Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - November, 2012
The University of Adelaide has announced a sophisticated new wind turbine experiment to better understand how and why turbines produce noise.
SA marine parks take effect
The South Australian network of 19 new Marine Parks has officially taken effect, with the State Government welcoming the move, saying it will better protect the state’s marine environment for the future.
Tasmania to build nation's biggest wind farm
The Tasmanian Government has unveiled plans for a $2 billion wind farm on King Island, a project that would see the State host the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Victoria announces waste funding grants
The Victorian Government is calling for Expressions of Interest from organisations to develop large-scale waste infrastructure projects capable of processing 100,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste per year.
Carbon sinks could open as permafrost recedes
Melting of large swathes of permafrost in the Northern Hemisphere could cause a massive increase in the rate of climate change, according to a new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Government appoints coal science committee
The Federal Government has announced the membership of the new Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development.
Government passes European ETS link legislation
The Federal Government has passed legislation that will enable Australia and Europe to begin linking their emissions trading systems (ETS), meaning that Australian emitters will be able to have broad access to the global carbon market from 2015.
New climate change research strategy for primary industries
The Federal Government has released a revised Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI), which it says will help build a sustainable, strong and viable future for the country’s primary industries.
BREE tracks lower-carbon technology growth
Four wind-powered, four gas-fired and one hydro electricity generation projects have come online in the year to October, adding a total of 1,546 megawatts to the country’s electricity grid at a cost of $2.5 billion, according to a new report prepared by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE).
Government announces new river funding
The Federal Government will provide $155 million for major projects aimed at restoring the health of the wetlands in the South Australian Murray region.
Australians keen adopters of renewables, but more needs to be done
A new report released by the Climate Commission shows that Australians are keen users of alternative and sustainable energy methods, but we must do more to make the most of our abundant potential.
CSG sector telling tax fibs accuses BZE
Coal seam gas (CSG) developers have been accused of ‘massively understating’ their carbon tax liabilities, with the sustainable energy think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) saying their actions will throw the future of the entire industry into question.
First CEFC Chief appointed
Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Board (CEFC), Jillian Broadbent, has announced that Oliver Yates has been appointed as corporation’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer.
Work starts on new urban wetland
Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, has announced that work has begun on the Oaklands Park wetland that will provide treated stormwater for up to 30 parks and reserves in the City of Marion in South Australia.
World Bank releases dire climate warning
The World Bank has released findings that show the planet is on course for a 4 degree increase in temperature by 2100 unless immediate and decisive action is taken.
Government releases final Murray plan
The Federal Government has released the long-awaited final Murray-Darling Basin Plan, with Federal Water Minister, Tony Burke, committing to 3200 gigalitres of environmental flow.
Queensland promises fresh approach to Western Rives management
The Queensland Government has convened the inaugural meeting of the Western Rivers Advisory Panel (WRAP) in Longreach.
$3.3 million for solar researchers
The Federal Government has announced a $3.3 million in grant funding for early and mod career researchers in solar technology.
New Land and Water Chief at CSIRO
CSIRO has announced that Professor Paul Bertsch has been named as the new Chief of its Land and Water division.
Browse gets the green nod
The Western Australian Government has granted environmental approval for the contentious Browse Liquefied Natural Gas Precinct at James Price Point, north of Broome.
IEA praises Australia's sustainability drive
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an in-depth analysis of the Australia’s energy policies, lauding the ‘country’s ambitious goals for developing a low-carbon economy’, but said the sector will still require significantly more investment.