Eco Stories

Voice of the Earth 2015

Voice of the Earth 2015

| December 10, 2014 | Reply

A unique coalition of Australian community based green groups – including Eco Voice, Eco Chick and Carbon Market- are today launching a global search to find the next Voice of the Earth.

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Victoria’s logging industry crisis all the more reason to back Great Forest National Park plan

Victoria’s logging industry crisis all the more reason to back Great Forest National Park plan

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

Handing the state’s western forests to VicForests, as the Napthine Government slyly did before entering caretaker mode, will not fix the crisis in the Victorian logging industry.

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Yingli Green Energy to power Europe’s largest solar plant

Yingli Green Energy to power Europe’s largest solar plant

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

Yingli Green Energy announces largest solar power park in Europe.

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Killing off alien invaders – with maths

Killing off alien invaders – with maths

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Environmental scientists are using a new mathematical model to ensure that feral pests are well and truly beaten. Developed by scientists at The ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the model minimises the risk of pests and weeds ‘bouncing back’ after they’re seemingly eradicated. This will allow Australia’s native wildlife and plants to […]

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Fracking exploration permit granted over Jurien Bay and the Pinnacles

Fracking exploration permit granted over Jurien Bay and the Pinnacles

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Conservation groups, local communities and farmers have reacted with anger and alarm at the issuing of a new oil and gas exploration permit covering tourist icons, towns and nature reserves on the Mid-west ‘Turquoise Coast’. The new exploration permit has been granted to shale gas fracking company Norwest Energy and covers the towns of Jurien […]

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New UNEP Report Unveils World on Track to Meet 2020 Target for Protected Areas on Land and Sea

New UNEP Report Unveils World on Track to Meet 2020 Target for Protected Areas on Land and Sea

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

The world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, but more work is needed to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection under equitably managed conditions, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today at the International Union […]

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Eco Awards & Events

Voice of the Earth 2015

Voice of the Earth 2015

| December 10, 2014 | Reply

A unique coalition of Australian community based green groups – including Eco Voice, Eco Chick and Carbon Market- are today launching a global search to find the next Voice of the Earth.

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Aussie Farmers Direct joins Buy a Bale Farm Rescue

Aussie Farmers Direct joins Buy a Bale Farm Rescue

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

Aussie Farmers Direct are coming on board the Buy a Bale Farm Rescue Bus and helping to provide Aussie Farmers affected by the drought with support in fixing infrastructure on their properties. “Farm equipment is breaking down or wearing out and farmers are struggling to keep up the maintenance or repairs says Charles Alder, Buy […]

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Save The Cows Christmas special from EcoNews

Save The Cows Christmas special from EcoNews

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

From the team at EcoNews here’s a bit of Christmas fun for your iPad with a definitely environmental theme. If you have an i-Pad or are looking to get one this Christmas you are going to love this game designed by http://jeremywilliams.net.au Save the cows, the environment, the world and Christmas all at the same […]

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Ethical Enterprise Award 2014 Winner Announced

Ethical Enterprise Award 2014 Winner Announced

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

CONGRATULATIONS SEVEN WOMEN Seven Women, a sustainable enterprise dedicated to the empowerment of marginalised and disabled women through literacy, skills training and employment has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Ethical Enterprise Award. Announced at the inaugural Ethical Enterprise Conference and ceremony dinner in Melbourne on Wednesday night, the 19th of November 2014. […]

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NIGHT OWLS FILM FESTIVAL IS GOING TO BE A HOOT!

NIGHT OWLS FILM FESTIVAL IS GOING TO BE A HOOT!

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

The summer holidays are creeping up closer and closer, and with them comes the fourth annual Little Darlings Night Owls Kid’s Film Festival, swooping into Sydney’s Darling Quarter to nest from Friday January 9 to Sunday January 25 2015. The Festival brings with it a full program of films for kids, families and the young […]

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GLC in December

GLC in December

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

The Green Living Centre in Newtown is hosting a busy schedule of workshops and talks just in time for the festive season, including DIY Christmas presents and decorations: Talk n’ tea: Make your own terrarium Thursday 4 December, 6pm – 7.30pm GLC shopfront, 218 King Street, Newtown Talk n’ tea: Natural cleaning recipe making Saturday […]

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Habitat

Death sentence for nearly 4000 whales as Australian Government sits on hands

Death sentence for nearly 4000 whales as Australian Government sits on hands

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

The Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the announcement of the new Japanese Whaling program for 2015/16 and beyond. Senator Whish-Wilson said “Japan has issued themselves a permit to kill nearly 4000 Minke Whales in Antarctic waters. They want to put 333 whales on the butcher’s block, every year […]

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Saving Christmas Island’s reptiles

Saving Christmas Island’s reptiles

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

Environmental scientists are working alongside park rangers to protect Christmas Island’s remaining reptilian wildlife from extinction.

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Australia’s biosecurity may be in for a shock

Australia’s biosecurity may be in for a shock

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

A human disease pandemic, European honey bee colonies wiped out and an invasion of a devastating wheat disease are just three potential biosecurity threats facing Australia, according to a report released today. These three events alone could devastate Australia’s agricultural industries, economy and environment, and could severely alter our way of life. But, how can […]

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Deforestation not always bad news for wetlands

Deforestation not always bad news for wetlands

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Deforestation is both a boon and a bane for wetlands, according to new research by The University of Queensland. The study found that human impacts on the environment, such as deforestation, do not always have negative consequences, and can provide positive outcomes for biodiversity. Study author Dr Craig Woodward, from UQ’s School of Geography, Planning […]

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Visitors “can help save our national parks”

Visitors “can help save our national parks”

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Increasing nature-based tourism may be one of the keys to saving Australia’s endangered wildlife in a time of budget stringency, a new scientific study suggests. As funding dwindles for Australia’s national parks and protected areas, nature-based tourism could provide a financial lifeline, says lead author Dr Duan Biggs of ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental […]

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WA Government backs-off renewed shark killing program

WA Government backs-off renewed shark killing program

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

Humane Society International (HSI) welcomed the decision by the WA Government to withdraw its application to catch large sharks through the deployment of baited drum lines for the next three years. The decision follows an assessment undertaken by WA’s Environmental Protection Agency (WA EPA) under the WA assessment bilateral agreement, which recommended that the proposal […]

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Clean Energy

Yingli Green Energy to power Europe’s largest solar plant

Yingli Green Energy to power Europe’s largest solar plant

| December 9, 2014 | Reply

Yingli Green Energy announces largest solar power park in Europe.

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Australia only second to US in G20 in propping up dying fossil fuel industry with billions

Australia only second to US in G20 in propping up dying fossil fuel industry with billions

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

An international report out today, ‘The Fossil Fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration’, shows the Abbott Government is giving the big mining companies billions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies. “While the Abbott Government is confecting a budget crisis, it’s giving away billions of dollars of taxpayer money to the big […]

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PM Abbott’s ‘coal is good for humanity’ comment ludicrous and dangerous

PM Abbott’s ‘coal is good for humanity’ comment ludicrous and dangerous

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

Tony Abbott’s comment, that ‘coal is good for humanity,’ while opening the Caval Ridge coalmine in Moranbah shows the Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the reality of the climate crisis we face. “People will be shaking their heads in disbelief at the Prime Minister’s alarming comment today, and future generations will wonder […]

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Global carbon dioxide emissions reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013

Global carbon dioxide emissions reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from the combustion of fossil fuels reached a new record of 36 billion tonnes last year. At the same time, the pace of emissions from burning fossil fuels continues to grow at a high rate. Executive-Director of the Global Carbon Project (GCP) and co-author of the 2014 report CSIRO’s Dr […]

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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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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

Family pooch now the environment’s best friend with the EnsoPet composting system created in Australia

Family pooch now the environment’s best friend with the EnsoPet composting system created in Australia

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

The Australian domestic pooch can now leave an important environmental paw print in the backyard with the release of a new pet composting system. EnsoPet is as innovated composting system that converts waste and significantly boosts garden soil quality with its transition into nutrient rich organic matter. The composting EnsoPet pet waste system for animals […]

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New book from Gower: Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising

New book from Gower: Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Gower has just published a book which may be of interest to your members, readers or subscribers: Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising edited by Elizabeth Mamukwa, Ronnie Lessem, Alexander Schieffer. Integral Green Zimbabwe: An African Phoenix Rising marks the debut of the Integral Green Society and Economy series, which links the philosophical ‘integral’ […]

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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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Lightning-Based Severe Weather Tracking and Alerting Technology Receives U.S. Patent

Lightning-Based Severe Weather Tracking and Alerting Technology Receives U.S. Patent

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Advanced technology that uses lightning flash rates to track storm cells and issue faster, potentially life-saving alerts for severe weather is the focus of a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug, received the patent for the technology, which relates to techniques for using the location, […]

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Change campaign sees swell of support for safer beauty products

Change campaign sees swell of support for safer beauty products

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Australians will be reminded that what goes on the skin goes in, and encouraged to incorporate natural products into their beauty regime during Natural Beauty Week on October 20 – 24, 2014. Presented by the College of Natural Beauty, the change campaign will raise awareness of the health and environmental impacts of chemicals used in […]

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Australia Post gives the green thumbs up!

Australia Post gives the green thumbs up!

| September 2, 2014 | Reply

Australia Post is featuring five beautiful private gardens from Open Gardens Australia in a new stamp issue. Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt said: “The new stamp issue depicting gardens from across the country, celebrates the wonderful work of Open Gardens Australia. We trust it will appeal to both collectors and gardening enthusiasts alike.” Open […]

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More Eco Stories

Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

Climate change leadership needed to preserve Great Barrier Reef

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

A decision by G20 leaders to discuss climate change at their meeting in Brisbane this week is good news for the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. The University of Queensland’s Dr Juan Ortiz,  lead author on a study of the reef released this week, said the research was the most detailed to date and the […]

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Australia needs to secure its ‘lifelines’ to the world, argues new Lowy Institute Analysis

Australia needs to secure its ‘lifelines’ to the world, argues new Lowy Institute Analysis

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

In a new Lowy Institute Analysis, Rory Medcalf and James Brown assess Australia’s security environment in coming decades. Defence challenges 2035: securing Australia’s lifelines argues that as the Australian Government prepares its new Defence White Paper it will need to consider growing risks not just to the Australian homeland, but to Australia’s lifelines to the […]

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Tiny fraction of military money could save global diversity

Tiny fraction of military money could save global diversity

| December 2, 2014 | Reply

Just 2.5 per cent of the world’s annual military expenditure could increase the effectiveness of protected areas and provide environmental, social and economic benefits, according to a UQ researcher and conservation leader. Associate Professor James Watson, who is the newly-elected president of the Society for Conservation Biology and a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society, […]

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