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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.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - New life for old things

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Elise discusses the importance of including 'repair' in the mantra - 'reduce, reuse, recycle'.

National Tree Day Research 2018: Connect in Nature

Friday, July 13, 2018

This year's research looks at Australians attitudes towards technology and the role it can play in enhancing time spent in nature.

Packaging industry moves towards better plastic recycling outcomes

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rigid plastics has traditionally been a problem area for recycling due to sourcing issues and economic and technical feasibility - but that could be changing.

Perth jumps into timber with 10-storey hotel

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Western Australia is joining the timber trend sweeping the eastern seaboard with its first timber-framed building, a 10-storey hotel at inner city Northbridge. The $14 million "Leadlight" hotel has received the green light, to become what will be one of the largest timber structures in Australia.

Mexico City is turning its beltways into vertical gardens

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In 2012, praise was heaped on Mexico City's efforts to improve its air quality by planting vertical gardens and green sculptures in public spaces. The city has expanded on these efforts by adding vertical gardens to one thousand pillars that help hold up its highways.

A sustainable future for fashion

Monday, July 9, 2018

In recent years it has become increasingly clear that trend-driven 'fast fashion' has some significant environmental costs, but that could change in the future as the industry becomes increasingly aware of the social and environmental impact of their products.

WeWork takes out entire lease of Daramu House in Barangaroo

Monday, July 9, 2018

Global co-working giant WeWork will lease all six floors of commercial office space at Lendlease's newly-approved Daramu House office building at Barangaroo South. The co-working provider will occupy 100 per cent, or 10,000 square metres, of the building's office lease, which will provide for 2,000 of its members.

Melbourne to get its first timber commercial office building

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Melbourne is set to get its first timber commercial office building. The wood engineered structure will join Forte Apartments, Australia's first multi-storey timber apartment tower, and a landmark wooden public library in the Docklands urban renewal precinct which has become a focal point for sustainable buildings.

Trading trash for a hot cuppa

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cafes up and down the eastern Australian coast are taking waste management into their own hands by offering a warm incentive for collecting trash from local beaches.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Small changes with big impact

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Elise with some tips on reducing kitchen waste as part of her Plastic Free July journey.

Secret Mozambique rainforest piques scientific interest

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A super team of scientists recently discovered an undisturbed forest inside an ancient volcano that could provide unique insights into the impact of climate change on rainforests.

Are you ready for the supermarket plastic bag ban?

Friday, June 29, 2018

This Sunday (July 1) marks the date when all Coles, Woolworths and IGA stores have pledged to phase out single-use plastic bags if they haven't done so already.

NSW EPA announces recycling, organics and infrastructures grants and awards

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announces a number of grants and awards in relation to recycling, organics and infrastructure.

Seven environmental initiatives from Officeworks

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

With 166 stores, a national call centre and over 7,000 team members, Officeworks is meeting the sustainability challenges by providing solutions for customers and their own operations. Here's 7 ways they are making a difference...

'World's most polluted river' finally getting cleaned up

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Since the beginning of this year Indonesian President Joko Widodo (widely known as Jokowi) has been on a mission to clean up one of the world's most polluted rivers, the Citarum in West Java.

Budding Australian solutions for plastic waste

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

In recent times we've seen a number of innovative solutions to the issue of plastic waste springing up around Australia.

War on Waste is back!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

ABC's War on Waste, the landmark series that sparked action across the country to cut Australia's staggering waste levels, is returning to TV. In 2017 the program reached 4.3 million viewers across Australia and broke records on social media. Find out what host Craig Reucassel will be tackling in the new series.

The light at the end of the tunnel is made with LEDs

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

In a great show of industry recognising that environmental benefits often go hand in hand with economic, manufacturers are predicting most Australians will be using LEDs by 2020.

A Walk Sew Good it's still being talked about

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Two Australian women walk 3500 kilometres through Southeast Asia in search of sustainable fashion and bring their story back home - and to the world through social media - to inform and empower us.

Everyday Enviro with Elise - Choosing progress over perfection with Lush

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This week Elise Catterall looks at Lush shampoo bars and how they've helped her family make environmental progress and cut back on packaging.

A new way to strengthen trust in recycling

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Recent reports in the media about the China waste issue and material stockpiles has quite possibly lowered the confidence in recycling amongst Australians. The introduction of Good Environmental Choice Australia's new Waste Collection Services Standard for waste contractors who provide commercial services is one way to strengthen trust in the industry.

The recycling label ending confusion

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

At Planet Ark we pride ourselves on being highly knowledgeable when it comes to recycling. But sometimes, even we have to stop and take a few minutes to figure out recycling gripes like 'lid on or lid off'? This is where the Australasian Recycling Label comes into play. So who is guiding its development and community education?

Did your council or workplace make the top ten?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Find out which councils and workplaces collected the most cartridges in the last 12months, contributing to a record-breaking 38 million collected since 2003!

Lendlease has received the green light for a second timber office building at Barangaroo South.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lendlease has received the green light for a second timber office building at Barangaroo South. The building, which will be called Daramu House meaning "tree house" in the local Aboriginal language, will consist of more than 10,000 square metres of commercial floor space and around 680 square metres of retail.

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark celebrates 15 years of recycling with Layne Beachley

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

15 years and over 38 million cartridges recycled later, the campaign is more successful than ever

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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