Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - July, 2013
Protestors may have reduced the amount of kangaroos culled this year in the ACT, with the annual season now over and hunters having fallen short of their Government quota.
More victims on drought list
An incredible nineteen shires in regional Queensland have joined the drought declared list, bringing the total drought-affected area to just under half the state.
Beauty in the Bight
Victorian researchers have plumbed the depths around one of Australia’s most recognisable geological formations and discovered an unseen world of marine beauty.
Fake flood for big forest boost
An artificial flood will provide a vital helping-hand to the world’s second largest red gum forest.
Guilty plea in oil-spill evidence tampering
Halliburton will plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to the US Justice Department.
Methane-loving microbe could bring balance
Most people do their best to avoid large concentrations of methane, but a new form of microbial life recently discovered at the University of Queensland can not get enough of the potent greenhouse gas.
Prawn super-food could net big profits
Research at CSIRO has yielded the ground-breaking double benefit of preserving wild fish stocks and improving the viability and environmental aspects of prawn farming.
Tasmanian Tarkine iron mine revived
The highly-controversial Shree Minerals’ Tarkine mine project has gained approval by the Federal Environment Minister, despite outcry from the population over dangers to the Tasmanian devil.
Toads ramp up fitness regime for invasion
A newly-published study has revealed there are some front-runners among cane toad populations, with evidence leading to the identification of an evolutionary phenomenon dubbed the ‘Olympic village effect’.
US doubles back for Barrier Reef bombs
The US 7th fleet has decided it will clean up its own mess, collecting four bombs dropped near the Great Barrier Reef in a training exercise last fortnight.
Best of two worlds in solar/hydro breakthrough
German scientists have developed a new device for converting solar energy into hydrogen fuel in a much more effective and efficient manner than before.
Carbon-catching could continue in QLD
A trial of carbon capturing devices at a Queensland power station has been hailed as successful by the CSIRO.
Port oil spill causes damage, delays
Authorities have identified the vessel responsible for an oil spill at the Port of Brisbane over the weekend, where work has stopped at several sites while environmental officers try to deal with the damage.
Trillions to be lost through climate inaction
Estimates from global economists suggest the current rate of climate change will wipe $60 trillion from the world’s economy over the next few decades.
Break-through in solar stoush
There has been some success in the negotiations between European and Chinese Authorities to curb EU imports of solar panels from China in exchange for exempting the shipments from punitive tariffs.
New tech could help embattled TEPCO
International nuclear authorities have unleashed a tirade on Japanese operators, condemning their perceived incompetence in recent melt-down disasters.
Forest fight at loggerheads
The new Federal Environment Minister has flown into (or at least over) hot water in Tasmania, joining the battle on multiple fronts between Government, conservationists and miners.
Nation-wide shale policy plugged
A report on the cost and impact of shale coal mining says Australia needs to adopt nation-wide legislation before the practice escalates.
Barrier Reef barely dodges bombs
A US jet fighter has offloaded some unarmed bombs off the coast of Australia, jettisoning its ordinance uncomfortably close to the Great Barrier Reef for many.
Carbon clearer after 50 year survey
A new study has revealed the extreme sensitivity of carbon exchanges in tropical ecosystems to temperature, suggesting rainforests become less effective as carbon sinks as the region warms.
Fukushima fallout confirmed
Radioactive water is leaking from the broken Fukishima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, with rumours now confirmed by the plant’s operator.