The WA Government is claiming to have reduced the time taken to obtain environmental approvals while at the same time increasing approvals for major resource projects.

Speaking in State Parliament, Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) had reduced the average processing time to assess works approval applications for major resource projects from more than 60 working days in September 2008, when the Liberal-National Government took power, to 45 days last quarter.

“DEC continues to meet the target time frame of 60 working days to process works approval applications, with only one application not meeting the time frame in the past 24 months. DEC also granted a record 36 works approvals last quarter.

Two final projects have been awarded funding under the Australian Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund for a Greener Future .

Two new papers have been released by Professor Ross Garnaut as part of his Climate Change Review for the Australian Government.

The Federal Government has announced that the carbon price scheme will begin on 1 July 2012, subject to the passage of legislation to be introduced in the Spring sittings of Parliament.

A new Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has been launched in Melbourne with the focus on innovation in energy efficient networks and telecommunications infrastructure with the aim to reduce the industry's impact on the environment.

A new fund has been launched by the Tasmanian Government to develop renewable energy projects for the Bass Strait islands.

The sister cities of Blacktown City Council and Liverpool Plains Shire Council have produced a toolkit that deals with establishing carbon forests in urban and rural environments.

HASSELL and Tract Consultants have become the first organisations in Australia to sign up to the Green Star Communities Supporter initiative developed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The Federal Government has given conditional environmental approval  to the Xstrata Coal's proposed mine at Wandoan on Queensland's Western Darling Downs.

The Northern Territory Government has released its proposed changes to the Pastoral Land Act and details of the planned Native Vegetation Management Bill for comment.

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to establish the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and start rewarding farmers and other landholders taking action to reduce carbon pollution.

A CSIRO-led study has concluded that up to 45 native species in Western Australia's Kimberley region will die out within 20 years if no action is taken.

A survey undertaken by the Queensland Government-owned energy companies Ergon Energy, ENERGEX and Powerlink Queensland has found that while Queenslanders are increasingly aware of the need to reduce energy consumption, the ownership and use of air-conditioning in households across the state is continuing to rise.

The Australian  Government has introduced into Federal Parliament the Product Stewardship Bill, which will help manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products including televisions and computers.

The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences has released its annual report into energy use and consumption throughout the country.

The CEO of Sustainable Business Australia (formerly Environment Business Australia), Fiona Wain, has stepped down from the position after 12 years due to ill health.

The University of Western Australia has appointed renowned oceans researcher Professor Carlos Duarte as Director of the Oceans Institute.

The Australian Government has signed a new memorandum of understanding with Germany for research and development into solar technologies.

The Federal Government’s adviser on climate change, Professor Ross Garnaut, has released his update on the science of climate change finding that observations and research outcomes since 2008 have confirmed and strengthened the position of scientists who maintain that the Earth is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause.

CSIRO has launched a new two new environmental research clusters.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), has assessed the NSW Government’s green building performance against five key criteria.

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