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Archive for September 22nd, 2007

Global climate talks: Downer and Turnbull to attend 27 Sept meeting of major polluters called by US president George Bush, who will host 15 countries plus EU in Washington

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was to attend a Monday climate summit in New York called by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who has invited heads of state and other top officials from more than 150 countries, according to Tracy Sutherland in The Australian Financial Review (22/9/2007, p.9).

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Only 1 in 10 Aus companies know how much GHG they produce; only 25pc try to save water, says AIG survey

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

Only one in 10 Australian companies knew how much greenhouse gas they were producing and only a quarter have tried to save water, according to the biggest-ever survey on environmental management in Australian industry, reported The Age (11/9/2007, p.3).

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Death rates from leukaemia for children up to 9yrs of age between 5-24pc higher depending on proximity to nuclear facilities, warns Democrats leader

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

The Medical University of South Carolina conducted a sophisticated meta-analysis of 17 research papers covering 136 nuclear sites throughout the Western World and found strong links to cancer with proximity to nuclear facilities, said Federal Senator Lyn Allison (Victoria), leader of the Australian Democrats (11/9/2007).

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World Wildlife Fund supports plans to make CO2 capture and storage mandatory

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

The WWF Climate Vision insisted that energy and climate policy deliver on climate, economic development and social progression objectives.

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More than $30m of endangered environments nationwide being bought convenanted and sold back to that special breed of private buyer

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

 In the Nandewar Ranges of northern NSW, the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW has an entire valley up for sale — 2000 hectares of granite heights and woodland bottoms almost untouched since European settlement — all for just $560,000, reported Robert Harley in The Australian Financial Review (22/9/2007, p.17).

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Russia has its own uranium; 700 tonnes of highly enriched uranium which was extracted from the nuclear weapons that it dismantled in the 1990s

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

The Democrats supported the terms of reference put forward to examine Australia’s deal with Russia, Democrats Senator Lynn Allison told the Federal Senate on 17 September 2007. But she said she did not think that the parliamentary oversight which Senator Payne had suggested will be provided through the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties was adequate.

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Fourteen children in and around Mona Vale develop cancer in 10 years since medical supplies company began discharging ethylene oxide gas

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

 Fourteen children in and around Mona Vale have developed cancer in the 10 years since a medical supplies company there began discharging a gas associated with the disease, and two of the children live less than a kilometre from the factory. But the company that operated the plant, Unomedical, said no cancers can be attributed to the emission of ethylene oxide, which was listed by the World Health Organisation as a carcinogen, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (14/8/2007, p.1).

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Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy attacks SA Govt for lack of mandatory renewable energy targets; state “free-riding” on mandates in neighbouring jurisidictions

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

The South Australia Government has been attacked by the nation’s leading advocate for sustainable energy over a lack of mandatory renewable energy targets in the state, reported The Advertiser (3/8/2007, p.31).

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Four intense east coast lows lowered and narrowed beaches and exposed seawalls at Sydney’s Narrabeen, Cronulla, Dee Why and Manly beaches: potential danger for summer swimmers, houses in erosion zone

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

 Four intense lows on the east coast have brought waves powerful enough to strip sand from beaches and cause erosion, reported The Daily Telegraph (13/8/2007, p. 8).

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Five star plus building standards from 1 September 2007: under $1,000 to $3,000; standard house costs paid back in savings in five years

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

 The average cost of implementing the five star plus program to minimise energy consumption varied from under $1000 to about $3000 per new house, said Ljiljanna Ravlich, Minister for Local Government, in the Western Australian Leguislative Council on 14 August 2007.

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