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Environment (2262 Stories)

Philanthropic trust to improve natural environment

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new trust, established with the assistance of Greening Australia Capital Region, that will encourage private investment and donations to improve the natural environment of the ACT and region will be launched today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.
“It is fantastic to see our local private sector contributing to the continued need to maintain [...]

Bored Little Yappy Dogs…

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am writing to the owners of all those yappy little Furballs that are kicked out of the house at 7-8am and don’t see their loving masters till 5pm.
Little dogs get bored when cooped up in the backyard all day and love to just yap yap yap yip yap at nothing all day. This is most troubling to [...]

Mr Fluffy – so much for Team Australia

By 4 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week I was contacted by a Mr Fluffy homeowner Nicole McNamara. This is her story.
14 years ago, Nicole and her husband bought their dream property in Farrer. Her husband is a tradesman, and they are a single income family with three young children. Last year, the McNamaras paid off their home loan and after [...]

ESA Bushfire Survival Plan goes mobile

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans can now do their bushfire survival plans on their portable devices with the launch of a new mobile app by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
“The single most important thing Canberra households can do to get ready for bushfires this summer is to complete a bushfire survival plan,” Mr Corbell said.
“Experience from [...]

Local Marine Scientist Lands Dream Job Out West

By 20 October 2014
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Local marine scientist Andrew Leach has been selected to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP), Western Australia (WA). Andrew, who grew up in Canberra and studied in Wollongong, has a strong background in science and is passionate about the conservation of the marine environment. This October, he will travel [...]

ACT-based org Abundant Water launches campaign to deliver clean water to villagers in Laos

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In 2007, an engineer by the name of Sunny Forsyth quit his high-paying job and launched Abundant Water, a non-profit organization based in the ACT. Sunny developed a unique clay pot filter made of indigenous materials (clay and coffee grounds) which is now changing the lives of over 7,000 people in Laos by providing access [...]

Canberra’s cats facing containment

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Feline freedoms in Canberra could be curtailed if a new report is adopted by the ACT Government. Penned by an academic, Kathy Eyles, from the ANU’s Fenner School and an ACT Government environmental planner, the report is being considered by Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury. The report recommends that cats should be permanently [...]

Living more sustainably – one step at a time

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I know about the importance of limiting our impact on the earth.  I worry about what will be left for my children and grandchildren if we continue to take from the planet without regard for our greater impact.  I recycle.  I switch off lights when we’re not in the room and try not to waste [...]

Mr Fluffy Crisis – Canberra Waits

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Between 1968 and 1979, private ACT contractor Mr Fluffy insulated people’s homes by pumping loose asbestos fibres into the roof cavities of houses in Canberra. In 1989, the Federal Government acknowledged the devastating health risks of loose asbestos and conducted an investigation of homes in the ACT constructed before 1980. It was discovered that 1.5 [...]

Love your local Environment Centre

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Love your local Environment Centre
- Dan Kelly does! -
It’s that time again; the Canberra Environment Centre is holding its annual fundraising event, but this year with a twist, and a cocktail.
Chris Endrey, beloved host of In Canberra Tonight, will sit down with David Pope (cartoonist for the Canberra Times); Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens member for [...]

ACT Government recognised as a global sustainability leader

By 24 September 2014

The ACT Government’s commitment to sustainability has received further international recognition with Environment Minister, Simon Corbell, being invited by the Danish Prime Minister, Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) in Copenhagen from October 20-21.
Mr Corbell was one of just four Australians to receive an invitation to be among 250 [...]

Fundraising dinner to save orangutans

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 21 September 2014 at 10:00 pm; ]

There are revolutionary changes in food coming our way, which have the potential to halve the footprint of global agriculture, while doubling the supply of food and providing enough renewable fuel to run the world’s transport system. Could this restore around half of the world’s vanished forests, grasslands and other key biomass? Is this food [...]

EATology – the science of eating

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberran’s are some pretty savvy eaters. With the establishment of Lonsdale Street and New Acton on top of the already vibrant culinary oasis of Kingston and Manuka, it is clear that Canberran’s appreciate good eats.
Our taste for food does not stop at Aubergine in Griffith or Temporada in the City. We’re also interested in local [...]

Honey honey honey!

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Where do you buy your honey? Do you buy local?
Bees are hugely important for environmental health. Globally, bee populations are in dire trouble. So far, our populations in Australia have been safe from the ravages of the varroa mite and Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are still a substantial number of issues facing our bee [...]

Energy efficiency scheme delivers significant savings to households

By 18 September 2014

A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly today that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and [...]

Nature Conservation Bill 2014 is a commitment to a sustainable future

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new Nature Conservation Bill introduced into the Legislative Assembly today forms a key part of the ACT Government’s commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Bill is a result of a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980. The review has benefitted from several years’ [...]

EATology: the science of eating

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

What do humans have in common with soil?
How does soil health impact upon human health?
Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.
We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style [...]

Public Talk: Tsunami Warning Systems since 26 December 2004

By 11 September 2014

[ 16 October 2014 at 12:00 pm; ] With the tenth anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami this coming December, it is timely to reflect on the progress made by Australia and the international community to safeguard nations from this most destructive and cruel geophysical hazard.

This talk will look at the historical development of tsunami warning systems, their existing limitations [...]

Sleepy Burrows Wombat Alert!

By 11 September 2014

Donna Stephan and her family run the privately funded, Sleepy Burrow Wombat Sanctuary, just past Gundaroo. They take in injured wombats, rehabilitate and return them to the wild. They have a Pozible fund raiser  to build a new enclosure.
“Sleepy burrows wombat sanctuary needs your help! “We do not ever ever want to be in a [...]

Strong bidding in wind auction is good news for Canberra

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Eighteen proposals have been received for the ACT’s first wind power auction, reflecting keen industry interest, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell said today.
“The reverse auction for 200 MW of capacity to support wind energy generation closed on Wednesday 3 September with more than 1000 MW of capacity nominated for consideration,” Mr Corbell said.
“The strong [...]

Climate Change

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Just to open the batting… did anyone notice the Canberra Times article page 7 entitled “Aid for island nations hit by warming a moral duty”?
It contains a picture of an island under water. Yeah right. This is a picture of a swimming pool in an island resort, the Sheraton Fiji (I think) [...]

Green Drinks Canberra changes venue, format

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ]

Long-running networking event Green Drinks Canberra is changing its venue, and revamping its format.

The monthly networking event, which is held on the second Tuesday of each month, will move to King O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Civic. The first event at this new location will be held on Tuesday 9 September, from 5:30pm.

The event organisers are [...]

Mr Fluffy – Where are the Feds?

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have noticed in the media lately that there is unfair criticism of the Chief Minister in this saga.
Everyone in Canberra has sympathy for those poor folks who are being displaced because of the dangers, and they are real dangers, of contracting mesothelioma. That is a given. And they are entitled to know why [...]

Local Leaders – Mitchell Pearce (Canberra Urban Honey)

By 25 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Aged 18 and sporting a blonde mohawk, Mitchell Pearce is a fourth-generation beekeeper on a mission to make Canberra a more sustainable city.
He is Australia’s youngest urban commercial beekeeper and the director of Canberra Urban Honey, a community project that aims to re-populate Canberra’s bee population by supplying local backyards with hives. What began as [...]

ACT woodlands increased, protected and restored

By 20 August 2014

The extent and condition of ACT woodlands has improved over the past decade, a review released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, has revealed.
“A recent review of the ACT Lowland Woodland Conservation Strategy found that the amount of woodland under – or identified for – conservation management has increased and that major woodland [...]

The opaque Omnibus Draft Territory Plan Variation

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

You might have missed it. There’s a slew of changes coming under an ‘omnibus’ draft variation to the Territory Plan.
So what? I hear you say. It’s just looking at rezoning four public housing sites:

Stuart Flats, Griffith
Gowrie Court, Narrabundah
Red Hill Flats, Red Hill
Strathgordon Court, Lyons.

And there’s some unspecified vacant land in Narrabundah, Fyshwick, Symonston and Jerrabomberra [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Light Rail or Bullet Train

By 11 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Talk of a bullet train between Canberra and Sydney has been bubbling away for some time now. How do these plans compare to light rail and which is more important to Canberra? We asked Damien Haas (Chair of ACT Light Rail) and Tim Bohm (President, Bullet Train for Australia Party) the following question and their [...]

Carpark vs Trees

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]

ACT Government releases Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government’s Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change, released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, builds on the large amount of work already being done in the territory to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.
“Climate projections for the ACT indicate warmer and drier conditions with more frequent drought and bushfires. [...]

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

Nuclear energy: the debate Australia has to have

By 23 July 2014

[ 28 July 2014 at 1:00 pm; ] ABC 666′s Genevieve Jacobs will talk with three of the nation’s most compelling experts on an issue we cannot continue to ignore.

The world is hungry for low cost, low emissions energy, but in Australia nuclear energy is still off the agenda. Will other low emissions technology be enough? Why do we keep avoiding the nuclear [...]

Will Australia continue to be a land of droughts and flooding rains? – Public Talk, Dr Lisa Alexander

By 22 July 2014

[ 5 August 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Australians are all too familiar with heatwaves, droughts and floods. These events have increased over recent decades and this trend is likely to continue.

But given Australia’s natural climate variations, how much is this increase linked to human interference in the climate system? And what effect will the amount and rate of greenhouse gas emissions be [...]

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