Environmental News

Climate summit's 2015 goal

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It is an annual ritual: nearly 200 nations sit down at the end of each year for two weeks of glacially paced negotiations meant to stop global warming. Meanwhile, leading scientific and economic bodies warn the best evidence suggests time is fast running out to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Starting Monday it is the turn of the oil-dominated Qatar to host the latest major United Nations’ climate summit.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-summits-2015-goal-20121125-2a1kb.html

Minister appoints panel to review Wild Rivers declarations

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Queensland Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps says a new panel has been appointed to advise him on the management of the Cooper Creek, Diamantina and Georgina rivers in the state's west.

Mr Cripps addressed local government and rural industry representatives today in Longreach.

He says the former Labor state government's Wild Rivers laws have caused angst for people in western Queensland and he wants a fresh approach to restore confidence.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-22/minister-appoints-panel-to-review-wild-rivers-declarations/4386216?section=qld

Native wildlife downed by freak hailstorms

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Brisbane's weekend storms have had a big impact on wildlife, battering koalas, birds, possums and flying foxes.

The RSPCA has been swamped with 86 flying foxes that were knocked senseless by hail in Brisbane's western suburbs.

About 30 have been put down and the rest are going out to carers.

RSPCA wildlife rescue officer Annette Colling said 300 to 400 flying foxes from a Mt Ommaney colony might have been killed.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/native-wildlife-downed-by-freak-hailstorms/story-e6freoof-1226522293129

Newman looks to traditional land practices

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Land management problems could be solved by learning from the example of indigenous people before white settlement, the Queensland premier says.

Campbell Newman said indigenous Australians had much better land management practices that most people realised and he had discussed the approach with Australia's climate change commissioner Tim Flannery on Tuesday.

"I have a view that the landscape needs to be better managed and we have to have a really good look at what the traditional practices were of Aboriginal peoples," he told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/qld-not-protecting-environment-flannery/story-e6frfku9-1226520268368

Coal trains should cover up to prevent dust in suburbs, says Newman

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has flagged the possibility that coal trains will eventually have to be covered to minimise dust exposure for those living along the rail line.

Speaking on ABC Radio today, the Premier revealed he had taken note of the concerns raised in in the past week about increasing tonnages through metropolitan urban areas.

"I think it's incumbent upon (the coal mines) to start to move to better forms of practice," said Mr Newman.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/coal-trains-should-cover-up-to-prevent-dust-in-suburbs-says-newman/story-e6freoof-1226520190262

Doubts aired over Fraser Is dingo management plan review

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Several Aboriginal elders have criticised the State Government's process for reviewing the dingo management strategy on Fraser Island off south-east Queensland.

The review is due to be finished by February.

Gubbi Gubbi elder Dr Eve Fesl says a Butchulla elder should have been included on the review panel.

She says many of the scientists on the panel have been involved in previous studies.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/doubts-aired-over-fraser-is-dingo-management-plan-review/4381542?section=qld

New approach to managing cane farm reef run-off

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Queensland Government says it has signed an agreement with the sugar industry to manage chemical use and run-off into the Great Barrier Reef.

Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell says the best practice approach will reduce regulation and paperwork and move towards self-management.

He says legislation brought in by the previous state government could be changed if the new approach is successful.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/new-approach-to-managing-cane-farm-reef-run-off/4381250?section=qld

Govt to phase out solar subsidies early

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The federal government will wind back its subsidies for solar electricity panels earlier than expected because high take-up is pushing up power prices.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says this could reduce power bills by up to $100 million next year.

He said there was still high demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, so the federal government would phase out its Solar Credits mechanism six months early, on January 1, 2013.

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/govt-to-phase-out-solar-subsidies-early/story-fn3dxiwe-1226518276428

Public urged not to disturb nesting turtles

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is urging the public to be careful around turtle nesting habitats in north Queensland with the season underway.

GBRMPA spokesman Dr Mark Read says some have already begun coming ashore to lay eggs but numbers should peak next month.

He says baby turtles have many natural predators so it is important that humans do not add to their hardship.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-19/public-urged-not-to-disturb-nesting-turtles/4379462

Report on gasfield leaks is premature, says industry

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The coal seam gas industry has written to the vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University, attacking research that shows high levels of methane and carbon dioxide leaking from a gasfield.

The letter accuses two researchers, Isaac Santos and Damien Maher, of sloppy work and says it is ''deeply concerning'' that the university has not publicly released all its data before the academic, peer-review process is completed.

Dr Santos and Dr Maher found large-scale gas leaks in a gasfield operated by BG Group at Tara gasfield on Queensland's western downs. The findings, contained in a submission to the federal government, suggest the industry may not have properly accounted for gas leaks, which could have implications for human health and greenhouse gas emissions.



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