The cancellation of a world surfing event in WA’s south-west has disappointed surfers and worried locals. In a bid to reduce mounting piles of rubbish in landfill, a Perth waste management authority will trial transparent wheelie bins to get households facing up teaching your baby abc’s how much waste they create. Drought conditions in eastern Victoria are forcing farmers to make tough decisions as they battle through a 1-in-20-year rainfall deficiency.
Councils across Australia will follow the city of Ipswich in scrapping their recycling programs because ratepayers won’t cop higher rates as the cost continues to rise, the Local Government Association of Queensland warns. 250,000 paid for fumigation which was shutdown. An underwater heatwave that bleached massive sections of the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 was so severe it immediately “cooked” some corals in the northern region, scientists say following the results of a major long-term study. A polymer created from cooking oil and sulphur may be used to mop up oil floating on the ocean. A historic hut on the outskirts of Canberra, once the site of forced labour for German internees, is now a place of hope — with young volunteers rebuilding it and learning life lessons along the way. Fraser Island will have Indigenous rangers for the first time, with State Government announcing it will pay the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation to staff the positions. The Ipswich City Council says China’s import ban on recycling and the rising level of contaminated rubbish in yellow bins means it’s too costly to recycle properly, so all its recycling will go straight to landfill.
The Northern Territory Government faces a backlash from protesters over its decision to lift a moratorium on fracking, with about 250 people gathering outside the Northern Territory Parliament yelling “shame, Gunner, shame”. In a small pocket of Arnhem Land called Maningrida, Deborah Wurrikidj has been working long days ahead of a Sydney exhibition. CIA director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea and met with its leader Kim Jong-un last week, US President Donald Trump confirms, saying “a good relationship was formed”. While most people are trying to avoid a high-fat diet, it might just be the key to helping wombats fighting the battle against mange.
New radio transmitting technology is tracking every move of a captive group of orange-bellied parrots released in Victoria, in the hope it will help wild birds survive winter and reach the summer breeding season. Seventy rare green turtles hatch on a beach near Coffs Harbour thanks to the efforts of volunteers, but it was touch and go for a while as the hatchlings were too weak to dig their way out of the compacted sand. The Labor Party targets the tightly held NSW National Party state seat of Barwon, saying water policy might help it win the seat at the 2019 NSW election. From plastic bags to straws, the push to phase out single-use plastics is growing, but will the bans work? The Renewable Energy Target the Abbott government scrapped as impossible is now in sight, but Australia still faces a 118 million-tonne shortfall in its commitment to cut CO2 emissions, according to new research.
Scientists engineer an enzyme that digests PET plastics used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles — but there is still a way to go. The NT Government agrees to lift a moratorium on the fracking industry and adopt all recommendations from a recent inquiry, with exploration work set to begin mid-2019. Despite having North Korean missiles fly over its territory, Japan will not have a seat at the table when Donald Trump negotiates with Kim Jong-un. That’s a problem not only for embattled Japanese PM Shinzo Abe but Australia, too, writes Jake Sturmer. The clean-up of decommissioned coal-fired power stations is a new challenge for Australia, and one regional South Australian community says it is being denied clean air which is leading to health problems as current remediation on the site is not sufficient.
A teenager is released from hospital in Western Australia after spending two weeks in severe pain after being stung by an irukandji, one of the world’s deadliest jellyfish. Australian scientists say parts of the Great Barrier Reef were virtually cooked to death in 2016 during a marine heatwave. The footage is courtesy of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Researchers pour oil through the polymer filter. A demonstration of a oil being separated from water after being poured through a polymer.
Researchers demonstrate the polymer binding to oil. Researchers demonstrate a polymer they have developed binding to oil. An international team of researchers have developed a polymer from waste products that can help clean up oil spills. Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could one day help in the fight against pollution. Can you assemble flat-pack furniture faster than a robot? If you have inside knowledge of a topic in the news, contact the ABC. APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced.
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