Climate change report puts Australia low on global list

30 January, 2008

Australia has been given a low global ranking for environmental performance, mainly because of its assessment as a climate change laggard.

Carbon neutral cabinet

29 January, 2008

South Australia’s cabinet ministers have announced plans to offset the greenhouse gases used in the course of their duties, including all air travel.

National competition to help save the planet

25 January, 2008

The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine has joined with the Australian Conservation Foundation and Visy Recycling to find — and encourage — young people to become environmental heroes by developing ideas and practical solutions for recycling waste; fighting climate change, reducing carbon emissions and saving our endangered wildlife.

Economists help to improve global warming forecasts

24 January, 2008

Climate scientists are collaborating with experts in economic theory to improve their forecasting models and assess more accurately the impact of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

The sustainability advantage

23 January, 2008 by Kylie Wilson-Field, Journalist

The Department of Environment & Climate Change in NSW runs a program for businesses called Sustainability Advantage, which it believes makes sense of all of the noise about sustainability

Cave stalagmites can help predict rainfall

23 January, 2008

Research revealed at ANSTO’s first rainfall conference shows that cave stalagmites can be used to reconstruct past rainfall cycles and help predict future rainfall patterns.

Farmers influence design of seasonal forecast products

23 January, 2008

Farmers from across Australia have told the Bureau of Meteorology what they want from seasonal forecasts.

Standards assist stakeholders in recycling ships

22 January, 2008

ISO has launched the first document of a series of management system standards for the recycling of ships. The series, ISO 30000, Ship recycling management systems, will support environmental protection and increase the safety of workers.

Human-generated aerosols affect weather

22 January, 2008

The rise of human-generated pollution in the global atmosphere is forcing a change in ocean circulation in the Southern Hemisphere, in turn affecting the region’s weather systems.

Government grants for two renewable energy projects

17 January, 2008

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, has announced more than $8 million in grants for two renewable energy projects from the Australian government’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative.

City dwellers less serious about water

11 January, 2008

Across Australia, the number of people in cities who think the water situation is ‘very serious’ has dropped by more than 7% in the last year, going from 44.1% in 2006 to 36.7% in 2007.

Public Facilities Program now open

10 January, 2008

Funding is now available for water- and energy-savings projects in public or education facilities through the NSW government’s Climate Change Fund.

Move to phase out plastic bags confirmed

10 January, 2008

Peter Garrett has confirmed that he will move to phase out plastic check-out bags “by the end of the year” — if necessary with a legislative ban. The move follows an announcement by the Chinese government that it will ban the giving away of free plastic bags by June.

Boost helps combat climate change

10 January, 2008

Premier Morris Iemma announced the NSW government will invest $70 million on two programs to reduce water and energy consumption, and drive down greenhouse gas emissions.

Cooperation on greenhouse gas accounting and verification

09 January, 2008

Three organisations have announced that they will work together to promote their greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and reporting standards.

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