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Rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations may lead to hard coral extinction in 100 years

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

Berkelmans and Company may be wrong, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (13/10/2007).

Corals may dissolve: Bleaching may not knock off the reef. It may just dissolve first.

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Turnbull government would consider supporting amended version of Kyoto Protocol

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

Climate change experts yesterday urged the federal government to immediately ratify the Kyoto Protocol after Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed the government would consider supporting an amended version, wrote Lenore Taylor, national affairs writer, in The Australian Financial Review (11/10/2007, p.7).

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Triage: Not all endangered species worth saving says scientist: cost-efficiency decisions needed

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

Federation fellow Hugh Pos­singham had said throwing money and other resources at those plants and animals on the edge of oblivion was bad economics, wrote Brandan O’Keefe in The Australian (10/10/2007, p. 25).

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“Rednecks” to go green and hold hands-out for carbon credits for land action or non-action: NSW Farmers Association plan

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

The NSW Farmers Association’s annual conference called for research to quantify agriculture’s ability to sequester carbon, and for a wide range of policies to address climate change, including more flexible environmental and natural resource legislation, reported The Land (26/7/2007, p.14).

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Cleantech Australia Fund seeks to fund small companies with high-potential renewable technologies

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

The Cleantech Australia Fund, which Melbourne company Cleantech Ventures would manage, would invest $50 million in start-up companies to bring technologies from the research lab to the farm, power plant or factory, wrote Tim Colebatch in The Age (11/10/2007, p.B3).

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Improved dam catchments, recycling stormwater, desal problems not addressed properly in WA water-use debate, says Nationals MP

Posted by gmarkets on 17 October, 2007

Reducing water use was much more complicated than relatively small initiatives such as more efficient showers and toilets, said Murray Criddle, National Party, in the Legislative Council of Western Australia (4/9/2007).

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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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