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ACF welcomes land handover and new Olkola National Park

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acflogoThe Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has welcomed the historic return of lands to the Olkola people of Cape York Peninsula and the declaration of Australia's newest protected area – the 269,830 hectare Aboriginal owned Olkola National Park.

The new national park is part of a 737,320 hectare package of former pastoral properties acquired by the Queensland Government, with support from the Federal Government.
 

WWF welcomes Australia’s Green Climate Fund contribution

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wwfWWF-Australia has welcomed today's announcement by the Australian Government that it will contribute $200 million over four years to the global Green Climate Fund.

WWF described the contribution as an important step towards helping poor and vulnerable communities tackle global warming but said it was disappointing the contribution was not made additional to Australia's existing aid budget.
 

Forgotten e-waste: finding new lives for old tech at Christmas

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ewasteChristmas is fast approaching, which means a festive season of gift giving and receiving is about to begin.

Unwrapping a new gadget might provide a short-term high, but with more active SIM cards on the planet than people, it comes with an environmental impact .

Global sales figures for smartphones, tablets and PCs, are projected to reach 2.4 billion devices for 2014, and that figure is tipped to grow into next year .
 

Australians want Federal Government to invest in renewable energy power

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wwfAustralians overwhelmingly (89%) think the 41,000 GWh Renewable Energy Target should be increased or stay the same, and not face cuts as currently proposed by the Government and Senator Leyonhjelm, according to a new ReachTEL poll out today,

WWF-Australia National Manager Climate Change, Kellie Caught, said the polling also found that 84% of people surveyed believe it is important the Federal Government invest in renewable energy power. Australians also showed strong support for wind energy, large scale solar and roof top solar.
 

Homes built from recycled waste can reduce Australia's huge rubbish mountain

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nappieslandfillHomes built from recycled waste could help Australia reduce its huge rubbish mountain, as long as builders and architects are prepared to turn away from traditional bricks and mortar.

That's the view of a leading Australian recycling and waste management company, which is of the opinion that Australia's household and commercial waste contains enough raw materials to keep the trade in work for years to come.
 

If banks are serious about their Principles, they cannot finance Galilee coal

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acflogoA new report by the Australian Conservation Foundation challenges the big four banks to rule out financial support for Galilee Basin coal projects, because to fund the projects would conflict with the banks' responsibilities as signatories to the Equator Principles.

ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac are all signatories to the Equator Principles, which are supposed to guide banks' assessment and management of environmental and social risk in the projects they consider financing.
 

Changing attitudes to mobile phone recycling shape its future

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mobilemusterA new report has found Australians' changing attitudes to mobile phone recycling and Federal Government legislation are all key influencers in shaping the future of mobile phone recycling and reuse.

The second annual Mobile Australia report titled; Recycling and Reuse in a Global Context highlights that as the industry matures a number of trends are starting to emerge including:
 


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