A new fund has been launched by the Tasmanian Government to develop renewable energy projects for the Bass Strait islands.

The Renewable Energy Fund for King and Flinders Islands was allocated $1 million over four years in the last State Budget for the development of low-emissions energy alternatives to electricity from diesel generation.

Following the development of program guidelines, the first call for applications has been launched. Grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects reliance on diesel generated electricity on the Bass Strait Islands (BSI) by means of renewable energy technology innovation

The sister cities of Blacktown City Council and Liverpool Plains Shire Council have produced a toolkit that deals with establishing carbon forests in urban and rural environments.

HASSELL and Tract Consultants have become the first organisations in Australia to sign up to the Green Star Communities Supporter initiative developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The Federal Government has given conditional environmental approval  to the Xstrata Coal's proposed mine at Wandoan on Queensland's Western Darling Downs.

The Northern Territory Government has released its proposed changes to the Pastoral Land Act and details of the planned Native Vegetation Management Bill for comment.

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and start rewarding farmers and other landholders taking action to reduce carbon pollution.

A CSIRO-led study has concluded that up to 45 native species in Western Australia's Kimberley region will die out within 20 years if no action is taken.

A survey undertaken by the Queensland Government-owned energy companies Ergon Energy, ENERGEX and Powerlink Queensland has found that while Queenslanders are increasingly aware of the need to reduce energy consumption, the ownership and use of air-conditioning in households across the state is continuing to rise.

The Australian  Government has introduced into Federal Parliament the Product Stewardship Bill, which will help manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products including televisions and computers.

The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences has released its annual report into energy use and consumption throughout the country.

The CEO of Sustainable Business Australia (formerly Environment Business Australia), Fiona Wain, has stepped down from the position after 12 years due to ill health.

The University of Western Australia has appointed renowned oceans researcher Professor Carlos Duarte as Director of the Oceans Institute.

The Australian Government has signed a new memorandum of understanding with Germany for research and development into solar technologies.

The Federal Government’s adviser on climate change, Professor Ross Garnaut, has released his update on the science of climate change finding that observations and research outcomes since 2008 have confirmed and strengthened the position of scientists who maintain that the Earth is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause.

CSIRO has launched a new two new environmental research clusters.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), has assessed the NSW Government’s green building performance against five key criteria.

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority has given the green light to the $A6 billion Oakajee port and 570-kilometre rail development.

The Tasmanian Government has launched major reports to help Government, business and farmers better understand the impacts of climate change.

A new planning framework to guide development in the Pilbara has been released in response to many of the opportunities and challenges facing the region.

Partnerships between Government, industry, academia, unions and small business have been demonstrated in a new report from the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.

Sharp rises in household power bills are being driven by rising network costs and retailer margins not renewable energy according to new analysis.

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