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Carnegie Clean Energy sees rapid growth after embracing solar power
10 January 2017 - Carnegie Clean Energy expects annual revenue to surge 17-fold over a two-year period, its managing director told Reuters, thanks to a push into solar power with the recent purchase of fellow Australian firm Energy Made Clean (EMC). Managing Director Michael Ottaviano said he sees the company expanding in tandem with the fast-growing microgrids market . . . Microgrids are electricity supply systems that can work independent of existing grids or linked to them, which can help secure cheap and reliable power for remote locations. (more)

Australia: Federal government plan to improve fuel quality and vehicle efficiency worthwhile
3 January 2017 - The latest available figures from Australia's Environment Department show that in 2014 the services, construction and transport sector generated 11.5 per cent of Australia's 525 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent gases. If Australia can reduce this output by improving the efficiency of its vehicles and raising the standard of the fuel it uses, it obviously must do so. The federal government is right to seek ways to stop our cars from choking us. (more)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urges Australians to celebrate cultural diversity 

24 December 2016 - Malcolm Turnbull has used his Christmas video message to urge Australians to celebrate the country's cultural diversity. In a year that has seen a rise in anti-immigration rhetoric . . . the Prime Minister made a pointed reference to Australia's multicultural population. The Prime Minister also called on Australians to reach out and 'give a hug' to those less fortunate this Christmas. (more)

Australia's plain cigarette packs get more support than expected
8 December 2016 - Young Australians say they're less likely to try smoking and more likely to quit since the country's mandatory plain packaging for all tobacco products was implemented, according to a new study. (more)

Giant Amazon waterlillies at Adelaide Botanic Garden
19 November 2016 - The Amazon waterlily, Victoria amazonica, was named after a Queen and is one of the plant wonders of the world. Its leaves grow to two metres across and are strong enough to support a child (more)

Australia ratifies greenhouse gas targets agreed on in Paris
10 November 2016 - Australia on Thursday ratified its greenhouse gas emission targets agreed upon last year at the U.N. climate meeting in Paris. Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull told Parliament that Australia had become the 140th country to ratify the agreement signed by 196 nations in New York in April, following the December meeting in Paris. The pact commits countries to work toward limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and set five-yearly targets for cutting emissions. (more)

Australia's consumer sentiment rebounds on strong rise in economic outlook sub-indices
8 November 2016 - Australia's consumer sentiment rebounded sharply in the week ended 7 November, totally countering the drop in the earlier two weeks. The improvement in the sentiment was supported by a solid increase in the sub indices of the economic outlook. (more)

Solar could have role in new Australia copper mine
31 October 2016 - Australia's Oz Minerals Ltd could turn to solar power to help run a giant copper mine it is building after a major blackout disrupted industry across South Australia state last month and raised concerns over energy security. Mining companies have largely steered clear of deploying on-site renewable energy, preferring to rely on coal and gas-fired power and diesel fuel, which are seen as more reliable. Solar technology already deployed this year by rival copper miner Sandfire Resources in a neighbouring state could also work at the much larger Carrapateena project. (more)

Australia: Migratory bird haven near Adelaide declared national park
28 October 2016 - The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is now a national park covering 2,457 hectares of shorebird habitat in the Saint Kilda area just north of suburban Adelaide. South Australian Environment Minister Ian Hunter said it was a haven for birds and the national park declaration would promote tourism interest and help protect the coastal region's water quality. (more)

Australia: Traditional fire management techniques presented at UNESCO Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change conference
27 October 2016 - Representatives from the Kimberley region of Western Australia will travel to climate talks in Morocco to discuss their strategic burning methods. Traditional fire management techniques have generated more than $85 million for Indigenous groups across northern Australia. Kimberley Land Council chief executive Nolan Hunter will deliver a presentation on Indigenous fire management in Australia at the UNESCO Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change conference in Marrakech next month. (more)


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Foolproof your New Year's resolutions with Transcendental Meditation
8 January 2015 - Transcendental Meditation allows the mind to go beyond the experience of the surroundings, the physical body, and even thought itself. Transcending is like lifting the individual out of the maze of past experience and habitual behaviour to experience a sea of all possibilities. Experiencing unbounded awareness regularly during meditation allows this state to become integrated into daily life. The feelings of freedom and invincibility become a permanent part of our reality. Brain imaging shows that latent parts of the brain are awakened. Meditators report that they feel mentally clearer, procrastinate less, have more energy, and experience greater emotional stability. In this state it is much easier to implement any positive changes in to your life and let go of negative habits. (more)

Australia: Maharishi Honey offers new pollination service
16 August 2014 - Maharishi Honey is expanding its honey production throughout South Australia and Victoria, and in the process is offering a unique pollination service, the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) announced in its August newsletter. NASAA is Australia's first organic certification organization. (more)

Australia: New Maharishi Vastu buildings for school in Melbourne
12 May 2014 - Maharishi School in Melbourne, Australia, offers primary education to boys and girls up to the age of 12. The school's Consciousness-Based Education approach, including the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, offers a unique means of integrating all aspects of the curriculum, providing for the whole development of the student. The school has recently completed two new Maharishi Vastu buildings--constructed according to Vedic architecture in tune with natural law. The buildings are environmentally sustainable and have six large classrooms and three offices. (more)

Australia: Black Dog Institute researches effects of Transcendental Meditation on depression
18 April 2014 - The Black Dog Institute in Sydney, Australia has embarked on a research programme to assess the benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on depression, led by Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot. Noting hundreds of peer-reviewed, published scientific research studies on Transcendental Meditation, the article on the Australian medical website '6minutes' quotes Dr Proudfoot: 'Already TM looks as if it is showing strong results in treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder with a positive impact on physical health, so our hypothesis is that it will have a positive impact on depression but nevertheless we are going into it with an open mind and will be evaluating it very rigorously.' (more)

Australia: 'How to heal your emotional and physical heart with Maharishi Ayurveda' - Expert gives workshop
12 October 2013 - Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, internationally renowned research cardiologist and one of the world's leading authorities on natural medicine in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, gave a workshop today in Sydney, Australia, on Total Heart Health. Dr Schneider is director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, Maharishi University of Management Research Institute in Iowa, USA. He is visiting Australia this month, meeting with doctors and researchers to encourage collaborative research on non-drug approaches to heart disease. (more)

Australia: American brain research expert speaks on improving mental health with Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Centre for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition in the USA, visited Sydney as part of his recent tour of Australia. There he spoke at the Black Dog Institute and on a national news show about research and clinical applications of Transcendental Meditation to improve mental health concerns ranging from depression to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (more)

Australia: EEG demonstrations show audiences profound effect of transcending
16 August 2013 - In the majority of his recent lectures in Australia, Dr Fred Travis used EEG demonstrations to show audiences the measurable effects on the brain of the mind settling down to a state of deep inner silence (transcending) during Transcendental Meditation. The demonstrations are very effective, he said, because they show the clear distinction between brain activity during daily life and the silence and coherence that immediately begin with transcending. (more)

Australia: In Melbourne, schools discover benefits of Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - Continuing his recent lecture tour of Australia in Melbourne, Dr Fred Travis, a neuroscientist at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, focused on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in education. He started his lecture tour at Maharishi School in Melbourne and spoke of the growing and successful school as providing the ideal education to develop the brain to its full potential. (more)

Australia: In Perth, Dr Fred Travis presents on brain activity during Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - During his tour of Australia, Dr Fred Travis presented a live demonstration of the effects of meditation on brain activity at Curtin University in Perth. A young Transcendental Meditation practitioner volunteered to have her brain waves monitored via EEG and shown to the audience both in normal eyes-open activity and also while meditating. Her meditating brain waves showed a high level of coherence, said Dr Travis, adding that the audience could see a clear difference between the two activities. (more)

Australia: Researchers open to scientific evidence supporting Transcendental Meditation
16 August 2013 - In his recent series of lectures across Australia, Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition in the USA, often found both researchers and the public to be very alert, open-minded, and not bound by preconceived notions. They wanted to know the truth and were impressed by scientific research showing the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation. (more)


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'Outrageous': Coal mine gets expansion nod despite secret, incomplete studies
26 December 2016 - The Baird government has approved the expansion of the most aggressive coal mine in the Special Areas of Greater Sydney's catchment despite not knowing the compounding impact it will have on water supplies. Approval was granted despite South32 commissioning a report on groundwater impacts in 2012 -- when it was seeking the go-ahead for the five excavation lines -- but then declining to make the findings available even to the government. (more)

Great Barrier Reef sees record coral deaths this year
29 November 2016 - Warming oceans this year have caused the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Tuesday. The worst-affected area is a 700-kilometer (400-mile) swath in the north of the World Heritage-listed 2,300-kilometer (1,400-mile) chain of reefs off Australia's northeast coast, said the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. (more)

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
29 November 2016 - Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday, 29 November. Their finding of the die-off in the reef's north is a major blow for tourism at reef which, according to a 2013 Deloitte Access Economics report, attracts about A$5.2 billion ($3.9 billion) in spending each year. Bleaching occurs when the water is too warm, forcing coral to expel living algae and causing it to calcify and turn white. (more)

Australia: How the education system is making kids stressed and sick
16 July 2016 - Thanks in part to an education system now obsessed with a narrow definition of success, a disturbing number of young Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. Her daughter's struggles led Lucy Clark, a journalist with Guardian Australia, to ask questions about what is going so wrong with education in Australia that 26 per cent of children drop out of school, and many others lament losing their adolescence to stress and mental illness. (more)

Australia: Mass coral bleaching cast shadow over future of Great Barrier Reef
30 May 2016 - Mass coral bleaching has destroyed at least 35 percent of the northern and central Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists said on Monday, a major blow to the World Heritage Site that attracts about A$5 billion ($3.59 billion) in tourism each year. Australian scientists said the coral mortality figure will likely rise as some of the remaining 65 percent of coral in the northern and central reefs fails to recover from bleaching. The report casts a shadow over the long-term prospects of the Great Barrier Reef against a backdrop of climate change. (more)

Australia: Crucial koala habitats lost in mass land clearing in Queensland
16 February 2016 - More than 40,000 hectares of koala habitat in Queensland has disappeared since the state's land-clearing controls were weakened, a conservation group says. WWF Australia has warned the vulnerable species will continue to decline unless the controls are strengthened as soon as possible. The group's scientist, Dr. Martin Taylor, said his mapping of koala habitat loss illustrated what was a 'cruel blow' for the species. (more)

Antarctica's Totten Glacier, twice the size of Victoria, 'melting from below'
26 January 2015 - Warm ocean water is melting one of the world's biggest glaciers from below, potentially leading to a rise in sea levels, Australian scientists have discovered. A team of 23 scientists used new technology to collect the first water samples near Antarctica's Totten Glacier. At 538,000 square kilometres, Totten holds enough water to raise sea levels by six metres. (more)

Australia: Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman
15 December 2014 - The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 workers and customers hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window's festive inscription of 'Merry Christmas'. It ended after midnight with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the gunman dead, four others wounded, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core. (more)

Australia leans toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet - sources
1 September 2014 - Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said. An agreement is still some months away, three people said, but the unprecedented sale of off-the-shelf vessels based on the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's Soryu class sub is emerging as the likeliest option. Such a deal would signal a major expansion of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial drive for a more active military after decades of pacifism. Rival China regularly accuses Abe of reviving Japan's wartime militarism. Australia is eager to get the quiet-running diesel-engine subs from Japan, despite the political backlash that would follow from abandoning a government pledge to build the vessels at home, said a person with knowledge of Canberra's thinking. (more)

Australia: Air pollution in cities killing 1600 a year
4 August 2014 - Air pollution is claiming the lives of nearly 1600 people a year in Australia's major capital cities, a new report says. Long-time residents in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and south-east Queensland, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Ipswich, will continue to have a shorter life expectancy, a health risk assessment released by the National Environment Protection Council shows, because of their ongoing exposure to man-made air pollution. The council released the report as part of its work developing mandatory national standards for fine particle emissions. The authors of the health study found that long-time Sydney residents would have their lives reduced by an estimated 72 days for men and 65 days for women by ongoing inhalation of fine particle pollution. Residents in Melbourne, Perth, and south-east Queensland faced the same risks as well as a higher rate of asthma and cardiovascular-related hospitalisations. (more)

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