environment

What sort of future are we creating?

The photo is one of the finalist images selected for the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, now in its 53rd year.

After the announcement, expedition leader and underwater photographer Justin Hofman shared the photo on Instagram, saying he wished it "did not exist".

"Now that it does, I want everyone to see it," he wrote.

Litterati: Can a digital landfill rid the world of litter?

A resounding yes comes from the community of Litterati, an app that asks users to identify, photograph and geotag individual pieces of trash before disposing of them.

It's a simple enough idea: crowdsourcing data that could help stop litter from being created in the first place.

So far, Litterati has cataloged over 750,000 pieces of litter from 114 countries, with hundreds being added every day.

Indoor plants don't just look nice — they bring health benefits, too

The quarter-acre dream is fast disappearing and larger blocks and family gardens along with it.

As more people move from country areas to the city and as land to build homes near the city centre becomes scarce, we're getting further and further away from nature. It turns out this isn't great for our health.

The change in urban environments because of development, associated with a rapid increase in chronic disease, is a global phenomenon in developed countries.

Australia supermarkets to tackle plastic bags

South Australia, ACT, the Northern Territory and Tasmania have already implemented state-wide bans, and Queensland plans to do so next year.

Woolworths yesterday announced its decision to phase out the bags, by June 30 next year.

Instead it would offer more durable, re-usable plastic bags at a cost of 15 cents, as well as multi-use hessian bags.

Studies have shown however that some types of reusable bag are not environmentally friendly in comparison unless they have been used 50, or even 100 times.

Fiji plastic bag surcharge welcomed

The Ministry of Fisheries and Forests said the association would introduce a 10 cent surcharge for single use plastic bags at 75 service stations from next month.

Scientists have invented environmentally-friendly microbeads

Microbeads are tiny balls found in bathroom products like shower gels, shaving foams and face scrubs.

They are controversial because they can end up in the sea and can be harmful to fish and birds.

But now, a team from Bath University says it has created biodegradable microbeads by using material which breaks down easily.

Protect the ocean from plastic trash!

Environment advocate Professor Augustine Mungkaje of the University of PNG revealed that many of the man-made rubbish that are thrown into the sea can still be there after hundreds of years.

He explained that all sea creatures, from the largest to the microscopic organisms, are, at one point or another, swallowing the seawater soup instilled with toxic chemicals from plastic decomposition.

Preventing more plastics from getting into the sea is another huge challenge.

Fishing lines killing hundreds of seabirds

Figures from the 2015-16 fishing year show 140 birds were caught on surface longlines on those commercial boats being observed by government monitors.

For that year only 320,000 of the total 2,355,000 hooks were monitored.

UN coordinator raises concern on importance of environment

He praised residents for joining in on the World Environment Day celebrations today at the Port Moresby Nature Park.

This day has been recognised annually by the UN since 1974.

And Trivedy said being the fourth mega diverse region in the whole world, it was great for PNG to observe the day.

“People’s lives here connect with nature and it’s great to see so many young and old people and business houses,” he said, making mention of some like the Kreativ Kanaka and Total Waste Management.

Rise of clothes swapping helps make a small dent in the war on fashion waste

Instead, she plans to only buy pre-loved or recycled wear by joining in the increasingly popular and frequent clothes-swapping events popping up around Sydney and around the country.

"I've got an amazing wardrobe already, I don't really need anything else and I'm trying to back away from the fast fashion, buying news — there's no need," Ms Child said.