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High Court boosts Queensland councils’ power to limit land clearing

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Queensland councils have won reinforced powers to control land clearing in a High Court decision that affects one-fifth of the state’s land mass, an area the size of Malaysia. The…

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New buyers and renters want eco-friendly homes

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New consumer research in Britain has found that around half of new home buyers and tenants under 40 years of age actively seek eco-aware homes, showing that the public is…

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Mulga country graziers struggle to understand new land clearing laws

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Graziers in south-west Queensland are scrambling to understand changes to tree and land clearing laws before they are passed through Parliament.   READ MORE

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Pearl Jam invests in Amazonian reforestation to offset emissions from current Brazil tour

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Rock band Pearl Jam is voluntarily offsetting the carbon emissions of its current tour in Brazil. The band has partnered with Conservation International (CI) in purchasing carbon offsets for the…

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Queensland’s vegetation management legislation is changing again – what you need to know – 16 March 2018

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Vegetation clearing laws are again in the spotlight, with the Queensland Government introducing the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) into parliament on 8 March 2018. The controversial…

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Queensland’s new land clearing bill will help turn the tide, despite its flaws

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ueensland’s Labor government this month tabled a bill to tighten the regulation of land clearing. Queensland is by far the worst offender in this area, following a litany of reversals of vegetation protection. After…

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NSW government reinstates land clearing laws ruled invalid

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The Berejiklian government has reinstated land clearing laws hours after they were ruled invalid, in what environmental advocates have described as “callous indifference to nature”. The Land and Environment Court…

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Govt must deliver Koala Strategy: Opposition

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The Ballina upgrade of the Pacific Highway through core koala habitat has been listed as one of many reasons the iconic species appears doomed if the NSW Government fails to…

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Dr Rebecca Johnson, wildlife forensic scientist and director of the Australian Museum Research Institute

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The woman pioneering conservation research, genetic and forensic science and the stamping out of illegal trafficking of wildlife. As one of the 2017 ‘Superstars of STEM’ (a Science and Technology Australia…

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Can Queensland Labor end broadscale land clearing, as promised?

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Last week, the Queensland government tabled a highly anticipated bill seeking to implement its promise to “end broadscale clearing in Queensland”. Queensland is responsible for more tree clearing than the…

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Transport hub gets green light provided rare plant gets protection

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Plans to convert a defence site into a freight hub in Sydney’s south-west can proceed, provided developers implement strict conditions to protect a rare flowering plant, the Land and Environment…

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Port of Cairns upgrade given environmental approval

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The $120 million Port of Cairns upgrade is closer to completion following the Queensland Government’s approval of the Environmental Impact Statement.   READ MORE

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Indian mynas are on the move – to Ballarat

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AN UNWELCOME IMMIGRANT Small, brown birds with a black head and a bright yellow beak, legs and eye patch; notoriously aggressive and quarrelsome; thought to compete with native species of birds…

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Maules Creek offsets still not secured, five years after land clearing approved

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Five years after the controversial Maules Creek coalmine in north-east New South Wales was given approval to clear critically endangered native ecosystems, Whitehaven Coal has still not secured the biodiversity…

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‘World’s ugliest animal’ found off Australia

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IT’S one of the most inaccessible and unexplored places on the planet. Now Australian researchers have managed to haul in creatures from the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean, rarely…

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Second stage of second crossing edges closer

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WORKS are about to start on the second stage of the $280 million Echuca-Moama bridge project, closing Warren St from early March 2018 to mid 2019. ‘‘We need to close…

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Invest in science for the full picture

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Since 1988, the Queensland Government has been using satellite imagery to analyze reductions in woody vegetation and report their findings via the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS).   READ…

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More science needed on vegetation management says AgForce

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FARMERS are calling on the Palaszczuk Government to equip scientists with the resources they need to examine how much vegetation is growing in Queensland, not just how much is being cleared.…

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Farmers: Time to end divisive debate on vegetation laws

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FARMERS say land management plans with defined environmental and agricultural production outcomes agreed to by both farmers and the Queensland Government will help end the divisive debate over vegetation laws.…

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Chevron LNG project facing emissions row

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The WA Opposition claims the state government is risking investors’ dollars with an environmental review into greenhouse gas emissions from the multi-billion dollar Wheatstone natural gas project.   READ MORE

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