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As our global awareness increases along with advances in research some innovative uses of renewable energy and technology related to sustainable living and development are emerging. These forward thinking ideas are inspiring us to rethink our unsustainable ways of living and offer an efficient alternative to consider or a solution that will become more common in the future.

By putting the spotlight on some of these developments and projects (with an extra focus on Australian renewable energy ideas) we hope to inspire people to think differently or more consciously about the world we live in.

Here are some ideas we found interesting – we hope you do too!

Online 3D educational tool for experiential learning

April 14th, 2014

Into Science 3D learning

An online 3D educational tool has been developed in partnership with online education company 3P Learning and the CSRIO. The classroom has come a long way from chalkboards and textbooks…

Backpack bugs will track Queensland Fruit Fly

April 14th, 2014

Queensland fruit fly

Sterile Insect Technology and micro-surveillance are replacing insecticide in the battle against the Queensland Fruit Fly. The Queensland Fruit Fly is an introduced species…

Wind farms underpin Canberra’s renewable energy plan

April 7th, 2014

wind turbine

The nation’s capital is dedicated to its 90 per cent renewable energy target by 2020, sourcing the majority from wind farms with contributions from solar and bioenergy.
An auction…

Retailers drive tyre recycling

March 31st, 2014

tyre recycling

Retailers and activists have put together a successful tyre recycling plan to save Australia from one of its most dangerous pollutants.
Old car and truck tyres may look inert but they…

Reggie the cane toad detector dog

March 24th, 2014

cane toad detector dog

Most of us have come across a detector dog (or two) at the airport, usually a tail-wagging beagle. Now meet Reggie, the Springer Spaniel and fearless cane toad detector dog. Ironically,…

No evidence for wind-turbine syndrome

March 17th, 2014

wind turbine syndrome

A major study has found “no reliable or consistent” evidence to support the condition known as wind-turbine syndrome, but did recognise the need for more research into…

CSIRO delivers Zebedee: a fast, accurate spatial mapping tool.

March 10th, 2014


Zebedee is a handheld, three-dimensional mapping device that has a vast array of applications, and has already been being picked up by the Queensland police for crime scene investigations.…

Argo floats will track health of Indian Ocean

March 3rd, 2014

argo floats

Bigger and better sea-going, bio-data collectors called Argo floats are being released in the Indian Ocean in 2014 as part of Australia’s protection and development of its ocean-based…

Chlorine-free pools couldn’t be cleaner

February 24th, 2014

chlorine free pool

Red eyes and rashes are on the way out as a new generation of cleaning and filtration systems including Australia’s Hydroxypure, are delivering super clean, chlorine-free pools.…

Personal UV monitor helps control sun exposure

February 17th, 2014

uv monitor

Getting the right amount of sun exposure so you don’t overdo it and get burnt but do get natural doses of vitamin D, is easier to manage with a novel Australian device, the U-B-Safe…

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April 14, 2014

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