Australia takes stand on single-use plastic bags

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Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state.

After Tasmania and South Australia started by installing a plastic bag ban, national retailers voluntarily began relying on them in stores. On June 20, 2018, Woolworths stopped offering single-use bags, instead charging… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



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The world’s first 100% solar-powered train launches in Australia

A train entirely powered by solar energy is now rolling down tracks in Byron Bay, Australia. The Byron Bay Railroad Company refurbished a three-kilometer, or almost two-mile, stretch of tracks and restored a heritage train, outfitting it with a 6.5 kilowatt solar array with flexible solar panels. A limited service launched over the weekend, with full service commencing in January.

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Hyundai is building a battery 50% larger than Tesla’s megabattery in South Australia

Tesla’s South Australia battery system won’t hold the title of world’s largest for long. Hyundai is building a 150 megawatt battery storage system – 50 percent larger than Tesla’s – in South Korea. And they say it should go live in just around three months.

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Mesmerizing white humpback whale spotted off the coast of Australia

Jump, Migaloo! In recent months, we’ve seen photographs of white giraffes and even a white moose. Now, footage has been shared of a rare white humpback whale, and nature enthusiasts can’t contain their excitement. The whale, named Migaloo (after the Aboriginal word meaning “white man”), was recently spotted off the coast of Sydney, Australia. And, he is just as majestic as many remember.

Migaloo was first spotted in 1990 and is believed to be around 30 years old. As National… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

1-acre permaculture farm in Australia feeds 50 families

This family has made permaculture a way of life – with remarkable success. The Coopers decided to change the way they ate after wife Nici suffered an illness, and from a vegetable garden at their 330 square meter home in Newcastle, Australia, started the one-acre Limestone Permaculture Farm that can now supply dozens of families with fresh food. They also offer permaculture education and internships, sharing what they’ve learned with the community.

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Solar-powered Tesla Tiny House hits the road in Australia

Tesla’s taking to the streets to demonstrate their clean technology. A Model X is pulling around a tiny house showcasing a solar system and Powerwall, giving the curious a way to check out the renewable tech in action. Their Tiny House is serving as a mobile design studio in major Australian cities.

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Tesla makes good on South Australia promise with world’s largest Lithium ion battery

Elon Musk is a man of his word. In March the Tesla CEO tweeted a promise that he would help South Australia solve its energy woes in 100 days with a new power storage system – or give the whole thing away for free. Now he’s following up on that promise, having inked a deal with the State government to build the world’s largest Lithium ion battery. If he can’t finish in 100 days, the energy titan estimates he’ll lose a cool $50 million.

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