The inspiring thing that happened when a Japanese village went almost waste-free – World Economic Forum
One of Japan's smallest villages has been on a 20 year mission to reduce waste. It's required lifestyle changes, created opportunities and brought a community together while others around it fracture. How did Kamikatsu achieve its near zero-waste goals, and are there lessons other communities can learn from their journey?
Hunter bio-renewables hub aims to revolutionise national energy production – Energy Innovation
Could the next renewables innovations come from "down under"? Ground has broken on the Hunter Pilot Biorefinery, turning waste into biofuel and promising to bring research and tech jobs in its wake.
Yellow crazy ant invasion threatens Queensland world heritage rainforest as funding dries up – The Guardian
The Wet Tropics Management Authority is running out of cash and holding back the invasive species is becoming more difficult. Within six months, the stripping back of one of the world's oldest rainforest could become devastating.
Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south – BBC News
Not only are the crustaceans moving south, they're also getting larger. But that's not good news as it points to a fall in their birth rate, putting the species - and the whales that feed on them - under threat.
Toyota, Panasonic setting up EV battery JV amid rising China competition – Reuters
What happens when one of the world's largest car manufacturers works with a technology giant? Over the next few years we could find out as two of Japan's giants take on the Chinese and Tesla to push Electric Vehicle technology further into the mainstream.
How have building materials changed over time? – Curbed
"We don't build houses like we used to" is oft heard when it comes to new developments. Houses are often viewed as designed with a "cookie cutter" and tales of poor build quality are common. Is this because building codes are poor? Or is it just laziness on the part of the construction industry?