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Making Environmental News 01/12 – 51 Items (Estimated Reading Time = 3 min 37 sec)

This issue there are 51 items, including weekend coverage.
 
Click on the headline to link to the article
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
01 December 2008
FOR the next two weeks, environment ministers from 192 nations will batten down in the chilly Polish city of Poznan to confront one big question: Can politicians bridge the gap that separates them from climate scientists over the action needed to avoid dangerous climate change?
story also covered by:
The Canberra Times
Sky News Australia
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
01 December 2008
THE Rudd Government has reneged on a commitment to present its 2020 target to cut greenhouse gases to UN climate talks that start today. The back-pedalling comes amid wrangling in cabinet over how far to go with curbing emissions.
story also covered by:
ABC Online
ABC Online
ABD Online
The Age
The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
The West Australian
Ninemsn
The Australian
The Herald Sun
The Daily Telegraph
News.com.au
The Courier Mail
The Advertiser
The Sunday Times
The Mercury
Sky News Australia
Sky News Australia
Sky News Australia
The Canberra Times
 
The Age
01 December 2008
Aid specialists support a claim by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that efforts to adapt to climate change could create “millions of jobs” if enough funding is available.
story also covered by:
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
The Australian
The Herald Sun
The Daily Telegraph
News.com.au
The Courier Mail
The Advertiser
The Sunday Times
The Mercury
Macquarie Radio Network
 
The Brisbane Times
01 December 2008
PARIS – Earth’s climate appears to be changing more quickly and deeply than predicted by a benchmark UN report, top scientists say.
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
01 December 2008
ANTHONY ALBANESE was never shy in expressing his views on Sydney Airport and the aviation industry while in opposition.
 
…Tomorrow he will make public the Federal Government’s aviation green paper, after taking more than 260 submissions from airlines, airports, tourism bodies, state and local governments and lobby groups.
 
The Age
01 December 2008
IN 10 YEARS, Australia’s largest bank will not exist unless we get a new source of deposits. This is not a money bank. This bank distributes water to maintain the ecology necessary to make food which eventually becomes money.
 
The Herald Sun
01 December 2008
MELBOURNE’S water storages are drastically low, ending a traditional refilling period almost at the same level where they started.
story also covered by:
The Age
Sky News Australia
 
The Advertiser
01 December 2008
WATER Minister Penny Wong says Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull will be blamed for stalling water reform if he blocks a key Murray-Darling bill.
 
The Advertiser
01 December 2008
A FIRE at Port Pirie’s Nyrstar lead smelter last night was brought under control with salt water because there was no fresh supply available.
 
ABC Online
01 December 2008
The Northern Territory Government is putting new limits on water use in some areas because too much is being taken out of ground-water bores.
 
The Age
01 December 2008
AS THE timber harvesting season gets under way for another year, already one week has been lost to protesters chaining themselves to industry equipment in the hope of saving “what is left” of our native forests. Often such protest action is greeted with a mixture of silent and open consent from those of us who are concerned by climate change but who don’t fully appreciate the environmental or scientific ramifications of simply locking up our forests. After all, how can an industry that cuts down trees claim to be both environmentally sensitive and sustainable?
 
The Australian
01 December 2008
MALCOLM Turnbull has run up the white flag over a backbench revolt on climate change, today giving the Nationals his blessing to cross the floor and vote against using forests as carbon sinks.
story also covered by:
ABC Online
 
The Age
01 December 2008
Laptop, cell phone and iPod owners tired of having their devices run out of charge after a few hours have been patiently waiting for the next portable power source to arrive.
story also covered by:
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
 
Sky News Australia
01 December 2008
The city of Copenhagen’s traditional Christmas tree on the main city hall square has been adorned with low-energy bulbs for the first time.
 
The Age
01 December 2008
About 50 Yarra pygmy perch fish have been released into a refuge dam in South Australia to help ensure the long-term survival of the threatened species.
story also covered by:
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
The West Australian
Ninemsn
 
ABC Online
01 December 2008
The Environment Department says Kangaroo Island wildlife is returning to areas that were ravaged by bushfire last year.
 
ABC Online
01 December 2008
The Federal Opposition says Saturday’s mass whale beaching in Tasmania shows the need for a national whale and dolphin rescue program.
story also covered by:
The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
Ninemsn
 
Ninemsn
01 December 2008
The carcasses of 150 whales which became beached on Tasmania’s west coast are likely to be left to rot.
 
ABC Online
01 December 2008
Hollywood mermaid Daryl Hannah has arrived in Brisbane to make a splash in the campaign against Japanese whalers headed by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
story also covered by:
The Sydney Morning Herald
 
The Herald Sun
01 December 2008
AUSTRALIANS are doing more than tightening taps and turning off the lights to save water and electricity, even if it means paying extra money.
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
30 November 2008
Creating a commercial-scale clean-energy industry in Australia will cost more than $5 billion annually over the next 10 years.
story also covered by:
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The West Australian
Ninemsn
The Australian
The Herald Sun
The Daily Telegraph
News.com.au
The Courier Mail
The Advertiser
The Sunday Times
The Mercury
Sky News Australia
 
VIEW REPORT: The Climate Institute – Clearing the Air
 
The Age
30 November 2008
The challenges are enormous. According to the United Nations, 40 per cent of the world’s power-generating capacity has to be replaced in the next five to 10 years. Earlier this month the International Energy Agency reported that the pace of growth in India, China and other developing countries meant greenhouse gas emissions were proliferating faster than any efforts by Western economies to reduce them. The agency said the five major emitters — China, the US, the European Union, India and Russia — had “to ensure secure energy supplies and to curtail rising emissions” despite the pressures of the financial crisis.
 
VIEW: the HSBC Climate Partnership – The Climate Confidence Monitor 2008
 
The Age
30 November 2008
The NSW government is leading the way to boost dwindling koala populations, launching the country’s first program to protect the national icon.
story also covered by:
ABC Online
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
The West Australian
Ninemsn
Macquarie Radio Network
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
30 November 2008
HUNDREDS of wild wombats are being shot across NSW in a cull sanctioned by the State Government.
story also covered by:
The Canberra Times
 
The Australian
30 November 2008
LIVE Earth India, a concert scheduled for December 7 in Mumbai to raise money for solar energy projects, has been cancelled due to the terrorist attacks in the city.
story also covered by:
ABC Online
The West Australian
Ninemsn
The Herald Sun
The Daily Telegraph
The Courier Mail
The Advertiser
The Sunday Times
The Mercury
 
The Age
30 November 2008
Japan will allow imports of whale meat from Iceland for the first time since 1991, a report said.
story also covered by:
ABC Online
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
The West Australian
Ninemsn
 
The Age
30 November 2008
Seventy-two whales have died after becoming stranded on rocks in southern Australia, one week after 53 of the giant animals died nearby in a similar beaching, an official said Sunday.
story also covered by:
ABC Online
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
The Mercury
The Herald Sun
The Australian
News.com.au
The Daily Telegraph
The Advertiser
The Sunday Times
Sky News Australia
 
The Courier Mail
30 November 2008
THERE will be less water to splash around after the State Government broke its promise to have the Gold Coast desalination plant operational on Sunday.
story also covered by:
The Brisbane Times
 
The Advertiser
30 November 2008
LEFTOVER food scraps from 17 Foodland supermarkets are being used to make compost and mulch in a move that reduces the amount of methane created in landfill.
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
30 November 2008
In the latest water-use rankings released by Sydney Water, Leichhardt topped city council areas for lowest household water use.
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
30 November 2008
AN AUSTRALIAN company, using technology that a young Queensland engineer designed, is expected this week to announce a string of international contracts.
 
ABC Online
29 November 2008
Climate Change Minister Penny Wong says an Australia delegation will arrive in Poland this weekend to begin work on a new global climate deal.
story also covered by:
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
 
The Age
29 November 2008
AUSTRALIA’S chief climate diplomat has backed China playing a significant role in a post-Kyoto treaty on climate change, saying the emerging giant could realistically commit to a legally binding deal to curb its greenhouse emissions from 2013.
 
The Australian
29 November 2008
THE Rudd Government could offer more free permits to trade-exposed industries under its emissions trading scheme, as it seeks the broadest possible support for its finalised plan against the backdrop of the global economic crisis.
story also covered by:
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The West Australian
Ninemsn
Sky News Australia
 
The Australian
29 November 2008
Science must always be contested – even climate change
 
IF climate change is real — and “if” is the operative word — every aspect of the phenomenon needs to be picked over and analysed with the utmost rigour. It is too important for anything less. But in parts of the community, rigour and climate change have become mutually exclusive terms.
 
The Australian
29 November 2008
EUROPE is shivering through an extreme cold snap. One of the coldest winters in the US in more than 100 years is toppling meteorological records by the dozen, and the Arctic ice is expanding. Even Australia has been experiencing unseasonable snow.
 
The Age
29 November 2008
AUSTRALIA must implement a long-term energy strategy or risk dire environmental and economic consequences, Alcoa chairman Alan Cransberg has warned.
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
29 November 2008
THE average household electricity bill may be 15 per cent bigger next year, after the Australian Energy Regulator gave preliminary approval yesterday to another round of price rises.
 
The Age
29 November 2008
CRICKET Australia, the AFL and nine other sports have renewed a push to win $1 billion from the Rudd Government to restore drought-hit community sports grounds and build facilities in outer-suburban developments.
 
ABC Online
29 November 2008
The Federal Government says it is offering more opportunities for Aboriginal groups to get funding for environmental projects.
 
The Age
29 November 2008
“FARMERS were the original environmentalists,” National Party senator Fiona Nash says, a smile creeping across her face. She is being mischievous, yet there is genuine conviction underneath the provocation.
 
The West Australian
29 November 2008
British architects have hatched a plan that could transform part of the desolate Nullarbor Plain into an oasis of green energy and water.
 
The Age
29 November 2008
Brazil’s Amazon jungles, known as the lungs of the world, lost almost 12,000 square kilometres (4,800 sq. miles) in just 12 months, a rise of almost 4.0 percent, new figures showed Friday.
story also covered by:
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
 
The Age
29 November 2008
HUNDREDS of years ago if your surname was Wootton it meant you were a woodcutter. But today, on the fertile plains near Hamilton, farmer Mark Wootton is defying his name’s ancient meaning and, at the same time, transforming his paddocks, by planting trees.
 
The Australian
29 November 2008
URANIUM exploration company Marathon Resources has declared its desire to expand its controversial drilling program — as soon as the Rann Government provides approval.
 
The West Australian
29 November 2008
Film legend Jack Thompson has joined the fight to save the Kimberley from industrial development. He has provided the voiceover for an advertisement urging moviegoers to support the campaign to protect the pristine region.
 
The West Australian
29 November 2008
The International Whaling Commission will next month start negotiations in a bid to find a compromise over restrictions on whale hunting.  
story also covered by:
The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Brisbane Times
 
The West Australian
29 November 2008
A new Liberal MP has reignited the uranium debate, telling State Parliament it is ridiculous to mine and export yellowcake but continue to oppose the use of nuclear power in Australia.
 
The Age
29 November 2008
The TTX01, designed and built by British engineers, was commissioned by the organisers of the world’s first emissions-free grand prix for motorbikes, which will be held on the Isle of Man’s TT circuit next June. It is the most advanced, emission-free bike close to commercial production: it is already road-legal in Britain and its makers claim it can go from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. A limited number will go on sale at the end of next year, for £20,000 ($A47,000).
 
The West Australian
28 November 2008
Braeside Primary School is buzzing with excitement as it looks to become one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the Great Southern region.
 
The Courier Mail
28 November 2008
PORSCHE has boosted power while reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the new generation Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe.
 


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