I dream of #smellgoodcomposting

Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   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…

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Food for thought, manure to energy

How pig farms can benefit from on-farm anaerobic digestion to better manage odour Written by Plistina Almeida and Simon Welchman   Anaerobic digestion is a great source of renewable energy that is becoming an important part of the “circular economy” around the world. Livestock farms face several everyday challenges. Managing wastes is definitely one of…

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What can the NPI tell us about air pollution? – An overview of the 2018-19 NPI results

Written by Simon Welchman and Plistina Almeida   The 2018-19 results from the National Pollutant Inventory were released in April this year. This is the 21st annual dataset published by the program managed by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is an internet database that provides the…

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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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Drinks with Kate – Going Virtual – 2nd edition

Friday 19 June 2020, 12:30-1:30 pm Recent social distancing guidelines prevent us from hosting our networking event Drinks with Kate events in person. We see this as a great opportunity to keep expanding its reach to interstate and overseas participants. Our focus for Drinks with Kate – Going Virtual is on delivering practical insights to…

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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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