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Bioreactor: how to make oil growing algae on exhaust gas piped from power stations and remove 75 per cent of CO2 from power station exhaust

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

For its supporters the idea of growing single-celled algae on exhaust gas piped from power stations was the ultimate in recycling; and now one of them, CleanTech, has developed a bioreactor based on a patent held by a group of scientists at the Ohio Coal Research Centre, at the University of Ohio, reported The Economist, (8/9/2007, p. 6).

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Fed Govt uncertainty over climate-change policy blocking investment in new power gen; combined-cycle gas turbines cheaper than coal for NSW, Owen inquiry finds

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

The Owen Inquiry was a blunt rebuke for the Federal Government’s 10-year delay in agreeing to a national emissions trading scheme, wrote Marian Wilkinson in The Sydney Morning Herald (12/9/2007, p.4).

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Fed’s nuclear waste dump option: Northern Territory Muckaty station, near Tennant Creek, in the list

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

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According to John Breusch in The Australian Financial Review (28/9/2007, p.20), the federal government was to consider a fourth potential site for a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory after accepting the Northern Land Council’s application to include Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek, in the list.

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New Federal target of 30,000 gigawatt hours of low-emission electricity by 2020 may make wind power chief beneficiary, draws criticism

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

Producers of wind, coal and geothermal energy all expected a fillip from the government’s targets, wrote John Breusch in The Australian Financial Review (28/9/2007, p. 22).

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14pc less water in Canberra’s catchments than same time last year heading into spring; further restrictions possible

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

There was almost 14 per cent less water in Canberra’s catchments than there was at the same time last year heading into spring, reported The Canberra Times (1/9/2007, p.1).

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Carbon price falls to $6 a tonne: consumers suffer as discounts become uneconomic

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

Doubts were raised about how a state scheme would merge with any national emissions trading scheme when the Prime Minister, John Howard, released his emissions trading report in May, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (11/9/2007, p.2).
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APEC Parties to UNFCC pledge to work together, strengthen collaboration, establish networks

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

APEC economies that were Par­ties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to work actively and constructively towards a comprehensive post-2012 arrangement at this year’s UNFCCC Conference of the Par­ties, reported The Australian (10/9/2007, p.6).

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Labor offers Fed cash to Horticulture Australia to identify priority climate-research objectives to start 2009

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

Federal Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Kerry O’Brien, last Friday announced that if Labor was elected to government there would be additional measures to help agriculture adjust to the impact of climate change, reported The Canberra Times (4/10/2007, p.36).

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Rudd Opposition may hold key to success of US-India nuclear agreement

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

Nothing was more important in India at the moment than its nuclear co-operation deal with the United States, wrote Greg Sheridan in The Australian (29/9/2007, p. 27).

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Seven plants currently being considered as promising biofuel crops banned as noxious weeds in parts of Australia

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

The Queensland-based Invasive Species Council has assessed weed risks posed by 18 biofuel crops currently proposed as solutions to cutting greenhouse emissions, wrote science and environment reporter Rosslyn Beeby in The Canberra Times (4/10/2007, p.11).

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