Environment (2275 Stories)

Drought or climate change – will you save water this winter?

By 13 August 2009

Here’s one to start an argument. The ABC tells us that inflows into the ACT water supply dams are 90% below the long term average.
The ABC pins it all on rainfall, but the propensity of regenerating forest to guzzle it wouldn’t help.
So what are Canberrans going to do now about saving water? Is [...]

Why Senator Humphries is voting no to the Emissions Trading Scheme

By 13 August 2009

[First filed: August 13, 2009 @ 08:30]

Perhaps spurred on by the Labor Senator Kate Lundy’s YouTube efforts the Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has, by the look and sound of it, propped a camera phone up on the bookshelf and given a short, sweet, 1:43, explanation to his green tinged electorate of why he’s voting against [...]

Tree register a closed book?

By 12 August 2009

The Greens’ indefatigable Caroline Le Couteur has spotted yet another glaring piece of failure from a Government which excels in this area:
“In 2005, Mr Stanhope said the Government would go through the process of identifying ‘tree by tree, street by street, suburb by suburb’ significant trees and would register them.” Ms Le Couteur said.
“But since [...]

Feed-In Follies

By 12 August 2009

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is having a swing at yesterday’s news on the preliminary outcomes of the ACT’s feed-in tariff scheme (whereby, for human beings, the ACT Gubbmint pays a hugely inflated price for the those who can afford to generating power on their roof).
The media release seems to work out the numbers from each [...]

Where to ride bikes in Canberra

By 12 August 2009

the ABC put up a really good article on the opportunities for cycling in Canberra.
But they posted it with just a few clubs missing from the links at the end:
(I saw it at work and by the time I got home I had to google for 5 minutes to find the damn thing, not so [...]

Feed-In Tariff hard at work

By 11 August 2009

Simon Corbell has proudly announced that his reverse Robin Hood Feed-In Tariff scheme (whereby those who can afford to generate their own electricity get paid for generating some of the most expensive juice in the world) has had a very happy launch.
The ACT’s nation leading Feed-In Tariff Scheme has had a strong start and [...]

Hail warning

By 11 August 2009

No warnings yet from the bureau.
But we’re getting reports of hail in the northern suburbs (Mitchell) moving south.
So time to get the car under cover if you can.

Canberra – home to convict gardeners

By 11 August 2009

Stateline has an interesting piece about the tree plantings along Canberra Avenue back in 1926.
Back in those days, some of the early Canberra residents stole the newly planted trees for their own gardens in the new desolate Canberra suburbia. It seems that in 83 years things in Canberra still haven’t changed.
Maybe it’s something [...]

Apparantly Climate Change is Bull….a quiet Bull

By 11 August 2009

[ 13 August 2009 at 9:30 am; ] I see that The Climate Sceptics are holding a protest against the Emissions Trading Scheme on the 13th of August at Parliament House.

This part of their website jumped out at me:

“The theme will be “Man Made Climate Change is Bull” and a quiet bull is being organised to be at the event.”

A quiet [...]

Home on the kangaroo range

By 10 August 2009

The ABC has a story on research out of the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services.
They’ve been GPS collaring kangaroos to study their behaviour.
Contrary to popular thinking it seems skippy’s a bit of a home body:
So far the research has revealed male kangaroos stay in an area of about three-square kilometres, while female [...]

Windy enough for you?

By 7 August 2009

After a lovely still early morning the weather’s turned mean with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing warnings:
Warning Summary at issue time:
Small Boat Alert for Canberra Lakes. Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds above 1200m.
Current Weather Situation and Future Developments
A cold front will cross the ACT today bringing windy conditions with the chance of some isolated [...]

The End of Rat Patrol in Canberra?

By 6 August 2009

[First filed: August 05, 2009 @ 15:02]

There is a rumour that the Rat Patrol have nowhere to host their workshop. I can confirm the rumour is true.
Our current hosts at the Rat Pad have to move out, and all Rat Treasures need to be moved to a new space. Can you help?


Recycling crisis in the wake of the Aussie Junk debacle

By 4 August 2009

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is having a red hot shot at the Government’s “rabbit in the headlights” approach to the collapse of their recycling services provider at the tips:
Greens spokesperson on waste, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, today called on Mr Stanhope to ensure a recycling service starts operating at the landfill immediately, even [...]

Inner North SEE-Change presents: Q&A with a Carbon Cop

By 4 August 2009

[ 17 August 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] Q&A with a Carbon CopWhen:  6.30pm 17 August Where: O’Connor Uniting Church Hall, cnr Scrivener and Brigalow Streets.Canberra based scientist, Lish Fejer, who may be better known as a Carbon Cop on the ABC series, will offer advice on how we can all make the necessary changes to reduce domestic carbon emissions. In the series Lish led [...]

Casuarina Sands to be revamped

By 3 August 2009

ACTEW have announced that they’re lodging a Development Application (DA) to pretty up the much loved Casuarina Sands swimming area:
The DA provides information on the proposed works, including improvements to parking, upgraded facilities and additional shade, BBQs and picnic tables.
ACTEW will be undertaking a community presentation to brief the public on the proposed works at [...]

Why dont they have a drop point for chemicals at Mitchell tranfer station there is one at mugga lane

By 2 August 2009

I went to the Mitchell dump today to get rid of some old timber and household waste and a lot of old chemicals from my grandfathers shed. The weigh bridge operator said take it to the transfer station.
Does anyone pick up all of these chemicals? Where does all this rubbish go to be sorted out ? do the [...]

Recycling “e-waste”?

By 1 August 2009

Yes, I balk at the cost of getting rid of computer equipment in this town – I don’t mind admitting that at all.
But I am also a bit perplexed why it is proving difficult to find someone who will take my old tower and monitor gratis, with the expectation they can get the [...]

The bell tolls for Aussie Junk, and the communities that rely on it

By 31 July 2009

The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has announced that Aussie Junk has been placed in liquidation.
This is going to have some repercussions while the mess is sorted out:
“A public tender process will commence shortly to engage an operator for the Mugga Lane facility. It is anticipated that a new operator to accept and resell [...]

ACT Government plans for transport – how to achieve more cycling and walking – 30% shifts

By 30 July 2009

The ACT Government is consulting the community about its sustainable transport plan using an online forum (at least we won’t have to travel to have a say!). 
This is a 20 year plan aiming to achieve 30% mode shifts to walking, cycling and public transport.  They are asking how to achieve it and for input.  [...]

Long live the queens

By 30 July 2009

We are now well into winter, and by rights there should be no European wasps buzzing around our community as the nest normally die out except for the queens which are hibernating.
However, a very few will be over wintering, which means a new season quean has taken over the nest and kept it going. [...]

Why don’t bits of molonglo need an EIS?

By 29 July 2009

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is once again asking tricky questions, this time wanting to know on what basis Andrew Barr, as the planning Minister, decreed that certain parts of the planned new city centre of Molonglo didn’t need to undergo a Environmental Impact Study.
“We would think that an EIS would help identify the right [...]

Jerrabomberra wetlands neglected?

By 29 July 2009

The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne appears to be passing the time by going back through old Stanhope government initiatives and checking to see how they’ve worked out. As useful a pastime as any for an opposition one supposes.
Today the subject of complaint is the Jerrbomberra Wetlands. Where the Molonglo slouches into Lake Burley Griffin.
Apparently it’s no [...]

What? You’re having a roundtable? Here’s the plan

By 27 July 2009

In a masterful example of consultation Stanhope style today’s roundtable, supposedly to start the development of a Sustainable Transport Plan, has instead been used to announce a completed Strategic Public Transport Network Plan 2010-16.
Through this plan the Government is looking to engage Canberrans on the future of our city and where they see the key [...]

What will a carbon-neutral Canberra look like & what will it take to bring it about?

By 27 July 2009

Do you get excited about the idea of Canberra becoming a completely sustainable city?
Do you want to do something but you’re not sure what? 
Come and be part of the solution 
SEE-Change is following up on last year’s beginnings and starting an active Southside SEE-Change group. 
To kick things off, on Tuesday 4th August 2009 Prof Will Steffen, Executive [...]

Council Cleanups – Does Canberra have them?

By 27 July 2009

Hi everyone – quick question. Are there any council cleanups in Canberra? I can only find info on garbage and recycling bin collections….
We have some stuff we would like to get rid of but it would take three years of garbage collections trying to fit it, bit by bit, in our miniscule bin!
Plus, we [...]

Corroboree frog breeding makes a breakthrough

By 26 July 2009

The ABC brings word that the ACT’s corroboree frog breeding program has managed to produce 1,000 eggs which is apparently something they haven’t been able to do before.
Considering there are only 200 left in the wild it’s a giant leap.

Anyone else angry about the Lyneham Oval?

By 25 July 2009

Why has part of the Lyneham oval been turned into a carpark?
[ED - anyone across this issue?]

Electric cars coming to Canberra first?

By 25 July 2009

[First filed: July 24, 2009 @ 13:05]

Simon Corbell is very excited to announce that Canberra, car city that it is, is going to lead Australia in the rollout of a planned electric car network.
“I am very excited about this announcement today by Better Place Australia to roll out electric cars in Canberra before any other [...]

Work begins on a sustainable transport plan

By 24 July 2009

One might think that with all of Canberra’s plans and strategies we’d have already dialled in sustainable transport.
But this very morning the Chiefly Stanhope has announced that he’s kicking of the process to develop at “new comprehensive sustainable transport plan”.
Having successfully defused the vexed issue of kangaroo culling the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the [...]

Simon unveils DECCEW bike fleet

By 23 July 2009

Simon Corbell has announced a token bike fleet’s unveiling at the Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (Pronounced “Deck You”).
The fleet will be used by staff at the department to get around town and will initially consist of five bicycles, more will be added if there is sufficient demand.
“This is a great way [...]

The ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions on the rise

By 22 July 2009

Simon Corbell has announced that Canberra is not doing so well on the greenhouse front:
Key findings in the ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory included:
– emissions in the ACT in the financial year 2005-06 totalled 4.02Mt CO2-e. This figure is only a very small percentage of national net greenhouse gas emissions (0.7%) but it is a 2.4% [...]

July snakebite in Bywong

By 22 July 2009

The ABC has the worrying news that a 63 year old woman has been bitten by a snake at nearby Bywong.
She’s reportedly in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
But it is the flipside to that warmish winter we’re having.

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