Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - February, 2013
The Queensland Rail Council (QRC) has announced it will conduct a comprehensive coal dust monitoring program along the length of the western and metropolitan rail systems running through to the Port of Brisbane.
Queensland continues war on green tape
The Queensland Government has proudly continued to persecute its so called ‘war on green tape’ but announcing two new initiatives it says will put money back into the pockets of thousands of the state’s small businesses.
Timber deal could save hundreds of jobs says Burke
The newly created Tasmanian Forests agreement has the potential to save as many as 500 jobs, according to a new socio-economic impacts study released by the Federal Government.
Green rooftops research campaign launches
Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle officially launched the University of Melbourne’s new green roof research and outreach project.
Low tax feeds our addiction to gas guzzlers finds ANU
The decade old decision to remove the automatic indexation of petrol excise duty is a significant contributing factor in our national obsession with petrol hungry vehicles, a Australian National University (ANU) report has found.
Maldon to Dombarton studies underway
The Federal Government has announced teams of specialist engineers and environmental advisers have begun work on identifying and investigating the design, safety and conversion issues associated with the proposed Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link.
New project to examine WA's blue carbon sink potential
A new collaborative research project will see the CSIRO and the eight tertiary education institutions explore the role of Australia’s coastal and marine environments in storing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Perth on the cusp of geothermal revolution
Perth could become the world’s first geothermally cooled city, with potential of achieving zero emissions, under the new federally funded CSIRO Geothermal Project.
Burke scuppers super trawler plans
Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has signed the interim declaration to prevent the super trawler until the Government determines the environmental impacts of the proposed operations.
CSIRO cracks the mystery behind marine heatwave
The CSIRO has cracked the mystery behind the abnormal climatic conditions in the Indian and Pacific Oceans during the 2010-2011 La Nina event which contributed to the extreme marine heatwave off the Western Australia coast.
Queensland outlines CSG strategy
The Queensland Government has promised better community engagement, more field inspections, audits and a ‘firm approach to industry non-compliance’ as part of a new coal seam gas management plan.
Climate change effects caps differently
Despite the many similarities shared between the Antarctic and Arctic regions, climate change effects them in significantly different ways according to new research from the University of Western Australia.
CSRIO conducts landmark carbon assessment
The Australian landscape absorbed as much as one third of the carbon emitted by fossil fuels in Australia over the past two decades, according to a new study conducted by the CSIRO.
Emitters pass on price finds report
Some of the country’s biggest carbon emitters are accused of passing on the full cost of the carbon price while pocketing billions of dollars worth of Government compensation, according to a new report released by industry consultants Carbon and energy Markets.
Government releases final terms for Gladstone review
The Federal Government has released the final terms of reference for the Independent Review of the Port of Gladstone.
New standards for e-waste
More effort to diverting e-waste from landfill will be a key effort under the new Australian/New Zealand Standard for electronic waste announced by Standards Australia earlier this week.
NSW announces new CSG rules
The New South wales Government has announced ‘tough new measures’ to bolster the regulation of the coal seam gas industry in the State.
UQ and RAC to assess Collinsville conversion
Energy company RATCH-Australia Corporation (RAC) has announced it has partnered with the University of Queensland (UQ) to undertake a feasibility study into converting the coal-fired Collinsville Power Station into a hybrid solar thermal/gas power station.
ABS releases first waste account
In a new, experimental environmental economic account, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has valued Australia's waste management services as a $9.5 billion industry.
Energy future a mixed bag finds UQ
Coal will continue to serve as an important contributor to the Australia’s future energy production, according to a new report released by the University of Queensland.
Marine Park consultation period ends
The Federal Government has announced that the consultation period on the draft management plans for the recently proclaimed Commonwealth marine reserves has closed.