Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - March, 2014
Concern is mounting within the powerful Minerals Council of Australia and its NSW state-level affiliate.
Poll shows people's nuclear fear subsiding
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) says a recent survey showed majority support for nuclear power, and has called for renewed debate.
Fossil fuels lose super favour, still big on campus
A major Australian superannuation fund has deemed fossil fuels to be ‘socially unacceptable’, and will no longer make investments in that direction.
Wireless plan to move solar close to source
The United States military is working on a project to gather solar electricity from space and beam it wirelessly back to Earth.
Effective and only farm school plan could go
The single program for getting young people into agriculture may be cut, with reports that the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education has already lost its national headquarters.
Bungled bund wall begs closer view
Several bodies are calling for increased scrutiny of the Port of Gladstone, as the federal environment department moves to delay its decision on leaking dredge spoils.
Closed-door cash-for-cans talks seek inter-state scheme
Reports say secretive negotiations are going on between state governments, looking at re-introducing a cash-for-cans scheme.
Cold snaps to take big toll on tiny creatures
Research suggests extreme spikes in weather will soon take a massive toll on bugs and other small creatures.
Court to hear new claims of Greg Hunt's failure
A court case will argue that Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt failed in his obligation to protect the environment, by approving the dredging and expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal.
Erratic magnets clean wastewater for raw material
German scientists have detailed new ways to recover valuable substances from wastewater.
Farmers form their own view on CSG risk
An event has been organised by rural landholders to get a better grasp of the potential risks from CSG extraction.
Senate retains tax some say undermines mining
The Senate has rejected the Federal Government's attempt to bury the mining tax, voting down legislation to abolish the MRRT by 35 votes to 32.
Wave site sees powerful info rising
New tools will help future wave power designs get the most from the ocean.
Camp energy planning can benefit all round
Mining companies often weigh environmental outcomes against economic ones, and choose actions which benefit the latter, but researchers say with better planning they can have the best of both worlds.
Smashing plates make mountains curl
Advanced modelling has solved a generations-old geological question, as scientists investigate why long, curvy mountains form near places where tectonic plates smash together.
Backward step to let drugs flow like beer
A new approach could see scientists able to produce drugs as easily as brewing beer, massively reducing the cost and energy requirements for many medications.
Cheesy solution proposed for old French question
Researchers suggest Roquefort cheese can guard against cardiovascular disease, despite its high fat and salt content.
Funds locked awaiting future fuel review
Media outlets claim at least $1 billion worth of resource projects are on hold in Victoria alone, awaiting the review of the Renewable Energy Target.
Nuclear on list for novel, profitable, new Australian age
A new report from analysts at Deloitte Access Economics has highlighted 25 sectors that could drive the Australian economy in the future, including nuclear power generation and waste storage.
Technological leap taken with natural leg-up
Scientists have been pinching designs from nature for some time, but have now brought living and synthetic materials together in an exciting new way.
Woodside wants half-century of floating gas flows
Woodside’s floating Browse gas project will produce 17,000 barrels of LNG per day for fifty years, the company hopes.