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  • 10 Interesting Facts About the Environment in Australia 23/12/2016

     For our last blog in 2016, we thought we’d take a broader approach to looking at why being environmentally responsible is so important in a country like Australia. Often, Australia is held up as having one of the last pristine and truly ‘wild’ landscapes on earth. But in reality, most of Australia’s ecosystems are either …

  • 3 Industrial Groundwater Contamination Disasters 09/12/2016

    Groundwater is something we take for granted and rarely think about. However, groundwater plays a fundamental role in the health of our ecosystems and we rely on the fresh water it provides to drink, bathe in, and use in agriculture. Unfortunately, groundwater is vulnerable to contamination from industrial activities and when this occurs, the results …

  • 10 Facts About Petroleum

    Few substances have been more important in the progression of civilisation and modern industry as petroleum. However, our reliance on petroleum as an energy source and manufacturing material comes at an enormous cost to the environment, as petroleum is toxic to virtually every form of life, including humans and has a devastating effect wherever it …

  •  The World’s Biggest Pesticide Induced Disasters 28/11/2016

    The wrongful use or overuse of pesticides and herbicides can have huge environmental impacts, and can sometimes even result in devastating man-made environmental disasters. Because of the long-lasting harmful effects of negligent pesticide and herbicide use, and, indeed the accidents associated with their production, it’s important for businesses to engage in thorough environmental site assessment …

  • 5 Disturbing Facts About Pollution in Australia 21/11/2016

    In the popular imagination, Australia is a pristine natural paradise unlike anywhere else in the world. In reality however, Australia is a notorious greenhouse emitter with a long history of polluting and poisoning the wealth of natural resources that surround us. This week, we take a look at five sobering facts about the state of …

  • How to tell if the Mould on your Property is Toxic 10/11/2016

    Mould is a fact of life. In fact, right now, there are probably several hundred different types of mould spores in the air around you. That being said, if there is a significant mould infestation in your property, it can cause a whole range of health issues for the people who work in your building. …

  • Common Misconceptions About Household Mould

    Humanity has an intimate relationship with fungi and microbes, yet it remains one of the more misunderstood biological kingdoms. Mould is in our homes, in the plants, the soil, and even in the air we breathe. When it comes to mould growth around the home, a lot of what we think we know about mould …

  • Environmental Case Study: 3 Soil Contamination Disasters 24/10/2016

    Man made disasters are a depressingly common event and it takes no more than a Google search to realise that unregulated industrial activity can have a devastating impact on human health and the environment. This week, we take a look at three prominent soil contamination disasters that could have been avoided with proper site management. …

  • Environmental Case Study: 3 Historical Heavy Metal Disasters 18/10/2016

    For many modern businesses, environmental consulting is simply another bureaucratic hoop that they have to jump through before they can move ahead with their activities. However, there is a very good reason why environmental site assessments are such a central part of your environmental compliance requirements. This week, we take a look at three horrifying instances …

  • Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Hydroflurocarbons

    Last week, 197 nations at the United Nations Environment Programme signed an agreement to phase out hydroflurocarbons beginning in 2019. For many people, the threat posed by hydroflurocarbons was relatively unknown until the announcement on October 15, so we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blog to examining exactly what this substance is, and how it’s …

  • 3 Hazardous Products Commonly Found in the Workplace

    In one of our recent articles, we uncovered three seemingly innocuous products commonly found around the home, which actually have a negative impact on the environment and human health. This week, we give the same treatment to office spaces and take a look at three common items workers around the country come in contact with …

  • Substitutes for 3 Hazardous Products Commonly Found in the Home 14/10/2016

    When we think of toxic or hazardous materials, our minds often jump to industrial products such as chemicals or building materials. However, in reality, there are many seemingly innocuous items lying around your home which can pose a threat to human health and the environment. This week, we take a look at three common household …

  • The Challenges of Developing Former Industrial Sites in Victoria

    Urban renewal has been a buzzword in Melbourne’s development industry for the last two decades but in recent years the trend of developing former industrial blocks around the inner city has reached fever pitch with land in suburbs like Abbotsford, Box Hill, Collingwood, Footscray and Richmond being snapped up like hotcakes for both residential and …

  • How Soil Testing Benefits Your Business 10/10/2016

    At face value, soil testing might not seem like anything more than another unnecessary bureaucratic hoop that developers and commercial landowners have to jump through in order to get a planning permit or a tick from the EPA, there are a number of ways in which this seemingly innocuous process can add value to your …

  • Understanding the Environmental Impact of Petroleum 05/09/2016

    One of the world’s most common fossil fuels, petroleum is used in the production of everything from toothpaste to jet fuel. However, our reliance on this fossil fuel has a devastating environmental effect which extends far beyond oil spills and truck exhaust. This week, we take a closer look at the environmental impact of petroleum. …