Archived News for Green Sector Professionals - September, 2015
A new study says Australia’s first human inhabitants may have shared their home with giant killer lizards.
Musk says climate refugees will mark future
Billionaire Elon Musk - co-founder of electric car company Tesla Motors - says climate change will bring about a refugee crisis of catastrophic proportion.
Old pools could push poison into MDB
Media reports this week have highlighted fears that a series of ponds containing heavy metals and cyanide at an abandoned mining site could spill into a river that feeds the Murray-Darling Basin.
QLD Labor could backflip to keep LNP water deal
There is strong speculation that Queensland’s Labor Government will backtrack on an election pledge and keep controversial water reforms that help big miners.
Researchers spot deadly new native
Scientists have discovered a new species of highly-venomous snake and unsurprisingly, it lives in Australia.
Excited scientists reveal Martian flows
“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” came the announcement overnight from Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on NASA’s Mars exploration programme.
Micromotors make big step to cleaner oceans
Nanoengineers have unveiled a new type of microscopic motor that runs on enzymes, and could one day help clean the Earth’s oceans.
NuCoal loses latest bid to dodge corruption claims
A case brought by NuCoal Resources against the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has been rejected by the Supreme Court.
Shell shuts down Alaskan drill plans
Royal Dutch Shell has stopped its controversial search for oil off the Alaskan coast, leading environmentalists to claim a huge victory.
Car-maker making moves away from software scandal
Insiders say Volkswagen's staff and suppliers knew about software designed to thwart emissions tests years ago.
CSIRO oil search questioned
The Wilderness Society has questioned a deal that will see energy giant Chevron pay for CSIRO’s research ship Investigator to conduct oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight.
Greens go against renewable plan
The Tasmanian Greens are walking a fine line between two of their major policy areas – announcing their opposition to an experimental renewable energy system in a Wilderness World Heritage Area (WWHA).
Powerful boost to reduce water drain
Local engineers are working on a device that could greatly reduce the amount of water that outback power generators need.
Frydenberg heading north for pro-mining talks
Josh Frydenberg, the new Resources and Energy Minister and Minister for Northern Australia, is heading to the top of the country to push for new opportunities.
Fluid portfolios making some skittish about flows
Some bizarre claims have been made this week, as South Australian senator Anne Ruston is welcomed to her new role as assistant minister for agriculture and water resources.
Reef report shows run-off falling short of target
The latest Great Barrier Reef marine environment report card says the overall condition of inshore areas is pretty poor.
Rice trip shows very different scene
A troupe of New South Wales rice growers have visited the USA to learn how to avoid the damage done in regions like California.
Weather twins can crush coasts
Increasing severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause more storms that lead to extreme coastal flooding and erosion across the Pacific Ocean, a new study says.
Car chiefs face fines in the billions
UPDATE 23/09 - Volkswagen has now admitted installing its dodgy emissions test “defeat devices” in 11 million clean diesel cars sold worldwide, the vast majority of which were in Europe.
Chevron shifting could be in billions
The world's biggest trade union says US energy giant Chevron has been profit-shifting to drive down the tax it pays in Australia.
Frydenberg says clean power coming
The new Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia - Josh Frydenberg - says renewable energy will be a “key part” of the Federal Government's energy platform.