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Kids shouldn’t be forced to play away their future
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Kids shouldn’t be forced to play away their future

The amount of waste that goes into toys generates a tonne of landfill, which will inevitably make the lives of children much, much harder.

  • by Alice Clarke

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A sunken ship’s trail of destruction: turtle carcasses, dead dolphins

A sunken ship’s trail of destruction: turtle carcasses, dead dolphins

More than 100 dead animals have washed ashore in Sri Lanka after the sinking of the X-Press Pearl last week. Hundreds more may have drifted out to sea.

  • by Bharatha Mallawarachi
Queensland among world’s worst polluters but there are solutions: Chief Scientist

Queensland among world’s worst polluters but there are solutions: Chief Scientist

A public conference on Sunday aims to help people be more sustainable in their everyday lives, with Queensland’s Chief Scientist saying individuals can help lower pollution levels.

  • by Stuart Layt
Pressure mounts to broaden ban on plastic cotton buds

Pressure mounts to broaden ban on plastic cotton buds

Water authorities around Australia say people flushing cotton buds down the toilet are creating one of their biggest headaches for sewage treatment, fuelling calls for a national ban on the plastic-stemmed swabs.

  • by Peter Hannam
Country’s biggest new fossil fuel project ‘more polluting than Adani’
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Emissions

Country’s biggest new fossil fuel project ‘more polluting than Adani’

It’s crunch time, with startling pollution figures revealed, a court challenge afoot, protesters hounding government and Woodside defending its green credentials.

  • by Emma Young
Transition to renewables no longer optional
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Renewables

Transition to renewables no longer optional

Two court cases last week, one certainly historic and the other less clear-cut, both signal that in the push towards renewables and away from fossil fuels, change is afoot.

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Merri Creek covered in mysterious foam bubbles after a night of heavy rain

Merri Creek covered in mysterious foam bubbles after a night of heavy rain

It looks a bit like a giant bubble bath, however authorities are investigating the cause of mysterious foam at Merri Creek in the city’s north after a night of heavy rain.

  • by Tom Cowie
Health concerns after researchers find microplastics in instant rice

Health concerns after researchers find microplastics in instant rice

Researchers have found all rice bought in stores contains microplastics but instant packet rice contains the most, leading to calls for more regulation.

  • by Stuart Layt
Researchers warn of unsafe lead levels in garden soil in many homes

Researchers warn of unsafe lead levels in garden soil in many homes

Growing a vegetable garden was a lockdown project for many, but researchers are warning as many as a third of homes could have unsafe lead levels in their garden soil.

  • by Stuart Layt
Gas industry report warns of asthma risk from home gas cooking

Gas industry report warns of asthma risk from home gas cooking

The Climate Council report on the natural gas industry has rejected notions it is a “transition” fuel by highlighting its claimed health effects even in household settings.

  • by Stuart Layt
French parliament votes to ban airport expansions and short flights

French parliament votes to ban airport expansions and short flights

France’s National Assembly has approved a wide-ranging climate change bill that will prevent airport expansions, ban open-air terrace heaters and reduce packaging waste.

  • by Reuters