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Printable Solar Panels a Game Changer

Date: 08-Jun-17
Author: Marty Middlebrook
Researchers at the University of Newcastle have launched Australia's first large-scale demonstration of printed solar panels. Using conventional printing technology, these panels will provide diverse applications from remote locations to disaster zones and will lower the cost of production.

Painting a Brighter Environmental Future

Date: 08-Jun-17
Author: Elise Catterall
The Australian paint industry is leading the way in combating waste, providing the first national program of its kind in the world.

LEGO - Building Environmental Milestones One Block at a Time

Date: 08-Jun-17
Author: Elise Catterall
LEGO reaches sustainability goals three years ahead of schedule, in commitment to minimise environmental impact of well-loved product.

Tasmanian Government first in Australia to Adopt State-Wide Wood Encouragement Policy

Date: 07-Jun-17
Author: David Rowlinson
The Tasmanian Minister for Resources, the Hon Guy Barnett, has announced that Tasmania will be the first in Australia to introduce a state-wide Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP). The WEP aims to ensure that sustainably sourced timber is fully considered as a key design component, where feasible, in the construction and refurbishment of all public building projects.

Answering the Call to Connect With Nature

Date: 06-Jun-17
Author: Claire Bell
The theme of this year's World Environment Day, 'Connecting People to Nature', encourages everyone around the world to step outside and spend some time experiencing the beauty and inestimable value of the Earth we share.

Olympics Architect Brings Wood Back to Tokyo's Concrete Jungle

Date: 02-Jun-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Using Japanese lumber for the centre-piece Olympic venue, architect Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime devastation. The design stems from his 'natural architecture' concept of making buildings part of a landscape.

World Environment Day - a Call to Connect with Nature

Date: 02-Jun-17
Author: Claire Bell
The theme of this year's World Environment Day, 'Connecting People to Nature', encourages everyone around the world to step outside and spend some time experiencing the beauty and inestimable value of the Earth we share.

What's the Deal with Coffee Cup Recycling?

Date: 29-May-17
Author: Brad Gray
Coffee cups. Recyclable or not? Well unfortunately it's not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer at the moment. Find out why the confusion exists and the best way to dispose of your disposable cups.

Softwood Timber Structures to Feature in Vivid Sydney Festival 2017

Date: 25-May-17
Author: David Rowlinson
A group of talented young Brisbane Architects was commissioned by Destination NSW to create 'Twelve Tone', an interactive light and sound sculpture for the Vivid Sydney festival. The assorted pieces of softwood timber comprise 12 stacks corresponding to the 12 tones in a musical octave.

Shell Recycling - Big Gains From Small Things

Date: 25-May-17
Author: Elise Catterall
Australia's coastline has seen extensive losses in its shellfish reefs, which has many environmental impacts including fewer shellfish. But now dinner plate leftovers may be coming to the rescue.

Scientist Discover Massive New Forests

Date: 25-May-17
Author: Laura Chalk
A new global analysis has discovered 467 million hectares of previously unreported forests. This amounts to an area equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia.

Wriggly Solution To Plastic Pollution: The Caterpillar That Eats Plastic

Date: 24-May-17
Author: Elise Catterall
In the face of serious concerns that by 2050 there could be more plastic in our oceans than fish, scientists may have found a wriggly solution to the problem: a plastic-eating caterpillar.

 

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