Eco Stories

Siemens challenges engineers to turn dream designs into 3D reality

Siemens challenges engineers to turn dream designs into 3D reality

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

Siemens Australia is looking to reward up and coming engineers by transforming their big ideas into reality. A highlight of the upcoming Engineers Australia Convention 2014, the Siemens 3D Challenge will see the winning entry walk away with a new 3DSystems Cube X 3D printer valued at $3700. In addition, the winning entries from both […]

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New guide shields Aussies from toxic groundwater, land

New guide shields Aussies from toxic groundwater, land

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

A cleaner, healthier, safer and more prosperous Australia is the goal of a new national framework for remediating contaminated sites. Developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), state and federal governments, environmental authorities and clean-up industries, the new framework complements the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) […]

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Coal provides just 1.2% of Qld jobs and threatens job-rich agriculture and tourism

Coal provides just 1.2% of Qld jobs and threatens job-rich agriculture and tourism

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

The Australian Greens welcome The Australia Institute’s report out today showing how overblown the coal industry’s contribution to jobs is in Queensland. “While the big mining companies and their spin machines would want us to believe otherwise, this report shows the coal industry only employs 1.2 per cent of the workforce in Queensland,” Senator Larissa […]

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Southern Bluefin Tuna talks close with no progress on seabird bycatch

Southern Bluefin Tuna talks close with no progress on seabird bycatch

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

“The lack of progress at this week’s meeting to prevent the unnecessary death of thousands of seabirds is extremely disappointing,” said HSI’s Alexia Wellbelove. “The continuing efforts by two nations at CCSBT to delay taking action to reduce the deaths of threatened albatross and other seabird species is simply unacceptable.” “At this meeting CCSBT has […]

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UN issues guidelines to minimize risk of invasive species  Guidance targets pets, terrarium and aquarium species and live bait

UN issues guidelines to minimize risk of invasive species Guidance targets pets, terrarium and aquarium species and live bait

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

The Convention on Biological Diversity today adopted new guidance to tackle the introduction of invasive species as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food. The guidance addresses a major pathway for introduction and spread of invasive alien species, as a significant percentage of global invasive introductions result from pets, aquarium […]

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The complexity of Australia’s Oceans

The complexity of Australia’s Oceans

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

Australia’s best and brightest marine scientists are meeting in the Canberra today [7–8 October] to discuss the latest research aiming to unlock the secrets of the oceans surrounding Australia. The Australian Coastal and Oceans Modelling and Observations Workshop will be held at the Academy of Science, with Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb guest speaker. The […]

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Eco Awards & Events

Calling Youth Photographers

Calling Youth Photographers

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

WetlandCare Australia, the leading Australian not-for-profit wetland conservation organization, is excited to announce the introduction of Youth Awards in their 8th annual Photography Prize, held to celebrate World Wetlands Day (February 2).   This year a Youth Award will be presented in each of the three competition categories, in addition to the traditional 1st, 2nd […]

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International technology innovator to lead CSIRO

International technology innovator to lead CSIRO

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

The appointment of Dr Larry Marshall as the new Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) was announced today by the Chairman of the CSIRO Board, Simon McKeon. “Dr Marshall has an impeccable record as a scientist, a technology innovator and business leader,” Mr McKeon said. “His wealth of experience in […]

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Theme announcement: Sand Sculpting Australia presents, Friends, Foes and Super Heroes – Walt Disney

Theme announcement: Sand Sculpting Australia presents, Friends, Foes and Super Heroes – Walt Disney

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

There’s something for everyone as popular Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters will come to life in sand this season as Sand Sculpting Australia proudly presents Friends, Foes and Super Heroes. Showcasing the artistic skill of 20 international and Australian sand sculptors, the exhibition will be open from 10am on Boxing Day, 26 December […]

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Australia Still Rating Well When It Comes To Sustainability!

Australia Still Rating Well When It Comes To Sustainability!

| October 16, 2014 | Reply

Announcing the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards Finalists Now in its 26th year, the Banksia Foundation continues to provide a positive platform to showcase the best in Australian invention, innovation and ingenuity in the all important sustainability space. The amazing array of innovative initiatives that have entered this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards, now in its 26th […]

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Popular grant scheme offers more money for rural communities

Popular grant scheme offers more money for rural communities

| October 9, 2014 | Reply

An initiative set up to say ‘thank you’ to regional Australia will open a new round of cash grants from Monday (15 September) for nationwide community groups with water on their minds. The Philmac Project provides individual grants of up to $5000 to local organisations wanting to carry out water-related projects that benefit rural and […]

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Marine and beach littering project tops Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Marine and beach littering project tops Premier’s Sustainability Awards

| October 7, 2014 | Reply

The Port Phillip EcoCentre has won the state’s top honour in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards – the Premier’s Recognition Award – for its program ‘Life Support for the Bay’.

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Habitat

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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Victoria’s animal emblem Leadbeater’s Possum likely to be listed as ‘critically endangered’ by December

Victoria’s animal emblem Leadbeater’s Possum likely to be listed as ‘critically endangered’ by December

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

It is expected that the status of the Leadbeater’s Possum will be revised to ‘critically endangered’ in December this year, when the federal Threatened Species Scientific Committee completes its reassessment of the species. Last night in Senate Estimates, Victorian Senator Janet Rice, questioned the federal Environment Department on the progress of the nomination of the […]

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Split reserves increase bilby’s survival chance

Split reserves increase bilby’s survival chance

| October 28, 2014 | Reply

Australia’s shy Easter bunny alternative, the endangered bilby, will have a far better chance of surviving deadly predation by feral cats and foxes if they are kept in several protected areas instead of a single large area, scientists say. Research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) reveals that establishing entirely new […]

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Bandicoots in the ‘burbs: Balancing urban growth and the conservation of a species on the edge

Bandicoots in the ‘burbs: Balancing urban growth and the conservation of a species on the edge

| October 7, 2014 | Reply

The endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot is under threat from Melbourne’s urban sprawl. Melbourne’s population is expected to increase by 3.4 million by 2050 and in response, the Victorian Government is expanding the city’s growth boundary and developing new industrial and residential areas. According to Dr Pia Lentini from the University of Melbourne, these new suburbs […]

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The great unknown: the life and times of fish living on sand

The great unknown: the life and times of fish living on sand

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Sand—that grainy stuff that covers vast swathes of the ocean floor—may not seem as exciting a habitat as coral reefs or seagrass meadows, but according to Lachlan Fetterplace from the University of Wollongong, there’s a whole lot going on in the vast sandy stretches of the ocean. According to Lachlan, sand or soft sediments cover […]

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Long-distance Aussie travellers ‘under threat’

Long-distance Aussie travellers ‘under threat’

| September 30, 2014 | Reply

Two once-common migratory birds have been nominated this week for admission to Australia’s list of threatened species. Catastrophic recent declines in populations of the curlew sandpiper and eastern curlew have resulted in their nomination for threatened status, based on work led by researchers at the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub. “Australia is the end-point of one […]

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Clean Energy

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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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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Organics

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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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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Eco Products

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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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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More Eco Stories

Australia ranks last on climate leadership in global report of 60 countries

Australia ranks last on climate leadership in global report of 60 countries

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

The Global Green Economy Index out today lists Australia as last among 60 countries assessed for leadership on global warming “Tony Abbott has well and truly demolished Australia’s standing as a world leader in addressing global warming. We were the best and now we are the worst. It is a tragedy and must be reversed,” […]

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Shocking map highlights gas fracking pollution risks to drinking water in WA

Shocking map highlights gas fracking pollution risks to drinking water in WA

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

Western Australia’s peak conservation organisation has released a map produced by the WA Water Corporation revealing that gas fracking titles and acreage releases have been issued over a quarter of the state’s drinking water reserves. Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen said “Gas fracking is one of the most toxic and polluting industries on the planet, […]

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Aussie answer to toxic fire-fighting chemicals

Aussie answer to toxic fire-fighting chemicals

| November 6, 2014 | Reply

Australian scientists have come up with the solution to a world-wide pollution problem – how to mop up the toxic residues left after the use of special foams to fight fires. The revolutionary technology, developed by researchers at the CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) and the University of South […]

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