Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - August, 2013
A Senate Committee has made some recommendations after taking a look at the safest and cleanest ways to use a wood-fired heater in the home.
Flood and rain effects flow deep
A new report has shown it takes years for small communities to recover from disasters like floods or cyclone, with damages extending beyond the physical.
Golden opportunity sought
One council is looking at innovative ideas for turning the former site of an open-cut gold mine into something useful.
More support to green-up Victorian business
The Victorian Government has announced a significant expansion of its business support program.
Arctic ice decline observed, implications unclear
Scientists at the University of Alaska say that warming trends and sea ice declines are leading to changes in the vegetation of arctic coastal areas.
Campaign to give self-titled evidence to deniers
An internet campaign has been launched to convince the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to name hurricanes after politicians who deny climate change.
Fiery threat to water supply continues
The water supply to a major American city has been put at risk by its long-time arch nemesis; fire.
Lake wins water award
One of Australia’s most prolific ecologists and freshwater scientists, Professor Sam Lake has been awarded the highest honour that can be given for outstanding scientific contributions to limnology, the scientific study of inland waters.
Massive walk for watery wonder
Thousands hit the streets in Queensland on the weekend to protest industrial threats to the Great Barrier Reef.
More comes from sorghum
An international team of researchers have found that Africa’s most versatile crop may be the genetic gift that keeps on giving.
Three gene stewards rewarded
Three Australian institutions have been recognised for their efforts to combat wheat rust diseases, receiving the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) Gene Stewardship prize.
Wave-generated de-sal plumbs new levels of efficiency
A company in WA is looking to set a number of world-firsts with a project to build a wave-powered desalination plant.
Building blocks to print treasure from trash
A new study by an urban engineer in the US says that ever-increasing mounds of rubbish could be the building materials of tomorrow, using readily-available devices and techniques.
Fines levelled after dirty dumping
A subsidiary of Rio Tinto has received a reasonable fine after it was found to have dumped several megalitres of contaminated water into a New South Wales river.
Fuel cells cool well
A new technology is being tested in the US with implications for refrigerated transport around the world.
Free energy possible at crude prices
New research by the Australian Energy Market Operator has shown converting to entirely renewable power could end up costing the same as continuing to use fossil fuels.
Paving the way to green building future
A ground-breaking plant is being set up in Newcastle, the first site in the world to turn carbon emissions directly into bricks and pavers for construction.
Stunning control over gene coding steps up health potential
Genetic coding through genome editing has reached a new level of precision; enhancing the ability to edit and alter an organism's DNA.
Crunch time for wild canines
The Gympie Council will spend $75,000 to employ a contractor to crack down on wild dogs.
Rising sea levels in Shire planning
A southern Victorian Shire is considering rising sea levels in its next planning amendments.
Asthma exacerbated by cars and hearths
Asthma is made worse by exposure to pollution from traffic and wood-fired heaters, a new University of Melbourne study has found.