Environmental News

Wind power + coal closures = blackouts?

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The mothballing and closure of a range of coal power stations is leading to claims that adding lots of renewable energy supply to an already oversupplied market could mean the lights will go out.

Read more: http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/wind-power-coal-closures-blackouts

Bats breaking into Cairns apartments have raised virus fears

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FRUITBATS are invading apartments in the Cairns CBD, causing a flutter over fears of the deadly lyssavirus.

The lost and confused bats have so far scratched two residents, the Cairns Post reports, with two others having come in contact with bats in the CBD area.

Cairns public health medical officer Dr Richard Gair said the four people who suffered wounds from the bats have been administered a post-exposure vaccine.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/bats-breaking-into-cairns-apartments-have-raised-virus-fears/story-fndo20i0-1226499089576

Climate change is placing increasing pressure on Queensland’s ecosystems

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Climate change will place increasing pressure on Australia’s natural environments in the future. Queensland is no exception.

CSIRO and the Queensland Government recently conducted an in-depth review and synthesis of the existing scientific literature. The resulting report shows that climate and ocean changes will affect Queensland’s marine, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in ways that are more widespread and, in many situations, more extreme than currently recognised.

Read more: http://theconversation.edu.au/climate-change-is-placing-increasing-pressure-on-queenslands-ecosystems-10201

Calls for fresh Barrier Reef rescue campaign

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Great Barrier Reef is a treasured World Heritage Area, but it wasn't always that way. Forty-five years ago there was the prospect of it being drilled for oil, and one mining company noted it was the world's largest potential source of lime.

When a company proposed mining coral at Ellison Reef, a small group took a stand, and opposition grew and grew. This week, some of them campaigners returned to Mission Beach, where it all began, to call on Australians to take up the fight again.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3612883.htm

Seven reasons why I love electric cars

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Not sure what you think about electric cars? Not sure if they’re awesome or meh? I think you can tell from the title what I think. There are probably plenty more reasons than this, but these are the big reasons (for me) to love electric cars:

1. Electric cars are better for the environment (and thus, your health). Almost anywhere they charge, electric cars are better for the climate, air quality, and other key facets of the environment. Given that we all rely on a healthy environment to be healthy and live a high quality of life ourselves, this is a huge (often underrated) win for us.


Read more: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/seven-reasons-why-i-love-electric-cars-55921

Fossil fuels just a back up for wind and solar energy?

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The head of one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers has expressed his surprise at the public debate around health concerns over wind energy in Australia, saying it does not happen elsewhere.

Andreas Nauen, the managing director of REpower Systems, which has built or contracted to build around 1,000MW of wind turbines in Australia, recently completed a visit to the country and was surprised to hear that the claimed health impacts of wind energy was given such prominence.

Doesn’t this happen elsewhere in the world?

Read more: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/fossil-fuels-just-a-back-up-for-wind-and-solar-energy-67271

Fears coal port plans threaten reef

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A central Queensland conservation group says there is no way a proposed coal port development south of Rockhampton could be built without damaging the Great Barrier Reef.

The Mitchell Group is due to release the environmental impact statement for its proposed Fitzroy Terminal within the next two months.

The project includes a system to transfer coal from barges onto ships with a capacity to export 22 million tonnes of coal a year.

However, Ginny Gerlach from the Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance, says it will have major consequences on the environment.


Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-18/fears-coal-port-plans-threaten-reef/4320082?section=business

Australia to push for Antarctic reserve

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Australia is joining France and the European Union in supporting a network of marine reserves fanning out from east Antarctica, as global ocean protection gains pace.

The reserves, covering 1.9 million square kilometres, mainly off the Australian Antarctic Territory, are likely to win approval at an international meeting in Hobart.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/australia-to-push-for-antarctic-reserve-20121017-27r2g.html

Greens on mission to save iconic sites

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Greens leader Christine Milne has said the mining boom amounts to ''liquidating the environment'' as her party and conservation groups prepare to launch an assault on government plans to cut ''green tape''.

Ahead of today's launch of a national campaign to protect iconic sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Tarkine wilderness and the Kimberley, Senator Milne said the federal government's plans to hand more power over environmental approvals to the states would drag environmental protection back 40 years.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/greens-on-mission-to-save-iconic-sites-20121017-27riu.html

Power pollution plunges

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The carbon tax has helped to drive a sharp fall in the emissions intensity of Australia's power generation as coal-fired stations are closed, moth-balled or sell less electricity.

Electricity sold into the east coast market in the three months since the tax was introduced created on average 7.6 per cent less carbon dioxide for each megawatt hour of power, an analysis of figures compiled by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/power-pollution-plunges-20121017-27rn9.html