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New networking tool to help create enviro-friendly, and profitable, commercial buildings

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

Better known as the plaything of Gener­ation Y, online social networking technology has been put to use by the commercial prop­erty sector, with the launch of a $1.5 million online encyclopedia and networking tool to help create environmentally friendly and profitable commercial buildings, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (29/9/2007, p.60). Read the rest of this entry »

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Vox pop: Basic physics ignored in Vic desal idea; needs 300MW base-load power plant to get water to Melbourne

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

To desalinate 150 gigalitres of salt water and pump 150 million tonnes of fresh water from Wonthaggi to the Cardinia Reservoir was going to require a 300-megawatt base-load power plant, wrote Geoff Croker of Ashwood in a letter to The Age (26/9/2007, p.B4). Read the rest of this entry »

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Howard ignores explicit advice of hand-picked task group on power gen; wind has cost advantage, therefore soaks up most of energy subsidy plan

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

A 2004 government estimate that encouraging 10 per cent of power generation by 2020 to come from clean energy sources would cost $23 billion has been either ignored or quietly put to one side, according to an editorial in The Australian (25/9/2007, p.15). Read the rest of this entry »

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Countries and companies will be paid to stop logging forests under World Bank plan; carbon credit market to help companies meet emissions targets by paying developing countries to halt logging

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

Countries and companies will be paid to stop logging forests under a World Bank plan to establish a fund aimed at reshaping the fight against climate change, reported Mark Forbes in Jakarta for The Sydney Morning Herald (25/9/2007, p.10). Read the rest of this entry »

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Howard “aspirational” goals to do little to tame climate change wrath; threefold increase in heat-related deaths; collapse of crop yields and a serious decline in river flows on the horizon, WWF study says

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

According to Marian Wilkinson, in The Sydney Morning Herald (28/9/2007, p.5), the Howard Government’s strategy to deal with climate change – including support for “aspirational” goals rather than binding targets – could lead to catastrophic consequences in Australia, a study has found. Read the rest of this entry »

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Govts’ faith in favourite weapon to fight climate change – the price of carbon – to end in tears, analysts say; carbon price has had “virtually no effect on the market so far and virtually no effect on climate change”

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

The battle to beat climate change has come down to one weapon – the price of carbon, according to Jeremy Lovell in The Canberra Times (26/9/2007, p.10). Read the rest of this entry »

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India’s “deviant research” roadshow: helping amateur inventors improve lives; Honey Bee Network now repository for more than 10,000 inventions

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

Examples of “deviant research”, so called because they were developed by amateurs trying to solve problems that dogged their daily lives, rather than to make money, were outlined in New Scientist (22/9/2007, p.56). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Emissions, Energy, Global, Green Markets 1001, India, Innovation, Transport | 1 Comment »

Pacific island nation of Kiribati facing acute drinking water shortages: Groundwater contamination on Kiribati’s 35 coral atolls, finds UNESCO study

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

The small Pacific island nation of Kiribati was facing acute drinking water shortages and water pollution problems among the most critical in the world, reported The Canberra Times, (23/08/2007, p.14) quoting Australian National University water quality expert Professor Ian White. Read the rest of this entry »

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Qld proposes volumetric sub-division, underground management of CO2 and profit a prendre

Posted by gmarkets on 4 October, 2007

Final approval for commencement of CCS activities will not be given if the relevant environmental authority has not been issued from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a Queensland Department of Mines and Energy report on carbon dumps. The usual native title provisions will apply.

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First Aus export of biodiesel leaves for Asia, US: green alternative the ‘way of the future’, says Natural Fuels chair

Posted by gmarkets on 3 October, 2007

Australia’s first export shipment of biodiesel has been loaded on a freighter bound for Asia and the US, as former Liberal leader and company director John Hewson described the green alternative as the way of the future, reported The Australian Financial Review (3/8/2007, p.17).

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