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SA breaks a renewable energy milestone
Congratulations to South Australia! The state produced on average 101 per cent of the energy it needed from wind, rooftop solar and solar farms, with just a fraction of the energy the state used being drawn from gas, in order to keep the grid stable. This shows what good policy and sector collaboration can achieve in our hot Australian summers.https://amp-smh-com-au.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/south-australia-breaks-record-running-for-a-week-on-renewable-energy-20220116-p59omi.html
17 January 2022 by Katherine Leo...

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Three Women dancing on an Iceberg above Sydney Harbour
"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" - Oscar Wilde1889 - in 2022 it's about Climate Change with two creative pieces already: Thaw - performance art depicting the melting icebergs we are threatened with - suspended above Sydney Harbour, https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jan/14/three-women-are-dancing-on-an-iceberg-in-the-sky-they-dont-know-how-fast-it-will-melt? https://www.legsonthewall.com.au/thawAndDon't Look Up - an American satirical science-fiction film by Adam McKay - Scientists attempting to warn humanity about an approaching comet w
14 January 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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A Black Box for the Earth!
Incongruous in the Tasmanian landscape, much like Kubrick's black monolith of 2001: A Space Odyssey. For future visitors to discover - its alien presence suggesting it was put there with intent.And if future visitors can decipher the messages it contains, they could have a glimpse of what caused the collapse of our civilisation.This is Earth's Black Box - a tool for analysis and a warning of the risk we run with how we are mismanaging our climate.To be placed in south-western Tasmania, it is already listening:https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-12-06/climate-change-earth-black-box-recorder/100621778
9 December 2021 by Jeremy Wright

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A "Smart Air" Device or Two for Every Classroom
Covid 19 is an invisible air-born battle that "Smart Air" manufacturers fight against with technology. Given the closing of schools and businesses, teleworking, and public fear of contracting infections in indoor spaces, in May 2020, Aura Air developed and tested a "smart air" device to purify indoor air of viral and other pathogenic particles. With a successful campaign, Aura Air is now targetting schools - 1 or 2 air purifiers for every classroom - depending on size - will give parents peace of mind that their child will be safe in schools. Read about Aura Air and other Israeli solutions: https://israeltrade.org.au/2020/10/23/how-israeli-companies-are-helping-to-renovate-the-construction-and-property-
8 December 2021 by Jeremy Ungar

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Californian firm touts ‘mushroom leather’ as sustainability gamechanger
The Californian firm has created a new vegan leather alternative using mushrooms.Mycelium, that comes from fungi, is turned into something that looks like calfskin or sheepskin, and could help save the planet.The creation of this leather alternative means few animals may need to die to meet our leather needs, and will help to reduce greenhouse gasses caused by farming cows.Click the link to find out more:https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/dec/02/californian-firm-touts-mushroom-leather-as-sustainability-gamechanger
8 December 2021 by Marcus Gordon

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Super-Seaweed wins InnovationAus Awards
The super-seaweed product mentioned in this column last week - has won The InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence. Asparagopsis taxiformis is a red algae, native to Australia. It reacts with vitamin B12 during digestion, and effectively removes most of the methane caused by the fermentation of plant matter in the animal’s stomach - thus substantially reducing the methane emissions from livestock. The Tasmanian producer, Sea Forest - produces the feed supplement. Congratulations to company principal, Sam Elsom. https://www.innovationaus.com/innovationaus-2021-awards-for-excellence-sea-forest-wins-the-food-agriculture-award/
2 December 2021 by Jeremy Wright