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.

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.

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.

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.

Labor takes the first steps towards tackling climate change

18 December, 2007 by Carolyn Jackson, Editor

On his first day in office after being sworn in as Australia's 26th Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd signed the Kyoto Protocol, which is considered to be the most far-reaching agreement on environment and sustainable development ever to be adopted

Rating system makes development green

10 December, 2007

Sydney will benefit from an environmental rating system for new residential and commercial development. It hopes to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste going to land fill.

Asia-Pacific facing the brunt of climate change

04 December, 2007

Global warming is set to reverse decades of social and economic progress across Asia and the Pacific, home to more than four billion people or 60% of the world's population, according to a multi-agency report called Up in Smoke: Asia and the Pacific.

A fresh FACE for climate research

03 December, 2007

Scientists will have access to the latest in climate change technology to investigate future atmospheric conditions and their impact on plant crops, after the official opening in November of a $3.7 million climate change research facility in Horsham, Victoria.

Standard encourages sustainability in building construction

29 November, 2007

An ISO standard will help to ensure that urbanisation, which is a global trend, develops in an environmentally friendly manner.

Insurer goes green

28 November, 2007

The distinctive shade of AAMI red could soon take on a green hue as the insurer unveils its environmental management practices, in the company’s Corporate Transparency Report.

Grant to deliver sustainable project

28 November, 2007

EcoNova has been awarded a grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and implement sustainable projects that contribute to Australia’s diminishing water supply.

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