Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - October, 2013
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has been engaged in a light scuffle on his way into Victoria’s Parliament House.
Eleven breaches of chemical levels in mine town air
Sulphur dioxide levels in a north Queensland mining city have breached standard levels 11 times this month.
Northern talks find paths to fresh pasture
A gathering of hundreds of cattle graziers has highlighted the continuing fallout from a governmental snap decision in 2011.
Peoples' push keeping the clown out of town
Arms have been laid down in the battle between a fast-food giant and residents of a small town in Victoria.
Arctic cliffs' size dives
The permafrost cliffs of Eastern Siberia are becoming much less permanent, with new evidence of thawing at an ever-increasing rate.
Authority to push for higher target while being shot down
The Climate Change Authority has called the Federal Government’s emissions reduction target inadequate, and not credible compared to other nations’.
Bees' simple approach to landing decoded
Honeybees are capable of landing with absolute precision on virtually any surface, now scientists have worked out how they judge their descent – and it is so simple we might just steal their idea.
Early inquiry sets Abbot Point on rough path
An inquiry has been launched after allegations that the firm in charge of expanding Queensland’s Abbot Point coal terminal has already failed to meet environmental requirements.
Tough history lives in marine DNA
Researchers have found a genetic record locked within the biology of a species of turtle, which shows the effect of their exploitation in recent generations.
Ethiopia cracks incredible thermal worth
A deal has been signed that should see the construction of a 1000 megawatt geothermal electric plant in Ethiopia worth an incredible $4 billion.
Terms settling, fight starting over insulation scheme
The Federal Government has begun to finalise the terms of reference for its enquiry into deaths related to a government home insulation scheme, but already it has been called a political witch-hunt.
Electric big-wig says Australia should pay a carbon price
The vice-chairman of General Electric says Australia needs a price on carbon, but has not come up with the right plan yet.
Fossil fuels' environmental knock-out in two rounds found
A new Australian study has shown there is more than one way that fossil-fuel extraction damages the land when it is mined.
Golden path found to trim carbon dioxide for fuel
If there is one substance mankind is producing in abundance and looks likely to continue doing so, it would be carbon dioxide – but a new development may see the ability to turn large amounts of CO2 into biofuel.
Special team formed to break silicon solar score
A new partnership will see solar engineers from the University of New South Wales pushing to break their own efficiency record.
Talks to take green tips, trade from China
Some of the officials behind the massive sustainability push in China will soon address an Australian audience.
Minister pushes boom offshore, still solid though
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says the release of exploration permits for offshore petroleum reserves shows the resources sector is still strong, despite spilling from the mainland into the ocean.
Red tape rooted out in Departmental pruning
The Federal Government has announced an internal review to be conducted by the Department of the Environment, flagging 150 redundancies and reduced regulations.
UN describes true cost of carbon, Abbott slams it
The Federal Government’s modification of Australia’s policies and general stance on climate change has been criticised by international authorities, prompting the Prime Minister to claim one expert did not know what she was talking about.
Antarctic authorities meet to solidify sanctions
A meeting is on in Hobart this week to discuss plans that would see fishing near Antarctica drastically reduced or even banned.
Climate concern grows with personal threat, study says
Research has shown part of the reason many cannot get on board with the need to fight climate change, suggesting the impacts could be too far off to think about.