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Hobart City Council going further to phase out plastic

Date: 17-Aug-17
Author: Elise Catterall
After bringing in plastic shopping bag laws in 2013, Hobart City Council is now taking bigger steps to phase out single use plastics, this time by drafting laws to ban plastic food and beverage containers and utensils.

India's renewable energy target to create 300,000 jobs

Date: 17-Aug-17
Author: Helen Nolan
India has a goal to reach its renewable energy target of 160 gigawatts (GW) by 2022. This massive growth of newer renewable electricity sources will more than double India's large wind power capacity which currently, along with solar power, accounts for almost 14 per cent of India's installed power capacity.

Back from the brink: recent 'baby boom' offers new hope for endangered southern right whale

Date: 17-Aug-17
Author: Rebecca Gilling
Recent sightings of southern right whale mothers and babies off the coast of southern Australia are an encouraging sign for a species that was driven to the edge of extinction by whaling in the 1800s.

AECOM and Canadian energy storage start-up will cut costs by putting power under the pump

Date: 17-Aug-17
Author: Josh Cole
A joint Australian-Canadian project will use compressed air to halve the cost of energy storage and provide the equivalent of a new gas power plant in back-up power.

International House Sydney Wins Two Major International Design Awards

Date: 15-Aug-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Australia's first engineered timber commercial building has won the prestigious Athenaeum and European Centre for Design Award for International Architecture. International House Sydney, designed by Tzannes as part of the Barangaroo redevelopment, received recognition from two of the world's leading design institutions: the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

New Zealand - Plans to Build the World's Tallest Wooden Office Building in Wellington.

Date: 14-Aug-17
Author: David Rowlinson
New Zealand property mogul Sir Bob Jones has announced plans to demolish the Leader's Building in Wellington make way for a new 12-storey office block. Standing 52m tall, it is due to be completed in 2018.

Picky plants: Growing green in difficult environments

Date: 03-Aug-17
Author: Elise Catterall
Plants have a few basic needs for survival: light, water, air, nutrients. Not all environments in Australia can satisfy these needs, but there are ways to work around this.

Aiming for a zero-carbon future within 10 years

Date: 03-Aug-17
Author: Helen Nolan
Beyond Zero Emissions has released a Zero Carbon Communities Guide to empower communities and councils. It provides a simple framework and key steps a community can take towards a zero carbon status across all sectors within 10 years.

How indoor plants can give city-slickers a literal breath of fresh air

Date: 03-Aug-17
Author: Josh Cole
Making time for nature can be a hard ask for people living in metropolitan areas, but new research has found that even inner-city apartment dwellers can get the benefits of being near nature with indoor plants.

Island sanctuary brings hope to dwindling quokka population

Date: 03-Aug-17
Author: Laura Chalk
The 'world's happiest animal' has every reason to be smiling, as their numbers - listed as vulnerable - are rapidly increasing due to some unlikely causes: a golf course, smartphones, and our obsession with selfies and social media.

Wood Undoubtedly the Highlight at Richmond Olympic Oval in Canada

Date: 01-Aug-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Richmond Olympic Oval was a signature structure for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The design of the wood roof and its application in a building of this size and significance marked the entry of British Columbia's wood design and fabrication industry onto the world stage.

Australians celebrate 22 years of National Tree Day

Date: 01-Aug-17
Author: Carol Warwick
Green thumbs were out in force to help celebrate Planet Ark's 22nd National Tree Day, planting to support the natural environment and enjoying spending time in nature with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

 

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