The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-21T05:30:57Z Chook Chat Blog: What's Going On Here? 2017-08-21T05:30:57Z chook-chat-blog-whats-going-on-here To keep you informed please see a link to this month's 'Chook Chat', the blog for the Australian Chicken Meat Industry, and a post by Executive Director and blogger Dr Vivien Kite. This month's blog takes a look inside the barn and at chicken behaviour. The blog looks at a series of photos and explains what can be seen. The direct link to the post is http://bit.ly/2wfZ3fa or visit the blog homepage www.chookchat.org.au. Blog updates are also communicated via the ACMF twitter channel (acmf@chookinfoline). About the ACMF The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the peak body of Australia’s chicken meat industry, representing both growers and processors. Its members are the five State Chicken Meat Councils (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA), the Australian Chicken Growers’ Council and the Australian Poultry Industries Association. Its blog 'Chook Chat' is aimed at providing an insight into the way the chicken industry does things and why – it is not intended to promote products, but to provide the facts. For more information about Australian Chicken Meat Federation, visithttp://www.chicken.org.au/ Media inquiries contact: Quay Communications, Emma Norgrove, M:0499 688 001, T:02 9386 9161,emma@quaycommunications.com.au - ENDS - Government doing nothing to protect communities from toxic power plants 2017-08-15T00:30:51Z government-doing-nothing-to-protect-communities-from-toxic-power-plants August 15, 2017: A report has found that levels of toxic air pollution emitted by Australian coal fired power plants are so high that many of them would be illegal in the US and Europe. Released today Environmental Justice Australia’s report Toxic and terminal: How the regulation of coal-fired power stations fails Australian communities [1] found emissions limits in Australia are much more lax than those in the US, EU and China and Mercury limits for some NSW power stations are 666 times higher than the US limits. “High-polluting coal power plants in Australia are putting communities at risk with the government doing nothing to hold these companies to account,” Greenpeace campaigner Andrew Kelly said. “These plants are pumping substances that directly cause and contribute to asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks, stroke, and respiratory disease into the air in much higher levels than would be permitted overseas.” The report also found that new “low emission” coal-fired power stations only marginally reduced toxins produced and that “despite evidence of a failure to comply with pollution licence conditions, no power station in Victoria, NSW or Queensland has been prosecuted for any offence in the past ten years”. It also uncovered several instances where officials from plants failed to report their emissions, or reported them incorrectly.   “The Australian government has shown over and over again that it is coal’s best friend,” Kelly said. “This shows that they are also the enemy of the very communities they are claiming to support with emissions limits rarely monitored or enforced. “Despite ample evidence emissions standards are being exceeded the government are yet to punish the plants responsible.” Michelle Coles runs Port Augusta's community cinema with her husband, and has been independently monitoring the air quality with a crowd-funding air monitor since a failure to decommission the plant properly saw “fly ash” cover the town for days. She said that the report was further demonstration State and Federal governments were failing to protect Australian communities from toxic air pollution from coal-fired power stations but warned communities needed to be protected during plant closures as well. “Governments are unprepared for power station closures and the huge task of decommissioning and rehabilitation,” Coles said. “Port Augusta is an example of what happens if you fail to plan a coal-fired power station closure properly. “The coal dust from the power station really affected our lives. We always had dust when the power station was operating. But over new years’, it was horrific. We had no information. People were coughing, had burning throats and itchy eyes. We were afraid to go outside. I'm talking about our families, our community.” NOTES FOR EDITORS: [1] http://envirojustice.org.au/sites/default/files/files/EJA_CoalHealth_final.pdf For interviews contact: Simon Black Greenpeace Senior Media Campaigner 0418 219 086 / simon.black@greenpeace.org Commonwealth Bank flunks climate test, Greenpeace says 2017-08-14T01:24:20Z commonwealth-bank-flunks-climate-test-greenpeace-says August 14, 2017: The climate policy released today by the Commonwealth Bank is significantly worse than expected and will do nothing to restore the bank’s tattered reputation. CommBank today released a one-page “Climate Policy Position Statement” which now makes them the only of the “big four” to not restrict lending around coal projects, and sees them fall far behind the standard set by other banks. “A climate policy that doesn’t mention coal or fossil fuels is not a climate policy at all,” Greenpeace campaigner Jonathan Moylan said. “The Commonwealth Bank commit in their policy to support a transition to net zero emissions by 2050 but then make a mockery of that promise by failing to outline any significant measures to achieve that goal. “By failing to exclude highly polluting fossil fuel projects like coal mines, CommBank have fallen far behind other banks such as HSBC and Deutsche Bank.” More than 90,000 people have called on CommBank to rule out fossil fuel projects and the bank is also subject to legal action for having failed to consider climate change a material financial risk in their 2016 annual report. Moylan said that the bank's recognition of the risk climate change poses to investors through its adoption of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations around climate related risks was welcome, but noted that the bank has again failed to take action. “In this policy, CommBank states they recognise that climate related risks are real but then fail to take any significant measures to curb them,” Moylan said. “This is flagrant hypocrisy from an institution struggling to protect its name after wave after wave of scandals. “By continuing to invest in the coal industry, CommBank have failed both the Australian people and their own shareholders by exposing them to the risk of catastrophic climate change.” For interviews contact: Simon Black Greenpeace Senior Media Campaigner 0418 219 086 / simon.black@greenpeace.org CommBank must rule out all new coal - not just Adani’s Carmichael mine 2017-08-11T06:03:17Z commbank-must-rule-out-all-new-coal-not-just-adani-s-carmichael-mine Sydney, 11 August 2017: Commonwealth Bank have become the 24th bank to rule out funding the controversial Adani mine, but need to show significantly more ambition and rule out all new coal funding in their updated climate policy expected to be released on Monday. The bank, which is currently facing litigation by shareholders for failing to disclose climate risk, today confirmed they had not been approached to finance the controversial development in Queensland and "would not be" approached in the future. "Today’s announcement by CommBank means it is even more unlikely that Adani’s project will gain the finance necessary to build the controversial Carmichael mine, but CommBank is still right at the bottom of the league table in terms of bank climate policies,” Greenpeace campaigner Jonathan Moylan said. “Fourteen banks globally, including HSBC and Deutsche Bank, have ruled out funding new coal projects, and CommBank will continue to face public pressure until it does the same.” "CommBank has financed more fossil fuel pollution than any other Australian bank since it committed to support the Paris Agreement only eighteen months ago.” “If CommBank do not rule out funding fossil fuels projects in their new climate policy, that Paris Agreement commitment will look even more hollow.” Analysis by University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Resources shows that to limit average global warming to two degrees, a third of the world’s oil reserves, half of its gas reserves and 80 per cent of coal reserves must remain in the ground. “Australians do not want their money invested in projects that damage the Great Barrier Reef, and pose a risk to Pacific Islanders and future generations,” continued Mr Moylan. "Greenpeace will keep up the pressure to ensure that CommBank take steps to rule out new investments in the dying coal industry and reflect the concern of their customers, shareholders, and the wider Australian community." For more information, contact: Simon BlackSenior Media Campaigner Greenpeace Australia Pacific Tel: 0418 219 086Email: sblack@greenpeace.org Breakthrough in ‘Green’ Agricultural Bio Solutions 2017-08-11T05:59:27Z breakthrough-in-green-agricultural-bio-solutions WITH the agricultural inoculants market projected to reach US$437.1 million by 2020 – a 20-year local research program is putting Australia at the cutting edge of ‘green’ solutions in bio-security. Driven by estimated sheep and cattle losses in Australia alone of $A1 billion (and tens of billions worldwide), the research is not only good news for producers but potentially an export winner.      With exponential growth potential in world agricultural markets for ‘green’ inoculant solutions (including plant growth-promoting microorganisms, bio-control agents, and plant-resistance stimulants) the current program (which includes US and Australian trials plus exhaustive research and development involving groups such as the CSIRO) is employing a non-chemical biological control for the free living stages of parasitic nematodes of grazing animals – and is widely regarded as a global breakthrough Independent studies published by Meat & Livestock Australia Limited estimates the total losses per annum due to internal parasites:                      *    Cattle $A93.6 million ($US70m/$EU66m) with production losses ranging from $0.44 - $3.59 per animal 
                     *     Sheep $A436 million ($US327m/$EU305m) with production losses ranging from $1.29 - $28.29 per animal 
                      *    Goats $A2.54 million ($US1.9m/$EU1.8m) with production losses ranging from $0 - $5.34 per animal 
 Animals infected with parasitic nematodes have traditionally been treated with chemicals (called anthelmintics) intended to kill the worms living in the animal. However with the rising incidence of resistance to anthelmintic chemicals there is an increasing push by producers for ‘greener’ more sustainable solutions, free of chemical inputs and application of non-chemotherapeutic control methods. With an unprecedented demand for chemical-free food world-wide developed through plant growth-promoting microorganisms, this Australian initiative, is leading the charge. Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Support Sustainable Forest Management 2017-08-09T01:40:03Z timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-support-sustainable-forest-management Brisbane,WA, 09 August 2017 - Of all the timber suppliers in Brisbane, one has stepped to the forefront when it comes to advocating sustainable forest management. That timber supplier is Narangba Timbers.Narangba Timbers is a third generation family business owned by Jack Kyle. According to Mr Kyle: “We think it is the duty of ethical timber suppliers in Brisbane, across Australia and around the world to advocate and support sustainable forest management. Not only are we a third-generation family business, many of our customers are also third-generation customers. Our families have gotten to know many of them and their families.”Mr Kyle continued: “We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to leave our world better than we found it. We want our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to inherit a world that is livable and enjoyable. At our current rate of climate change, we don't see that happening. By the time our children are trying to retire, Australia could lose trillions of dollars worth of property, businesses and housing, especially if climate change and melting of polar ice continue at their current rate.. This is not acceptable to us.”Sustainable forest management is based upon planting a tree to replace every tree that is harvested for timber. This is important because trees store carbon, thus keeping it from adding to our carbon footprint. Why the Carbon Footprint and Carbon Storage are Important.Greenhouse gases cause climate change. The best current measurement for the amount of greenhouse gases produced by any process or person is called the carbon footprint. The carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon a process or person emits into the environment.Trees help fight climate change because they have a negative carbon footprint. They breathe carbon from the air and store it as timber. They release the oxygen back into the environment, making the environment more oxygen-rich.When trees are harvested unethically, less carbon is being stored in the environment because those trees are gone. This contributes to climate change because more greenhouse gases in the form of carbon end up in the environment.The concept of sustainable forest management is simple.  The forests are treated like plantations where a tree is planted to replace every tree that is harvested. This is a sustainable cycle in which the balance of oxygen to carbon dioxide is maintained in the environment. Timber Suppliers and Their Ethical ResponsibilityMr Kyle added further: “We want to see every timber supplier fulfill their ethical responsibility to their communities and their environment. We can't force anyone else to do anything, but we always do everything we can to make sure that all of our timber comes from ethical, sustainable sources.” Mr Kyle concluded: “We want all timber suppliers to support sustainable forest management as if the future of their children and grandchildren depends on it. Because it does.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers located in the Brisbane area They feature high quality timber sourced as close as possible to home, low prices and customer service they feel is the best in the business. They offer a complete range of timber for projects such as timber decking, timber flooring, timber fencing and structural timber for residential and commercial construction. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. New coal mine approval at Wandoan an affront to common sense, Greenpeace says 2017-08-09T00:48:12Z new-coal-mine-approval-at-wandoan-an-affront-to-common-sense-greenpeace-says August 9, 2017: The approval of a new coal lease in southern Queensland shows the government are more interested in propping up the fossil fuel industry than protecting communities and the environment. Mining giant Glencore was yesterday granted the first mining leases for a 22 million tonne thermal coal mine in the Surat Basin at Wandoan, north west of Brisbane. “The Queensland government have repeatedly shown their first priority is to prop up a dying coal industry instead of standing up for communities and the environment,” Greenpeace Climate and Energy campaigner Nikola Casule said. “We can either have a healthy planet and thriving Great Barrier Reef or we can have new coal mines, not both. “While the world is moving away from coal, Australia’s politicians seem content to take us in the opposite direction. “This approval is simply the latest in a long series of decisions benefitting the coal industry at the expense of the Australian people and the places they love.” Greenpeace Australia Pacific is calling for the government to stop the lucrative taxpayer-funded handouts designed to prop up the coal industry despite the fact that global coal demand is in decline.  [1] “Our energy future is in renewables, not last century’s polluting coal. Any country that attempts to stick to the fossil fuel path will be left behind,” Casule said. “Our politicians must abandon their coal fetish and instead harness the renewable energy revolution to protect Australian communities and position Australia as an industry leader in this rapidly growing sector.” NOTES FOR EDITORS: [1] http://www.greenpeace.org/india/Global/india/docs/BoomAndBust_2017_EMBARGO.pdf For interviews contact: Simon Black Greenpeace Senior Media Campaigner 0418 219 086 / simon.black@greenpeace.org Commercialisation of Australian marine energy on the horizon 2017-08-08T07:49:21Z commercialisation-of-australian-marine-energy-on-the-horizon Sydney, Australia, 8th August - Australia’s marine energy companies have united in an industry taskforce to advance the commercialisation of marine renewable technologies. Tidal and wave energy developers Atlantis Resources, Bombora Wave Power, BioPower Systems, MAKO Tidal Turbines, Open Hydro, Protean Energy, Tenax Energy, Wave Rider and Wave Swell Energy have launched the Australian Marine Energy Taskforce (AMET). In the last two years, a relatively small number of companies have spent over AU$24.5M developing their marine technologies. A further AU$46M expenditure is planned by these developers in the next two years1. Stephanie Thornton, AMET Honorary Secretary said,” the launch of our industry body coincides with the recent announcement of a federal government ARENA funded $5.85 million project to map Australia’s tidal energy potential, the Western Australia government’s $19.5million commitment to develop a Wave Energy Centre in Albany and completion of the Wave Energy Atlas by CSIRO. “This state and federal government support underpins Australia’s commitment to embrace marine energy as part of Australia’s renewable energy mix. These publicly funded initiatives will provide scientific validation of the energy potential from Australia’s wave and tidal resources.”  Commercialisation These three initiatives form the building blocks toward preparing a commercialisation strategy. AMET is working to produce a commercialisation plan which will define specific actions needed to lower the barriers to development and bring marine energy to maturity in Australia. The action plan will lead to commercial application of wave and tidal energy technologies in local energy generation projects, reduce costs and expand export market opportunities. It will define the place for marine energy in our country’s energy supply and outline the investment rationale.  A range of technical, economic, policy, legal, research, financial, market and organisational topics will be knitted together to form a cohesive strategic approach to growth.  The Plan will ensure that finite resources are devoted to the highest-priority, highest-impact actions in the near term while laying the groundwork for long-term growth.  [ENDS] World first court case highlights CommBank’s climate change risk 2017-08-08T02:33:39Z world-first-court-case-highlights-commbank-s-climate-change-risk Sydney, Australia August 8, 2017: Groundbreaking shareholder litigation filed against Australia’s largest bank by its own shareholders will argue that the Commonwealth Bank have failed in their duty to disclose the risk that climate change poses to the bank. Filed today by Environmental Justice Australia on behalf of shareholders of over twenty years, Guy and Kim Abrahams, and litigated by former Federal Court judge Ron Merkel QC, the case will argue that the bank has failed in its duty to shareholders to disclose the financial and reputational risk posed by climate change. "The Commonwealth Bank's multi-billion-dollar exposure to fossil fuels not only poses a threat to future generations and the Great Barrier Reef, but as regulators and analysts have repeatedly warned, it also poses a risk to the Bank's own shareholders,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific spokesperson Jonathan Moylan said. “Projects like Adani’s Carmichael coal mine and the Newcastle coal port expansion must not continue if we have any chance of slowing climate change and meeting our targets under the Paris Accords. “Despite a public commitment to taking action on climate change CommBank continues to pour billions of dollars into the expansion of fossil fuel projects.” Analysis [1] by environmental finance group Market Forces shows that the Commonwealth Bank has loaned AU$6 billion to fossil fuel companies in the last eighteen months since they publicly committed to support the goals of the Paris Agreement, representing lifetime emissions of 2.8 billion tonnes of CO2, making the Commonwealth Bank the most polluting bank of the "Big Four" Australian banks. They are also the only remaining big four Australian bank to have not ruled out financing Adani's coal mine in the Galilee Basin, and have operated as a transactional bank for the project. The Commonwealth Bank are also currently facing allegations of more than 50,000 cases of failing to comply with laws relating to money laundering. These allegations are currently before the court. “The current allegations against CommBank, if proven true, would be another example of the bank's litany of failures it its attempts to appropriately manage risk in recent years,” Moylan said. “Today's filing by Environmental Justice Australia demonstrates another threat that the bank are failing to take seriously - that of climate change, which poses a serious and material risk to banks that continue to expose themselves to fossil fuel projects that would become stranded assets if the Paris targets are met. “This case is the latest demonstration of growing public concern about financial institutions' failure to account for climate risk. The age of coal is ending, and investments of this nature are only getting riskier. “Commonwealth Bank investors need to know how exposed they are to these risks.” While fourteen international banks including HSBC, Deutsche Bank and ING have adopted policies excluding new coal mines in recent years, the Commonwealth Bank has failed to do so. Financial institutions have been repeatedly warned of the risk of litigation due to climate risk, most notably by the G20 Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, led by Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and by Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority director Geoff Summerhayes, who in February warned that the prudential regulator would be paying increased attention to climate risk. NOTES FOR EDITORS: [1] https://www.marketforces.org.au/campaigns/banks-new/twodegrees/ For interviews contact: Simon Black Greenpeace Senior Media Campaigner 0418 219 086 / simon.black@greenpeace.org Asia’s failure to close the loop may lead to a premature apocalypse. 2017-08-05T08:49:19Z asia-s-failure-to-close-the-loop-may-lead-to-a-premature-apocalypse                                          There are tragic tales cropping up around Asia about cities succumbing to the ill-effects of pollution. There’s the rise of smog cities such as Beijing, Xingtai, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur threaten the lifespan and well-being of its citizens. Commercialisation has pushed ethical eco-friendliness to the side and people are paying for it with their lives. Ralph Jennings, a contributor for The Guardian published that the boom in industrialisation and urbanization across several Asian countries is contributing to wide-scale and irreversible pollution. The most severe case of industrialization is the Chinese city of Guiyu. What was once a thriving farming town that produced rice and other agricultural commodities for other Chinese cities have turned into a wasteland for electronic waste? The rise in commercialisation by extracting metals and plastics from electronic waste improved the local labour market and the community’s ability to earn an income. However, it has come at a cost to the environment to the point where the town no longer has any fresh water and relies on imported water from nearby towns. One of the key drivers behind the local town’s pollution is due to the locals ability to extract elements from electronic waste, which can be sold for a profit. Gold that is often soldered onto items such as computer boards or found within the chips on used ink cartridges is melted and extracted to be sold. However, the residue from the extraction process is usually filtered into the local waterways. The hardware waste often gets disposed in landfill and riverbeds. What is another concern is that most of the waste that the city receives comes from the recycling channel? People that are ethically recycling their used goods put it in a channel that they believe will minimise the impact on the environment. Unfortunately, there are brokers that collect the waste and distribute it unethically in exchange for profit. The environmental threat doesn’t just lie with the consumer when the product reaches the end of its life. It is also the recycling distribution channel. If recyclers aren’t committed to closing the loop, the entire recycling chain breaks. There’s a need for consumers not only to be aware of the actions that they take with the recycling process but the actions of the suppliers or recycling distributors that they partner with. Entrepreneurs spearheading environmental change. Cartridges Direct Founder Simon Williams believes that it is important for suppliers to educate their customers about the recycling process and to make it as easy as possible for consumers to close the environmental loop by partnering with ethical recycling partners. In the ink cartridge industry, Williams has sought to partner with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) who can collect and ethically distribute used ink cartridges when they reach the end of their life-cycle. Consumers also need to be educated on the ethical practices of non-OEM ink cartridges or refills, and how their cheaper financial cost contributes to a more significant environmental cost in the future. What actions should people take to help close the loop? People should look into partnering with suppliers that are ethical prior to and after the life-cycle of the product. That way, they will know that positive action steps are being taken to close the loop. People should also get educated on the importance of closing the loop to prevent the negative impacts to the environment and how it can impact them directly in terms of their well-being and their quality of life. Asia is known for its economic boom. But the boom will end if resources dry up and people’s well being suffers. It’s important that the people across Asia get on board with closing the loop to guarantee a better future. Whollygrail is welcome hub of conscious choice 2017-07-31T06:43:09Z whollygrail-is-welcome-hub-of-conscious-choice   Working as a health coach and advocate for clients looking to improve their health has been both rewarding and enlightening for nutritionist, Danielle Butler.   ‘Our own personal family journey back to health was where it all started. I knew exactly how people felt, the pressures on family life, and frustrations to find answers. It’s a gift to share that journey for a little while, and very gratifying when people begin thinking beyond the initial issue and looking to the future’.   But, alongside this improvement, there were common beliefs held about the foods they were eating, the products they were using and the lifestyle choices they were making.   ‘With many years working in the food industry and the health sector, I had developed a unique knowledge of how products are manufactured and marketed, and I could see the faith people would place in these same products – expecting they must be fine otherwise they wouldn’t have made it.’   Unsurprisingly, we connected that the choices that supported better health and lifestyle outcomes, were also the best choices we could make to support the environment.   As we’ve seen a world develop where few multinationals hold a range of brands within a product category, there is a distinct lack of real choice for consumers who want the best for their families, and for the environment their families will be raising their families in.     And so Whollygrail is born.   That beautiful sweet spot of conscious choice, where benefit to ourselves, our families, our communities and our planet are aligned.   We developed a range of products that meet our design principles and SOURCE criteria to reach the Whollygrail Store – shopping with integrity.     We designed a range of seminars and workshops for health coaches to deliver within their local communities, as a key learning opportunity for families and an opportunity for the community to improve resources.   Whollygrail launched Tees 4 Change, an initiative where key charities and organisations are supported via dedicated t shirt designs.   Our evolving library concentrates on inquiries we receive, so people can feel confident in the integrity of the information they are receiving in a world that confuses us with varying and often conflicting opinions.   Whollygrail is here.            Fascinating stories behind the islands surrounding Brisbane & Gold Coast 2017-07-27T04:04:12Z fascinating-stories-behind-the-islands-surrounding-brisbane-amp-gold-coast Boat hire with stories & info to go too. The region of Gold Coast & Brisbane has a vast array of historic stories hidden in the surrounding islands.  Their location means that over the last couple of centuries they have seen wars, European settlement, and generally watched the two cities evolve into some of the biggest cities in the country and even the world. A lot of the area is protected as environmentally significant habitats & heritage listed sites which is why the area has remained an idyllic spot for locals and tourists alike. Lots of customers were hiring boats but didn't really know much about the locations we were sending them to. The 3 major islands; Bribie, Moreton & Stradbroke island protect the bay from the harsh Pacific Ocean swells, giving gorgeous, flat blue waters for boaties to enjoy. It is this gorgeous, protected water that led us in to hiring out performance boats capable of exploring these islands and taking groups on tours to share the outstanding beauty and history behind them. Coastal Ventures went in search of fascinating stories and information about all of these islands and has condensed it all into one, easy to read guide.  Complete with how to access, GPS co-ordinates & other great info. ABRI calls on the Federal Government to implement industry recommendations for the introduction of a national battery stewardship program 2017-07-24T02:56:00Z abri-calls-on-the-federal-government-to-implement-industry-recommendations-for-the-introduction-of-a-national-battery-stewardship-program On July 28th, Environment Ministers will consider recommendations from the Industry Working Group on a pathway forward to establish a national recycling program for rechargeable batteries under 5 kgs.   Industry has invested much time and resources to evaluate options and prepare a workable and realistic path forward.  Without government support of these recommendations, industry will pull out of the process and action will be delayed many years, resulting in environmental and community health impacts and leading to greater cost to government.   ABRI fully supports the Industry Working Group recommendations and encourages others in industry to ensure government understand the need for responsible battery stewardship by contacting the Environment Ministers directly.  We have also called on the government to expand the scope of the recommended scheme to include a phased approach to cover ALL batteries.  Why? We are looking at an increasing avalanche in the volume of waste batteries over the coming years If not managed correctly, batteries will end up in landfill, leading to increased incidences of landfill fires with significant increases in releases of dioxins into the atmosphere causing serious ongoing community health impacts and costs to health services Research indicates the community has a strong desire to recycle batteries safely and will see this approach as a success Some battery chemistries have the potential to catch fire if they overheat, are crushed, or make contact – whether in the home, during transport or while in storage if not managed correctly Button cell batteries present a significant risk to children if swallowed (ACCC reports that 20 children present to hospital emergency rooms each week) However, government are in a prime position to facilitate an industry lead solution.  Contributing resources to establish the program and committing to introducing light regulation to ensure the inclusion of all batteries by 2020 and for ensuring equitable industry participation.  This is needed to avoid free riders taking advantage of responsible industry partners. By doing so, we can expect to see a big jump in safe and responsible recovery of batteries - much beyond the current very low level of recycling (less than 3%).  This will lead to significant industry development and investment in local battery recycling in Australia, adopting new technologies and establishing new jobs. Now is the time for action!  Contact your Environment Ministers this week to show your support for battery stewardship in Australia Contact About the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) Libby Chaplin AUSTRALIAN BATTERY RECYCLING INITIATIVE PH: 0467 515 260 secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au ABRI has been formed by a group of battery manufacturers, distributors, collectors, recyclers, government bodies and environment groups to promote the collection, recycling and safe disposal of all batteries. ABRI supports the principle of product stewardship: that responsibility for environmental management of products, including their recovery at end of life, is shared by organisations at every stage of the product life cycle.  Airbnb of electric cars leads the charge in Australia 2017-07-18T01:03:20Z airbnb-of-electric-cars-leads-the-charge-in-australia Sydney, 18/07/2017, You can only drive an electric car as far as its battery will take you, and ‘range anxiety’ and the lack of electric charging stations have been holding Australians back from taking up the technology. But not for much longer. Sydney start-up Everty is breaking down this barrier with a peer-to-peer electric vehicle charging network that lets you top up your electric car when you need it. Industry publication InsideEVs reported that Germany has a network of about 7,400 public electric car charging stations, one charger per 11,000 people. The USA has 16,000, one per 20,000 people. Yet a recent report, ‘The state of electric vehicles in Australia’, shows that Australia has just 470 public chargers, one per 50,000 people. That’s why the team behind Everty is opening up existing private chargers and parking spaces to other electric car drivers. “Most owners of electric vehicles have already installed a charger in their garage or driveway. With more than 4,000 electric cars on our roads, we can increase the amount of available charging stations dramatically and help electric car drivers who have on-street parking, or garages without power supply, to access charging stations in locations that are convenient for them,” says Carola Jonas, CEO of Everty. According to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, in 2016 29% of all cars registered in Norway were electric. In Australia, sales of electric and hybrid vehicles were just 0.1% of all car sales in 2016, offering huge growth potential over the next few years. “‘The state of electric vehicles in Australia’ report found that 50% of survey participants are ‘aware of and would buy an electric car if they were in the market for a car’,” added Jonas. “That number gives us the confidence that people will buy more electric cars, especially when there is more choice in the market and as charging infrastructure becomes more accessible”. “Until then, we’ll help electric car owners with home chargers to rent out their parking space to others. This will be especially attractive to homeowners with rooftop solar who are not at home during the day and can’t use the energy from their panels themselves.” Electric cars make cities cleaner and improve the air quality for our future generations. John, who has listed his charger in Randwick, says: "I listed my electric car charger on the Everty network and got a booking soon after. The process was really easy and I look forward to more chargers becoming available soon." Images are available for download here: Timber Suppliers in Brisbane: “Timber is Good for Your Health.” 2017-07-14T06:21:34Z timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-timber-is-good-for-your-health 14 July 2017, Brisbane, QLD - Most timber industry “lifers” seem to enjoy everything about their work. They love the smell, feel and appearance of timber. Their homes are usually testaments to their work, with timber decks, timber floors and timber fences. Some of them may suspect that timber is good for their health, but they don’t know why other than the fact that they like it.Recently, some timber suppliers in Brisbane used their company blog to publish some news that didn’t surprise those who love the industry, but may surprise some people: timber actually is good for one’s health. Recently, a worldwide group called Planet Ark released a report about how timber affects health when it is used in interior design. This kind of design, which integrates natural timber into interior design, is called “nature connected” or “biophilic” design. They cite different studies showing some surprising effects that timber can have when used for homes, schools, workplaces, doctor’s offices, aged care facilities and schools.When timber is incorporated into the interior design of aged care facilities, the residents of the facilities interact with each other more. When timber is incorporated into schools, the cognitive abilities of the students are increased. When patients recovering from surgery are placed in rooms that incorporate timber, they heal faster. In all applications where timber is incorporated into interior design, those who use the buildings benefit from reduced heart rate and less stress hormones. Timber also helps raise self esteem. Timber Flooring is the Most CommonThe most common and easiest way to incorporate timber into interior design is to install timber flooring. Solid timber doors can also be incorporated into a building that otherwise appears to not have room to add timber. Laminates are often used for desks and other furniture, but they do not produce the same effect as solid natural Timber. Timber Suppliers Weigh InJack Kyle is the owner of Narangba Timbers, a third generation family business of timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. According to Mr Kyle:“We have always made it quite well-known that we love timber and we love the timber business. We love the smells the texture and the site of freshly cut timber.  We also enjoy helping our customers turn timber into decks, fences, buildings and floors.”Mr Kyle continued: “We have always suspected the timber is good for us just because it helps take the stress away. There's nothing more relaxing than sitting on a timber deck and enjoying a few beverages at the end of a long day or having a few friends over to share them with.”Mr Kyle concluded: “We are not surprised to learn of the many health benefits of incorporating timber into interior design. As far as we are concerned, all the scientists may as well be preaching to the choir. And we’re good with that.”Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers serving Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the surrounding areas. They specialise in high quality, low prices and what they call the best customer service in the timber industry. They carry a wide selection of timber species for structural building, timber cladding, timber decking, timber flooring, timber fencing and more. To learn more, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: https://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/.