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Thousands of walrus appear on Alaska’s northwest coast as Arctic sea ice melts

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

Thousands of walrus have appeared on Alaska’s northwest coast in what conservation­ists were calling a dramatic conse­quence of global warming melting the Arctic sea ice, reported The Advertiser: (8/10/2007, p. 29) from Anchorage, Alaska.

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Kangaroo burgers can save the planet: switch from beef cuts GHGs by 12mt, says UNSW report

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

A report by the director of the sustainability centre at the University of NSW, Mark Diesendorf, said a 30 per cent reduction in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 was achievable but would need both energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as a change of diet, wrote Mathew Murphy in The Age (11/10/2007, p.B1).

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

Posted by waterweek 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 »

Posted in australia, Emissions, Energy, Gas, water, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

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

Posted by waterweek 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eco-Carbons to convert cereal-grain ‘seconds’, husks, fruit stones, nut shells, even straw, into renewable energy

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

A pilot factory based in Gunnedah, NSW, and perhaps a second unit in Toowoomba, Queensland, could spearhead the emergence of an industrial process able to turn farm wastes into charcoal beads, providing a new source of renewable energy, wrote Graham Fuller in Queensland Country Life (4/10/2007, p.23). Read the rest of this entry »

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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 waterweek 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 waterweek 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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Rainfall in SW Tas likely to increase 10pc, taking in important Hydro catchment areas; but others areas get 10-20pc less, says new CSIRO model

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

According to Peter Boyer, CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research scientists have developed a variable-resolution climate model capable of providing fine resolution over a rela­tively small area like Tasmania, reported The Mercury (2/10/2007, p.17). Read the rest of this entry »

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SA bushfire season to start one month early, 15 October in some areas

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

On 2 October, South Australian Emergency Services Minister, Cannel Zollo, and CFS chief officer Euan Ferguson announced the fire season would start on 15 October in some districts, reported The Advertiser (3/10/2007, p.3). Read the rest of this entry »

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Richest 1pc of US farmers get 72pc of govt subsidies; cotton costs $US156,000 per farmer; global fishing subsidies hurt poor nations, ruin ecology

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

In the US, the richest 1 per cent of farmers got 72 per cent of the government payouts, and US cotton subsidies cost nearly $US4 billion, or $US156,000 a farmer, wrote Mike Moore in The Australian Financial Review (4/10/2007, p.63). Read the rest of this entry »

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Eucalypt plantations in NSW, Vic have important role in habitat for endangered bird species, finds DPI study

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Species of woodland-dependent birds whose numbers have been declining were finding new homes in plantings of eucalypts and shrubs, reported Agriculture Today (27/10/2007, p.7). Read the rest of this entry »

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Air New Zealand partners with Boeing, Rolls-Royce to test biofuel blend in 747

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Air New Zealand would start ground-breaking aircraft testing of biofuels as early as next year and believed the technology could become commercially viable for airlines sooner than expected, wrote aviation writer Steve Creedy in The Australian (29/9/2007, p.35). Read the rest of this entry »

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Clear the decks: Greens outrage as Coalition and Labor combine in Senate majority to pass 33 Bills in three days

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The role of the Senate as house of review was lost under last week’s rush, said Senator Bob Brown (Tasmania—Leader of the Australian Greens). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in australia, Emissions, Energy, water, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Pacific island nation of Kiribati facing acute drinking water shortages: Groundwater contamination on Kiribati’s 35 coral atolls, finds UNESCO study

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The small Pacific island nation of Kiribati was facing acute drinking water shortages and water pollution problems among the most critical in the world, reported The Canberra Times, (23/08/2007, p.14) quoting Australian National University water quality expert Professor Ian White. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in australia, Emissions, Energy, water, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Tropical feed-grasses outperform other forage crops: more forage, less soil erosion

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Tropical grasses were almost certain to play an increased role in grazing systems, reported The Land (26/7/2007, p.15). Read the rest of this entry »

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This year’s La Nina unlikely to produce hoped-for substantial rain: grim news for Vic farmers

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

This year’s La Nina was not likely to produce the substantial rain that Australians hoped for, reported The Age (13/9/2007, p.5). Read the rest of this entry »

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Vox pop: Basic physics ignored in Vic desal idea; needs 300MW base-load power plant to get water to Melbourne

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

To desalinate 150 gigalitres of salt water and pump 150 million tonnes of fresh water from Wonthaggi to the Cardinia Reservoir was going to require a 300-megawatt base-load power plant, wrote Geoff Croker of Ashwood in a letter to The Age (26/9/2007, p.B4). Read the rest of this entry »

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Countries and companies will be paid to stop logging forests under World Bank plan; carbon credit market to help companies meet emissions targets by paying developing countries to halt logging

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Countries and companies will be paid to stop logging forests under a World Bank plan to establish a fund aimed at reshaping the fight against climate change, reported Mark Forbes in Jakarta for The Sydney Morning Herald (25/9/2007, p.10). Read the rest of this entry »

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New networking tool to help create enviro-friendly, and profitable, commercial buildings

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

Better known as the plaything of Gener­ation Y, online social networking technology has been put to use by the commercial prop­erty sector, with the launch of a $1.5 million online encyclopedia and networking tool to help create environmentally friendly and profitable commercial buildings, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (29/9/2007, p.60). Read the rest of this entry »

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Armageddon divvy-up for 2008-09: South East Australia emergency water plans

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The May Armageddon plan agreed by Ministers was now in full swing. The details of the plan appear in the Murray-Darling Basin Dry Inflow Contingency Planning Overview Report to First Ministers, May 2007. Matters to be considered in establishing a reserve for 2008-09 include;

• whether there should be a system wide reserve or reserves built up by individuals and towns;

• at what magnitude allocations should be before water starts to be allocated to reserves;

• the timing of a reserve to ensure critical water supplies can be delivered in 2008-09, and

• the issue of carryover and how it will be treated in the reserve.

State water sharing agreements: Assuming that

• 333 GL of water is required to meet losses in South Australia and
• 695 GL to meet losses upstream of the South Australian border during the 2007-08
season, the Senior Officials’ Group recommends that First Ministers:

1. NOTE that, on 25 May 2007, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council directed the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, from water presently
available to the Commission, to;

•  allocate 141 GL for South Australia (noting that First Ministers have agreed that this will require 487 GL as a cross-border flow, subject to salinity issues that may emerge),
•  75 GL for New South Wales; and
•  53 GL for Victoria, to allow each state to supply critical human needs (a total allocation of 269 GL) in the 2007-08 season;

2. AGREE that any improvements in water available in the system should thereafter be allocated sequentially as follows, during the 2007-08 season:

•  (a) the next 492 GL of improvements be allocated proportionally such that:

• 120 GL be allocated to each of New South Wales, Victoria, dilution flows and losses in South Australia and to South Australian diversions; and

• 12 GL made available for River Murray Improved Flows (a total allocation of 761 GL);

(b) of the next 739 GL of improvements, 25 per cent should be allocated to dilution flows and losses in South Australia. The remaining 75 per cent should be allocated to New South Wales, Victoria and to South Australian diversions in such a way that most rapidly allows the usual water-sharing arrangements under Part X of the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement to resume, without reducing the volumes already allocated to any State for diversion (a total allocation of 1500 GL);
(c) the next 700 GL should initially be allocated in accordance with the
usual water-sharing arrangements under Part X of the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement, subject to the requirements that:

(i) the volumes already allocated to any State for diversion must not be reduced; and
(ii) 50 per cent of the sum of the additional volumes which would be allocated to New South Wales and Victoria according to those usual water-sharing arrangements must instead be allocated to South Australia (a total allocation of 2200 GL):
(d) once total improvements in available water of 1931 GL have been allocated in accordance with paragraphs (a) to (c), any further improvement in available water should be allocated in such a way that most rapidly allows the usual water-sharing arrangements under Part X of the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement to resume, without reducing the volumes already allocated to any State for diversion; and
(e) once it is possible for the usual water-sharing arrangements under
Part X of the Agreement to resume (after about a total of 2670 GL has been allocated) those arrangements should continue to apply.

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Water Bill and programs flowing from it being kept well away from Treasury: Labor MP

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The head of the Treasury, Ken Henry, the senior economic adviser to the government, had expressed serious reservations about government policy development in relation to water and climate change, said Labor MP Anthony Albanese in the Federal House of Representtaives on 14 Auguist 2007.

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Westpac rounds up farmers in carbon trading plan; mixed farming and beef business operators most aware of carbon scheme stakes

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

Westpac’s head of Regional and Agribusiness Banking, Graham Jennings, said the index results showed some farmers were concerned about the cost and land management implications of carbon trading, reported Queensland Country Life (31/8/2007, p.23).

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Federal Court case: Monaro district grazier seeks billions of dollars in compensation from Fed Govt for carbon credit payments denied to farmers

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The bid in the Federal Court by Monaro district grazier, Peter Spencer, to seek billions of dollars in compensation from the Federal Government for carbon credit payments denied to farmers, was to come up for a further hearing in Canberra on 31 August, reported The Land (30/8/2007, p.14). Read the rest of this entry »

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Biofuel feedstock: only real waste-biomass we have is urban waste, otherwise dumped in landfill, says enviro consultant

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

Straw and grass have been suggested as good feedstock for biofuel plants, but were they really waste?, asked Dr Peter Wylie, a researcher and consultant specialising in environmental issues, in The Courier Mail (1/9/2007, p.58). Read the rest of this entry »

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