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'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners' booklet, South East Water, 2004

This is a 20-page booklet called 'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners', published in 2004 by South East Water and the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Victoria. The cover shown here features a photograph of a newly purchased native plant being held by a smiling young girl. The booklet is part of the Water Smart ...

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We're driving on sunshine (woah oh!)

In the World Solar Challenge, participants from all around the world drive solar-powered cars from Darwin to Adelaide. Find out how these cars work, and why we don't see them driving down our streets.

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'Bambu' surfboard, 2001-02

This is a 'Bambu' surfboard, a rounded and standard short model with three fins. It is manufactured from polystyrene foam, bamboo veneer and epoxy resin by Mei Yap Gordon and Shale Gordon in Byron Bay, New South Wales.

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Growing an organic edible garden

Find out about the roles that earthworms and other animals play in a sustainable organic garden. View this clip called 'Great pizzas', created by young reporters from Willunga Primary School, South Australia. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' project, which featured local sustainability ...

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Industrialisation versus conservation

The conflict between industry and conservation is not a new one. This clip, taken from a 1973 Four Corners program, highlights the conflict between those wishing to preserve Australia's natural environment and those representing industrial interests. Industry is shown to be spending millions of dollars to prevent pollution. ...

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Public access denied

How can the public reclaim their right to access to Sydney's harbourside reserves? This 1980 clip from ABC's 'Nationwide' program shows reporter Richard Palfreyman discussing with conservationist Vincent Serventy the battle between private and public interest around the edges of the Sydney Harbour. They discuss ways private ...

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Alpine logging protest

A coffin filled with mountain ash seedlings is carried up the steps of Victoria's Parliament House as part of a demonstration against the logging of mountain ash trees in Victoria's Alpine National Park. Find out why protestors carrying the coffin in this 1980 news clip regarded the proposal to log the mountain ash too ...

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Artificial reefs and the 'wild-caught' industry

Join abalone farmer Brad Adams under water as he shows you the site of his abalone farm. Brad explains why his abalone are classed as 'wild-caught'. Find out about the role that artificial reefs will play in his expanding farming operation.

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Algae farming: food colouring from algae

Algae are being farmed in Western Australia to produce natural food colouring and vitamin supplements. With a price of up to 3,000 dollars a kilogram, the carotenoids released from the algae are highly valuable. Watch this clip to find out more about algae farming at Hutt Lagoon, north of Geraldton. See some products containing ...

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Algae farming: producing biofuel from algae

Did you know it's possible to make fuel from algae? Watch this clip to find out why the Pilbara region in Western Australia is considered an ideal location for an algae biofuel production plant. Discover what is required to make it a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels.

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Are ocean waves increasing in size?

Evidence suggests that our climate is changing, potentially affecting our world in different ways. This clip explores a growing interest in the relationship between changes in atmospheric circulation patterns and the height of ocean swells around the world. Find out how a variation in wave heights may affect Australia's coastline.

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Spawning dams, not fish, on the Mekong?

The Mekong is the largest freshwater fishery in the world; however, this may be about to change. Discover in this 2010 clip how migration of fish species along the lower Mekong may be impeded by the proposed construction of dams along this mighty river. Do the economic benefits of the dam outweigh the potential loss of ...

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Threats to coral reefs: what are they?

Coral reefs are in trouble. Though important ecologically and vital for local communities, they're facing a range of serious threats. Listen to a panel of scientific and community experts discussing the human and natural factors that stress coral reefs around the world. Find out the recipe for how to kill a reef. Then learn ...

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Modelling water quality

This is a colour video clip in which Professor David Hamilton, an ecologist from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, talks about the important functions of ecosystems and the consequences of deterioration in those functions. He explains how computer models can be used to address these problems. Sequences showing Professor ...

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Dyeing to bring new life to old fabric

Kate Fletcher works with used clothing and fabrics to create sustainable clothes. She cares about how things are made. She also loves to help people find their own individual style, a style not based on fashion. Have a look at some of her designs.

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Down on the mussel farm in Tasmania

Australia's largest and deepest mussel farm is located in the pristine waters on Tasmania's east coast. Watch this clip to find out about blue-lipped mussels growing in Spring Bay Seafoods' 1,700 hectare farm and the aquatic environment that supports them. This is a farm quite unlike most farms you may be familiar with.

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'Water saver kit', 2003

This is a promotional folder titled 'Water saver kit', published by the Victorian Government in 2003. The cover is blue and white with a water ripple graphic design. At the bottom right is the Victorian Government's 'Our water our future' logo. The folder measures 315 mm by 230 mm.

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Life lessons in a living classroom

Secondary school students are taking their lessons outside in a productive garden, and both students and environment are reaping the benefits. Explore this living classroom and find out how the kids are transforming the land and the land is transforming the kids. You might even be inspired to establish your very own productive ...

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'The little green book', 1995

This is a booklet titled 'The little green book: a kids handy guide to caring for the environment', published by Cadbury Australia. The front cover displays six of Cadbury's 'Yowie' characters. The booklet measures 210 mm by 148 mm.

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'Easy ways to be a water saver' brochure, 2003

This is a brochure promoting water conservation, published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The blue-and-white cover includes the title - 'Easy ways to be a water saver', a background design showing water rippling, and the Victorian Government's 'Our water our future' logo. ...