Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - December, 2014
ANZ’s annual general meeting this week saw chairman David Gonski grilled about the bank not doing enough to consider its role in climate change.
Ten ways humanity got it right this year
The journal Science has picked its top ten scientific achievements of the year, highlighting some incredible breakthroughs of 2014.
Call for kernels of concern on new GM food
Authorities have called for submissions on an application to permit genetically modified corn-based foods in Australia.
Centre to study critters, creeks and matters of the North
Experts say they are keen to start using newly-announced Federal Government money for research projects across northern Australia.
Four-way finding could see Dengue damned
A major research breakthrough featuring Australian scientists could be the key to fighting dengue fever.
Green tape trim to get NSW approvals rolling
The Australian Government is signing New South Wales up to its 'One-Stop Shop' scheme for environmental assessment and approvals.
Whale project sails for big blue knowledge
The Australian Government has provided $1.1 million for a Southern Ocean whale research voyage this summer (not the Japanese kind).
Cheap power push backed by governments
The Industry Minister says he wants to save households’ some money by making Australia into a cheap energy capital, hoping that smart meters will make it happen.
Groups form new front against gas
Remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory have joined forces to combat threats posed by the oil and gas industry.
Pledge to plan after mild Peruvian breakthough
Nearly 200 nations have agreed on the basic outline of a new global deal to combat climate change, following a breakthrough in the final hours of a summit in Peru.
Sun sets on tanning beds for skin's sake
Millions of Australians will have to increase their risk of skin cancer in a private capacity, with a ban on commercial solariums coming in on December 31.
Tech connections to boost people power
A Canberra company is bringing in a new technology that will allow households to buy and sell electricity on the market, potentially cutting the middle man and turning the industry on its head.
New sources cause rude oil rate
The head of a major energy company has put the five-year low for oil prices in succinct terms, saying; “It’s an uncertain world.”
Short help for farmers facing low long term returns
ANZ says it will stop kicking embattled farmers off their land for the next twelve months.
Teeth and beaks plotted to end old question
The phrase “rare as hen’s teeth” would have made little sense until 116 million years ago, as new research shows up to then many birds had a full set of pearly whites.
Fossil fuel friendship won't wash with some
The Queensland Police Service is feeling some heat from its links with oil and gas giant Santos.
Green funds let councils batten hatches
Councils across New South Wales will be rewarded for their forward-thinking agendas, with Building Resilience to Climate Change Grants totalling $432,500 handed out to worthy projects.
Climate costs high either way, inaction won't help
Floods and fires will leave Australia with a mind-boggling damage bill in coming years, the CSIRO says.
Dredging should be warning for upper Murray users
The Conservation Council of South Australia has backed a $4 million dredging program to keep the mouth of the Murray River open.
Legal calls at Lima could scare big players off
Labor and the Greens say Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is trying to diminish the outcome of climate talks that will not even take place until next year.
Mantids pray for big, bright butts
The praying mantid must walk a fine line between subtlety and style to stay camouflaged and still attract a mate – and now Australian researchers may have discovered one of its fashion secrets.