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NASA Finds Tropical Storm Lan Strengthening

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed that Tropical Storm Lan was getting stronger as it moved through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Fighting fires before they spark

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

With warm, dry summers comes a deadly caveat for the western United States: wildfires. Scientists say the hot, dry climates found west of the Mississippi, along with decades of fire suppression efforts, are creating a devastating and destructive combination – leading to fires like the ones currently burning in California.

Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A new study linking paleoclimatology — the reconstruction of past global climates — with historical analysis by researchers at Yale and other institutions shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the economy, political stability, and war-fighting capacity of ancient Egypt.The team of researchers examined the hydroclimatic and societal impacts in Egypt of a sequence of tropical and high-latitude volcanic eruptions spanning the past 2,500 years, as known from modern ice-core records. The team focused on the Ptolemaic dynasty of ancient Egypt (305-30 B.C.E.) — a state formed in the aftermath of the campaigns of Alexander the Great, and famed for rulers such as Cleopatra — as well as material and cultural achievements including the great Library and Lighthouse of Alexandria.

A New Way to Harness Wasted Methane

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Methane gas, a vast natural resource, is often disposed of through burning, but new research by scientists at MIT could make it easier to capture this gas for use as fuel or a chemical feedstock.

Crashing Neutron Stars Observed for the First Time

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

An international research team, including physicists from the Weizmann Institute of Science, has for the first time succeeded in observing a merger of two colliding neutron stars. The merger was simultaneously picked up by three detectors built for this purpose: the two belonging to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, in the United States, and the Virgo detector in Italy. The observation may help determine how such heavy elements as uranium, iodine and gold were formed and enhance our understanding of some of the most violent events in the history of the universe.

Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Social Unrest in Ancient Egypt

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Around 245 BCE Ptolemy III, ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt, made a decision that still puzzles many historians: After pursuing a successful military campaign against the kingdom’s nemesis, the Seleucid Empire, centred mainly in present-day Syria and Iraq, the king suddenly decided to return home. This about-face “changed everything about Near-East history,” says Joseph Manning, a historian at Yale University.

Study Shows How Water Could Have Flowed on 'Cold and Icy' Ancient Mars

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For scientists trying to understand what ancient Mars might have been like, the red planet sends some mixed signals. Water-carved valleys and lakebeds leave little doubt that water once flowed on the surface. But climate models for early Mars suggest average temperatures around the globe stayed well below freezing.

The Australian second-hand economy is booming

Thursday, October 12, 2017

According to a new report by Gumtree, the average Australian household has more than $5000 worth of unwanted and unused goods they could sell or swap rather than eventually throwing them out where they end up as landfill.

Fighting waste with Fortunate Food

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Sydney-based business run by students is turning ugly fruit into tasty chutney, cutting back on landfill and methane emissions.

World's largest trees given new hope for preservation

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A new project will decode genetic make-up of world's largest trees in order to better understand and protect them.

In the wake of the quake: Japanese towns choose energy self-sufficiency

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Like many cities and towns in Japan, Higashi Matsushima suffered severe damage during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, losing three-quarters of its homes and 1100 people. In repairing the damage, the city of 40,000 people has chosen to pursue energy self-sufficiency through the construction of micro-grids and decentralised renewable power generation.

What's so special about Naturale?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The products we choose to endorse have been put through their (environmental) paces to help you make positive choices in your everyday shopping. Find out why Planet Ark endorses Naturale.

Wooden Pop-Up Globe Theatre Replica Arrives in Melbourne

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A wooden Pop-Up Globe Theatre has been erected in Melbourne that is a full-scale reconstruction of the second Globe Theatre in London, which opened in 1614. It has been built at Kings Domain next to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and, from 21 September to 12 November, will host a season of four classic plays: As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Henry V.

Wood Definitely Sets the Right Tone in this Rhythmic Home for a Musical Family

Monday, October 9, 2017

Living with like-minded individuals creates a comfortable and welcoming environment. But a residential project in Melbourne demonstrates that a well-designed space can accommodate diversity side-by-side with similarity.

Exquisite Way to Show the Benefits of Prefabricated Wood Construction

Monday, October 9, 2017

This prototype house overlooking Lake Maggiore in the foothills of the Swiss Alps was designed to demonstrate the capabilities of prefabricated wood construction, and features charred-timber facades enclosing a bright-white interior.

Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021

Thursday, October 5, 2017

With the population of NSW expected to grow to over 8.2 million by 2021, the state will need to process nearly 20 million tonnes of waste. The NSW EPA would like to know what you think about the draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021.

Get ready for National Recycling Week

Thursday, October 5, 2017

With National Recycling Week just under seven weeks away, now is the time to start planning your events and activities. So what is the theme and how can you get involved? Read on to find out...

Celebrating more than 10 years being Carbon Neutral

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Businesses have the opportunity to set themselves apart by showing true leadership in sustainability. Printing and marketing firm, Finsbury Green, is one who has certainly taken the lead. With a robust environmental strategy that has been developed over 15 years, they have some impressive environmental achievements.

Fight waste and get a bargain at the Big Aussie Swap

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Planet Ark is calling on Australians to join the War on Waste and take part in the Big Aussie Swap during National Recycling Week from 13th - 19th November, as councils, community groups and individuals around the country get on board.

5 ways to start your environmental sustainability journey today

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Are you finding that you're becoming more and more aware of environmental issues, want to do your part but feeling overwhelmed about where to start? Click here to find out how we've got you sorted.

Southern states are bankrolling businesses in the War on Waste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The South Australian and Victorian waste and hospitality industries are getting a shot in the arm thanks to increased government funding.

Nearly 400 new species discovered in the Amazon

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A fiery-orange tailed monkey, a new species of pink river dolphin and a stingray resembling a cross between a pancake and honey comb are among the hundreds of new species discovered in the Amazon over the past two years.

Better demand management essential as electric cars hit the road

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Energy demand management has become a hot topic in Australia as consumers and big business struggle to adjust to service outages and rising electricity prices.

How far would you go for fair trade fashion?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Two Australian women have just finished a 3500km trek across Southeast Asia to find people who are creating fashion in positive and sustainable ways

Macquarie University Innovation Hub Opens in North Ryde

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In a fitting testimony to its purpose, Macquarie University's new Innovation Hub was mostly pre-fabricated offsite, and the entire onsite build and fitout completed in five months.

Epson elevates commitment to cartridge recycling

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Epson has stepped up its partnership with Planet Ark to the highest level by becoming a Full Partner of 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'. With over 3.5 million Epson printer cartridges already recycled, this commitment will build on this 14 year product stewardship success story. So why does Epson believe this is the right thing to do?

Schools are going solar with Planet Ark Power

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Planet Ark Power is helping schools around Australia to generate their own clean solar power, using energy efficiency and storage technologies with minimum financial outlay.

Does your school recycle right? Take the Challenge!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Schools around the country are invited to join the Schools Recycle Right Challenge, a National Recycling Week initiative.

Take the Schools Recycle Right Challenge

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Starting in October - the Schools Recycle Right Challenge is a 6 week build up to National Recycling Week.

HIH GreenSmart Awards celebrate Australia's most sustainable homes

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Housing Industry Association has announced the winners of its GreenSmart awards, recognising the builders, designers and manufacturers who are striving for the highest standard of sustainability in the building industry.

Sunshine Coast sisters launch Australian-first sustainability project

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Two sisters from the Sunshine Coast have launched an Australian-first project helping small businesses adopt the principles of the circular economy and experience the social, environmental and financial benefits of sustainable waste management.

Brush-tailed phascogale makes a surprise appearance on revegetated islands

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A cute surprise awaited conservationists on the mid-north coast of New South Wales when they found an unexpected guest, the brush-tailed phascogale.

Did you know?

Vampire Power accounts for wasted energy costs of up to $3.5 billion a year!

So what is it???

Vampire power is the energy expended by home electronics when they are not in use. The most common appliances sucking power are audio equipment, DVD players, and cordless phones.

Current estimates reveal that vampire power energy in the U.S. is equivilent to 5 nuclear power plants!!

Manage your energy consumption easily by plugging in your appliances only when you are ready to use them!

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