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Canberra may be hit by bushfires, on same scale as 2003 inferno, every eight years by 2050, says CSIRO climate-change study

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

Canberra could be hit by catastrophic bushfires on the same scale as the 2003 inferno every eight years by 2050, according to a new study on the impacts of climate change, reported The Canberra Times (27/9/2007, p.3).

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New lobby group emerges at Brisbane conference: ethanol needs to get much cheaper than petrol, says Biofuels Association of Australia

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

A new lobby group emerged at the Australian Ethanol and Biodiesel Conference in Brisbane, wrote Graham Fuller in Queensland Country Life (27/9/2007, p.13).

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Off-farm assets limits for access to exceptional circumstances interest rate subsidy increase from $473,000 to $750,000: more farmers and small businesses likely to seek assistance

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

According to Gary Sansom, in Queensland Country Life, (27/09/2007, p.9), an increase in the off-farm assets limits for access to the exceptional circumstances interest rate subsidy from $473,000 to $750,000 would enable an increasing number of farmers and small businesses to access exceptional circumstances (EC) assistance.

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Gunns Tasmania mill’s fate hangs in balance: Fed Cabinet refuses to make a decision after Government chief scientist gives thumbs down to mill in current form; Gunns told to agree to more stringent effluent controls

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

According to Sue Neales, chief reporter of The Mercury, (27/09/2007, p.5), Federal Cabinet refused to make a decision on the future of the world’s largest pulp mill, the $1.9 billion Tasmanian mill, after being told last week that government chief scientist Jim Peacock had recommended, after a four-week inquiry, that the Federal Government not approve the mill in its current form unless proponent Gunns agreed to incorporate more stringent effluent controls.

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A doomsday vault, or Noah’s Ark of the plant kingdom: Norway deep-freeze protects crop seeds against future disaster

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

In a cavern under a remote Arctic mountain, Norway would soon begin squirrelling away the world’s crop seeds in case of a man-made or natural disaster, wrote John Acher in The Advertiser (28/9/2007, p.19).

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New York climate summit a turning-point for govt action, says UN chief, as EU calls for halving GHGs by 2050

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

UN chief Ban Ki-moon hailed a high-level summit as a turning point in the fight against climate change and said there was broad consensus for decisive action, reported The Canberra Times (26/9/2007, p.10).

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Peak farming groups contact Aus Bankers Association on $1bn crop crisis; lawyers to advise farmers at meeting on 5 Oct

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

At least four peak farming associations in the nation’s main grain-growing states have jointly written to the Australian Bankers’ Association to try to head off a looming crisis that could force more farmers to the wall, wrote Siobhain Ryan in The Australian (27/9/2007, p.4).

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40pc of Aus homes lack ceiling insulation: wasting energy, producing emissions, says ICANZ

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

The Insulation Council of Australia & New Zealand (ICANZ) welcomed the announcement by the ALP of a $300 million energy efficiency package for Australian households, said Dennis D’Arcy, ICANZ president.

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Howard Government set to defer implementation of carbon emissions scheme to 2012; critics say weak scheme dangerous, carbon price must be over $20/tonne

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

The Prime Minister’s report conveyed that the Government would take four or more years to implement a carbon emissions scheme, reported the The Australian Financial Review (1/6/2007, p. 20).

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Bunnings announces funding available for carbon offset initiatives; $1.6m for initial two year period

Posted by gmarkets on 2 October, 2007

Bunnings was committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2015 or earlier, according to a notice in The Sydney Morning Herald (29/5/2007, p.13).

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