Eco Stories

The Blue Circle partners with Annex Power  to develop wind energy in Thailand

The Blue Circle partners with Annex Power to develop wind energy in Thailand

| July 14, 2014 | Reply

The Blue Circle, the Singapore-based renewable energy developer operating in the Mekong region (Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia), is entering into a partnership with Annex Power, a leading renewable energy group in Southeast Asia, which is expected to lead to approximately US$200 million of wind project investments in Thailand. Annex Power, based in Bangkok, is a […]

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Empowering communities saves women’s lives in Tigray, Ethiopia

Empowering communities saves women’s lives in Tigray, Ethiopia

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Mitslal Giday has been working as a community mobilizer in the Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia for the past 20 years – and the last two have been some of the most exciting of her career, she says. Two years ago, Mrs. Mitslal, leader of a volunteer network known as the Women’s Development Group, helped […]

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Seqwater welcomes WaterQ strategy

Seqwater welcomes WaterQ strategy

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

South East Queensland’s bulk water authority Seqwater has welcomed the release of WaterQ, the Queensland Government’s 30 year strategy for Queensland’s water sector. Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the strategy aligned with Seqwater’s five-year organisational strategy, which is focused on supplying affordable drinking water for one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and delivering […]

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Palmer to axe carbon price but push for ETS

Palmer to axe carbon price but push for ETS

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Following an announcement by billionaire mining magnate and federal MP Clive Palmer, his Palmer United Party (PUP) will vote to stop Australia’s conservative Liberal-National government axing key climate change bodies, but will support repeal of Australia’s carbon price laws. Mr Palmer’s support for repeal of the carbon laws, introduced two years ago by the then […]

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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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Conservation groups condemn Kimberley fracking decision

Conservation groups condemn Kimberley fracking decision

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Conservation groups have condemned Environment Minister Albert Jacob’s decision to allow gas fracking in the Kimberley without any environmental assessment from the EPA, and renewed their call for a moratorium on gas fracking in WA. The proposal by Buru Energy involves 34 fracks in 4 wells using toxic chemicals which are highly restricted in some […]

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Eco Awards & Events

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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Young Thai Wins UNEP’s Global Art and Environment Competition

Young Thai Wins UNEP’s Global Art and Environment Competition

| June 5, 2014 | Reply

13-year-old Chiratchaya Kaeokamkong’s painting of a child playing with fish, turtles and unicorns has won first place in the 22nd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment, run by UNEP.

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June at the Green Living Centre

June at the Green Living Centre

| June 5, 2014 | Reply

Keep the sustainability fires burning during winter by attending a free Green Living Centre workshop. The Green Living Centre is a sustainability resource centre in the heart of Newtown that is dedicated to growing a culture of environmental sustainability within the urban community. Talk n’ Tea: Natural cleaning recipe making – SOLD OUT Saturday 7 […]

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Habitat

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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World Heritage Committee rebukes Australia by rejecting request to axe Tasmania’s forests

World Heritage Committee rebukes Australia by rejecting request to axe Tasmania’s forests

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

The World Heritage Committee delivered a strong rebuke to the Australian Government by rejecting its request to delist Tasmania’s new World Heritage forests…

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Australia’s first 6 star cat resort finalist in 2014 Telstra Small Business Awards

Australia’s first 6 star cat resort finalist in 2014 Telstra Small Business Awards

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

In-room TV and DVD players featuring cats’ favourites such as David Attenborough’s documentary, “The Life of Birds” is only one of the indulgences available to the cats that holiday at Divine Creatures Cat Resort and Spa. The pampered felines have a team of highly qualified carers attending to their every whim, including personal grooming and […]

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Can we stop the next cane toad invasion?

Can we stop the next cane toad invasion?

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Shoring up Australia’s defences against the next cane toad invasion will be front and centre under a Senate inquiry announced.

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Take action to end Japanese whaling – for good

Take action to end Japanese whaling – for good

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Something incredible will happen at the end of this year: NOTHING.

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‘Extinct’ bat discovered after 120 years in the wilderness

‘Extinct’ bat discovered after 120 years in the wilderness

| June 5, 2014 | Reply

A Papua New Guinea bat species thought to be extinct has been rediscovered by a team of University of Queensland researchers. UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences students Catherine Hughes and Julie Broken-Brow were on a field expedition in the Abau coastal district in Papua New Guinea’s Central Province when they caught one of […]

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Clean Energy

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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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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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

176% Rise in Metal Prices, 260% Rise in Energy Prices Marks Era of Soaring Costs as Resources Decline

176% Rise in Metal Prices, 260% Rise in Energy Prices Marks Era of Soaring Costs as Resources Decline

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Rapidly rising prices—metal up by 176 per cent, rubber by 350 per cent, and energy by 260 per cent since 2000—signal a potentially crippling trend of increasing costs as current consumption patterns rapidly deplete the world’s non-renewable resources, according to a new report. Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities and Policy Options, produced by the United Nations […]

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Sea-Level Rise in Small Island Nations – Up to Four Times the Global Average – to Cost US$ Trillions in Annual Economic Loss and Impede Future Development: Shift to Green Policies and Investment Critical

Sea-Level Rise in Small Island Nations – Up to Four Times the Global Average – to Cost US$ Trillions in Annual Economic Loss and Impede Future Development: Shift to Green Policies and Investment Critical

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

Climate change-induced sea-level rise in the world’s 52 small island nations – estimated to be up to four times the global average.

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Hunters can help more in managing pests: study

Hunters can help more in managing pests: study

| June 5, 2014 | Reply

Recreational hunters are under-utilised as a resource for wildlife management, according to a study from The University of Queensland.

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