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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.

NSW Government pledges $47 million to support recycling

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The NSW Government will release a one-off package of up to $47 million to support local government and industry to respond to China's National Sword policy.

The Swedish fitness craze that's good for you and the environment

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Want to keep fit and do your bit for the environment but don't have time for both? Plogging is the answer.

Victorian Government pitches in for councils facing recycling shutdowns

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In the wake of China's 'National Sword Policy' the Victorian Government is helping councils face a sudden build-up of kerbside recycling.

RMIT develops new proton battery prototype

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lithium batteries may soon be a thing of the past! Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have created a proton battery prototype that uses the energy created by splitting water molecules while charging to generate electricity.

Australian Research Shows That Wood is Good for Health, Wellbeing and Productivity

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Building designers are increasingly incorporating natural elements into indoor environments based on growing evidence associated with biophilia, the principle that connection to nature is essential to human wellbeing. Now world-first research has revealed natural-looking wooden surfaces in the workplace are strongly associated with increased employee wellbeing and satisfaction, affording potential significant improvements to their productivity.

Australian Architecture Firm AJ+C Wins World Architecture News Award for Sports Hall

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has overcome an international field of contenders to win the Sport in Architecture Award at the 2018 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards in London. AJ+C's winning project, the Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields at Abbotsleigh School in Sydney's leafy Wahroonga beat five other finalists vying for the prestigious award. The project also won the award for Excellence in the Use of Timber Products - Timber Flooring - in the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards.

Sustainable Australian Wood Panels Feature in Melbourne Recital Centre

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two performance spaces to showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world. The building won the Property Council's National Award for Public Buildings - the country's highest award for a public buildings. It also won the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design at the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Architecture Awards.

A pen that can be recycled again and again and again!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

What do your recycled printer cartridges get made into? There are a range of products but one that you can use at work or at home is the Enviroliner™ pen.

Compatible printer cartridges are not what you think they are

Thursday, March 1, 2018

For many it's tempting to buy a compatible cartridge for your printer rather than the branded version. They are cheaper and look the same and some may think they are greener. But, there are hidden costs.

South Australia declared a world leader in variable solar/wind energy

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New research has found that South Australia is one of nine leading regions in the fields of solar and wind power generation.

Guilt free tea-bags, frozen food and paper drinking straws

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Innovations and retro products alike are cutting back on single-use plastic around the world.

Planet Ark's flagship recycling info service is getting a makeover

Thursday, March 1, 2018

After 11 years RecyclingNearYou is getting a facelift and going mobile.

Italian sheepdogs become little penguin protectors

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mezzo and Isola are two fluffy white puppies about to undergo training that will enable them to be fox-fighting penguin protectors.

Brisbane Showgrounds Set to House the World's Largest and Tallest Engineered Timber Building

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Brisbane Showgrounds is set to house the world's largest and tallest engineered timber building at 25 King Street. The first delivery of cross laminated timber (CLT) columns, beams and floor panels arrived at the grounds in February 2018 for construction. As the world's largest and tallest engineered timber office building, 25 King will be one of the most exciting additions ever made to Brisbane's skyline. A key element of 25 King's structure is the use of prefabricated modules for each floor.

World's Tallest Timber Tower Proposed for Tokyo

Monday, February 26, 2018

Japanese timber company Sumitomo Forestry has revealed plans for the world's tallest wooden building in Tokyo, a 350-metre skyscraper that would also be the country's highest. Named W350, the ambitious tower would be almost four times higher than the world's current tallest timber building - the 18-storey Brock Commons Student Residence in Vancouver, Canada. At 350 metres tall, the skyscraper would also become Japan's tallest building.

How online sharing groups are building communities

Monday, February 19, 2018

A Planet Ark staffer shares how giving through an online reuse group gave her a whole new perspective on her local community and the love that can be shared between strangers.

Paper or plastic?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An award-winning innovation in bioplastic design could replace cling wrap with a biodegradable product made from cellulose.

Woolcool turns waste wool into insulation wonder

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The rise and rise of home delivery services has been a major lifestyle trend over the past couple of years, revolutionising the way we eat at home and the humble 'night in'.

An innovative solution to the problem of ocean pollution

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two Australian surfers have come up with a simple way to reduce marine waste.

Indigenous women helping to conserve glowing turtles

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Women from the Malgana mob are ensuring that endangered loggerhead turtles can be tracked off the West Australian Gascoyne Coast.

It pays to be paper wise in the office

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The concept of a 'paperless' office was once a lofty goal as workplaces moved into the new millennium. But how does that translate into reality in 2018? Many workplaces have made great improvements in their sustainable paper use, but there's always room for more!

Taking sustainable fashion to new heights

Thursday, February 1, 2018

In this guest article by Camille Reed we look at how the Australian Circular Fashion Conference aims to take fashion sustainability to new heights in 2018.

HP's plastic recycling program is turning Haitian pollution into printer cartridges

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A plastic recycling initiative by computer and printer manufacturer HP has turned around 4 billion plastic bottles into printer cartridges while working with people from developing nations.

Cleaning up the Cove

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A group of volunteers is recovering hundreds of drinking straws from Manly Cove to raise awareness of single-use plastic pollution.

New South Wales Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme hits 64 million returns

Thursday, February 1, 2018

NSW residents have returned a massive 64 million containers to collection points and reverse vending machines since December 1 2017.

Did you know?

The Great Barrier Reef, found in the Coral Sea off the north-east coast of Australia, is one of the world's largest protected marine reserves. As the state icon of Queensland, this reef shines as the largest structure built by tiny and amazing Coral Polyps.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space, and since be awarded a 'World Heritage Site' listing in 1981, tourism surrounding the reef has generated upwards of $1 Billion a year.

Composed of 2,999 unique reefs, and 900 islands spread over 2,600 Kilometers, a countless amount of wildlife call the reef home.

Some threats to the reef are over-fishing, coral bleaching, and outbreaks of Crown of thorns starfish. Climate change is also a formidable cause for concern.

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