Environmental News

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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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

Australia, California in talks to link carbon trading

Admin Keep Queensland Beautiful - Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Australian and Californian government officials have pledged to work towards linking their nascent carbon markets, they said on Sunday.

Speaking on a state visit to the US, Australia's climate change secretary, Mark Dreyfus, said the two governments would set up a forum to share experiences on climate policy, including how best to build carbon markets.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-california-in-talks-to-link-carbon-trading-20121002-26w37.html