18 Jan 2018 - University of NSW to go 100% solar energy.
11 Jan 2018 - Some of who is banning what.
- Scotland is banning plastic handled ear buds - a move expected to reduce Scotland's marine pollution by 50%. Who would have thought?
- Banning microbeads (already implemented or under way): US, New Zealand, Canada, UK
11 Jan 2018 - China. A country walking the talk of sustainability. Article here.
18 Oct 2017 - As of Friday 29 Sep 2017, the 100 day countdown started for the installation of Elon Musk's battery system in South Australia. Unbelievably exciting to see such powerful figures trending towards a good. This does not exclude the role Jay Weatherill or Mike Cannon-Brookes played. Interesting also to note that Mr Musk said that Australia could be powered by 1,890 square kilometres of solar panels — roughly a tenth the area of Sydney — backed up by seven square kilometres of batteries.
"It's not just talk. It's reality," he said.
1 Oct 2017 - One country has passed legislation to completely ban plastic bags - Kenya. Story here.
17 Sep 2017 - Microfibre pollution, fibres too small to be filtered out by our treatment plants etc. A huge source of microfibre pollution comes from any clothing made from synthetics (polyster, nylon, etc.) - every time that article is laundered, some of these fibres are washed out into our and eventually the water sources of many living creatures.
5 Sep 2017 - We are now sourcing much of our wood from Brendan Lay, who has, since 1976, been working on a re-vegetation project in the eastern Mount Lofty ranges. His story of re-vegetating a plot of arid and worn out land with native species is an inspiring one and can be read here.
16 Aug 2017 - South Australia's new thermal solar plant, to be ready by 2020 and able to provide for 5% of SA's energy needs. A brief overview.
30 July 2017 - A short article on the giant battery that Elon Musk is building for South Australia. Here.
31 July 2017 - An article reporting on a relationship between use of glyphosate and autism spectrum disorder increase. Here. In a related fashion - a study which suggests that eating organic foods (glyphosate is not allowed) reduces autistic symptoms. Here.
22 Nov 2016 - This type of story was a major boost for me in the rejection of all types of plastic. We are very happy to announce that soon the bakery will be shifting from standard degradable plastic bags (which are only used when our paper bags run out) used for rubbish to that produced by South Australia's BioBags
- The ‘plastic’ is composed of 98% corn starch - waste corn from farmers across Northern Italy . The internal part of the kernel is converted to a polymer (plastic in the true sense of the word, meaning malleability) by submitting to intense heat and pressure.
- The remaining 2% is from a plant called cardoon - directly related to scotch thistle. Seed heads are taken from the flower and crushed to an oil. You always need a vegetable oil to make the starch flow. Cardoon oil is used rather than palm oil. Four farmers growing currently cardoon for BioBags on Sardinia.
- Animals can digest this in their gut as the breakdown method is enzymes - e.g., in the gut.
- Their website location.
22 Nov 2016 - This is interesting - the birth of an island.
1 Nov 2016 - Keeping your computer for as long as possible before renewing. This article suggests that the ideal scenario for optimising your computer usage is to work on battery, maintaining a charge between 40-70%.
14 Jan 2016 - Wind power supplied 97% of electricity needs of Scottish households in 2015 Scotland is aiming for 100% renewable energy by 2020.
30 Sep 2015 - The world's first grid-connected wave power station has been activated in Western Australia. A day to be proud to be Australian. Article here.
2-12-2015 - Solar Energy - Elton Musk says that a tiny corner of Nevada or Utah could provide enough power for the entire USA or a small section of Spain sufficient to power Europe.
25-11-2015 - This article provides statistical evidence of the tremendous surge clean energy is taking in developing countries.
27-10-2015 - Morocco, population 34 million, currently sources 94% of its energy needs by importing fossil fuels. Morocco, however, plans to invest huge amounts into solar energy, with prediction that by 2020, a mere 5 years away, 50% of its energy needs will be met by renewable sources. What is truly amazing and thought provoking is the SPEED with which a country can transform it energy profile. Certainly thought provoking for those still investing and focused by fossil fuel energy. Article can he found here.
1 Oct 2015 - Transport for London is exploring ways to make its public transport system more efficient. Utilising the science of regenerative braking (technology which utilises the energy usually wasted as heat during braking) on a trial with one of London's train substations, the system was able to save an amount of energy in one day that would be equivalent to powering 104 homes for a year.
18 Sep 2015 – France and Russia ban GMOs
11 May 2015 - TESLA POWERWALL BATTERY SOLD OUT UNTIL MID 2016.
7 May 2015 - SOLAR ENERGY BATTERIES FOLLOW UP - What has been the response to the disclosure of Tesla's new storage batteries?
4 May 2015 - SOLAR ENERGY BATTERIES - Elon Musk introduces an affordable elegant battery that can be attached to a wall for storing solar power (around $3000). 10 year warranties. For a you tube showing Elton Musk introducing his batteries.