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    Eco Stories

    How does wildlife fare after bushfires?

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    Fire ecologists and wildlife specialists at La Trobe University have made key discoveries in how wildlife restores itself after bushfires, and what Australian conservationists can do to assist the process. The study, published this week in Wildlife Research journal, looks at various reserves in Victoria after bushfires had taken place. It finds that the surrounding […]

    First Bilby born in a NSW National Park in more than a century

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    We are excited to announce AWC ecologists have recorded the first Bilby born in a NSW National Park in more than a century – just in time for Easter! In 2018, as part of the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species program, AWC returned Bilbies – one of Australia’s most iconic threatened mammals – to a […]

    Building farms and towers at sea to feed and power the world

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    As partners in the $329 million Blue Economy CRC announced in Launceston ? Macquarie University engineers will develop new technologies for ocean infrastructure as part of the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre announced by Karen Andrews, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. The Blue Economy CRC will drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking […]

    Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil announce a major increase in recycled plastic

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil announced a major increase in the use of recycled plastic as part of a global commitment to help solve the world’s packaging problem. Coca-Cola Amatil in Australia will make 70 per cent of its plastic bottles entirely from recycled plastic by the end of 2019. The move is part of […]

    USQ tackling Earth’s most pressing issues

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    From climate change to reducing our carbon footprint, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) research is tackling some of the world’s most complex challenges. USQ’s expertise in the fields of environmental sciences were highlighted in the latest Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report. ERA, which evaluates the quality of research conducted at […]

    Eco Awards & Events

    Calling Victorian sustainability stars – there’s still time to enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards

    | June 3, 2019 | Reply

    Entries in the 2019 Premier’s Sustainability Awards close at 5pm on Thursday 13 June. Finalists will be announced mid-August. All finalists are invited to attend the awards’ ceremony on Thursday 10 October – a night of celebrating sustainability leadership, creativity and innovation across 11 categories. 2018 finalist in the Awards’ education category was Albert Park […]

    2019 Banksia?Ignite?Program

    | May 15, 2019 | Reply

    How is Australia performing in the global movement to achieve the 17 Global Goals? How will this change the world? Does it really matter for Australia? What am I going to get out of this? Why are some of us really attuned to this, whereas some of us cannot relate to this, at all? Come […]

    Yume Food tells why you should enter the Premier’s Sustainability Awards

    | May 13, 2019 | Reply

    Previous entrants in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards say that their involvement has led to better staff morale, improved profiling with their customers and stronger community relationships. Recent research by Sustainability Victoria says that entrants not only demonstrate increased energy efficiencies and reduced bills through their sustainability projects, by telling their stories through the Awards […]

    Premier’s Sustainability Awards now open with new category

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    Victoria’s leading sustainability awards program, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards, are now open for entries, featuring a new category, that celebrates the outstanding contribution made by volunteers.

    4?Reasons Why Compost Is Key To A Cleaner, Greener And More Sustainable Environment

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    We all know that compost is vital in providing essential nutrients for plant growth, it fertilises the soil and creates a healthy environment for plants and crops. But do you know this organic material also plays a crucial role towards building a greener, cleaner and sustainable environment for future generations. 1. Compost diverts food waste […]

    Climate Change

    Antarctica’s Effect on Sea Level Rise in Coming Centuries

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    There are two primary causes of global mean sea level rise – added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers, and the expansion of sea water as it warms. The melting of Antarctica’s ice sheet is currently responsible for 20 to 25 percent of global sea level rise. But how much of a role will […]

    Discovery of new link to coastal erosion: what we can learn from the sea

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    New research has uncovered a missing nutrient source in coastal oceans, which could promote better water quality and sand management on popular beaches. While the release of nutrients buried in the seabed ‘feeds’ coastal marine ecosystems, the latest research at Flinders University has found a new physical mechanism which erodes seabed sediment at depths up […]

    Young Growing Forests Offer the Greatest Opportunity For Carbon Storage

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    Newly-published research by an international team including scientists from Western Sydney University and CSIRO has found that younger, regrowing forests are much more capable of taking carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it away than older established forests. In research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United […]

    Climate Proofing Australia: A whole-of-landscape approach to tackling climate change

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    Representatives from the agriculture, forestry and ecological restoration industries have today launched an unprecedented cross-sector alliance and collaborative land management approach to Australia’s climate change mitigation strategy. The Climate Proofing Australia (CPA) alliance advocates for a whole-of-landscape approach to tackle climate change aimed at integrating trees and improving soils across the landscape to store carbon, […]

    Australia’s first Council-led Climate Emergency Conference

    | August 26, 2018 | Reply

    Darebin City Council is taking a leadership role in climate change by hosting Australia’s first council-led Climate Emergency Conference. To be held at Northcote Town Hall on 11 and 12 September 2018, Council has engaged the support of renowned international and Australian experts to discuss the climate emergency and to call on business and government […]

    Clean Energy

    Green bus fleet hits Melbourne streets

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    New hybrid technology buses set to be introduced to high capacity Melbourne routes. The first of 50 new Hybrid technology buses have been introduced to Melbourne public transport routes today. The introduction of the buses marks an important innovation for Victoria’s public transport network, delivering significant reductions in emissions, noise and fuel consumption as well […]

    Australia’s first solar-focused electricity company launches

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    DC Power Co, Australia’s first solar-focused electricity company, launches today to support the 2 million solar households who lack the information and support to get the most from their rooftop solar. The launch coincides with new research by market insights group Essence that suggests almost two-thirds of solar households have a limited understanding of their […]

    Boral Timber to turn sawmill residues into renewable diesel and bitumen

    | August 27, 2018 | Reply

    Under the $1.2 million study, Boral will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery using innovative technology, which would be located near the Herons Creek sawmill. If the study is successful, the proposed biorefinery, which would cost an estimated $50 million to build, could convert up to 50,000 tonnes of waste sawmill […]

    Australia to lead lithium-ion battery recycling charge

    | July 20, 2018 | 1 Reply

    A new battery recycling industry to tackle Australia’s annual 3300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste could be on the cards, according to a new report. The report, ‘Lithium battery recycling in Australia’, says Australia could lead the world in the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, addressing this waste which is growing by 20 per […]

    Orange, tea tree & eucalyptus oils sweeten diesel fumes

    | July 16, 2018 | Reply

    Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only fuel. QUT PhD researcher Ashrafur Rahman tested each of the waste oils for performance and emissions as a 10 per cent oil/90per cent diesel blend in a 6-cylinder, 5.9l diesel engine. […]


    Wind farm boom boosts regional Victorian jobs

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    Thanks to a wind farm boom in Victoria, Geelong will see the creation of a new wind turbine assembly facility that will serve as Victoria’s centre for turbine manufacturing. The new facility will play a key part in the manufacturing of wind turbine components and assembly for Tilt Renewables’ Dundonnell Wind Farm in south-west Victoria. […]

    University students build ‘A House For Life’

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    Competing in the Solar Decathlon in the Middle East in 2018, The University of Wollongong (UOW) teamed up with TAFE NSW to create the ‘Desert Rose’ house, a net-zero energy home specifically designed for people living with dementia and other age-related diseases. Dubbed the ‘Energy Olympics’, the Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges […]

    Keep Australia Beautiful and Mount Franklin proudly announce a new partnership

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) and Mount Franklin today announce a new partnership to educate, inspire and take action to enable better recycling opportunities for Australians. Keep Australia Beautiful CEO Val Southam said “KAB has been carrying out the independent audited research project known as the National Litter Index for the past 13 years, and is […]

    Food scraps trial to reduce landfill

    | November 28, 2018 | Reply

    The City of Sydney is inviting 100 apartment buildings and 300 houses to join its first food scraps collection trial in mid-2019. The trial is part of the City’s Leave Nothing to Waste action plan, which has a target of diverting more than 90 per cent of waste from landfill by 2030. “We know our […]

    Veolia will operate Australia’s first Energy from Waste facility

    | November 28, 2018 | Reply

    Yesterday, financial close was reached between client Project Co, Veolia and our consortium partner Acciona for the design, build and operation of the EfW facility. Project Co, made up of Phoenix Energy, Macquarie Capital and DIF Infrastructure selected Acciona to design and build (D&B) The Kwinana Project, and Veolia as the preferred bidder for the […]


    Shearwater Rescue Initiative Helps Chicks Embark on their Maiden Migration to Alaska

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    Motorists encouraged to be wary of migrating shearwater chicks and changed traffic conditions on Phillip Island as part of the Shearwater Rescue Initiative. Tens of thousands of shearwater chicks will leave Phillip Island and embark on their maiden migration to Alaska in the coming weeks – causing a potential road hazard for drivers in the […]

    Global calls for Australia to halt its extinction crisis

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    The President of WWF-International has written an open letter to Australia’s political leaders calling for immediate action to halt biodiversity loss and support a global New Deal for Nature and People. Pavan Sukhdev, who was appointed WWF’s International President in 2017, is visiting Australia to call for strong action to halt the loss of Australia’s […]

    Rabbits more destructive to dunes than climate change

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    Rabbits have been identified as the culprit behind historical damage to the vast dune system that flanks South Australia’s Coorong. A long-term study of vegetation cover on Younghusband Peninsula’s transgressive dunes by Flinders University researchers shows that rabbits have been the most destructive factor affecting dune stability, ahead of wind, temperature fluctuation or rainfall -- […]

    Taking Reef protection “to the next level”

    | March 11, 2019 | Reply

    WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society today expressed strong support for the Queensland government’s Bill introduced to Parliament to phase out farm practices and other activities that pollute the Reef’s waters. WWF and AMCS’s joint Fight For The Reef campaign helped secure strong policies for the Reef, including a ban on dredge spoil dumping […]

    New Virgin Australia and Greening Australia carbon offsetting partnership takes flight

    | November 28, 2018 | Reply

    A significant new carbon offsetting partnership between Virgin Australia and national not-for-profit, Greening Australia, will see critical habitat created in South Australia for internationally important migratory shorebirds and other threatened wildlife. The new project – one of Australia’s largest biodiverse carbon offset projects to date – will see the revenue from carbon credits purchased by […]

    More Eco Stories

    I Need A Hero” Australian Koala Foundation Launches New Campaign for Save the Koala Month

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    September is fast approaching and so is the annual fundraising and awareness campaign Save the Koala Month (STKM) from the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF). Each September the AKF invites the public to join them to celebrate and help save our Koalas through month-long festivities and 2019 marks the 30th anniversary. This year the AKF’s theme […]

    How Your Dirty Clothes Can – Help Clean The Environment…

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    A new laundry product is revolutionising the way we wash our clothes by providing an eco-friendly solution to the big plastic pollution problem we all face. Happi is a certified organic laundry liquid that comes in paper pouches with a stainless steel refillable bottle to replace the unnecessary plastic and chemicals commonly used in most […]

    By 2050 as few as 10% of Earth’s coral reefs will survive

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    In the lead up to World Oceans Day on 8 June 2019, the Blue Octopus Foundation is addressing one of the most urgent environmental problems facing the world today and launching a campaign that aims to protect coral reefs by alleviating poverty through community empowerment. The #50Villages campaign will be implemented over three years in […]

    UWA researchers reveal an ancient family of tiny protein passengers

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    UWA researchers have discovered a new family of tiny proteins in plants that hide inside other, much larger and unrelated proteins. Vicilin is one of several very abundant seed proteins. The researchers showed how several hundred million years ago, some vicilins acquired a small, extra protein passenger – a family they call the vicilin-buried proteins. […]

    Space tourism – a launch Australia can’t afford to miss

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    In late 2018, Sir Richard Branson claimed his Virgin Galactic service would be taking passengers into space by the end of 2019 – that is, a few months from now. Whether or not the flamboyant entrepreneur meets that deadline, most experts agree it is only a matter of time before commercial space travel becomes a […]

    Queenslanders Take Part in the World’s Biggest Climate Change Business Ideas Competition

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    Climate-KIC Australia today launched the Australian 2019 edition of the world’s largest global Green Business Ideas Competition, ClimateLaunchpad, hosted in Brisbane by Australia’s largest startup community, Fishburners. With over 50 countries participating in the competition run by the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, Queenslanders will have their chance to turn their clean-tech ideas into a […]

    Soap bar sales spike from global plasticwaste crisis

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    Australia’s leading eco store, Biome, has experienced a significant spike in soap bar sales as consumer concern increases about the global plastic waste crisis. In the last four years Biome’s sales of soap bars have increased by 1600 per cent, and in the last 12 months have doubled. Following a similar trend, research from market […]

    The Better Packaging Co. secures prestigious SheEO funding

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    The Better Packaging Co. has received a prestigious annual grant from SheEO, the global incubator for women entrepreneurs. “We’re delighted to be selected as a SheEO Venture, not only because it will help us expand globally, but because it’s an acknowledgement of our vision to create evolutionary, customised packaging solutions for the new eco-nomy,” co-director […]

    Australian forests may get knocked down and get up again – but for how much longer?

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    Murdoch University scientists say parts of our climate change impacted forests may never be the same again. Hounded in the last decade by increasing frequencies of drought, heatwaves, insect pests, disease and fire, trees are often more dead than alive with their regrowth vulnerable to further climate change-caused impacts, the researchers say. In a series […]

    Flinders University Media Release – $2.4m advances Flinders towards new carbon positive goal

    | May 12, 2019 | Reply

    A fresh investment of $2.4 million into solar and sustainability was announced today at the formal launch of Flinders University’s massive solar carpark and the release of its Sustainability Plan, which will progress Flinders towards a new goal to become a carbon positive university. “We have a big vision for sustainability at Flinders and we’re […]