharing Platform as Core Technology for Its Rapidly Expanding Car Sharing Business

GreenShareCar Selects Metavera’s Car Sharing Platform as Core Technology for Its Rapidly Expanding Car Sharing Business

| February 4, 2014 | Reply

Metavera (Toronto, ON, Canada) and its Car Sharing Platform have been selected by GreenShareCar (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) to underpin the expansion of the car sharing provider’s business and its entry into new markets. “GreenShareCar, a leader in car sharing in Australia, with retail car sharing locations in Melbourne and in Sydney, is rapidly expanding its […]

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SolarMax Boosts Residential Market Footprint

SolarMax Boosts Residential Market Footprint

| November 1, 2013 | Reply

Swiss company SolarMax, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grid-connected solar inverters, has further strengthened its residential market footprint today with the announcement of a new distribution partnership with Green Initiatives Australia, a solar product distributor and one of Australia’s largest installers of residential solar programs in Queensland. Under this partnership, Green Initiatives will […]

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Organics

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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Egg Farm Open Day

Egg Farm Open Day

| October 8, 2013 | Reply

A group of free range eggs farmers is planning to show why genuine free range farming is good for the environment, consumers and animal welfare.

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1500 hens:  What’s all the fuss about?

1500 hens: What’s all the fuss about?

| September 5, 2013 | 6 Replies

There is a lot more to free range farming than just the numbers. It’s a combination of factors, hen welfare, environmental stewardship and grazing system management but the term free range also implies a commitment to community values and consumer expectations.

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Rural Shires Inheriting a GM Canola Legacy

Rural Shires Inheriting a GM Canola Legacy

| September 5, 2013 | Reply

A recent survey of roadside Canola conducted by Esperance LEAF and the Conservation Council’s Citizen Science Program within the Esperance townsite has shown that 13.6% of these plants were genetically modified for Round-up resistance.

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Eco Products

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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Chill out with the very cool Fridge-to-Go

Chill out with the very cool Fridge-to-Go

| February 5, 2014 | Reply

Advertorial Fridge-to-go® is a range of cooler bags that keeps the contents cold for up to eight hours, unlike any other product on the market and it makes life so much easier. Fridge-to-go® uses patented high performing chilling Earth-friendly technology Surround Cooling and is a globally registered trademark. Fridge-to-go® was launched into the Australian market […]

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Australian native plants now on your iPad

Australian native plants now on your iPad

| December 10, 2013 | Reply

The Native Plant Guide App is now available as a special version just for your iPad, along with the versions for iPhone or iPod Touch, after recent updates as an electronic version of the industry respected book and desktop application The Australian Native Plant Guide by Dr Peter Yau and Tim Langdon.

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Australian race develops green technology

Australian race develops green technology

| December 6, 2013 | Reply

“Australia is a country with a strong growth potential and therefore an important market for Audi,” explained Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport.

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More Eco Stories

Pilbara marine health check – good and bad news

Pilbara marine health check – good and bad news

| March 4, 2014 | Reply

A health and wellbeing check up of World Heritage-listed reef ecosystems in the Pilbara region of Western Australia will provide a critical baseline of marine conditions to government, industry and researchers. The 300km swathe of coastline to be surveyed during the five year, A$12 million Pilbara Marine Conservation Partnership includes two major marine parks and […]

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International Day of Forests: 21 March

International Day of Forests: 21 March

| March 4, 2014 | Reply

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.  Click here for […]

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Gone Are The Dogs Rally

Gone Are The Dogs Rally

| March 4, 2014 | Reply

Crowds of people walk ‘invisible’ greyhounds in Martin Place, Sydney at 8:00am this Thursday at the Gone Are The Dogs Rally opposing greyhound racing. Empty dog leads held by 200 marching people will symbolise the missing greyhounds that are overbred, exploited and killed for a gambling industry. Around 90,000 greyhounds were born in NSW in […]

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