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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.

4 dos and don'ts of creating behaviour change (part 1)

Friday, September 21, 2018

How do we get people to engage in the sustainable behaviours we want them to? We've done some research and come up with four dos and don'ts when engaging your colleagues or customers in behaviour change. In part one, we explore the two dos and two don'ts.

New research sheds light on Australian attitudes towards environmental sustainability

Thursday, September 20, 2018

A new study from HP Australia and Planet Ark found some interesting insights for businesses. One is that Australians are now looking to businesses and brands when it comes to action on environmental sustainability.

Lake Macquarie Council paving the way for recycled roads

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lake Macquarie council has approved an $8 million Downer Group plant to recycle waste materials into roads.

The funniest wildlife photos of 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

When one thinks of wild animals, it's likely the images conjured are of awesome beasts locked in a battle for survival with each other and the natural environment they live in. But what of the more mundane, or even funny, aspects of animal life that we don't see as often?

Tree talk - Tree sisters

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Meet Pollyanna Darling; mother, writer, singer and Community Engagement & Strategist at Tree Sisters. As a first-time participant in National Tree Day, Pollyanna took the time to share her Tree Day experience with us.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Preloved clothing as your first fashion option

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This week in Everyday Enviro, Elise looks into why it's time to see preloved clothing as your first fashion option and where to get the goods.

California commits to 100% clean energy by 2045

Thursday, September 6, 2018

While US action on climate change at the federal level has stalled and even reversed, California has continued its commitment to a clean energy future.

Timber industry revival: WA town unveils one of the biggest timber buildings in 80 years

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A tiny wheatbelt town has received the keys to the biggest civic timber construction in Western Australia in nearly 80 years, as the state's timber industry shows signs of revival. The Shire of Pingelly decided to build its new Recreation and Cultural Centre entirely out of timber - and the result is without a modern-day rival.

The teenager tackling water contamination in remote Western Australia

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Driven by his desire to fix an ongoing problem in remote Aboriginal communities, an indigenous teenager has invented a water filter that could identify and reduce the presence of contaminants in water supplies.

Mountain gorilla numbers on the rise in Virunga

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In a hugely positive sign for conservationists, the Virunga National Park gorilla population has grown by 25% since 2010.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Bringing in the green

Thursday, August 30, 2018

In Everyday Enviro this week Elise describes her love of indoor plants and the benefits they bring for a healthy home environment.

National Recycling Week 2018 - From Waste War to Recycling Reboot

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Planet Ark is encouraging everyone to reboot their perspective on recycling in the lead up to the most important National Recycling Week since it was founded 22 years ago!

A new standard in sustainable event management

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This week marks Sydney's only annual recycling industry event, the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE). In an ambitious move, the AWRE is aiming to send just 5% of all event waste to landfill.

Ethiopian community showing potential of revegetation

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Despite its challenging political and economic situation, Ethiopia has become home to one of the world's most impressive community revegetation efforts.

The music group turning trash into art

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Whether it be broomsticks, wheelie bins or plastic bags - to the Junkyard Beats group it is music waiting to happen!

Make the Naturale choice at the supermarket

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Buying products that contain recycled content is a positive environmental action Planet Ark keenly promotes. Endorsing Naturale tissue products is one way we can help consumers make an informed choice at the supermarket.

1 terawatt global solar and wind target reached early

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In a significant milestone for the renewable energy sector, Bloomberg New Energy Foundation (BNEF) reports global wind and solar capacity surpassed 1 terawatt this year.

Bin the (tea) bag

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Elise asks if it's time for us to bin the tea bag along with the plastic bag.

Ireland divests from fossil fuels in world first

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Last month Ireland became the first country in the world to commit to 100% divestment from fossil fuels.

NSW gets its own revolutionary road

Monday, August 13, 2018

Is Australia's waste crisis driving you mad? Why not drive on a road to the future?

Our Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The team at Planet Ark would like to thank all the schools, community groups, councils and individuals across the country who joined us over the weekend and got their hands dirty for a better environment!

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Ditching the glossy mags

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Elise looks into going digital and other ways to ditch the glossy magazines.

Sydney breathing wall a world first

Thursday, July 26, 2018

An outdoor Breathing Wall unveiled as part of a new 'pocket park' in St Leonards is the first of its kind, but hopefully not for long.

4 barriers to workplace behaviour change

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Trying to implement better sustainability practises in the workplace can be .... um...trying! Using the latest brain science research findings, we've identified 4 barriers that may be preventing you from creating behaviour change in your workplace successfully.

Turning the tide on trash with the ABC's War On Waste

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Craig Reucassel is back at it with Season 2 of the War On Waste and Planet Ark is ready for action!

Did you know?

Ocean 'Gyres' are networks of currents that move around the planet circulating water.

An ocean Gyre is formed from a web of currents influenced by wind and the rotation of earth.

The result is a slow-moving whirlpool system of water covering huge patches of ocean and capable of accumulating an immeasurable amount of rubbish.

Debris gets caught in the cycle and flows towards the centre of the spinning Gyre.

There are 5 major oceanic 'Gyres' in the world collecting decades of garbage from every corner of the globe.

Ocean Gyres may be far out at sea, but they are exposing the harsh realities of ocean pollution; and world pollution.

Please be aware of your consumption of disposable plastics and materials that will never degrade from our planet. The ocean cannot carry the weight of our waste forever.

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