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Facing down fast fashion with up-cycled clothes

Date: 01-Sep-17
Author: Billy Pringle
In an effort to curb the environmental and ethical cost of textiles manufacturing and waste, more and more people are choosing to up-cycle their clothes or buy second hand. This 'slow fashion revolution' encourages consumers to think about the entire life cycle of their wardrobe.

Decades of community action brings a disappearing frogmouth back from the brink

Date: 01-Sep-17
Author: Josh Cole
A joint effort by Queensland's Sunshine Coast Council and local volunteers has kept the marbled frogmouth in the Blackall range and promoted awareness about the tawny frogmouth's smaller cousin.

Aurora, the world's largest solar thermal plant coming to Port Augusta

Date: 01-Sep-17
Author: Elise Catterall
Not long after the recent closures of its coal-driven power stations, South Australia's Port Augusta is now putting its abundant sunshine to use with a solar thermal plant that will produce power that is completely emission-free.

Keep on recycling

Date: 29-Aug-17
Author: Carol Warwick
The waste and recycling industry has been under the spotlight recently causing Australians to ask "Should we keep recycling?". Planet Ark says yes, and this is why ...

10 waste reducing tips from the Planet Ark staff

Date: 28-Aug-17
Author: Sam Carey
Here's what the Planet Ark staff do to reduce their waste throughout the week (feel free to copy us!)

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.


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