Modern Landfill Sites

In the past, rubbish was taken to abandoned sand or stone quarries, burnt and then covered with soil. Many of these old ‘tips’ were poorly designed with numerous problems, such as odours, air pollution, litter, vermin and, in some cases, contamination of ground water. Modern day landfills in Au...

Bottled Water

Where do we start? Okay, put your hand up if you are happy to pay more than 1,000 times over the cost for anything. No hands showing? Now put your hand up if you would buy a bottle of something down at the shops for $3.50 that you can get for free with no effort. No hands showing? Well our hands sho...

Air Pollution

'There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it at all.'  Robert Orben , Comedian Air pollution is a bit like the nasty creature in a horror movie – you never see but you know its there – lurking and ready to pounce. It’s almost im...

Pollution is Everywhere

Should pollution ever be the price of prosperity? Have a look around – what do you see? There’s a haze in the sky, some dusty rubbish clogs a drain, trees are curling and dropping their leaves again, a constant hum fills the air. It rises and falls with the flow of traffic. A sea bird is yankin...

The Ozone Layer

  ‘We could not have protected the ozone layer with voluntary pledges. That won’t work for global warming either. The Montreal Ozone Treaty shows that a binding treaty – with industrial countries taking the lead - all nations can successfully cut global pollution and trigger a clean tech...

Our Environment – A Crash Course

It’s all about our environment – our life support system. It’s about the important roles of plants, animals, water, waste, insects, oceans and our climate. Investigate how we need a healthy environment for a healthy economy and healthy human lives. It’s about how we impact our environment in...

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

‘Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.’ — Jacques Cousteau Way out in the Pacific Ocean is an area of ocean once known as the doldrums. It is an area that sailors have long avoided due a particular combination of high pressure and ...

Waste

To reduce greenhouse gases we need to create less waste to send to landfill When we dump rubbish in landfill polluting greenhouse gases (methane) are released when food and green waste rots under mountains of other rubbish. This puts more energy into our atmosphere, and it is starting to affect our...

Waste

To reduce greenhouse gases we need to create less waste to send to landfill When we dump rubbish in landfill polluting greenhouse gases (methane) are released. This happens when food and green waste rots under mountains of other rubbish. This puts more energy into our atmosphere, and it is starting...