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Technique Could Help the Nation's Coal Plants Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Carbon capture could help the nation’s coal plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions, yet economic challenges are part of the reason the technology isn’t widely used today. That could change if power plants could turn captured carbon into a usable product.

Heavy Oils and Petroleum Coke Raising Vanadium Emissions

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Human emissions of the potentially harmful trace metal vanadium into Earth’s atmosphere have spiked sharply since the start of the 21st century due in large part to industry’s growing use of heavy oils, tar sands, bitumen and petroleum coke for energy, a new Duke University study finds.

Bowhead whales come to Cumberland Sound in Nunavut to exfoliate

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Aerial drone footage of bowhead whales in Canada’s Arctic has revealed that the large mammals moult and use rocks to rub off dead skin.The footage provides one answer to the mystery of why whales return to Cumberland Sound, Nunavut, every summer, and helps explain some unusual behaviour that has been noted historically by Inuit and commercial whalers living and working in the area.

Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, you can find places that have the best chance of being a winter wonderland according to weather history. The “Historical Probability of a White Christmas” map shows the climatological probability of at least 1 inch of snow being on the ground on December 25 in the contiguous United States. On the map, dark gray shows places where the probability is less than 10 percent, while white shows probabilities greater than 90 percent.

Heavy Oils and Petroleum Coke Raising Vanadium Emissions

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Human emissions of the potentially harmful trace metal vanadium into Earth’s atmosphere have spiked sharply since the start of the 21st century due in large part to industry’s growing use of heavy oils, tar sands, bitumen and petroleum coke for energy, a new Duke University study finds.“Human emissions of vanadium to the atmosphere now exceed those from all natural sources combined -- by a factor of 1.7,” said William H. Schlesinger, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Biogeochemistry at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, who led the study.“Less than two decades ago, the ratio of human to natural emissions was 0.59 to 1, or less than half the current level,” Schlesinger said. “Our analysis suggests that much of this rapid rise can be traced to the increased use of unconventional heavy-petroleum fuels.”

Complex, Old-Growth Forests May Protect Some Bird Species in a Warming Climate

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Old forests that contain large trees and a diversity of tree sizes and species may offer refuge to some types of birds facing threats in a warming climate, scientists have found.

Extending Food Safety Training to Other Countries Could Save Lives

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

East Fremantle First Town Council in Australia to Adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Town of East Fremantle in WA has become the first town or city council in Australia to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy. A Wood Encouragement Policy generally requires responsibly sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in building and fit out projects.

Laminated Wood Provides the Architectural and Cultural Highlight of Bunjil Place

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A multipurpose arts, civic and community facility designed by FJMT for the City of Casey has opened in the outer Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren. The project provides a broad range of spaces for council and community organizations and serves a number of functions. The complex holds a library, 800-seat theatre, gathering and meeting spaces, council offices, an art gallery, a flexible event space and an outdoor plaza.

Wynyard Station's old Wooden Escalators Repurposed Into a Public Artwork

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A major new work called Interloop has been installed at Wynyard Station on Sydney, which has been created out of more than 50 meters of heritage wooden-stepped escalators that were built for the station in 1931.

Vast new ocean reserve created off coast of Mexico

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A chain of four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico, known as the Revillagigedo Archipelago, is home to a brilliantly diverse community of sea life, including dozens of fish species found nowhere else on Earth. The archipelago, which lies 390 kms south west of the Baja California peninsula, is regarded as the 'crown jewel' of Mexico and has been hailed the 'Galapagos of North America'.

Planet Ark Power and Llewellyn Motors launch one of Australia's largest privately owned solar and smart battery rooftop power stations

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Today (December 7) Planet Ark Power launched Australia's largest privately owned solar and smart battery rooftop power station on-site at Llewellyn Motors in Ipswich, Queensland.

Supercharging South Australia with Tesla Powerpacks

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The world's largest battery system has been completed in South Australia, more than a month ahead of schedule. The 100-megawatt Powerpack system was the subject of a bet made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk back in March of this year, to "get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free".

Office paper flung all over the country

Monday, December 4, 2017

Think paper recycling is a boring task? Not unless you make it that way! This year's Friday File Fling, brought to you by our event sponsor Planet Ark 100% Australian Recycled Paper (Australian Paper), was all about getting rid of those paper files piling up in the office, flinging it into the recycling bin and having fun while you did it. So how much was recycled what did this mean for the environment?

GBCA Gives Brisbane Showgrounds Redevelopment Six Stars

Monday, December 4, 2017

The $2.9-billion redevelopment of the Brisbane Showgrounds, which includes 25 King, a cross laminated timber (CLT) tower designed by architects Bates Smart, has received the highest rating for a master planned precinct in Australia, with a 6-Star Green Star Communities v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Australia's largest Residential Timber Building is an Affordable Housing Project

Monday, December 4, 2017

An affordable housing development made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened in Campbelltown, making it the largest residential engineered timber building in Australia and the first in NSW, according to community housing provider BlueCHP.

How to fight a festive war on waste at Christmas

Monday, December 4, 2017

The 12 DOs of Christmas are twelve simple positive actions to reduce festive waste

How to Reduce Spending and Your Eco-Footprint This Christmas

Thursday, November 30, 2017

With Australians spending over $1,000 at Christmas, some forward planning for meals and presents can lead to big savings for your wallet and eco-footprint.

Plastics inspiration: reasons for hope

Thursday, November 23, 2017

As part of the recent Beyond Plastic Pollution Conference in Sydney, attendees had the option to participate in a one-day Plasticity Sydney Forum, switching the focus from the daunting problems of marine plastic pollution to potential solutions.

Reconnaissance to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A group of researchers including the 'Godfather of Coral' has launched a new study that aims to save the Great Barrier Reef from further damage.

Koalas found in national park after decades of absence

Thursday, November 23, 2017

After decades of no koala sightings, there have been reports of the marsupial once again inhabiting the Dharug National Park, on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Planet Ark announced as Donation Partner for NSW Container Deposit Scheme

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Planet Ark has been selected by the NSW Government to be one of the Initial Donation Partners for the NSW 'Return and Earn' Container Deposit Scheme (CDS)

National Recycling Week tips to help win the War on Waste

Sunday, November 19, 2017

With National Recycling Week now over, how are you fairing with your War on Waste? Well here are our top tips for, just in time for ABC TV's War on Waste Episode 4 to be aired in just 2 weeks time on Sunday, 3 December.

Pay it forward and get a recycled bargain on Buy It Back Day

Friday, November 17, 2017

The first ever Buy It Back Day will be held on Saturday 18 November! It will highlight the importance of closing the recycling loop and reducing waste by buying products made from recycled materials or buying reclaimed rather than new.

Inspiring story: "Charging" up local battery recycling

Friday, November 17, 2017

Batteries are "charging" up the waste stream, that is, battery waste is growing fast. The sources of battery waste is increasing and come from a variety of industries such as electric and hybrid vehicles, power tools, domestic and industrial applications, power generation and renewable energy storage systems. One company is has started recycling these types of batteries right here in Australia.

Inspiring story: Making 3D printer parts from e-waste

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Sustainable Materials Research & Technology division at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT UNSW), led by Planet Ark ambassador Professor Veena Sahajwalla, focuses on research and development of green materials, made from rubbish. You'll be inspired by their innovative environmental solutions for some of the world's biggest waste challenges.

Inspiring story: Building roads from cigarette butts

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in Australia. Recently, RMIT University found a way to deal with the 1.2 million tonne problem that sees the release of toxic chemicals into the environment every year. Check out their brilliant solution.

Inspiring story: Creating outdoor furniture from soft plastics

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

As Australia's leading manufacturer of products made from recycled soft plastics, innovation is core to Replas' business. And it's not just outdoor furniture that they make. Read on to find out what else is available.

Inspiring story: Landscaping a garden bed from printer cartridges

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Close the Loop is Australia's biggest resource recovery and recycling company for printing consumables and the resource recovery partner for 'Cartridges for Planet Ark'. It is driven by a promise of zero-waste-to-landfill and innovation. Some of the recycled products to come out of this initiative will amaze!

You don't have to be a Grinch to be green this Christmas

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

As the shops start to fill up with Christmas gift ideas and food, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by everything you want to buy and organise for the big day. But there are some easy ways to keep your Christmas spirit and stay on the environment's nice list at the same time.

3 tips for businesses to buy recycled

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sustainable procurement aims to reduce the adverse environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products and services throughout their entire life cycle. Looking for items made from recycled materials is a big part of this. And with more consumers being more likely to buy products and packaging made with recycled content, we offer 3 simple things businesses can do to start buying recycled.

Inspiring story: Sporting fields made from tyres

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a government supported product stewardship initiative that aims to effectively reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million tyres (equivalent passenger units) that reach their end of life each year. Check out the results of their inspiring research projects that are providing innovation for our circular economy.

Did you know?

By learning about the various methods by which different fish are caught, you can make informed choices to help prevent environmental damage caused by harmful methods such as bottom trawling and gill-netting.

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