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    Eco Stories

    $1.5 million in NSW Government grants to stop and clean up illegal dumping

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply
    $1.5 million in NSW Government grants to stop and clean up illegal dumping

    The NSW Government is encouraging councils, public land managers and community groups to apply for grants to tackle illegal dumping in their local area. The grants are a part of the NSW Combating Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention program which has awarded $6.7 million to projects to combat illegal dumping since the program commenced. Executive […]

    Unley counts the value of its trees

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply
    Unley counts the value of its trees

    The City of Unley has taken a significant step in its plan to manage and regain its urban?forest across the City with the unanimous endorsement of its Tree Strategy at a recent?Council meeting. The Tree Strategy is Council’s roadmap for keeping Unley leafy and sets out a target of a?20% increase in canopy cover by […]

    Atlas Advisors Australia announces investment in Elanor Wildlife Park Fund

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply
    Atlas Advisors Australia announces investment in Elanor Wildlife Park Fund

    Leading wealth manager Atlas Advisors Australia has acquired a significant share in the Elanor Wildlife Park Fund. The fund consists of two iconic wildlife park assets: Featherdale Wildlife Park, located in Western Sydney and managed by ENN since 2013, and Mogo Zoo located in Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast. Executive Chairman of Atlas […]

    Winter at home is much more enjoyable in a warm house

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply
    Winter at home is much more enjoyable in a warm house

    Winter is here and, even with COVID-19 lockdowns easing, many of the large number of Australians still working from home will not only be feeling the chill, but also the financial strain that comes with warming up. The unprecedented social impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have recontextualised many aspects of modern life, and researchers at […]

    Cyclones can damage even distant reefs

    | May 28, 2020 | Reply
    Cyclones can damage even distant reefs

    Research finds current models underestimate the impact of hurricanes and typhoons on coral reef communities Full paper?and?images?available. Details below. Big and strong cyclones can harm coral reefs as far as 1000 kilometres away from their paths, new research shows. A study led by Dr Marji Puotinen from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) sounds […]

    Eco Awards & Events

    Please don’t leave a vulnerable family out in the cold this winter

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply
    Please don’t leave a vulnerable family out in the cold this winter

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for St Kilda Mums’?ability to be able to help desperate families in need, with donation dropoffs?and volunteer hours first halted and now drastically reduced. Without your help, they won’t be able to provide children and their families?with warm clothing and nursery equipment to make it through winter. […]

    Itron and Discovery Education Present the ‘Internet of Things’ Virtual Field Trip Amplifying the Connections Between Innovation and Conservation

    | May 28, 2020 | Reply
    Itron and Discovery Education Present the ‘Internet of Things’ Virtual Field Trip Amplifying the Connections Between Innovation and Conservation

    June 5th No-Cost Virtual Experience Helps Educators Engage with Students on the Topic of Sustainability in the Era of Remote Learning and Observe World Environment Day In celebration of World Environment Day, Itron and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—present the Internet of Things: […]

    Leadership and innovation set to be recognised with opening of Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020

    | May 21, 2020 | Reply
    Leadership and innovation set to be recognised with opening of Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020

    Entries are now open for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020 – a program of 11 categories that rewards outstanding achievements by Victorians who are leading the way in sustainable innovation and practices across all sectors within the state. Entering their 18th?year, the 2020 awards will be judged by a panel of climate change, science and […]

    The Australian Koala Foundation releases “KOALA QUIZ”

    | May 21, 2020 | Reply
    The Australian Koala Foundation releases “KOALA QUIZ”

    The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has released a Koala personality quiz to cheer us all in our isolation from the bush and nature. The AKF invites young and old to celebrate a national icon by taking part in the quiz to discover their cuddly Koala counterpart. The interactive experience is designed to assist supporters in […]

    Australia’s biggest sustainability celebration will forge ahead, with an extended entry deadline

    | May 20, 2020 | Reply
    Australia’s biggest sustainability celebration will forge ahead, with an extended entry deadline

    The Banksia Foundation’s 2020 Banksia Sustainability Awards?will be the?single, major sustainability awards in Australia during 2020. “Not even the biggest disruption to the global economy in 100 years can?undo the most prestigious and longest-running sustainability awards in Australia,” says Banksia Foundation CEO Graz van Egmond. The closing date for nominations has been extended to Monday, […]

    Climate Change

    Global warming will lift agriculture weed threat

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply
    Global warming will lift agriculture weed threat

    Invasive weeds pose a significant threat to global agriculture productivity – and their threat will become more pronounced if the earth’s climate is affected by increased greenhouse gas concentration, according a Flinders University climate researcher. Working with computer models to predict the likely impact of climate change on invasive weed propagation, Dr Farzin Shabani from […]

    Two in Five Australians Want Nuclear Power Laws Revoked to Fight Climate Change

    | May 26, 2020 | Reply
    Two in Five Australians Want Nuclear Power Laws Revoked to Fight Climate Change

    More Australians favour than oppose nuclear power to fight climate change,?new research reveals. Climate Catalyst, a study from research platform Glow, reveals the views of 5,256 citizens?across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and the UK as to their level of trust and?satisfaction with governmental response to climate change, preferred policies for adoption,?and how well […]

    TALENT ALERT: GLOBAL CLIMATE REPORT SHOWS ALARMING OCEAN TEMPERATURE RECORD

    | May 18, 2020 | Reply
    TALENT ALERT: GLOBAL CLIMATE REPORT SHOWS ALARMING OCEAN TEMPERATURE RECORD

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Climate April 2020 update, released today (14 May) shows global ocean temperatures were record warm for April, tracking a long-term warming trend because of the burning of coal, oil and gas, which is increasing the risk of further coral bleaching. The report also indicates that 2020 is […]

    Putting Climate Action Back On The Agenda

    | May 12, 2020 | Reply
    Putting Climate Action Back On The Agenda

    Greenfleet’s goal is to help supporters offset 360,000 tonnes of Carbon in 2021 Just a couple of months back, Australia was amidst what can only be described as apocalyptic weather conditions, and now that we’re all faced with the crisis that is COVID-19, our calls for climate rejuvenation seem a distant and insignificant memory. Within […]

    Port Phillip Council’s Climate Emergency Community Webinars

    | May 12, 2020 | Reply
    Port Phillip Council’s Climate Emergency Community Webinars

    The City of Port Phillip joined the growing movement calling for urgent action to address Climate Change by declaring a Climate Emergency in September 2019. This declaration recognises the serious risk climate change poses to all Australians – including those living in Port Phillip. Throughout May we will be hosting the Climate Emergency Community Forums, […]

    Clean Energy

    New report shows carbon emissions being driven down across major Australian infrastructure assets

    | May 13, 2020 | Reply
    New report shows carbon emissions being driven down across major Australian infrastructure assets

    Household names such as Ausgrid, Brisbane Airport, Port Botany and Southern Cross Station are driving their carbon emissions down as part of a concerted effort across seven major Australian infrastructure assets to develop renewable energy capacity and become more energy efficient. The IFM Investors’?FY 2019 Australian Infrastructure Carbon Footprint Summary report, released today, shows a […]

    GE Renewable Energy Secures 10-Year Service Agreement with Idaho Wind Partners

    | April 23, 2020 | Reply
    GE Renewable Energy Secures 10-Year Service Agreement with Idaho Wind Partners

    Agreement includes full service agreement for 122 GE 1.56-82.5 turbines GE’s PowerUp, eSCADA and Digital Plan of the Day digital tools also selected Schenectady, NY, April 22, 2020—GE Renewable Energy today announced that it has been selected by DIF Capital Partners to provide a 10-year full service agreement (FSA) for the 183 MW Idaho Wind […]

    Macquarie University campus to be powered by renewables

    | April 22, 2020 | Reply
    Macquarie University campus to be powered by renewables

    Macquarie University has signed a seven-year contract with Red Energy to switch to a 100 per cent renewable electricity source for its North Ryde campus. The move will see the University’s total greenhouse gas emissions cut by 92 per cent, with the campus’ electricity being sourced from Snowy Hydro from 1 July 2020. Under the […]

    CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT COLLAPSES AS RISKS AND UNCERTAINTY MOUNT

    | February 2, 2020 | Reply
    CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT COLLAPSES AS RISKS AND UNCERTAINTY MOUNT

    ?The level of new investment commitments in large-scale renewable energy projects has collapsed by more than 50 per cent according to new analysis by the Clean Energy Council which reveals a fall from 51 projects worth $10.7 billion in 2018 down to 28 projects worth $4.5 billion in 2019.? While the strong flow of projects […]

    Clear air: Monash research to reduce carbon footprint of asthma inhalers

    | January 13, 2020 | Reply
    Clear air: Monash research to reduce carbon footprint of asthma inhalers

    Researchers are conducting a series of experiments using X-ray scattering and computer modelling in order to find a low-global warming replacement propellant for asthma inhalers. By the end of 2029, the propellant HFC-134a will be banned for use in pressurised metered-dose inhalers. There is currently no solution for the world’s 339 million asthma sufferers. As […]

    Sustainability

    THE ICONIC MARKS ANOTHER SUSTAINABILITY MILESTONE AS ANZ’S FIRST MAJOR RETAILER TO LAUNCH 100% RECYCLED DELIVERY SATCHELS

    | May 26, 2020 | Reply
    THE ICONIC MARKS ANOTHER SUSTAINABILITY MILESTONE AS ANZ’S FIRST MAJOR RETAILER TO LAUNCH 100% RECYCLED DELIVERY SATCHELS

    Australia and New Zealand’s leading online retailer, THE ICONIC, has today announced that it will transition its current black parcel packaging to 100% recycled satchels. Delivering millions of orders each year, and as the first major ANZ retailer to make a commitment of this scale, the shift represents a significant milestone for THE ICONIC and […]

    Electric vehicle fleet to support sustainable operations at Port of Newcastle

    | May 21, 2020 | Reply
    Electric vehicle fleet to support sustainable operations at Port of Newcastle

    Port of Newcastle has flicked the switch to fully-electric vehicles across its operations in the latest step towards achieving its sustainability goals. The Port this week unveiled the first four Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicles, with the rest of the organisation’s vehicles to transition by the end of 2021 as other suitable models become available. Through […]

    Call for mandatory non-financial reporting in EU – built on GRI

    | May 18, 2020 | Reply
    Call for mandatory non-financial reporting in EU – built on GRI

    By Peter Paul van de Wijs, Chief External Affairs Officer, GRI This week there has been an insightful contribution to the debate about sustainability disclosure in the EU, provided by Carol Adams, Professor of Accounting at Durham University Business School. Writing for EURACTIV on 13 May (Europe needs mandatory non-financial reporting to underpin COVID recovery) […]

    How to link the GRI Standards with the SDGs

    | May 12, 2020 | Reply
    How to link the GRI Standards with the SDGs

    An updated resource is now available to assist companies to report on progress in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new document – Linking the SDGs and the GRI Standards – covers the 17 SDGs and maps them against the Standards and disclosures that apply for each. This makes it easier for […]

    Australian’s are losing up to $1,400 per annum by not switching to solar

    | May 12, 2020 | Reply
    Australian’s are losing up to $1,400 per annum by not switching to solar

    One of Australia’s leading independent solar experts, Finn Peacock, is warning that homeowners are losing up to $1,408 a year by simply not making the switch to solar.? The Founder and CEO of SolarQuotes said that in the midst of COVID-19, many Australians are looking to urgently reduce their expenses and he said that investing […]

    Habitat

    Help save the bees: New app turns users into bee counters

    | May 1, 2020 | Reply
    Help save the bees: New app turns users into bee counters

    WE NEED BEES. They are environmental champions and one of our ecosystem’s most important pollinators, responsible for much of our food supply and truly essential to sustain life on earth as we know it. Yet, bee populations have been steadily on the decline for years. We must find ways to educate people about the critical […]

    Earth Day calls to save amphibians on the brink

    | April 18, 2020 | Reply
    Earth Day calls to save amphibians on the brink

    Study finds shortfalls in amphibian conservation With climate action a theme of Earth Day 2020 (22 April 2020), a new research paper highlights the plight of some of the most vulnerable creatures. More than birds and most mammals, amphibians (frogs, salamander, worm-like caecilians, anurans, etc) are on the front line of extinction in a hotter, […]

    Flinders University Media Release – Bees point to new evolutionary answers

    | April 15, 2020 | Reply
    Flinders University Media Release – Bees point to new evolutionary answers

    Evolutionary biology aims to explain how new species arise and evolve to occupy myriad niches – but it is not a singular or simplistic story. Rare bees found in high mountain areas of Fiji provide evidence that they have evolved into many species, despite the fact they can’t readily adapt to different habitats. These bees […]

    Destruction of koala habitat increased after “vulnerable” listing

    | April 14, 2020 | Reply
    Destruction of koala habitat increased after “vulnerable” listing

    Before and after satellite pictures of cleared koala habitat https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xXCyhULWcp8rfaIfmpC4tQzkg1SKxNNP A new report by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia shows the destruction of koala habitat actually increased after the iconic marsupial was listed as “vulnerable” in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. The analysis looked at clearing rates in known or likely koala […]

    Great Barrier Reef water pollution threatens dolphins

    | January 28, 2020 | Reply
    Great Barrier Reef water pollution threatens dolphins

    Rare snubfin dolphins in Queensland’s Fitzroy River and humpback dolphins in Port Curtis are under threat from exposure to increasing amounts of water contamination, according to Southern Cross and Flinders University marine researchers. A study published in Ecological Indicators sampled pollutants in the blubber and skin of humpback and snubfin dolphins in the Fitzroy River […]

    More Eco Stories

    ZOOMING IN ON THE ORIGINS OF FAST RADIO BURSTS

    ZOOMING IN ON THE ORIGINS OF FAST RADIO BURSTS

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply

    Astronomers have peered into the home galaxies of fast radio bursts, ruling out supermassive black holes as a cause and bringing us a step closer to understanding the origins of these mysterious signals from outer space. Fast radio bursts – the hottest topic in astronomy right now – were first detected in 2007, but astronomers […]

    Legal Warnings Save Dingoes, Native Wildlife and Dogs from 1080 Poison

    Legal Warnings Save Dingoes, Native Wildlife and Dogs from 1080 Poison

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply

    The social media site 1080 Legal Action has successfully stopped the use of 1080 poison adjacent to private properties in three States of Australia saving thousands of domestic dogs, native wildlife including Dingoes from a cruel death. After service on intending baiters of a 1080 Legal Toxic Trespass Notice and display of? a No Toxic […]

    Scouts rate higher on resilience, self-confidence, and mental health

    Scouts rate higher on resilience, self-confidence, and mental health

    | June 2, 2020 | Reply

    Research confirms that Scouting programs give young Australians critical advantages in life. Young people participating in Scouts demonstrated higher levels of resilience, self-confidence, mental?wellbeing and the emotional capacity to cope with difficult times such as the recent bushfire crisis or?COVID-19 isolation. The survey by Resilient Youth Australia (in conjunction with the University of SA) compared […]

    Device targeting feral cats could help claw back native animal numbers

    Device targeting feral cats could help claw back native animal numbers

    | May 28, 2020 | Reply

    The Felixer, an autonomous device that can target and cull feral cats in the wild, could be key to rebuilding Australia’s decimated native animal populations. Ecologists from UNSW Sydney have evaluated a promising new method to control the devastating toll feral cats have inflicted on population numbers of Australian native species. In a study published […]

    Maryanne the “miracle” koala returned to the wild after bushfire wounds heal

    Maryanne the “miracle” koala returned to the wild after bushfire wounds heal

    | May 28, 2020 | Reply

    Maryanne, the “miracle” koala, has been released, after being nursed back to health. Australia’s bushfires killed tens of thousands of koalas, but this plucky little youngster defied the odds. Koalas usually stay with their mothers until they’re two years old, but Maryanne was just 12 months old and on her own when found on 18 […]

    NSW Govt invests $4.77m in Western Sydney school and community tree planting program

    NSW Govt invests $4.77m in Western Sydney school and community tree planting program

    | May 27, 2020 | Reply

    The NSW State Government has today announced $4.77m in funding for two new programs which will see more than 172,000 trees planted across greater Sydney. 72,000 trees planted across schools and community parks in the Greater Western Sydney region with Greening Australia; and 100,000 trees planted across Greater Sydney with Landcare NSW Developed by national […]

    Miniature rock art expands horizons

    Miniature rock art expands horizons

    | May 26, 2020 | Reply

    Traditional owners help with rare discovery Australian archaeologists have discovered some of the most detailed examples of rare, small-scale rock art in the form of miniature stencils in a rockshelter traditionally owned by the Marra people. The research, published in the journal Antiquity, examined the unusual art found in the Yilbilinji rockshelter at Limmen National […]

    Interior Plantscapers show solidarity for self-isolation with the launch of #StayPlanted

    Interior Plantscapers show solidarity for self-isolation with the launch of #StayPlanted

    | May 26, 2020 | Reply

    Interior plantscaping professionals encourage individuals to adhere to self-isolating and social distancing health and safety guidelines. A worldwide initiative #StayPlanted campaign was launched by a group of USA Interior plantscaping professionals encouraging individuals to place plants in windows, and share photos on social media of how office plant hire and having greenery has been beneficial […]

    Australian Ethanol: Call for industry investment to safeguard supply and boost regional economies

    Australian Ethanol: Call for industry investment to safeguard supply and boost regional economies

    | May 26, 2020 | Reply

    As supply lines from China reopen, Bioenergy Australia is calling on the federal government to support – and sanitiser manufacturing businesses to continue to buy – Australian Ethanol, as the active ingredient in hand sanitiser and surface disinfectants, as cheaper imports enter the market again.? Former Liberal Party leader, economist and Bioenergy Chair Dr John […]

    Aurecon and KBR partner with WaterNSW to deliver water security for the regions

    Aurecon and KBR partner with WaterNSW to deliver water security for the regions

    | May 26, 2020 | Reply

    A major boost to Australia’s regional water security is being delivered with WaterNSW awarding the WaterSecure joint venture the contract for its water infrastructure Portfolio Delivery Management. International engineering, design, and advisory company Aurecon, in a joint venture with KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR), will partner with WaterNSW, which supplies the state’s bulk water needs.? The […]