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It's the small things that matter – when insects shaped today's natural world

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Insects that play an essential role in moulding ecosystems may have begun their rise to prominence earlier than previously thought, shedding new light on how the world became modern. That is the finding of a new paper published by an international team of researchers led by Simon Fraser University's Bruce Archibald who is also a research associate at the Royal BC Museum.



New study examines the causes and consequences of the 2015 Wimberley floods

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A new study by Chad Furl, postdoctoral research associate, and Hatim Sharif, professor of civil and environmental engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio, delves into the 2015 Wimberley, Texas floods that destroyed 350 homes and claimed 13 lives. Furl and Sharif researched the factors that led to the catastrophic flooding and shed light on new ways people in flood-prone areas can protect against future tragedies.



Plastic in the Oceans Increasing Risk of Disease in Coral Reefs

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

More than 11 billion pieces of plastic are lodged within coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific region. According to a new study published in the journal Science, as this plastic gets tangled, it often cuts the coral, increasing the risk of infection and disease outbreaks by as much 89 percent.



NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack before snow falls

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

As farmers in the American West decide what, when and where to plant, and urban water managers plan for water needs in the next year, they want to know how much water their community will get from melting snow in the mountains.This melting snow comes from snowpack, the high elevation reservoir of snow which melts in the spring and summer. Agriculture depends on snowpack for a majority of its water. Meltwater also contributes to municipal water supply; feeds rivers and streams, boosting fisheries and tourism; and conditions the landscape, helping lessen the effects of drought and wildfires.



University of British Columbia wearable technology could change the way athletes train

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Going for the gold is what the Olympics is all about and three UBC entrepreneurs are working to help athletes get closer to the podium.Kevin Reilly and Behnam Molavi—both PhD engineering graduates from UBC—and sports physician Babak Shadgan have designed a smart garment capable of monitoring vital performance metrics through sensors and software embedded in the fabric. The technology uses near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the local metabolism of an athlete’s muscles.



The Scent of the City

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Emissions of volatile organic compounds higher than previously assumed.In the scientific journal PNAS, researchers from Innsbruck, Austria, present the world's first chemical fingerprint of urban emission sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Accordingly, the abatement strategy for organic solvents is having an effect in Europe. At the same time, the data suggest that the total amount of man-made VOCs globally is likely to be significantly higher than previously assumed.



New study reveals how icy surface ponds on Himalayan glaciers influence water flow

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The flow of water that supports hydro-electric and irrigation infrastructure in the mountain regions of Nepal and India is regulated by hundreds of large icy ponds on the surface of some of the world’s highest glaciers, scientists have revealed.



Disused and dirty swamp transformed into vibrant wetlands in the heart of suburbia

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Once a degraded swampland, the Eric Singleton Bird sanctuary in Perth, sandwiched between busy roads and suburbia on three sides, now provides an oasis for bird life - and the humans who visit.



How one employee implemented change that's good for both the business and the environment

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Anthony Vedelago sought out a means by which he could protect his business from rising energy costs. What he found was a way he could achieve this in an environmentally sustainable manner whilst providing immediate benefit to both his tenants and his own business.



Threatened koalas receive NSW rescue package

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A $45 million intervention package has been announced by the NSW Government to protect the state's vulnerable koalas.



Thanks for your feedback!

Monday, May 21, 2018

The winner of a new tablet for completing the Business Recycling User Survey has been drawn. Simone Brown of VIC was the lucky recipient of a tablet of her choice. If you'd still like to provide feedback about the website or hotline you have until Friday 25 May 2018.



Mexico City is bartering its recyclable waste for food

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mexico City has come up with an innovative initiative to incentivise recycling among its residents, while supporting local produce.



MobileMuster and Envirostream help councils in VIC

Friday, May 11, 2018

MobileMuster, Australia's government accredited mobile phone recycling program has partnered with Envirostream, local battery recycler, to help Councils in Victoria get ready for the impending e-waste ban to landfill.



Monash's 100% renewable electricity plan

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Australia's largest university has recently announced its plans to implement a 100% renewable energy strategy towards 2030.



Scientists discover enzyme that breaks down plastic

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Enzyme that's able to digest soft drink bottles could be used to solve plastic waste.



Reusable sponge that soaks up oil spills

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sponge that soaks up oil the latest invention to cleanup the ocean.



Queensland Research Facility Celebrates 100 Years of Working Wonders With Wood

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Australia's premier timber research program, based in Salisbury, Queensland, is celebrating its 100th birthday. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner congratulated the Forest Product Innovation team at the Salisbury Research Facility on a century of timber breakthroughs.



Battery industry leaders welcome support of Ministers for fast tracking a battery stewardship scheme

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Chairman of the Battery Stewardship Council, Mr Gerry Morvell, today welcomed the announcement by Australian Environment Ministers at their recent meeting in Melbourne of their support for fast tracking the development of a stewardship scheme that will eventually result in all types of batteries being recycled in Australia.



Applications open for recycling industry relief package

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A $1million funding package is available to Victoria's recycling industry to help it make the transition to new market conditions after China's decision to stop imports of low-quality mixed recyclables.



Super coral to resist ocean warming

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Scientists are developing techniques to breed super corals in hopes of building stronger reefs that are more resistant to climate change.



Beach cleanup leads to turtle comeback

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Versova Beach in India has undergone the world's largest beach cleanup. As a result, vulnerable turtle species not seen in decades return!



African women joining the microgrid revolution

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Over 25 female energy entrepreneurs convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 4th to the 13th of April for a microgrid training workshop.



Congratulations to our Business Recycling Competition Winner!

Friday, April 20, 2018

We have one happy winner on our hands!



Planet Ark urges Ipswich Council to reverse decision to send valuable materials to landfill - and the Council agrees

Friday, April 20, 2018

We think that Ipswich council's decision to send all residential kerbside recycling to landfill is an unfortunate reaction to China's National Sword Policy AKA the 'China Ban'. Update - This decision has been reversed!



Nestlé to go fully reusable and recyclable by 2025

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The world's largest food and beverage company has announced plans to make its packaging 100% reusable and recyclable by 2025.



Woolworths, Coles remove plastic bags from stores ahead of schedule

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Woolworths and Coles announced they were stopping the use of lightweight plastic bags at a combined 16 locations across Australia earlier than anticipated.



Renewables produced more than twice as much new energy as fossil fuels in 2017

Thursday, April 12, 2018

New Chinese solar projects and an international interest in electricity grid stability are helping to make renewables the bigger, better option for power generation.



Planet Ark and Bingo aim for the top with a bold new vision

Monday, April 9, 2018

We are proud to announce our renewed partnership with Bingo Industries Limited (Bingo). The renewal of the partnership affirms both organisations deep commitment to, and strategic alignment with, the diversion of waste from landfill through recycling and resource recovery.



The 'queen of green steel' launches landmark e-waste microfactory

Monday, April 9, 2018

Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the founder and director of UNSW's Sustainable Material Research & Technology Centre (SMaRT), has launched a world-first miniature factory that turns e-waste into material for 3D printing.



Finally! The recycling label you've been waiting for is here...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Confused about what and how to recycle? The Australasian Recycling Label is here to help.



Introducing our new partner Planet Protector Packaging

Monday, April 9, 2018

Planet Ark is proud to announce we have joined forces with Planet Protector Packaging, the distributor of the multi-award-winning sustainable packaging innovation Woolcool.



Celebrating 25 years of positive environmental action

Monday, April 9, 2018

With more than 24 million trees planted, 1,245 tonnes of recycled paper sold and 38 million printer cartridges diverted from landfill, Planet Ark is proud to be 25 years young!







Did you know?

A huge portion of our planet's land mass is being used for agriculture, with a staggering 70% occupied for Livestock production.

Suprisingly, 18% of our Carbon emissions are caused by livestock activities, fuel intensive farming practices, and deforestation.

In the last 150 years, human activites have cause CO2 levels to skyrocket and our earth's entire climate to warm.

Global warming and Climate change affects each and every one of you; lets do our part in restoring balance to our environment!

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