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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A $45 million intervention package has been announced by the NSW Government to protect the state's vulnerable koalas.
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 has come up with an innovative initiative to incentivise recycling among its residents, while supporting local produce.
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.
Australia's largest university has recently announced its plans to implement a 100% renewable energy strategy towards 2030.
Enzyme that's able to digest soft drink bottles could be used to solve plastic waste.
Sponge that soaks up oil the latest invention to cleanup the ocean.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists are developing techniques to breed super corals in hopes of building stronger reefs that are more resistant to climate change.
Versova Beach in India has undergone the world's largest beach cleanup. As a result, vulnerable turtle species not seen in decades return!
Over 25 female energy entrepreneurs convened in Nairobi, Kenya from the 4th to the 13th of April for a microgrid training workshop.
We have one happy winner on our hands!
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!
The world's largest food and beverage company has announced plans to make its packaging 100% reusable and recyclable by 2025.
Woolworths and Coles announced they were stopping the use of lightweight plastic bags at a combined 16 locations across Australia earlier than anticipated.
New Chinese solar projects and an international interest in electricity grid stability are helping to make renewables the bigger, better option for power generation.
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.
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.
Confused about what and how to recycle? The Australasian Recycling Label is here to help.
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.
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!
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!