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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.

Allpress Espresso launches new reusable cup

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

For most Australians a morning coffee is an essential routine to kick start our day. With our coffee habit only growing, how can we be sure that we are consuming in the most sustainable way?

Australian energy innovations on the world stage

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Saving the world is a goal for most children. Some go on to invent the tools we need to do this. Planet Ark Power's engineers are these inventors.

Students around the world hold first global School Strike 4 Climate

Monday, March 18, 2019

Last week marked a global first in youth environmental advocacy with an estimated 1.5 million students from over 100 countries around the world united to declare they want urgent action on climate change.

Technology leading the fight against invasive rubber vine

Monday, March 18, 2019

The rubber vine has been described as one of the most destructive invasive species in Australia, but a group of people in the Kimberley region are using innovative technology to arrest its advance.

Western Australia commits to new waste strategy, better recycling targets

Monday, March 18, 2019

Last month the Western Australian government announced a new strategy aimed at reducing waste generation and lifting recycling rates in the state, with a special focus on organic waste.

Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway becomes the world's tallest timber building

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has recently verified the status of Mjøstårnet, a mixed-use building in Brumunddal, Norway as the world's tallest timber building. At 85.4 meters, it is also the third-tallest building in Norway and the country's tallest with mixed functions.

The trashy hashtag inspiring people to clean up

Monday, March 18, 2019

It's not the ice bucket challenge, but this new, eco-friendly social media trend is encouraging people around the world to clean up litter.

Innovation, collaboration and bold ideas the way forward for sustainable fashion

Monday, March 18, 2019

Later this month Melbourne will host the second Australian Circular Fashion Conference, an event bringing together an array of esteemed global speakers, leading sustainable fashion consultants and over 500 business leaders from multinational fashion companies.

How to avoid palm oil at the supermarket

Friday, March 15, 2019

Even for the most ethically minded of shoppers, the supermarket can be a battlefield when it comes to identifying products containing palm oil or palm oil derivatives. With all this ambiguity, how does an aspiring ethical and responsible shopper buy with confidence?

Everyday Enviro with Elise - The challenge of not consuming

Monday, March 11, 2019

Elise delves into the emotional hurdles of minimalism and the subconscious influences that can derail one's efforts.

California reaches 2020 renewable energy goal ahead of schedule

Monday, March 11, 2019

The United States' biggest state in terms of population and economy is exceeding even its own lofty renewable energy targets.

The world is greener than it was 20 years ago

Monday, March 11, 2019

A NASA study using satellite images has revealed some highly positive news: over the last two decades the Earth has actually seen an increase in green coverage.

The roving sisters reducing cleaning waste

Monday, March 11, 2019

Melbourne has a new street trading vendor, but instead of selling trendy food stuffs it provides refills for cleaning products.

Monash Uni welcomes new CLT student accommodation

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Multiplex has completed its sustainable student accommodation precinct at Monash University's Peninsula campus in Frankston. After a year of construction, the eco-friendly residential building is now complete and has been built in line with Monash's net zero carbon emissions strategy.

Australian councils investing in Seabins to clean our waters

Monday, March 4, 2019

A unique floating vacuum for marine pollution invented by two Australian surfers is now being rolled out in Australian waters following a successful crowdfunding campaign that began in 2016.

Norway setting the standard for plastic bottle recycling

Monday, March 4, 2019

A Norwegian plastic recycling company based has achieved an incredible 97 percent recycling rate of plastic bottles.

The four-legged friends finding leaks and saving water

Monday, March 4, 2019

Two English Springer spaniels have proven to be highly successful at detecting water leaks, finding burst pipes every day they have been in the field.

Research reveals Australia's most trusted recycling program

Monday, March 4, 2019

Trust in our politicians, democracy, media and institutions is falling. But in what has been a tumultuous year for waste and recycling, research by Pollinate shows Cartridges 4 Planet Ark as Australia's most trusted recycling program. Find out what else the survey revealed.

British carnivore numbers on the rise after approaching extinction

Monday, March 4, 2019

Iconic British predators including badgers, stoats and otters have staged a remarkable recovery after approaching extinction during the 1960s.

Timber - the ultimate renewable for Dardanup's new administration and library building

Monday, March 4, 2019

Dardanup Shire Council in Western Australia formalised its WEP in December 2016 and is now poised to bring it to life with the development of a new multi-million dollar shire administration and library project.

Consumers choose Planet Ark as Australia's most ethical and sustainable organisation

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Australia's leading Consumer Trends Report focusing on sustainability and health (LOHAS 6) has found that Planet Ark is the brand most reputed to operate in a 'responsible, sustainable, environmentally friendly or ethical manner'.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Greening the co-work space

Monday, February 25, 2019

Elise discusses her time in a WeWork co-working space and the impressiveness of their sustainability practices.

Australia's biggest coal mining company to freeze production

Monday, February 25, 2019

Commodities trader Glencore has announced they will limit coal production at current levels and freeze new projects for environmental reasons following internal pressure from investors.

Qantas to slash waste to landfill in environmental push

Monday, February 25, 2019

Qantas Group has announced plans to reduce the amount of waste they contribute to landfill by 75 percent by the time the clocks change over to 2022.

World's biggest brands trialling reusable and refillable packaging

Monday, February 25, 2019

Last month 25 of the world's biggest consumer brands announced they will soon offer some products in refillable, reusable containers.

Did you know?

Known for 'basking' in the sun, this friendly shark is the second largest after the Whale shark.

Basking Sharks are impressive migrators, historically found in all of our ocean's temperate zones.  Although fished aggressively in past centuries, today the Basking shark is most commonly found in the waters off New Zealand, Canada and Ireland. 

Like his cousin the Whale shark, the Basking shark is a filter feeder, relying on Zooplankton and small Invertebrates as its main source of nutrition.

Reaching sizes of up to 10 meters, these sharks are gentle giants, known to swim slowly and near the surface of the water. Characterized by their docile nature, Basking sharks are an easy fishing target, and they are still hunted for their flesh, fins, and the gallons of oil produced by their livers.

Basking sharks equipped with research tags have proved to scientists they can swim across oceans and cross equators along their journeys. They have also been seen breaching and swimming nose to tail in what is thought to indicate mating behavior.  

With fewer than 8,000 female Basking sharks left in our oceans, scientists are hurriedly trying to learn more about these mysterious creatures.  Some believe they could become indicators of climate change given they are constantly following, searching for, or feeding on a great indicator of eco-system health, Zooplankton.    



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