Category: <span>Technology</span>

Climate Impacts and Environmental Costs of NFTs

Climate Impacts and Environmental Costs of NFTs

On March 23 of this year, the first-ever published tweet, shared back in 2006 by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, was sold for $2.9 million. The tweet was sold as an NFT, a non-fungible token. In the same month, Christie’s auction house sold its first-ever NFT artwork — a collage of images by digital artist Beeple...

Tesla’s Bitcoin About-Face is a Warning for Cryptocurrencies that Ignore Climate Change

Tesla’s Bitcoin About-Face is a Warning for Cryptocurrencies that Ignore Climate Change

Over the weekend, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk suggested his company could sell off its Bitcoin holdings, sending the cryptocurrency plummeting. It followed Musk’s announcement earlier this month that his company would no longer accept Bitcoin in payment for its electric cars, due to the fossil fuels needed to create the digital currency. Bitcoin is...

Colgate’s Recyclable Toothpaste Tube an Australian-First

Colgate’s Recyclable Toothpaste Tube an Australian-First

American multinational Colgate-Palmolive has announced the Australian launch of a new toothpaste featuring a tube that is fully recyclable – and the first of its kind in Australia. The product, Colgate Smile for Good, a toothpaste formula “made of ingredients of 99.7% natural origin”, comes in a toothpaste tube classified as recyclable under the Australasian...

Demand for Electric Car-Sharing Rises in Australia Despite Lagging EV Policies

Demand for Electric Car-Sharing Rises in Australia Despite Lagging EV Policies

Amid growing criticism of the Australian government’s lagging electric vehicle policies and in a market that experts say is “uniquely hostile” to the industry, electric car-sharing company evee has seen demand rise for its services. “The demand for electric cars is unprecedented and despite the lack of government policy, Australians are ready to drive, experience,...

Researchers in Australia Develop Improved Recycling Process for Carbon Fibres

Researchers in Australia Develop Improved Recycling Process for Carbon Fibres

In recent years there has been an increased focus on the circular economy and a heightened demand for products made of recyclable materials, however many materials can only be recycled so many times before they begin to wear out.  This is the case with carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites, non-biodegradable materials which, until now, have lacked...

World Soil Day: How This App is Tackling Food Waste and Promoting Regenerative Agriculture in the Philippines

World Soil Day: How This App is Tackling Food Waste and Promoting Regenerative Agriculture in the Philippines

Rising global temperatures are negatively impacting natural systems; large-scale weather phenomena such as droughts, super storms and bushfires are among some of the extreme weather events occurring with greater frequency. From Australia’s unprecedented bushfires, California’s wildfires right through to rising sea levels threatening the lives of people who call the Pacific Islands home, it is...

Google Search Brings Australia’s Iconic Animals to Life with Augmented Reality

Google Search Brings Australia’s Iconic Animals to Life with Augmented Reality

Technology is connecting people with nature in ways that couldn’t be imagined just a decade ago. This morning the world’s most popular search engine Google announced a global feature that will allow people to see life-sized Australian animals up close and bring them into their space using augmented reality (AR). With a quick Google Search via a...

Why We Need to Improve the Grid for Increased Renewable Energy

Why We Need to Improve the Grid for Increased Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources are critical for every nation around the world. For the environment and for public health, these resources have the potential to outperform and exceed the competition – fossil fuels. Outperforming, though, is only half the battle. With solar power growth and new wind power integrations, grid optimization has become a necessity. The...

Want An Electric Car, But Think You Can’t Afford One? Here’s How to Buy Second-hand

Want An Electric Car, But Think You Can’t Afford One? Here’s How to Buy Second-hand

Many Australians say they would consider buying an electric car. But unfortunately, new electric vehicles don’t come cheap. Even at the more affordable end of the market, a new Nissan Leaf or Hyundai Ioniq cost around A$50,000. The popular Tesla Model 3 would set you back A$66,000. But there’s another option: buy second-hand. A used...

Is Refurbished the Future of Consumer Tech?

Is Refurbished the Future of Consumer Tech?

By Stewart McGrenary, Director at iPad-Recycle At $10 billion, the refurbished market for consumer electronics is one of the largest in the tech space making it impossible to ignore. Moreover, with no signs of it slowing down any time soon, the refurbished tech may just be the future of consumer tech. Many consumers have come to...

How Pursuing Clean Cooking in Africa Fights Indoor Air Pollution and Deforestation

How Pursuing Clean Cooking in Africa Fights Indoor Air Pollution and Deforestation

Cooking is a fundamental aspect of human life and an activity we can all identify with, irrespective of our nationalities. Not only is cooking pivotal to the preservation of humankind, it is also with immense cultural and social significance around the world. It helps us understand world customs better and more often than not, provides...

In a World First, Australian University Builds Own Solar Farm to Offset 100% of its Electricity Use

In a World First, Australian University Builds Own Solar Farm to Offset 100% of its Electricity Use

Limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius this century requires carbon emissions to reach net zero by around 2050. Australian households have done much to support the transition via rooftop solar investments. Now it’s time for organisations to take a more serious role. The University of Queensland’s efforts to reduce its electricity emissions...