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          Eco Stories

          New study finds $3.8 billion in food wastage each year due to faults in the Cold Food Chain

          | June 27, 2020 | Reply
          New study finds $3.8 billion in food wastage each year due to faults in the Cold Food Chain

          A study has reported an estimate of 2,183,500 tonnes of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and dairy products is wasted each year due to breaks and deficiencies in the cold food chain.? A report prepared for Refrigerants Australia and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has shown that poor temperature management is the […]

          Impact of bushfire smoke on health to be studied

          | June 25, 2020 | Reply
          Impact of bushfire smoke on health to be studied

          Understanding the long-term health impacts of bushfire smoke will be the focus of a new study being undertaken at the Centenary Institute and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). The study, funded by the Medical Research Future Fund’s (MRFF) Bushfire Impact Research grants program will seek to better understand the physiological impacts of prolonged bushfire […]

          Mars and Reef Magic collaborate to boost coral resilience on the Great Barrier Reef with installation of Australia’s first Reef Star system

          | June 24, 2020 | Reply
          Mars and Reef Magic collaborate to boost coral resilience on the Great Barrier Reef with installation of Australia’s first Reef Star system

          Mars Sustainable Solutions, part of Mars Incorporated, and Reef Magic Cruises today announced the successful installation of a system to support the long-term resilience of the Great Barrier Reef’s marine ecosystem. The project is a collaboration with James Cook University and local Indigenous rangers. Reef Magic marine biologists including Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority […]

          Get your hands dirty for health

          | June 24, 2020 | Reply
          Get your hands dirty for health

          Call to restore urban biodiversity, post-pandemic Billions of people using the Earth’s resources and changing or destroying ecosystems are not only creating the global environmental and climate crisis, but also compromising human health and long-term survival of our species, experts warn in an open letter to world leaders. The #HealthyRecovery initiative, signed by more than […]

          Committee sinks claws into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia

          | June 23, 2020 | Reply
          Committee sinks claws into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia

          The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy has today commenced a new inquiry into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. Committee Chair Mr Ted O’Brien MP said that the inquiry will take a national approach to the problem of feral and domestic cats and their impact on native […]

          Eco Awards & Events

          Understanding your impacts during COVID-19

          | June 27, 2020 | Reply
          Understanding your impacts during COVID-19

          GRI webinar series on the role of sustainability reporting in the pandemic response What is COVID-19 teaching us about the need for organizations to show greater accountability and transparency? What is the role for companies in the global response to the economic and societal challenges of the crisis – and how can sustainability reporting help? […]

          New international photography award announced

          | June 24, 2020 | Reply
          New international photography award announced

          MAJOR NEW INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD LAUNCHED? ? A new international photography award named after the pioneer of Australian Antarctic photography, Frank Hurley, has been launched. The Frank Hurley Photography Awards with prizes totaling over AU$30,000 including a 10 day Antarctic expedition for the overall winner, will have a panel of judges including several distinguished Australian […]

          Former NASA Chief Innovation Officer talks AI and its impact on our future at Schneider Electric World Innovation Day 2020

          | June 23, 2020 | Reply
          Former NASA Chief Innovation Officer talks AI and its impact on our future at Schneider Electric World Innovation Day 2020

          Schneider Electric, leader in digital transformation of?energy management and automation , held its annual World Innovation Day event virtually?this year on 21 May. The day included presentations from energy technology experts,?including former Chief Innovation Officer at NASA, Dr Omar Hatamleh. “We were excited to invite Dr Omar Hatamleh to present at this year’s Schneider Electric?World […]

          Going viral: Museum of Human Disease launches virtual museum

          | June 22, 2020 | Reply
          Going viral: Museum of Human Disease launches virtual museum

          The Museum of Human Disease at UNSW Sydney has launched a virtual museum open to the general public. The museum – which displays real organs and body parts – is the only publicly accessible medical pathology collection in Australia. It homes 2500+ specimens like lungs, brains and body tissue that have been affected by disease. […]

          Can you see the stars? Who has the darkest skies?

          | June 18, 2020 | Reply
          Can you see the stars? Who has the darkest skies?

          Tell us what you can see on the longest night, help us map Australia’s light pollution, and set a world record Stunning video overlay and photos, spokespeople for all states and territories Full media kit: www.scienceinpublic.com.au/media-releases/dark-sky Scientists are asking all Australians to step outside on the longest night of the year to help them measure […]

          Climate Change

          Finland, Canada and the Netherlands join forces to advance the circular economy as key to a sustainable recovery

          | June 25, 2020 | Reply
          Finland, Canada and the Netherlands join forces to advance the circular economy as key to a sustainable recovery

          The world needs a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finland has joined forces with Canada and the Netherlands to host three high level events to address the important role circularity plays in the economies of the future, as well as in the fight against climate change and […]

          JANA calls upon investors to factor in climate change

          | June 25, 2020 | Reply
          JANA calls upon investors to factor in climate change

          Australia’s largest investment consulting firm JANA is calling on investors to factor climate change into major investment decisions, warning that the impact of climate change and unclear policy responses by governments, including Australia’s, pose a significant risk to returns. In a game-changing report to its clients, including Australia’s leading superannuation firms and insurers, JANA urges […]

          ‘We Don’t Have Time’ Announces Nick Nuttall as Strategic Communications Director

          | June 22, 2020 | Reply
          ‘We Don’t Have Time’ Announces Nick Nuttall as Strategic Communications Director

          Former Spokesperson of UN Climate Change and UN Environment Brings Over Two Decades of International Experience to World’s Largest Social Network for Climate Action Climate action social network WeDontHaveTime.org is delighted to announce today that one of the world’s leading experts in environmental communications has joined their team. British-born Nick Nuttall has led the communications […]

          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 […]

          Clean Energy

          9 OUT OF 10 AUSTRALIANS DON’T THINK MOBILE DATA CONTRIBUTES TO CARBON EMISSIONS

          | June 5, 2020 | Reply
          9 OUT OF 10 AUSTRALIANS DON’T THINK MOBILE DATA CONTRIBUTES TO CARBON EMISSIONS

          We estimate mobile data networks in Australia create more than half a million tonnes of CO2 every year.? New research from Australian telco Belong has found approximately eight per cent of Australians realise mobile data is a contributor to carbon emissions. Yet it is estimated that mobile data networks in Australia cause more than half […]

          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 […]

          Sustainability

          Finland, Canada and the Netherlands join forces to advance the circular economy as key to a sustainable recovery

          | June 25, 2020 | Reply
          Finland, Canada and the Netherlands join forces to advance the circular economy as key to a sustainable recovery

          The world needs a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finland has joined forces with Canada and the Netherlands to host three high level events to address the important role circularity plays in the economies of the future, as well as in the fight against climate change and […]

          HP Announces Bold New Goals and Partnerships for Planet, People and Communities

          | June 25, 2020 | Reply
          HP Announces Bold New Goals and Partnerships for Planet, People and Communities

          Releases 2019 Sustainable Impact Report; Sustainability efforts helped drive more than US$1.6 billion in new sales ?in 2019 —an estimated 69 per cent increase year-over- year News highlights: Commits to eliminate 75 per cent of single-use plastic packaging by 2025 compared to 2018.[1] Advances diversity and inclusion agenda: 40 percent of global new hires were […]

          How do companies foster a culture of health?

          | June 22, 2020 | Reply
          How do companies foster a culture of health?

          GRI has launched a range of new resources to help companies integrate the Culture of Health for Business (COH4B) Framework within their sustainability reporting. COH4B is a holistic framework, endorsed by GRI, on the role of companies in impacting the health and wellbeing of their employees and stakeholders. It was developed in 2019 by a […]

          Sustainability to drive Australian hotel industry forward in a post-Covid world

          | June 17, 2020 | Reply
          Sustainability to drive Australian hotel industry forward in a post-Covid world

          Key points: Sustainable design features can off-set increased operating costs Covid will significantly change hotel operations Pro-invest to open two new hotels in Q3 2020 – Sydney Airport and Queenstown Hotel investors will require strong sustainability programs for future investments Astute investors in the hotel sector can ride the upside of the current Covid-19 crisis […]

          Sendle delivers with Australia’s first off-grid fleet of solar vans

          | June 17, 2020 | Reply
          Sendle delivers with Australia’s first off-grid fleet of solar vans

          Sendle, Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral parcel delivery service, has taken the next step in its sustainable shipping mission by rolling out the first fleet of solar fuelled electric vehicles for small business parcel delivery in partnership withBonds Couriers. Led by ethical business and carbon conscious consumers, the shipping sector is on the cusp of […]

          Habitat

          Destruction of greater glider habitat jumped by 52% after vulnerable listing

          | June 27, 2020 | Reply
          Destruction of greater glider habitat jumped by 52% after vulnerable listing

          Destruction of greater glider habitat increased by 52% in New South Wales and Queensland after the species was listed as vulnerable to extinction, a report by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia has revealed. The vulnerable listing – under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act – should have protected greater glider habitat. Instead the […]

          Threatened species lose 1 million ha of habitat to unauthorised agricultural development

          | June 25, 2020 | Reply
          Threatened species lose 1 million ha of habitat to unauthorised agricultural development

          More than one million hectares of threatened species habitat has been lost due to unauthorisedclearing by agriculturalists who have failed to follow the law, according to a new analysis by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia. WWF-Australia said the federal environment department had failed to ensure compliance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, […]

          KANGAROO ISLAND DUNNART RECOVERY SUPPORTED BY CITIZEN SCIENTISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

          | June 24, 2020 | Reply
          KANGAROO ISLAND DUNNART RECOVERY SUPPORTED BY CITIZEN SCIENTISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

          A record number of citizen scientists have answered the call to assist in bushfire recovery efforts for one of Kangaroo Island’s most endangered species. More than 550 volunteers sorted through almost 25,000 images of native animals taken by cameras deployed across the western end of the island in the search for the mouse-like Kangaroo Island […]

          Post bushfire survey shows 90% reduction in wildlife

          | June 22, 2020 | Reply
          Post bushfire survey shows 90% reduction in wildlife

          Search for ground dwelling species finds only 2 small mammals & 5 skinks One of the first wildlife surveys conducted after Australia’s devastating bushfires has found a 90% reduction in ground dwelling species in burnt areas. Two small mammals and five skinks were the only low mobility, ground-dwellers located after a search of seven sites […]

          OzFish makes national call to focus on waterway health

          | June 11, 2020 | Reply
          OzFish makes national call to focus on waterway health

          A campaign to accelerate the recreational fishing community involvement in fish habitat restoration was launched today by OzFish Unlimited. Through a series of powerful images, the online campaign flips the cliched bragging right photo of an angler and their catch with the waterways in focus instead of the fish. CEO and Founder of OzFish Unlimited […]

          More Eco Stories

          New extinct family of giant wombat relatives discovered in Australian desert

          New extinct family of giant wombat relatives discovered in Australian desert

          | June 27, 2020 | Reply

          A giant marsupial that roamed prehistoric Australia 25 million years ago is so different from its wombat cousins that scientists have had to create a new family to accommodate it. The unique remains of a prehistoric, giant wombat-like marsupial?–Mukupirna nambensis?–? that was unearthed in central Australia are so different from all other previously known extinct […]

          Banyan Tree Group and The Boutique Farmers Form Joint Venture To Develop ORI9IN, the first Gourmet Organic Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand

          Banyan Tree Group and The Boutique Farmers Form Joint Venture To Develop ORI9IN, the first Gourmet Organic Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand

          | June 25, 2020 | Reply

          Banyan Tree Group has opened ORI9IN, the first gourmet organic farm in Chiangmai, Thailand, together with James Noble, Two Michelin-Star Chef-turned-Sustainable-Farmer of The Boutique Farmers, established as a reputable grower. A partnership grounded on the passion for a sustainable future through food, this enterprise leverages the post-COVID quest for better health and wellbeing. This venture […]

          COVID-19 ushers in a new normal for board members – we won’t go back

          COVID-19 ushers in a new normal for board members – we won’t go back

          | June 24, 2020 | Reply

          COVID-19 has resulted in the single biggest change to the function of boards in 80 years,?according to New Zealand and Australian board management software company BoardPro. Companies that will be successful in a post-COVID19 world are those that accept that the way we do?business isn’t returning to how it once was. Remote board meetings are […]

          Why one person’s sweet scent is another’s foul odour

          Why one person’s sweet scent is another’s foul odour

          | June 24, 2020 | Reply

          A UNSW researcher explains how our perceptions of smell differ and why products like perfume or deodorant don’t always make us smell nicer. We all perceive smells differently and that’s why one person’s pleasant perfume can be another’s nauseating pong, a UNSW researcher explains. Dr James Hayes, of UNSW Engineering, said there were a range […]

          Scoping NSW’s Central-West Orana as a Renewable Energy Zone

          Scoping NSW’s Central-West Orana as a Renewable Energy Zone

          | June 23, 2020 | Reply

          On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $5 million in funding to TransGrid to conduct a detailed feasibility study to develop the proposed Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) in New South Wales (NSW). ? The $16.2 million study will assess the technical and commercial options for […]

          Seasonal sea ice changes hold clues to controlling CO2 levels, ancient ice shows

          Seasonal sea ice changes hold clues to controlling CO2 levels, ancient ice shows

          | June 23, 2020 | Reply

          New research has shed light on the role sea ice plays in managing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Sea ice across the Southern Ocean played a crucial role in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change – and it could provide a critical resource to improve Earth system models, a new study […]

          New IEA report highlights Australia’s untapped energy efficiency potential

          New IEA report highlights Australia’s untapped energy efficiency potential

          | June 22, 2020 | Reply

          A NEW International Energy Agency (IEA) report highlights the massive potential of energy efficiency to create jobs, cut bills and address climate change, but Australia can do much more to seize this opportunity, according to the Energy Efficiency Council. The 10 recommendations, published by national leaders, ministers, top business executives and prominent energy experts that […]

          Horror Start to Whale Migration Continues – Another Entanglement on Queensland’s Gold Coast

          Horror Start to Whale Migration Continues – Another Entanglement on Queensland’s Gold Coast

          | June 22, 2020 | Reply

          Just over a month in, and it’s a horror start for the whale migration season in Queensland. Yesterday morning, the fourth whale of the season was entangled at Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise Beach.? Representing Sea Shepherd Australia, Jonathan Clark said, “The Queensland Government has a serious problem on their hands. We are still very early […]

          CHASING COVID-19: CSIRO SCIENTISTS FIND FAST, CHEAPER WAY TO FIND OUTBREAKS IN OUR WASTEWATER

          CHASING COVID-19: CSIRO SCIENTISTS FIND FAST, CHEAPER WAY TO FIND OUTBREAKS IN OUR WASTEWATER

          | June 20, 2020 | Reply

          Tracking community outbreaks of COVID-19 through wastewater can happen faster, using more cost-effective tests, according to new research published by the Australian national science agency, CSIRO. The new research builds on the world’s first peer-reviewed proof-of-concept trial run in Brisbane by CSIRO and The University of Queensland which tested untreated sewage and found fragments of […]

          Boral and UTS launch industry-first research partnership

          Boral and UTS launch industry-first research partnership

          | June 18, 2020 | Reply

          Boral and the University of Technology Sydney have formed a five-year partnership to accelerate product innovation, and the research, development and commercialisation of low carbon concrete.? The partnership has resulted in the establishment of the UTS Boral Centre for Sustainable Building at UTS Tech Lab, bringing academia and industry together to research and innovate sustainable […]