Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - June, 2014
‘Platooning’ trucks could be tested on Australian roads, with a national body indicating it is interested in the benefits of partly-automated transport.
Farm future confounded by CRC cuts
The end of the financial year this week has seen the closure of a number of Co-operative Research Centres, bringing an end to important projects such as the Future Farm Industry CRC in WA.
Smelters want exemption for huge energy use
Twenty-five Coalition lower house MPs have signed a petition asking for the aluminium smelting industry to be exempt from the Renewable Energy Target (RET).
Textiles and sunlight shine in Techstyle Haus
Entrants in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe have shown what the energy-conscious house of the future may include.
Lifestyle and nutriton links in chronic increase
An international research project has shown how important basic nutrition is, with authorities adding new links between poor diets and a list of chronic diseases.
Science staff fight taken up nationwide
Staff rallies will continue as CSIRO fights to preserve its ranks.
Coal train claims and others tested for EPA inquiry
A NSW Legislative Assembly will look into accusations that the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) covered up the extent of coal dust pollution.
Ladybird among 'bots by Researcher of the Year
A giant robotic “ladybird” has been awarded for its contribution to the future of farming.
Plea for better treatment as fish rights forgone
Fish have the same emotional and mental capabilities as other vertebrates, yet they do not get anywhere near the same regard from most humans.
Talks see how to save sea-cow
The Global Environment Facility may provide funding for one of the Pacific Ocean’s most valued inhabitants.
Tassie tree fight could begin again this week
A United Nations hearing took just minutes to reject the Australian Federal Government’s attempt to delist 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian forest for logging.
Water worries and gas calls for NSW Nationals
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says the NSW government should share gas royalties with landowners, but that he would die before creating a domestic reservation.
Big mining money swap reported, disputed
The mining industry is hugely responsible for economic prosperity in Australia, but a new report says there is a big cost when states choose to dig.
Water change shows legal tide favours mines in QLD
Showing the extreme mining-friendliness of the Queensland Government, a law has been changed to prevent investigation of a controversial quarrying practice.
Concentration key to bringing sunny times nationwide
If engineers just concentrate, they may be able to replace most of our power networks with solar technologies.
Ebola outbreak takes toll as authorities fight on
Three-hundred-and-thirty-seven people have died as the ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to worsen.
Huge help from fifty new drugs for India
The Indian Health Ministry will provide 50 essential generic medicines, free of cost, from “birth to death” to all Indians, following an incredible social healthcare announcement.
Nuclear nod from former hater
At a recent industry conference, a prominent environmental consultant said Australia and the world need to embrace nuclear power.
Spy shift to put all internet-users up for probing
The Federal Government will bring a bill to parliament in coming weeks which seeks to give ASIO more abilities to monitor and control digital communication.
Flowers' many forms could come from jumping DNA
While they are well-received by the mainstream population, flowers have been bugging evolutionary biologists since Darwin, but a new study may soon end the mystery.