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Arctic ice cap collapses; area twice as big as Britain gone in one week alone: north­west passage fully navigable

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this north­ern summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at a record low, scientists said yesterday. Experts said they were “stunned” by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as Britain disappearing in the last week alone. So much ice has melted this northern summer that the north­west passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the north-east pass­age along Russia’s Arctic coast could open later this month, reported The Canberra Times, (6/9/2007, p.15).

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Owen Report offers NSW Premier a compromise limited retailer sale and generator lease option: potential buyers stand in line

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

There was a saying in politics that went something like ‘Never commission anything unless you know what the answer will be’, according to Matthew Warren in the The Australian (15/9/2007, p. 31).

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APEC-hurry-up to CO2-dump approval, gave piece of the profits to Japan: as WA approves Chevron’s Gorgon dump

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

West Australian Environment Minister David Templeman issued environmental approvals and imposed 36 conditions on the undertaking and Chevron Australia managing director Jay Johnson said the company was in talks with Japanese customers about taking a minority equity stake in Gorgon. “Chevron has been working with three Japanese customers and there are provisions for equity participation and purchase of LNG from Chevron,” he said to The Advertiser, 8/9/2007, p. 86

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South Australia nearly doubles green power subscribers, more than trebles megawatt hours in past year

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

South Australia had recorded the biggest growth in the nation in green power consumption in the past year, reported The Advertiser (14/9/2007, p.3).

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Synergy sneaky tariffs for SmartPower or NaturalPower mean households to pay 3c and 4.4c a kilowatt hour more in Western Australia; but, will government?

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

Does the Western Australia Minister for Energy’s department use GreenPower? That was the question asked by Dr S.C. Thomas, Member for Capel, speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Western Australia, 28 August 2007. He referred to the price-rises for home users published by the state-owned dominant Western-Power offshoot, retailer, Synergy – which he suggested, applied selectively to homes and not to Synergy’s owner, Government, which would not pay the 3c and 4.4c a kilowatt hour extra.

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Fed Govt prefers voluntary fuel efficiency targets to mandatory CO2 emission standards for motor vehicles

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull, responding to written questions by Labor MP John Murphy, said in the Federal House of Representatives on 11 September 2007 that the government had not set carbon dioxide emission standards for motor vehicles, whether imported to Australia or made locally, but relied on a voluntary national average fuel consumption target.

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Under avoided fugitive methane rule: NSW NGACs for waste coal mine gas, but not for coal seam gas, but special case made for waste coal mine gas project

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

The NSW Greenhouse Scheme Administrator has recently accredited a power station project that will be supplied via a common fuel network. The network transports waste coal mine gas (WCMG) and coal seam gas (CSG)). The applicant assumed in its calculations that the power station would use 100per cent WCMG on the basis of contractual arrangements for the supply (via the common fuel network) of sufficient WCMG to meet the power station’s requirements, reported GGAS Newsletter, Issue 5, September 2007. It said the decision was made under:

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Los Angeles Times labels APEC a “festival of fakery” and anti-Kyoto grandstanding

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

John Howard may have talked up his Sydney Declaration but a leading US newspaper has attacked the APEC climate change plan as “vague” and “useless for anything but padding a fading prime minister’s environmental resume,” reported The Australian (10/9/2007, p.9).

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Chinese President Hu’s plan: next round of Kyoto to form the mechanism for securing international action post 2012

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

Senator John Hogg, Senator for Queensland, Member of the Australian Labor Party asked Senator Minchin, the Minister representing the Prime Minister;

• Can the minister confirm that the Prime Minister failed in his attempt to sideline Kyoto in his APEC Sydney declaration?

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Malaysian Trade Minister tells Australia APEC member nations prefer Kyoto approach: Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Hong Kong and China agree

Posted by gmarkets on 18 September, 2007

Foreign policy analysts point out that none of the objecting developing nations believes it owes Australia any favours. • Howard wrote to APEC leaders in March, nominating clean development (CO2 dumps) and climate change as the focus of discussions;

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