Air Quality

I dream of #smellgoodcomposting

Composting at home has received a lot of attention in the media recently. There are many reasons why composting is great: it’s a natural process, a sustainable way to treat organic waste and we can do it at home at very low cost with significant benefits to our gardens and environment.   However, at a…

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Ditching the dump: throwing waste management myths in the bin

Written by Simon Welchman and Plistina Almeida In line with our decade’s resolutions released in January this year, we believe it’s about time to have a closer look at our “Don’t Waste” objectives. Our goal as environmental scientists and engineers has always been to move towards the top of the Waste Hierarchy (Figure 1): avoidance and…

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CO, PM2.5 and NO2: which air pollutant best illustrates the effect of COVID-19 mobility restrictions on air quality

Written by Simon Welchman, Manning Young and Lisa Smith   Air pollution occurs when gases, liquids or solid particles exist in the air in sufficient quantities to adversely affect human comfort or health or cause environmental damage.  Some common air pollutants in urban areas are carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter…

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The Victoria Environment Protection Act (EPA) is changing 1 July 2021

Edit: The EPA Victoria issued a note stating that “Following a sitting of Parliament on Thursday 23 April, the legislation has been postponed and is intended to commence on 1 July 2021”.   These changes respond to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA. The Victorian Government proposes two phases of legislative reform to overhaul the Environment Protection Act…

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In Memory of Karen Lunney

Karen Lunney

One of Katestone’s founders, Karen Lunney, passed away at the end of last year. She had been battling cancer for over 10 years.   Karen was an amazing woman and if it wasn’t for her and Peter’s vision Katestone wouldn’t be the business it is today. In fact, it wouldn’t exist at all! Karen had…

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Our Journey with Power

Power Generation

How do you power your day? You might look at your long-finished cup of coffee or the half eaten toast on your desk – the items that keep your battery going – but what about the power that lights up your home and office, or charges the battery in your car that takes you to…

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Clean Air Society 23rd Biennial International Conference

CASANZ Conference 2017

In October 2017 Brisbane was host to the biennial Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) conference. The local QLD CASANZ branch (including Katestone’s Natalie Shaw) did an excellent job as hosts. Unfortunately for all of the visitors hoping for some sunshine, Queensland didn’t live up to its reputation as the sunshine state with…

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