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Turnbull’s tangle: palm oil grown to earn Australian subsidies clears SE Asia forests and creates greenhouse effect, Australia to pay Indonesia to replant

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

The death of Indonesia’s forests was ahead in 20 years, aided by Australiabn subsidies for imported Palm oil. The managing director of Australian Renewable Fuels, John Lillywhite, said the government should not be subsidising biodiesel made from imported palm oil as it did little to help development of the local industry. According to Angus Grigg in Jakarta, environment minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged during last month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co­operation group meeting to put forests at the “top of the climate-change agenda”.

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Secret story of 300 safety rules not followed at plutonium nuclear warheads center for UK’s Trident missiles, Burghfield, Berkshire: 12 internal reports

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

The remarkable and, until now, secret story of the serious problems faced by the nuclear weapons complex at Burghfield, Berkshire, is revealed in 12 internal reports released by the UK’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to New Scientist under freedom of information laws.

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CO2 dump for NSW Central Coast: NSW Minister thinks it’s a first

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

A $5 million pilot carbon capture plant will be built on the NSW Central Coast, the state Government has announced, reported The Courier Mail (27/9/2007, p.B16).

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Litigation over relationship between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming likely for companies

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

Recent cases, when judges had to consider climate change issues, highlighted the thorny issue of causation between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, according to The Australian Financial Review (5/10/2007, p.59).

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Money from heaven: NSW Government to subsidise its very own Delta Energy, and pay CSIRO, to build CO2 dump for Munmorah with ammonia absorption

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

According to Marian Wilkinson, in The Australian, (27/7/2007, p.7), a NSW Munmorah CO2 dump plan to using ammonia absorption to strip CO2 from coal pollution was an initiative of the state-owned power generator, Delta Energy, and the CSIRO. The owner of the plant – the NSW Government hoped it could advance to a demonstration plant by 2008.

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NSW Govt selling native timber from South Coast forests for between $6.90 and $16 a tonne to Japanese-owned woodchip mill; taxpayer loss of $3.5 million

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

According to Wendy Frew, an environment reporter, industry experts said NSW taxpayers were subsidising a Japanese woodchip mill on the South Coast to the tune of $3.5 million a year because the State Government was selling native timber to the mill too cheaply, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (1/10/2007, p.5).

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South Australia tree-law created perverse incentive: law was to protect native species of large trees; had reverse effect: smaller trees cut to avoid the law

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

River red gums and other native indigenous species such as blue gums, hundreds of years old were being cut down without any consideration as to their ecological or amenity value in South Australia, Paul Holloway, Minister for Police, told the Legislative Council, South Australia on 11 September 2007. “Many people are aware of this issue;

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Complex projects need new approach as old rules lead to 79pc failure rate for time allocation and 60pc budget blow-outs

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

Andrew Leicester of Bond University was one academic who had been considering the future of project management, according to David Binning, reported in The Australian Financial Review (4/10/2007, p. 16).

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Recycled water better than mains water to irrigate grapevines; no difference in yield between the two, fewer pathogens in soil

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

Recycled water was more beneficial than mains water to irrigate grapevines, local research has found, wrote regional reporter Cara Jenkin in The Advertiser (6/10/2007, p.58).

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Casualties of global warming: QLD and NT bear brunt of declines in health and productivity

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

According to Siobhain Ryan, some of Australia’s biggest greenhouse polluting industries, such as coal, iron and steel, and agriculture, could see major cuts to their output by 2050 if no action was taken to contain global warming, reported The Australian (5/10/2007, p. 7).

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