Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - July, 2015
The Federal Government’s Green Army – a central part of its attempt at environmental policy – needs more people.
Antibiotic resistance jumps species
Antibiotic resistance genes are spreading to Australian wildlife, including captive sea lions and rock wallabies, and the little penguins of Sydney Harbour.
Choice circuits spotted in fly brains
New research suggests that just like humans, fruit flies show self-awareness of their actions.
Humpback uptick brings reclassification call
Studies on the recovery of Australia’s humpback whale populations have revealed that they are increasing at a remarkable rate, among the highest documented worldwide.
Rich countries care less about climate risks
A global survey has found that the world’s wealthiest people understand climate change, but only half see it as a threat.
Spill responders watching oily tide
The Queensland Transport Department is scrambling to deal with an oil spill along a 10 kilometre stretch of water in the ocean south of Townsville.
Union fights to keep coal pay
The CFMEU has emerged as a surprise backer of the Labor Party’s 50 per cent renewable energy target, but their support is contingent on unprecedented assistance for workers.
No good news in World Bank's mining view
The World Bank has taken a grim view of the future for the global mining industry, predicting prices will decline across the board.
Unmanned advance gets eyes on nature
Local research engineers have developed a flotilla of robot boats to monitor the effects of major weather events and provide early warning on potential environmental disasters.
Abbott calls out Shorten's "tax scam"
While both sides of politics butt heads over whether or not an emissions trading scheme is a tax, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has provided a new label.
Gas firm won't frack one WA site
Conservationists are celebrating an oil and gas company’s decision not to hydraulically frack a well in Western Australia's Mid West.
Internal concern on anti-wind stance
The Federal Government is copping criticism from within its own ranks over the much-decried decision to stop the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in large wind farms and household solar.
Nuclear tour gives a few new ideas
South Australia's nuclear royal commissioner Kevin Scarce is back from his research trip to Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada.
New home on horizon but holidays still far off
An international team of astronomers have announced the discovery of a near-Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star – the most appropriate replacement for Earth ever spotted.
Sprigs of agricultural careers sprouted in school
Students at a WA high school have stepped way beyond the normal science class veggie patch.
Councils called to help local critters
The Federal Department of the Environment has highlight the big role councils play in protecting threatened species and delivering environmental outcomes.
Outback geothermal plan heating up
Winton Shire Council in western Queensland has made progress on its plan to build a $3.5 million geothermal facility to use the heat from artesian water as an energy source.
Green groups mourn loss of Reef hero
Conservationists and authorities around Australia are mourning the loss of one of the environment’s fiercest defenders.
Kiribati man's climate refugee bid fails
A Kiribati man faces deportation from New Zealand, after failing in his bid to become the world’s first climate refugee.
NASA's groundwater accident still helping
An experimental NASA satellite is providing some exciting and useful data on Australian groundwater, but it has all happened by accident.
Shorten drops new renewable deal
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is pushing for half of Australia's large-scale energy production to come from renewable sources within 15 years.