Eco Stories

Leading contamination expert endorses Poisoned Planet

Leading contamination expert endorses Poisoned Planet

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

A new book shines a much-needed floodlight on one of the world’s most urgent – and underappreciated – environmental problems, says Professor Ravi Naidu, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). Poisoned Planet, by acclaimed science writer Julian Cribb, examines how, in humanity’s relentless push for […]

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Sustainable Tourism Thrives in Philippines’ Largest Marine Sanctuary

Sustainable Tourism Thrives in Philippines’ Largest Marine Sanctuary

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

Green Fins Initiative protects coral reefs and drives tourism About 420 kilometers south-west of Manila, in Bacuit Bay, lies the largest marine sanctuary in the Philippines. El Nido is a protected area of 45 islands and islets covering a total of 903 square kilometers, and boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region. […]

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Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean to prevent and eliminate pollution enters into force

Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean to prevent and eliminate pollution enters into force

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

The measures and timetables of the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities (LBS) in December 2013, became binding on 8 July 2014. The Regional Plan addresses […]

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Abbott Government approves Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and ruin the Reef

Abbott Government approves Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and ruin the Reef

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

The Abbott Government’s approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, to export through the Great Barrier Reef, is an environmental and climate disaster. “Off the back of repealing effective action on climate change, the Abbott Government has ticked off on a proposal for Australia’s biggest coal mine to cook the planet and […]

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Mining outlook reaches a new five year low, says latest report

Mining outlook reaches a new five year low, says latest report

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

The mining sector has reached a new five-year low, with confidence levels likely to take years to recover, according to industry leaders surveyed in the latest Mining Business Outlook Report. Despite some optimism last year, the 2014 report found mining leaders plagued by tough market conditions including declining commodity prices, falling demand and a difficult […]

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Australians called on to rescue dwindling river life

Australians called on to rescue dwindling river life

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

Environmental scientists have urged Australians to rally to the rescue of endangered lungfish and other river wildlife by restoring catchments and river banks, especially in cities. New research at the National Environmental Research Program’s Environmental Decisions Hub (NERP EDH) has found that climate change and urbanisation are putting a ‘double whammy’ on the nation’s freshwater […]

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Eco Awards & Events

Butt Out and Bin It

Butt Out and Bin It

| August 19, 2014 | Reply

Cigarette butts consistently feature at the top of the list of littered items in Australia – and it’s time to butt out and bin it! Keep Australia Beautiful Week takes place from Monday 25th to Sunday 31st August 2014. Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held late August each year, to raise awareness about the simple […]

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Blue Skies In The Future For The Australian Seafood Community

Blue Skies In The Future For The Australian Seafood Community

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

Over the coming weekend, Sydney will play host to a ‘Seafood Community Think Tank’. This two-day event will provide the opportunity for participants to think ‘out-of-the-box’ and develop fresh ideas, innovative solutions and new policy options for the future. Blue-sky thinking is not a term that intuitively springs to mind when talking about the seafood […]

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National Tree Day highlights value of nature the community

National Tree Day highlights value of nature the community

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Planet Ark are inviting you to get into nature and grow for Planet Ark’s National Tree Day. “National Tree Day is the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and the local community,” says National Tree Day Manager Debbie Agnew. National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree-planting and nature care event. Each year over 200,000 people […]

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G20: Meeting Global Challenges? – Strengthening the G20’s Accountability and Effectiveness

G20: Meeting Global Challenges? – Strengthening the G20’s Accountability and Effectiveness

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Is the G20 meeting global challenges? To address this question the G20 Studies Centre at the Lowy Institute for International Policy is hosting a conference:  ‘G20: Meeting Global Challenges? – Strengthening the G20’s Accountability and Effectiveness’ on 25 June 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Melbourne. The conference will bring together a number of high-profile […]

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2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards

2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards

| June 6, 2014 | Reply

In 2014, Banksia continue to recognise Australia’s innovative examples of sustainable research, practices and services.

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2014 Theme: Together, we have the power to protect the oceans

2014 Theme: Together, we have the power to protect the oceans

| June 5, 2014 | Reply

The celebration of World Oceans Day 2014 coincides with the first day of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This year, also marks the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention. The United Nations will celebrate World Oceans […]

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Habitat

Raju’s Tears Of Joy After 50 Years In Chains

Raju’s Tears Of Joy After 50 Years In Chains

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

Emotions were high over the weekend as a team of veterinarians and elephant keepers from Wildlife SOS, Humane Society International’s (HSI) Indian project partners, combined with Forest Department staff and police in the daring rescue of Raju, a 50 year old elephant who has lived his entire life in chains.  Following several months of planning […]

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Sustainable Tourism Thrives in Philippines’ Largest Marine Sanctuary

Sustainable Tourism Thrives in Philippines’ Largest Marine Sanctuary

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

Green Fins Initiative protects coral reefs and drives tourism About 420 kilometers south-west of Manila, in Bacuit Bay, lies the largest marine sanctuary in the Philippines. El Nido is a protected area of 45 islands and islets covering a total of 903 square kilometers, and boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region. […]

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Tell A Friend: Lousiana Passes Bill to Keep Tony the Tiger at Truck Shop

Tell A Friend: Lousiana Passes Bill to Keep Tony the Tiger at Truck Shop

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

For more than ten years, Tony the Tiger has been kept as a tourist attraction at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tête, Louisiana, where he is confined to a 3,200 square-foot cage. The Louisiana Senate just passed a bill (S.B. 250) that would allow Michael Sandlin, the owner of the truck stop, to keep Tony, […]

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Governments fulfil their commitment:  Access and benefit-sharing treaty receives required number of ratifications to enter into force

Governments fulfil their commitment: Access and benefit-sharing treaty receives required number of ratifications to enter into force

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In the last weeks, 12 countries have deposited their instruments including Belarus, Burundi, Gambia, […]

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Scientists urge greater efforts to protect orangutan forests

Scientists urge greater efforts to protect orangutan forests

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

Protecting the forest homes of orangutans is the most cost-effective way of boosting the great apes’ chances of survival in the long-run, international scientists have found. New research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) has established the best strategies for maintaining orangutan populations for more than 20 years on a limited […]

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Film project aims to help save the orangutan

Film project aims to help save the orangutan

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Most of us unknowingly contribute to one of the world’s biggest environmental threats of modern times, simply through the products we eat and use in our every day lives. Up to 300 football fields an hour of some of the richest and most bio diverse rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia are being cleared, threatening over […]

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Clean Energy

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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Protect RET say Greens – renewables helping to cut energy prices

Protect RET say Greens – renewables helping to cut energy prices

| May 12, 2014 | Reply

The Australian Greens are welcoming a report from the Clean Energy Council (CEC) that clearly makes the economic case for keeping and lifting Australia’s Renewable Energy Target. “This study supports what the Greens have been saying all along, and that is that shifting to renewable energy will help Australians save money as well as relieving […]

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Organics

Hidden costs of cheap food

Hidden costs of cheap food

| August 18, 2014 | Reply

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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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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Eco Products

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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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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More Eco Stories

Climate Change at the Heart of Myanmar’s Policy Development Agenda

Climate Change at the Heart of Myanmar’s Policy Development Agenda

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

Increasing temperatures resulting in droughts, erratic rainfall patterns and extreme weather events such as cyclones and flash floods are some of the effects of climate change that Myanmar is already facing today. A comprehensive national response mechanism is required to increase the country’s level of preparedness in tackling climate change as its impacts intensify. A […]

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Secret garden upgrade

Secret garden upgrade

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

Marrickville Council will spend $70,000 to upgrade the Cooks River Valley Garden – a secret native garden within Tempe Reserve. The garden is a showcase for indigenous plants of the Cooks River Valley, and was inspired by the book, Missing Jigsaw Pieces: The Bushplantsof the Cooks River Valley*. All the plants used were propagated from […]

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National Council says Greens to lead nationwide campaign on global warming

National Council says Greens to lead nationwide campaign on global warming

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

The Australian Greens’ National Council has determined to lead a vigorous and focussed campaign to ensure that Australia joins the rest of the world in securing a global treaty in 2015 and that big polluters are not allowed to impose the costs of global warming onto everyone else. “Companies are now free to pollute in […]

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