Would you eat your coffee cup to help reduce plastic waste?

Edible takeaway cups and library-style mug-borrowing schemes are on the menu at a growing number of cafes as possible solutions to Australia’s addiction to plastic convenience. Key points: Victoria’s ban on single-use plastics will come into effect on February 1 The legislation covers plastic straws, plates and other items, but not coffee cups Eateries are … Read more

Why desalination won’t save states dependent on Colorado River water

The Colorado River wraps around Horseshoe Bend in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page, Arizona. Rhona Wise | Afp | Getty Images States dependent on the drought-stricken Colorado River are increasingly looking toward desalination as a way to fix the river’s deficit and boost water supplies across the western US The search for … Read more

‘Rubble Pile’ Asteroids Are Surprisingly Hard to Kill

Rubble pile asteroid Itokawa. Image: JAXA Rubble pile asteroids are more common and durable than previously thought, according to new research. The scientists behind the study say this could pose a problem for the planetary defense measurees. But there may be reason for optimism, given recent insights gleaned from NASA’s successful DART mission to deflect … Read more

Is recycling really worth it? Turns out, the system is far from perfect

Most Australians are pretty good at sorting their waste into paper, plastic, glass and organics – but what’s the point of recycling? Doesn’t it just all end up in landfill anyway? Not quite – but the recycling system is far from perfect. Not all recyclables are equal Did you know that it’s easier to recycle … Read more

AstroForge Plans First Private Asteroid Mining Mission

The OrbAstro ORB-50 satellite platform will host a variety of instruments needed to evaluate the target asteroid from a distance. Illustration: Intuitive Machines AstroForge has announced an ambitious commercial mission to observe a distant asteroid—an important step for the California startup as it strives to become the world’s first deep space mining company. AstroForge seeks … Read more

Vancouver mayor vows to ax controversial single-use cup fee by summer – BC

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim says the city’s controversial single-use cup fee will be gone by this summer. Sim made the comments during his first ‘state of the city’ address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Tuesday. “Everyone here in Vancouver loves the environment, but we can make a distinction between things that are … Read more

Vancouver mayor vows to ax controversial single-use cup fee by summer – BC

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim says the city’s controversial single-use cup fee will be gone by this summer. Sim made the comments during his first ‘state of the city’ address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Tuesday. “Everyone here in Vancouver loves the environment, but we can make a distinction between things that are … Read more

Gold exploration to occur near old Daylesford mine, prompting water and noise concerns

Could there be gold buried underneath the historic town of Daylesford? Key points: Ballarat-based mining company Red Rock Australasia has been granted a gold exploration license It will conduct low impact exploration activities to determine whether there is gold under an area near Daylesford Some residents are concerned about noise and long-term effects on the … Read more