Plane Search Shows World’s Oceans Are Full of Trash

Author: Laura Parker
Date: 07 April, 2014
Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner. But as hundreds of objects sighted off the Australian coast as possible aircraft debris turn out to be discarded fishing equipment, cargo container parts, or plastic shopping bags, a new narrative is emerging ...

Two in three Australians drive to work, study of commuting habits finds

Author: ABC
Source: ABC
Date: 03 February, 2014
Nearly two in three Australians drive to work in a private car while only one in 10 commuters relies on public transport, a study of census data has found. Meanwhile, there are 13.3 million registered vehicles in Australia, amounting to one vehicle for every 1.37 people of driving age. And fewer t...

Top 10 climate-change-fighting countries are all in Europe

Author: John Upton
Source: Grist.org
Date: 08 January, 2014
There isn’t a country in the world that’s on track to reduce emissions to the extent needed to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius (3.7 Fahrenheit). But for a glimpse of something resembling climate leadership, peer across the pond. The Climate Change Performance Index [PDF], produced...

Pics in the bin, Fridgecam and the digital war on waste

Author: Rob Comber
Date: 03 December, 2013
Our awareness of food waste is increasing all the time, yet we continue to throw away vast amounts of produce even when we don’t need to. We are getting tired of being lectured on our habits so its time to start thinking practically about how to change our ways, and digital technologies can pl...

Blog – What do we value?

Author: Jason Kimberley
Source: Cool Australia
Date: 15 November, 2013
What do we value? How do we measure success or failure in our lives? It seems we all too often judge each other and ourselves by what we have achieved in a material sense – how much have we got? Too few look at the entirety of our lives and our contributions to our society, we’re often too busy ...

New life discovered growing on plastic waste dubbed the ‘plastisphere’

Author: Penny Orbell
Source: ABC
Date: 13 November, 2013
A whole new group of microscopic creatures has been found growing of the vast amount of discarded plastic floating in the world's oceans. VAST AMOUNTS OF of plastic debris floating in the ocean are supporting new forms of microscopic life and whole new ecosystems. Scientists writing in the jour...

Leave it in the ground! How fossil fuel extraction affects biodiversity

Author: Nathalie Butt & Hawthorne Beyer
Date: 28 October, 2013
Greenhouse gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels have resulted in well-publicised changes to the Earth’s climate. But the impacts of fossil fuels start long before their carbon dioxide reaches the atmosphere. Our new research,published today in Science, looks at the effects of coal, oil...