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Australia Eco-City 

80% of Australia’s Supermarkets Will Stop Selling Factory Farm Eggs & Pork

  In one of history’s most stunning victories for humane farming, Australia’s largest supermarket chain, Coles, will as of January 1 stop selling company branded pork and eggs from animals kept in factory farms. As an immediate result, 34,000 mother pigs will no longer be kept in stalls for long periods of their lives, and 350,000 hens will be freed from cages.Not to be outdone, the nation’s other dominant supermarket chain, Woolworths, has already begun phasing out factory farmed animal products. In fact all of Woolworth’s house brand eggs are now cage-free, and by…

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Australia Eco-City 

Hybrid Shark Found off Australian Coast

  Scientists said on Tuesday that they had discovered the world’s first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change. The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented discovery with implications for the entire shark world. This is not a common occurrence by any stretch of the imagination; This is evolution in action. Colin Simpfendorfer, a partner in Morgan’s research from James Cook University, said initial studies suggested the hybrid species…

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Australia Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Eco-City 

Carbon Tax (Australia)

  Australia, one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries, is one of the planet’s worst emitters of greenhouse gases per capita, as it not only relies on coal for 80 percent of its electricity generation from indigenous coal reserves but is a major coal exporter as well, particularly to the voracious demands of the Chinese energy market. Under the October 2011 passed legislation the new Carbon Tax, goes into operation July 1, 2012, affecting companies that produce at least 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. The carbon tax…

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Australia Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Eco-City 

Australia’s Zero Carbon Moreland

  Globally, the aluminium industry is moving towards countries with low-carbon sources of power, to hedge themselves against future carbon pricing policies. 16% of Australia’s emissions are from land use change, forestry and agriculture including rice. Australia’s abundant solar and wind could be a huge economic advantage in a carbon-constrained world by providing cheap renewable electricity for metals and minerals processing. The Transport Plan will detail how Australia can run a zero-fossil fuel passenger and freight transport system. The main focus will be on a large roll-out of electric rail…

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