Senate Block Carbon Tax Repeal

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Following a lengthy debate of many months, the carbon tax repeal legislation has been rejected in the Senate by a vote of 33 to 29. Both Labor and Greens senators joined forced to defeat the amendments. Labor has refused to support the abolition of the…

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CSG Regulation Opinions Mixed

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Australia’s opinion towards Coal Seam Gas is effectively split down the middle, with research released last week suggesting that 50% of Australians want more regulation of coal seam gas. One area of opinion that wasn’t so mixed however was in response to who should control…

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Massive Biodomes to Assist Endangered Wildlife

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A mountainous inland region of South Korea has been chosen as the new National Research Centre for Endangered Species. The mountainous region near the eastern coast is incredibly difficult to reach, as a result the environment is essentially untouched by humans. The site will host…

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Mining Biodiversity Offsets Give Companies More Options

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The NSW government has floated a draft policy for feedback which proposes an increased number of options to mining companies when it comes to environmental offsets. The policy proposes a fund which would be an available option to companies in situations where an environmental offset…

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QLD Coal Test to “Threaten Rare Bird”

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Greenpeace has called for a halt to Adani Mining’s seismic surveys in the Galilee Basin after expert scientific advice revealed the potential for the activity to significantly impact the endangered black-throated finch. Greenpeace says the planned Carmichael mine will involve the clearing of up to…

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Proposed Changes to Mining Notice

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The Department of Natural Resources and Mines recently released a discussion paper to explore a reduction in the notification requirement for new mines. The proposal suggests that that only those directly affected by a ¬†new mine would have a say in the proposal in its…

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EPA Issues Fine Over Uranium Contamination

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The Environmental Protection Authority has issued a $1500 fine to energy company Santos after an aquifer tested at levels 20 times the acceptable uranium level ¬†prescribed by the Australian drinking water guidelines for human health. The $1500 fine could have been as high as $1…

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The 2014 Environmental Offsets Bill

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Last month significant reform was introduced to Queensland parliament in the form on the Environmental Offsets Bill 2014. The Bill proposes that the current method of separating offset policies into 5 distinct groups should cease, and suggests that a single State offsets policy, approved by…

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Senate Inquiry to Investigate Environmental Offsets

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The Senate Inquiry, established on Wednesday, will focus on the current state of environmental offsets in the mining sector. The inquiry will focus on the process in which offsets are developed and monitored, and also on whether the offsets are having their desired effect. The…

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EPA Gives Approval For Aquaculture Zone off the Kimberley Coast

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In a recent decision, the Environmental Protection Authority has given the go ahead for a 2,000 hectare aquaculture zone, which could produce an estimated 20,000 tonnes of fin fish per annum. EPA Chairman Paul Vogel has stated that the authority is satisfied that the zone…

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Australian Companies Failing to Sustainability Benchmarks

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A recent report by Catalyst Australia has outline that the overall performance of sustainable practices in the property sector is being carried by a select few. A majority of companies are failing to meet the most modest of benchmarks in environmental issues.   Two key…

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Great Barrier Reef “Not In Danger”

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In a government report to the United Nation, Australia has detailed that it is making substantial progress towards protecting the Great Barrier Reef, and that it should not be listed as ‘in danger’. The World Heritage Committee threatened to classify the reef as ‘in danger’…

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