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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.

'Single-use' named 2018 word of the year

Monday, November 19, 2018

In yet another sign of growing awareness and concern for global plastic consumption and its impact on our natural environment, 'single-use' has been named the Collins' Word of the Year 2018.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - the courage to act

Monday, November 19, 2018

Elise discusses the importance of having resilience and courage in our everyday environmental lives.

Are you a recycling guru?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Do you know what is the biggest mistake that residents make when recycling? What is the benefit of using aluminium coffee capsules? What used material is being recycled and added to road base? Challenge yourself with Planet Ark's Recycle Right Quiz and you could WIN 1 of 10 Biome Plastic Free Kits valued at $82 or 1 of 6 eWood Garden Bed Kits valued at $219!

4 things you didn't know about Tetra Pak cartons

Friday, November 16, 2018

There are so many different types of food and drink packaging on the shelves nowadays. One type, Tetra Pak cartons, was created way back in the early 1950s, starting with a triangular pyramid (tetrahedron) shaped cream carton. While the shape of packaging has continued to evolve, so has their impact on the planet. Here are four things you may not know about Tetra Paks that relate to their sustainability.

Take the journey with us from Waste War to Recycling Reboot 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

It's Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (12 - 18 November) and we hope you'll take the journey with us from Waste War to Recycling Reboot.

Queenscliff's Lauren Esplin makes a point about disposable plastics

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

As many new parents will attest the first few months of a babies' life do not usually leave much spare time to pursue creative endeavours. Fortunately for Queenscliff-based artist, Lauren Esplin, she had just signed up to an artistic collective that would allow her to make a strong comment on our disposable plastic culture.

Chris Fong's tennis clocks

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

When Chris Fong, a year 6 student at Kings School, Paramatta tried to return one of his broken tennis racquets to his tennis centre, he was surprised to hear the racquet would ultimately end up in landfill.

Ballarat's Food is Free Laneway

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Lou Ridsdale founded Food is Free Laneway in October 2014 as a space for people to drop off or collect surplus nutritious food (veggies, fruit, herbs etc) for free and connect with the neighbourhood.

Burleigh Heads Boomerang Bags

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer started Boomerang Bags, a grassroots, community driven movement to divert fabric from landfill by turning it into reusable bags that support both the environment and the local community.

Brisbane's recycled fashion shows

Monday, November 12, 2018

Brisbane will play host to two unique fashion shows this National Recycling Week, in which clothing will be made from recycled materials.

Introduction of FSC's Australian National Forest Stewardship Standard

Monday, November 12, 2018

Planet Ark's Make It Wood campaign delighted to see the introduction of FSC's Australian National Forest Stewardship Standard, which has been developed specifically for Australian conditions, and will have a continuing positive impact on Australia's built environment.

Data management tips for recycling peace of mind

Monday, November 12, 2018

Are you hanging on to your old broken mobile phone or other device because you don't know how to deal with your personal data? Some handy tips can help you feel secure about letting go of your device and get it recycled.

Where does your used coffee go?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Nespresso is dedicated to ensuring your last drop of coffee does not need to equal its last use.

Reboot your perspective on recycling this National Recycling Week

Thursday, November 8, 2018

New research commissioned by Planet Ark released for National Recycling Week. Check out how we are going to reboot recycling

Your workplace can give back this Christmas

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

As we head into the Holiday Season, offices across the country are looking forward to wrapping up the work year with Christmas celebrations. While we all look forward to celebrating the achievements of the year, it's also a great time to think about how to not only make your Christmas celebrations more sustainable but also use them as an opportunity to give back to the community.

Close the Loop winners at 2018 Hume Business Awards

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark resource recovery partner, Close the Loop had a great night at the recent Hume City Council Business Awards, winners in two categories.

Unilever takes steps towards a circular economy

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Unilever makes the move away from the linear model of "take-make-dispose" towards a circular economy by finding a new life for rigid plastic recycled from Australian homes

Everyday Enviro with Elise - The habit of walking

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

After a recent broken ankle, Elise relearns the benefits of walking for the environment, health and well-being.

Innovative solutions for bovine and ovine gas

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The animal agriculture industry is one of the world's largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, but there are innovative solutions in the pipeline to reduce this impact.

European parliament approves action on single-use plastics

Monday, October 29, 2018

A wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics aimed at addressing marine and terrestrial plastic pollution has been overwhelmingly passed in European parliament.

How to responsibly donate

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Winter is gone, it's time to fling open the cupboards, sort, organise, declutter and responsibly donate unwanted items.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - If in doubt, leave it out

Thursday, October 25, 2018

This week in Everday Enviro, Elise looks at the issues with wishful recycling ('wish-cycling') and why the first rule should be if in doubt, leave it out.

Dorset Council becomes the first council in Tasmania to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Following the lead of the Tasmanian State Government in June last year Dorset Council has become the first local council in Tasmania to adopt a Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP). A WEP generally requires responsibly sourced wood to be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in building and fit out projects.

Bunjil Place wins the grand prix in the 2018 Timber Design Awards

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bunjil Place is a multipurpose arts, civic and community facility designed by FJMT for the City of Casey in the outer Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren. The project provides a broad range of spaces for council and community organisations and serves a number of functions.

Aveo Norwest wins the sustainability category in the 2018 Timber Design Awards

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Planet Ark congratulates Jackson Teece, Strongbuild and TTW on winning the sustainability category in the 2018 Timber Design Awards, announced at The Star on 16th October.

Did you know?

The Great white shark

This fear-inducing fish, the eternal poster shark for the "Jaws" fuelled anti-shark sentiment, the powerful Great white, also known as the 'White shark' is the ocean's top predator.

The White shark is also the largest of predatory fish, growing to lengths of over 6 meters (20 feet).

This shark is found in every ocean on the planet, and can adapt to sub-tropical and temperate waters alike. These sharks are the most feared of all shark species, and their jagged, exposed, multiple rows of teeth are certainly their most threatening feature.

Great whites have about 300 teeth at any given time, while back rows continually develop new teeth to replace ones lost over time.  These sharks predate huge mammals such as seals, and they need strong jaws and sharp teeth to consume such large prey! 

Despite the widely held belief White sharks are 'man-eating machines' and 'monsters of the sea', they are actually vulnerable, ancient, vital marine creatures, and deserve the respect of man. 



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