Cracked earth

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

17 June
There’s an urgent need to curb the destructive forces of desertification (where over-grazing, land clearing and water depletion allow sand to blow in and take over an area), land degradation and drought, and 2010 marks the beginning of the UN’s Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification, so this year the day has special significance.

Banksia Awards

2010 Banksia Environmental Awards

Entries open until August 2
Nominations for the 2010 Banksia Environmental Awards - which recognise outstanding eco contributions and achievements - are now open! The awards cover a range of areas, from sustainability leadership and environmental education to the use of clean technology. Winners will be announced on October 15 in Sydney.

Green design

2010 Look Home Green Design Awards

Entries open until July 9
Judged by a panel of industry experts, the 2010 Look Home Green Design Awards recognise the best in sustainable, affordable and innovatively designed homes. Winners will be picked across five categories: best new-custom built home, best display or demonstration home, best medium density/townhouse development, best renovation, and best shed or studio. For information on how to enter see

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