In a continent where the evaporation rate is typically four times more than the average annual rainfall — which is declining in any case — limiting the loss of water from farm and station storages is becoming a priority, according to a report released by the Desert Knowledge CRC. The study looks at several of the new methods for lowering evaporation — floating blankets, shade cloth, floating modules and thin layers of a chemical to ‘seal’ the surface.
NSW councils are on their way to saving 10,000 megalitres of water by July 2010, thanks to a $22m joint initiative of the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) and the NSW Water Directorate.
Specialist training for NSW councils and Regional Organisations of Councils is being presented by the Urban Sustainbility Support Alliance (USSA). The training is designed to help councils make sustainability a key part of their planning and practices and ensure their community's ecological future.
A Rainwater Harvesting Guide, designed to inform plumbers, building contractors and interested householders about the principles of rainwater harvesting for household or even commercial building water-saving applications, is now available.
International professional services company GHD has been engaged to develop an irrigation modernisation plan for one of Australia’s most important irrigation areas.
The NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Carmel Tebbutt, announced two new programs to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and help NSW businesses cut power use.
International professional services company GHD has welcomed the federal government’s unveiling of its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) but has identified significant risks for business.
Uncertainty persists about agriculture's role in the federal government's carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS) beyond 2015, according to farmers.
A report by CSIRO and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) gives a clearer picture of water and energy use in Australia and New Zealand and highlights areas offering potentially significant water and energy savings.
Corporate Express Australia, an office supply and services company, has been awarded this year's Sustainable Company of the Year Award.
One billion people in more than 1000 cities are expected to participate in Earth Hour 2009, the Australian-originated campaign to raise climate change awareness.
The Australian government released the Climate Change White Paper on 15 December 2008 — Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme: Australia's Low Pollution Future. This follows on from the green paper released in July and is the final design. The design still includes an emission trading mechanism which will start on July 2010 but the emission reduction target has been reduced to an unconditional cut of 5% of 2000 level by 2020. Despite the lower target, generous compensation plans and free pollution permits are being handed out, leaving little money left for energy efficiency measures.
A careful choice of materials when building a house can make the difference of nearly 50 tonnes in CO2 emissions, according to a carbon calculator for houses.
Following the launch of the T155 campaign which urges Melburnians to reduce average residential consumption to less than 155 L per person per day, a support program has been developed to encourage business to further cut water usage.
Environmentalist Rob Gell has been appointed to the role of national president of Greening Australia with the mandate to drive the organisation’s strategic response to rapid climate change.