Deposit schemes reduce drink containers in the ocean by 40%

Author: Qamar Schuyler, Britta Denise Hardesty, Chris Wilcox
Date: 20/02/2018
Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem; some eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. One possible solution – paying a small amount for returned drink containers – has been consistently opposed by the beverage industry for many years. But for the first tim...

Doom and gloom? Here are the environment stories that cheered us up in 2017

Author: Madeleine De Gabriele, Michael Hopkin
Date: 22/12/2017
Don’t let anyone tell you we’re not a cheerful bunch here on the Environment + Energy desk – even if many of the stories we cover are a little on the gloomy side. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Australian outback, and from Canberra to the White House, it’s been another less than stellar...

On the origins of environmental bullshit

Author: David Schlosberg
Date: 25.07.17
I grew up in the Long Island suburbs of New York and have vivid memories of running behind the “fog trucks”. These trucks went through the neighbourhoods spraying DDT for mosquito control until it was banned in 1972. I didn’t know it until much later, but that experience, and exposure, wa...

Regional home and business owners driving Australia’s solar energy boom

Author: Angela Lavoipierre
Source: ABC News
Date: 23rd March 2017
When you think of solar, you probably think of vast fields of black panels at large-scale solar farms, producing enormous quantities of power. But Australia's real solar engine, at least for the time being, is a much more humble sight. It is small collections of solar panels on ordinary homes and ...