Universities back sustainability movement

Waste facilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast

JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN Universities around Queensland are moving towards a more sustainable future, as the younger section of the population increases the pressure to go green. While it has become commonplace to see the state’s universities … [Read more...]

Youth find hope, purpose in protest

ERIN SEMMLER Nineteen-year-old student Jordan Rowand said climate change makes her feel helpless, which begins to explain why she's standing outside a politician's office, holding a protest flag.   “Climate change is a pretty depressing topic … [Read more...]

Pottery coffee cups target sustainability

Renton Bishopric with his ceramic coffee cups

GRACE HOLGATE With single use plastic bags out of circulation, it seems like only a matter of time before disposable coffee cups become the next target on the road to environmental sustainability. And with good reason. Each year an … [Read more...]

NSW surf towns say ‘no’ to shark nets

Grey Nurse shark caught in net

TOM ROBERTS Following a drop in community support for shark nets on the NSW North Coast and the state government’s decision last month not to carry out a third shark net trial, experts and residents are looking to alternative technologies to keep … [Read more...]

‘Enough is enough’ say Adani protesters

ERIN SEMMLER Stop Adani protesters gathered outside Labor MP Meaghan Scanlon’s office this morning following news of allegedly illegal drilling at Adani's Carmichael mine on Wednesday.   Adani’s Carmichael coal mine will be the biggest in … [Read more...]

Food waste solution in second phase

RHYS PEMBERTON A partnership between the Gold Coast City Council and local restaurant Café Catalina to reduce landfill will move into its second phase this month. With an estimated 60,000 tonnes of food wasted annually on the Gold Coast, the … [Read more...]

Writer’s festival event puts focus on ecology

Author Darryl Jones

ISABELLA CHENG The Brisbane Writers Festival is back this week, bringing literary fans in touch with more than 200 international and local writers through a series of special events held around Brisbane. This year’s festival theme is “what the … [Read more...]

The last straw: living zero-waste

MONIQUE PUEBLOS The world is drowning in pre-packaged goods and single-use plastics, but some people are determined not to add to the rubbish pile, joining the burgeoning zero-waste movement. Gold Coaster Kimberly Hodgson, a recent devotee to the … [Read more...]

Universities and schools put focus on sustainability

UQ sustainability coordinator Suzanne Davis

ISABELLA CHENG Universities and schools around the country are making a big effort to be environmentally responsible and sustainable. One of the universities placing a strong focus on sustainability is the University of Queensland, which is … [Read more...]

New technique to grow avocado trees could make shortages of the fruit a thing of the past

RUBY PASCOE The new stem cell multiplication method could increase avocado production in Queensland by supplying 500-fold more avocado plants to the industry. Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, Professor Neena Mitter is … [Read more...]