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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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South Australia’s Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation Bill introduced: fast-track for establishment of larger pulp mill by Protavia Pty Ltd

Posted by gmarkets on 12 October, 2007

Introducing the Penola Pulp Mill Authorisation Bill in the South Australian Legislative Council on 12 September 2007, Gail Gago MP (Australian Labor Party) advised that the Bill incorporated the recommendations of the Select Committee.

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Health, water and drought the election issues for farmers; only 5.1pc view climate change as important election factor, Qld poll shows

Posted by gmarkets on 11 October, 2007

A special farmer-only poll revealed they believed Kevin Rudd would be the next Prime Minister of Australia, even though most said they would vote for the Coalition, wrote Lucy Skuthorp in Queensland Country Life (4/10/2007, p.11). Read the rest of this entry »

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Greens MP Milne criticises Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007: insufficiently considered; threat to farming, biodiversity; advantageous to emitters

Posted by gmarkets on 11 October, 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party, Senator) stated she was appalled that the Selection of Bills Committee had decided not to refer the Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007 to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport for appropriate consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tax-incentive legislation will assist major corporations, take rural land out of agricultural production, says Greens Party MP

Posted by gmarkets on 11 October, 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party Senator) speaking against proposed tax incentive legislation, stated that the legislation would result in water and land being removed from agricultural production.

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New ‘Meretec’ recycling-process recovers 100pc of zinc coating from galvanised steel: cuts pollution, water use, mining waste

Posted by gmarkets on 11 October, 2007

The vast majority of steel used in the automotive, building and manufacturing industries was zinc coated (galvanised), to protect against corrosion, according to a statement by Southern Rocycling (28/9/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Arctic sea ice 39 per cent below long-term average from 1979 to 2000 as record tumbles

Posted by gmarkets on 9 October, 2007

According to Will Dunham in Washington, Arctic sea ice hit a record low this summer, reported The Courier Mail (3/10/2007, p. 36).

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Compressed air energy storage (CAES) should compete favourably with energy generation systems, delivering electricity for about 4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour: economical way to supply baseload power

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

According to Daniel Pendick, an associate editor at Astronomy magazine in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a huge 2700-megawatt compressed air energy storage (CAES) project proposed in Norton, Ohio – using an abandoned limestone mine as the air storage reservoir – had already stalled for lack of finance, reported New Scientist (3/10/2007, p. 47). Read the rest of this entry »

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Gunn’s bank – ANZ – wonders if it will lose face more face than it makes in profits if it lends to the unpopular project

Posted by gmarkets on 8 October, 2007

Gunns – customer of ANZ for more than 20 years could lose its bank. According to Stephanie Peatling, writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, (6/10/2007), p. 5, one of the country’s largest banks, – ANZ, was to consider whether it would fund the Gunns pulp mill, saying it must assess whether the Tasmanian project meets its environmental standards. Read the rest of this entry »

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