Category: <span>Environment</span>

European Union’s Ambitious Climate Roadmap and How It Will Impact Africa and Other Developing Nations

European Union’s Ambitious Climate Roadmap and How It Will Impact Africa and Other Developing Nations

In July, the European Union released what it calls its Roadmap to a sustainable future, a monumental progress especially in the wake of the G7 Summit which failed to make substantial climate progress. While the move was huge, it did not come totally unexpected. From EU elections to the Green Deal presented in December 2019,...

A 7-Day Plastic Pledge to ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’

A 7-Day Plastic Pledge to ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’

Keep Australia Beautiful week is now upon us. Launched in 1968, it is the first anti-litter campaign advocating for a litter-free and sustainable Australia. This year the campaign is putting a spotlight on eliminating single-use plastic waste to help protect the country’s biodiversity from the material’s harmful effects. According to a 2020 report by Boston...

Bee Friendly Farming Announces Tree Grants to Protect Pollinators

Bee Friendly Farming Announces Tree Grants to Protect Pollinators

A new initiative is offering financial support to farmers, orchardists and other primary producers to protect pollinators and provide pollinator habitat on their lands. Bee Friendly Farming® is offering up to $100,000 as tree grants to support tree plantings on BFF CERTIFIED farms. To launch the program, non-profit reforestation organisation One Tree Planted, and Flow...

Climate Change Has Already Hit Australia. Unless We Act Now, a Hotter, Drier and More Dangerous Future Awaits, IPCC Warns

Climate Change Has Already Hit Australia. Unless We Act Now, a Hotter, Drier and More Dangerous Future Awaits, IPCC Warns

Australia is experiencing widespread, rapid climate change not seen for thousands of years and may warm by 4? or more this century, according to a highly anticipated report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The assessment, released on Monday, also warns of unprecedented increases in climate extremes such as bushfires, floods and drought....

Not Declaring the Great Barrier Reef as ‘In Danger’ Only Postpones the Inevitable

Not Declaring the Great Barrier Reef as ‘In Danger’ Only Postpones the Inevitable

After much anticipation, the World Heritage Committee on Friday decided against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. The decision ignored the recommendation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre — a recommendation based on analyses by Australian scientific experts of the reef’s declining condition. In...

‘Although We Didn’t Produce These Problems, We Suffer Them’: 3 Ways You Can Help in NAIDOC’s Call to Heal Country

‘Although We Didn’t Produce These Problems, We Suffer Them’: 3 Ways You Can Help in NAIDOC’s Call to Heal Country

NAIDOC week has just begun and, after several tumultuous years of disasters in Australia, the theme this year is Heal Country. In the last two years, Australia has suffered crippling drought that saw the Darling-Baaka run dry, catastrophic bushfires, and major flooding throughout coastal and inland areas of Australia’s east. Just two weeks ago, UNESCO’s...

Plastic Free July Foundation Launches ‘My Plastic Action Counts’ Campaign

Plastic Free July Foundation Launches ‘My Plastic Action Counts’ Campaign

The non-profit Plastic Free July Foundation behind the global movement Plastic Free July, a month-long challenge encouraging individuals to take small steps to eliminate plastic from their daily lives, has launched its ‘My Plastic Action Counts’ campaign to remind Australians that their actions count for more than just avoiding waste. Australians are the biggest consumers of single-use...

25+ Australian Plastic Waste Statistics to Keep You Motivated During Plastic Free July

25+ Australian Plastic Waste Statistics to Keep You Motivated During Plastic Free July

Plastic pollution has captured the world’s attention and with good reason. Every day, almost every person on the planet will come into contact with plastic. The world’s dependence on the cheap, versatile and lightweight material has led to plastic being released into the natural environment, causing significant harm to wildlife, habitats and human health. In...

Australian Government was ‘Blindsided’ by UN Recommendation to List Great Barrier Reef as In-Danger. But it’s no Great Surprise

Australian Government was ‘Blindsided’ by UN Recommendation to List Great Barrier Reef as In-Danger. But it’s no Great Surprise

The Australian government on Tuesday expressed shock at a draft decision to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. But the recommendation has been looming for some time. The recommendation, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), acknowledges Australia’s commitment to implementing...

The World’s 10 Biggest Corporate Plastic Polluters

The World’s 10 Biggest Corporate Plastic Polluters

A report by non-profit organisation Break Free From Plastic ranked Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé as the world’s top plastic polluters for the third consecutive year. The organisation conducted 575 on the ground audit events in 55 countries across six continents with the help of 14,734 volunteer waste pickers and found that 63% of waste...

South Australia Adds 150,000 Acres to its Protected Area Estate and Proclaims a New National Park

South Australia Adds 150,000 Acres to its Protected Area Estate and Proclaims a New National Park

South Australia has just added almost 150,000 acres (60,000 hectares) to its protected area estate thanks to the work and support of several environmental organisations. In 2019, The Nature Conservancy Australia facilitated the purchase of the 150,000 acre pastoral property located 600 km north of Adelaide – now proclaimed as Nilpena Ediacara National Park –...

Consumer Goods Companies Are Developing ‘False’ Solutions to Plastic Pollution, New Report Reveals

Consumer Goods Companies Are Developing ‘False’ Solutions to Plastic Pollution, New Report Reveals

In its new report, non-profit organisation Break Free From Plastic reveals that leading fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies are missing the mark with false solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. These companies also consistently rank as the world’s top corporate plastic polluters Break Free From Plastic have tracked the plastic solution initiatives and pilots of seven...