The Federal Government has released the Caring for our Australian Alps Catchments summery report, a technical assessment report for policy makers that details a number of key findings for the future of catchments from the Australian Alps.

The report begins by valuing the 9,600 gigalitres that run off the Alps to the Murray-Darling basin at a possible $9.6 billion for the Australian economy through contributions to agricultural productions and other industries, such as electricity generation, recreation and tourism in the Alps region.

“The catchments were found to be highly vulnerable to projected climate change impacts and the potential for future severe erosion was of special concern. The assessment identified that 60% of 235 sub-catchments across 1.64 million hectares of Alps parks were in a poor or moderate (natural) condition and 76% were in a declining or notrend-change condition,” the report found.

The Tasmanian State Government has published the latest report of the Climate Futures for Tasmania Project, entitled ‘Extreme Events’.

The Victorian Government has announced $500,000 in funding for the creation of the new centre for Geological Carbon Storage in a bid to support the emerging Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industry.

The Federal Government has announced the formation of new Industry Capability Teams to assist small to medium water and clean technology firms access new domestic and international customers. 

A team of US, Dutch and Australian scientists have published a paper that estimates the global rate of photosynthesis, the chemical process that governs how ocean and land plants absorb and release carbon dioxide. 

Sydney Water has won two awards for its $209 million St Marys Water Recycling Project which provides up to 50 million litres of high quality recycled water a day that flows into the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.

The Contract for Closure Program aims to support the closure of around 2,000 megawatts of highly emissions-intensive electricity capacity by 2020. Under the scheme, eligible generators can seek payment from the Government as part of a competitive tender process to retire their operations by an agreed date and will remain as a voluntary process.

Treasury has released a more detailed modelling of the impact of a $23 carbon price on household expenditure for the Clean Energy Future package announced on 10 July 2011.

Western Australia’s Auditor General Colin Murphy has submitted a report to State Parliament outlining his the need for increased focus on compliance with mining conditions in the state.

Researchers with Deakin University’s Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, together with industry partner VR Tek Global, have developed a new low cost and environmentally friendly method for recycling old tyres into high quality ingredients for the manufacture of new rubber products.

Renewable energy specialist Infigen has announced it will seek community feedback on the feasibility of a planned wind-farm co-operative (co-op) as part of its proposed Flyers Creek Wind Farm near Orange, New South Wales.

The winners of the 2011 Green Gown Awards Australasia have been announced, showcasing sustainability initiatives being developed and implemented within tertiary education institutions.

The Western Australian Government has released a new policy framework aimed at guiding the creation and application of environmental offsets. The policy will aim to deliver greater certainty, transparency to Government, businesses and developers.

Deakin University will invest $5 million over the next five years in an initiative set to place its Warrnambool Campus in the international spotlight for marine and aquaculture research and teaching.

The Western Australian Government has announced a new seagrass monitoring project that will be aimed at providing valuable data to scientists about the health of the Swan and Canning rivers.

A liquefied natural gas project proposed by Chevron in Western Australia’s Pilbara region will go ahead after the Federal Government approved the projet under national environmental law.

Legislation for the Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative has received royal assent on the 15 September 2011. The Act is available on ComLaw.

The Federal Government has announced the successful completion of a $10 million key research milestone at the Otway Project, with the Federal Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr saying the completion will accelerate the development of the carbon capture and storage (CSS) industry around the world. 

Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture - has just completed a study that shows how ‘green buildings’, are not only good for the environment; they’re also good for the people working in them.

The way to encourage adults to shop sustainably is to target their children, according to new research.

The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have announced the formation of the new  Independent Expert Group. The group will be responsible for verifying conservation values of native forests nominated under the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement and their compatibility with sustainable wood supply requirements for industry.

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