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                    Eco Stories

                    The plastic ban gathers momentum – Ipsos ‘Throwaway World’ study

                    | November 19, 2019 | Reply
                    The plastic ban gathers momentum – Ipsos ‘Throwaway World’ study

                    Globally, people have limited tolerance for single use plastics with 71% believing they should be banned as soon as possible 80% of people around the world believe that manufacturers should be obliged to help with recycling and reuse of the packaging they produce 74% of Australians report a preference for purchasing products that use as […]

                    70 Australian organisations make the switch to renewable energy

                    | November 19, 2019 | Reply
                    70 Australian organisations make the switch to renewable energy

                    Seventy leading Australian organisations have made the switch to renewable energy in the past two years and procured nearly 2.3 GW of electricity – enough to power about 1.3 million homes* – according to a new report by the Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A). The BRC-A released its first State of the Market report for […]

                    Saving endangered seagrass meadows with citizen scientists

                    | November 18, 2019 | Reply
                    Saving endangered seagrass meadows with citizen scientists

                    This week,?from Wednesday 20 November to Friday 22 November,?Operation Posidonia’s scientists will don their SCUBA gear and replant the first endangered seagrass shoots around new environmentally friendly boat moorings at Port Stephens, recently installed into the scars left by traditional block-and-chain moorings. A beautiful seagrass is endangered in parts of NSW, but a team of […]

                    New Research: Christmas, The Most Wasteful Time of the Year

                    | November 18, 2019 | Reply
                    New Research: Christmas, The Most Wasteful Time of the Year

                    This year, Aussies are dreaming of a ‘green’ Christmas, according to research commissioned by ING, with more than half (57%) of those surveyed saying they’ll be giving sustainable gifts and nearly a quarter (23%) preferring a socially-conscious or eco-friendly present under their own tree.? The research suggests that one third of Australians believe that Christmas […]

                    Improving Australia’s Environmental Footprint – One Footpath at a Time

                    | November 18, 2019 | Reply
                    Improving Australia’s Environmental Footprint – One Footpath at a Time

                    Footpaths and other council infrastructure paving have surprising potential for environmental benefits. Fibercon – an engineering firm established in 1996 specialising in concrete solutions – envisioned, developed, and marketed a product which is changing the face of infrastructure concrete works in Australia. They developed Emesh – a product which uses 100% recycled propylene plastic to […]

                    Eco Awards & Events

                    Matcha Yu Tea wins GOLD yet again at the 2019 Golden Leaf Tea Awards

                    | November 19, 2019 | Reply
                    Matcha Yu Tea wins GOLD yet again at the 2019 Golden Leaf Tea Awards

                    Matcha Yu Tea are beyond ecstatic?to announce that both our Matcha Green Tea varieties have picked up GOLD awards in the 2019 Golden Leaf Awards. Our Uji handpicked??Premium Matcha Tea?has?now had back to back GOLD?wins?in the??Ceremonial Matcha Category, taking the title for both 2018 and 2019.? We are very proud of this high quality superior […]

                    Get to know a little more about the 2019 Minister’s Award for the Environment Finalists!

                    | November 18, 2019 | Reply
                    Get to know a little more about the 2019 Minister’s Award for the Environment Finalists!

                    City of Gold Coast, QLD The City of Gold Coast had a vision to develop a formal external environmental offset policy and program. The program was built to deliver mutually beneficial partnerships with entities unfamiliar with their offset obligations under Commonwealth or Queensland legislation. The City set multiple goals for the program, with the key […]

                    Calix named commended in 2019 Bioenergy Innovation Awards

                    | November 18, 2019 | Reply
                    Calix named commended in 2019 Bioenergy Innovation Awards

                    Australian technology company, Calix Limited (ASX: CXL), has received commendation in the 2019 Bioenergy Innovation Awards – Bioenergy International Award for its creation of ACTI-Mag, which helps improve biogas production as a renewable energy source. The Bioenergy Innovation Awards recognise domestic and international organisations for their work across the bioenergy sector. The Bioenergy Innovation Awards […]

                    2019 Banksia Medium Business Award Finalists

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
                    2019 Banksia Medium Business Award Finalists

                    Calix, NSW Calix is a team of dedicated people developing a unique, patented technology to provide industrial solutions that address global sustainability challenges. The core technology is being used to develop more environmentally friendly solutions for advanced batteries, crop protection, aquaculture, wastewater, and carbon reduction. Calix develops its technology via a global network of research […]

                    Want to know more about our NFP/NGO Award Finalists?

                    | November 8, 2019 | Reply
                    Want to know more about our NFP/NGO Award Finalists?

                    Get to know a little more about the?2019 Banksia NFP/NGO Award Finalists!? Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Victorian Branch, VIC Climate change is not included in most nurses and midwives vocational training. Individuals have taken on the task of developing mitigation projects and practice change. Training, support and resourcing are needed. Delegates asked ANMF (Vic […]

                    Climate Change

                    A Call for unified National Leadership regarding Climate Change

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
                    A Call for unified National Leadership regarding Climate Change

                    A Call for unified National Leadership regarding Climate Change Let us draw the line now under what is past. Let us just get on with working together to prevent global temperatures rising further. As soon as possible, can our Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition convene a Roundtable, shaping a bipartisan approach, drawing […]

                    We need to plant 4 billion trees every year for the next 10 years

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
                    We need to plant 4 billion trees every year for the next 10 years

                    Every minute we lose forest cover equivalent to 36 football fields. This means 13 million hectares of forest land disappear every year, an area equivalent to the size of Greece. The consequences are doubly negative for our planet: deforestation accounts for about 17% of Climate Change. The loss of forests has more impact on greenhouse […]

                    How the mountain pygmy-possum can be saved from climate change

                    | November 8, 2019 | Reply
                    How the mountain pygmy-possum can be saved from climate change

                    Scientists have come up with a radical plan to save the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum: take some from their alpine habitat and introduce them to a warmer, lowland rainforest environment. In a study published today in Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions B, researchers from UNSW Sydney use fossil evidence going back 25 million years to argue […]

                    Why a Growing Greenland Glacier Doesn’t Mean Good News for Global Warming

                    | November 2, 2019 | Reply
                    Why a Growing Greenland Glacier Doesn’t Mean Good News for Global Warming

                    A large pool of open water at the edge of Helheim Glacier in east Greenland, as seen from the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) aircraft. The OMG team successfully dropped an ocean probe in this pool of water and measured the water temperature right at the glacier’s face. In March, a NASA-led research team announced that […]

                    Whales, penguins and krill feeling the heat in Antarctica

                    | November 1, 2019 | Reply
                    Whales, penguins and krill feeling the heat in Antarctica

                    A new report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) highlights that human-caused warming is destroying sea ice habitat in the Antarctic, threatening the survival of many iconic polar species such as whales, penguins and krill. The report Tracking Antarctica: Responding to the Climate Crisis has been released as the annual meeting of the […]

                    Clean Energy

                    World’s largest scale battery set to get even bigger

                    | November 19, 2019 | Reply
                    World’s largest scale battery set to get even bigger

                    After a successful two years of playing a critical role in maintaining grid security, the world’s largest battery is set to receive a significant upgrade to further benefit the grid in South Australia. ? On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $8 million in funding to Neoen […]

                    Neoen and Tesla to deliver Australia’s most innovative battery with the expansion of Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia

                    | November 19, 2019 | Reply
                    Neoen and Tesla to deliver Australia’s most innovative battery with the expansion of Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia

                    A 50 per cent expansion of the world’s largest battery, Hornsdale Power Reserve, also known as the Tesla Big Battery, will provide additional grid stability while continuing to reduce the cost of electricity to consumers. The site will be the first grid-scale battery in Australia to provide inertia benefits to the National Electricity Market facilitating […]

                    Maoneng secures AGL contract to expand NSW battery storage portfolio

                    | October 30, 2019 | Reply
                    Maoneng secures AGL contract to expand NSW battery storage portfolio

                    Maoneng to expand battery storage portfolio in NSW with new AGL contract Maoneng will build utility-scale batteries that will provide reliability and security for AGL during peak periods The batteries will be operational from 2023 and will store enough energy to power up to 30,000 homes Maoneng,?the Australian company spearheading the country’s transition to renewable […]

                    $50 million investment by Clean Energy Finance into optimum green standards in Pro-Invest’s new era of hotels

                    | October 30, 2019 | Reply
                    $50 million investment by Clean Energy Finance into optimum green standards in Pro-Invest’s new era of hotels

                    Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Pro-invest to deliver?5-star green treatment for new hotels Hotel accommodation will get a newtwist on the concept of five stars with Australia’s firsthospitality real estate fund to integrate energy sustainability in its investment criteria. Pro–invest’s Australian Hospitality Opportunity Fund II (Fund II) is being backed by a $50million equity investment […]

                    Liquid metals the secret ingredients to clean up environment

                    | October 15, 2019 | Reply
                    Liquid metals the secret ingredients to clean up environment

                    Forget the laboratory, substances that can solve environmental problems by capturing carbon dioxide, decontaminating water and cleaning up pollutants can be easily created in a kitchen, a UNSW Sydney study shows. In a paper published today in Nature Communications, UNSW chemical engineers shone a light on the mysterious world of liquid metals and their role […]

                    Sustainability

                    SODEXO LOOKS BEYOND MEAT FOR SUSTAINABLE PROTEIN ALTERNATIVE

                    | November 18, 2019 | Reply
                    SODEXO LOOKS BEYOND MEAT FOR SUSTAINABLE PROTEIN ALTERNATIVE

                    Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, is the first Australian company to partner with plant-based meat innovator Beyond Meat to deliver sustainable protein alternatives to miners and corporate workers. Following worker demand, Sodexo will deliver Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger, a non-beef patty, to several sites as part of a three-month trial. TheBeyond Burger […]

                    Sustainable solution for waste water treatment

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
                    Sustainable solution for waste water treatment

                    When wastewater gives power to the people Sustainable purification of wastewater by naturally occurring algae is an outstanding way for regional towns to reuse precious water – and reduce a town’s carbon footprint and power usage at the same time, says environmental health Professor Howard Fallowfield. The remarkable wastewater treatment model – which is now […]

                    Information gaps a barrier to ecosystem sustainability

                    | November 1, 2019 | Reply
                    Information gaps a barrier to ecosystem sustainability

                    Information gaps a barrier to ecosystem sustainability Global efforts to protect ecosystems and biodiversity have good intentions and clear goals but are poorly executed, according to a new study. ‘Key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals’ was published in the Nature Sustainabilityjournal this week, developed by an international team including University of Southern Queensland […]

                    ENGIE, L’Oréal Australia sign 5 year renewable energy deal

                    | November 1, 2019 | Reply
                    ENGIE, L’Oréal Australia sign 5 year renewable energy deal

                    L’Oréal Australia will be powered by 100 % renewable electricity under a long-term energy supply agreement with ENGIE Australia & New Zealand. The five-year deal is part of L’Oréal’s global Sharing Beauty with All sustainability program, which commits the company to reduce its environmental footprint, through changes such as using renewable energy. As at 2018, […]

                    Baker McKenzie announces global carbon emissions reduction targets

                    | October 30, 2019 | Reply
                    Baker McKenzie announces global carbon emissions reduction targets

                    Today Baker McKenzie announces a plan to significantly reduce its global carbon emissions over the next decade.? The reductions are part of the Firm’s wider sustainability strategy and support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Firm commits: To reduce its global energy consumption[1] by 92% by 2030 (from a 2019 baseline); To develop a […]

                    Habitat

                    Antidepressant pollutants in waterways are destroying the social dynamics of fish, study finds

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply
                    Antidepressant pollutants in waterways are destroying the social dynamics of fish, study finds

                    The Monash scientists who found that pharmaceutical pollutants in waterways altered reproductive behaviour, anxiety levels, activity, and anti-predator?responses of fish have now discovered for the first time that such toxicity is also having a disturbing impact on the social behaviour of fish. The new findings are published today in Biology Letters and coincide with a […]

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

                    | May 12, 2019 | Reply
                    Shearwater Rescue Initiative Helps Chicks Embark on their Maiden Migration to Alaska

                    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
                    Global calls for Australia to halt its extinction crisis

                    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 more destructive to dunes than climate change

                    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
                    Taking Reef protection “to the next level”

                    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 […]

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                    New 2030 Goals for Societal Change  Top Dell Technologies’ Strategic Agenda

                    New 2030 Goals for Societal Change Top Dell Technologies’ Strategic Agenda

                    | November 15, 2019 | Reply

                    News summary Company’s goals create measurable positive impact for 1 billion people, every employee, customer and Dell product Built on decades-long commitment to responsibility and purpose Committed to 50/50 gender representation in workforce and 1:1 recycling/reuse Further extended ethics and transparency practices and employee participation Full story Dell Technologies?(NYSE: DELL)?ushers in a new decade of […]

                    FOUR PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY FIRE

                    FOUR PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP THOSE IMPACTED BY FIRE

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply

                    With much of NSW and Queensland bracing itself for catastrophic fire conditions today, many of us are left wondering how we can do our bit to help. Here are four practical things you can do that will make a big difference to those who are displaced, injured or who lose their homes and belongings. Recycle […]

                    UniSA Social Enterprise Hub launch to foster social innovation and entrepreneurship

                    UniSA Social Enterprise Hub launch to foster social innovation and entrepreneurship

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply

                    The University of South Australia has launched a new Social Enterprise Hub, bringing together academics, students and the wider community to drive new models for combining good business with good social outcomes. Conceived as an inter-disciplinary hub for social innovation and entrepreneurship, the UniSA Social Enterprise Hub will take a multidisciplinary, co-design approach to finding […]

                    ARENA to develop roadmap to boost bioenergy opportunities in Australia

                    ARENA to develop roadmap to boost bioenergy opportunities in Australia

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply

                    On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced that it will begin work on the development of a roadmap to identify the role that the bioenergy sector can play in Australia’s energy transition and in helping Australia meet its emission reduction obligations.? ? The ARENA Board has agreed […]

                    ‘Missed opportunity’: Australia to fall short of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

                    ‘Missed opportunity’: Australia to fall short of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply

                    Rapid progress for Australia on the UN’s Sustainable Development goals is possible?and could deliver a fairer, greener,?more prosperous nation in?2030 – if managed properly – new UNSW research?has?found. Unless there is a groundswell across Australia towards a more sustainable future, Australia will fail to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, new UNSW research?published […]

                    Nespresso Sponsors Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week 2019

                    Nespresso Sponsors Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week 2019

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply

                    Nespresso Oceania will be helping to dispel some of the common myths around recycling this week as it announced it is supporting sponsorship of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week. National Recycling Week runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 November and this year’s theme is ‘Recycling Mythbusters’, with the aim of clearing up some of […]

                    EMPLOYEE ENTITLEMENTS DURING AUSTRALIA’S ‘CATASTROPHIC’ BUSHFIRES

                    EMPLOYEE ENTITLEMENTS DURING AUSTRALIA’S ‘CATASTROPHIC’ BUSHFIRES

                    | November 13, 2019 | Reply

                    Catastrophic weather conditions including extreme heat, strong winds, and low humidity are forecasted for Sydney and its surrounding regions tomorrow – the first time the NSW Rural Fire Service has issued the maximum level of warning in ten years. While Australia can experience a variety of natural disasters and wild weather conditions, such as floods, […]

                    Coca-Cola soft drink and water brands now produced in  100% recycled plastic

                    Coca-Cola soft drink and water brands now produced in 100% recycled plastic

                    | November 11, 2019 | Reply

                    Coca-Cola Amatil is on track to deliver its landmark sustainable packaging goal of?7 out of 10 plastic bottles made from 100% recycled plastic by the end of 2019 ? Committed to promoting recycling in Australia, Coca-Cola Australia is the major sponsor of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (11-17 November 2019) Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil […]

                    BOTTLES FOR THE BUSH APPEAL TO PROVIDE AID TO RURAL FAMILIES

                    BOTTLES FOR THE BUSH APPEAL TO PROVIDE AID TO RURAL FAMILIES

                    | November 11, 2019 | Reply

                    To coincide with the start of National Recycling Week today, TOMRA is launching a nationwide appeal for Aussies to donate their empty drink bottles and cans to help rural families struggling with drought and bushfires. The TOMRA Bottles for the Bush recycling appeal aims to raise $250,000 for Rural Aid this summer – a charity […]

                    World’s biggest sporting brands unite to close the loop

                    World’s biggest sporting brands unite to close the loop

                    | November 11, 2019 | Reply

                    ?Australian Sporting Goods Association and Save Our Soles launch world-first sports shoes recycling program with major wholesale and retail brands in Australia? Leading sports industry body, the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA), and innovative recycling partner Save Our Souls, are set to start rolling out the world’s first industry-led sports shoe recycling program from 11th […]