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Environment (2275 Stories)

Snowy goes global

By 17 November 2013

The Guardian is joining in the interest in Namadgi National Park’s albino kangaroo:
A rare albino kangaroo, its startlingly white coat standing out in sharp contrast to its grey-coloured companions, has been spotted near Canberra.
The snow-white marsupial was seen by a shocked ranger in the vast Namadgi national park, before being tracked down by colleagues who [...]

How to recycle a broken sphygmomanometer by ACT NOWaste

By 15 November 2013

Why can’t every press release I get sent be this cheery and upbeat?
Do you have anything you have no idea how to recycle? Let’s try and stump them with something really tricky.
Also when I first read the word sphygmomanometer I thought that they were making it up to be funny.
Here, I’m just gonna give you [...]

New street sweepers!

By 14 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS have proudly unveiled their new fllet of street sweepers:
“Every year ACT street sweepers cover a distance of about 17,000 kilometres of local roads, or about the distance from Canberra to London, and we hope these new sweepers will allow us to provide an even greater coverage. We could see as much as 2,000 km [...]

Grounds closed

By 12 November 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has closed all the parks due to rain:
All ACT Government sportsgrounds will be closed today Tuesday 12th November due to wet weather and the forecast of further showers and possible thunderstorms.
The decision has been taken in order to minimise damage to the turf surfaces and in the interests of player [...]

A setback for the eucalypts in their war on the rest of creation

By 12 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This just in from Aeek:
Ball St, Woden
Lucky the storm came though at night.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .
[On another note I was recently explaining to my Romanian sister-in-law about how the eucalypts plot against us all trying to light fires and dropping limbs [...]

David Pocock wants you to get down to Garema Place for Climate Change change

By 12 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 17 November 2013 at 11:00 am; ]

Talk radio listening wing nuts are both enraged and confused today as one of their beloved sports people has strayed from their blinkered delusional orthodoxy, in this case the Brumbies expensive bench warmer and long ago Wallabies flanker David Pockock who’s made the above video for GetUp!’s Canberra Day of Climate Action:

On 17th November, tens [...]

Snow on Mount Franklin

By 11 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mount Franklin Road has been closed at the Mount Franklin Visitor’s Shelter following 30cm of snow falling over the past 24 hours.
“It’s quite unusual to see snow at this time of year, especially considering the warm weather we experienced at the end of last week,” Brett McNamara, Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments said today.
[Courtesy [...]

Just when you thought we were done with winter

By 11 November 2013

Miserable days in succession but what does the bureau have to say?
Well it’s miserable as far as the eye can see.
Hope you didn’t pack up your winter woolies yet.

Explainer: how does the electricity grid work?

By 8 November 2013

By Glenn Platt, CSIRO
Where would we be without electricity? Assuming that you own a fridge, there won’t be many points in your life when you aren’t making use of it.
But what do we mean when we talk about the electricity grid?
The grid itself is less of a physical location. Instead, it is a term typically [...]

Why does Tony hate science?

By 8 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Under our Dark Lord Abbott’s present public service jobs freeze, the CSIRO look to lose about a quarter of their staff, reports the Syndey Morning Herald.
Thanks to Tony’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs from public servants, the employment of 1,400 non-ongoing CSIRO staff and the research projects they’re working on are threatened. Sadly for these [...]

Orroral Valley walk

By 8 November 2013

TAMS are letting people know they’re doing a ranger guided walk of the Orroral Valley:
Enjoy wildflowers and wildlife and experience cultural history with stories of European pioneers and the space age on a ranger guided walk along the Orroral Valley Heritage Trail this Sunday, 10 November 2013.
“In the six kilometre guided walk from the [...]

Is it Mothageddon?

By 8 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Media worldwide are reporting on the annual bogong moth invasion of Canberra. I must admit, I haven’t really noticed, although they all say it’s mainly at Parliament house.
Anyone who works up there got any reports or photos of the invasion?
Great Britain
New Zealand
China (I think)
[Pictured above, seagulls chasing moths over Parliament House courtesy MartyO]

[Photo via [...]

SITA sends in the recycling clowns

By 6 November 2013

It’s not like garbage collection is an occasional activity for the ACT Government. It’s as core a function as things get.
So the only reason to outsource it was always to let someone else screw over the workers.
The Canberra Times has the thrilling news that new contractor SITA might be good at ripping $200 a week [...]

Shane celebrates his greening influence

By 5 November 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is looking back with pride on his first year as a Minister:
On the anniversary of his first year as a Minister in the ALP-Greens ACT Government, Shane Rattenbury has reflected on the role he has played both as a minister and as a Greens Member of the Assembly.
“It’s been an interesting and [...]

Hurrah for Actew Water cries Actew Water

By 4 November 2013

Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]

Can we get to 90% renewable energy in 6 years???

By 4 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has the terrifying news that he intends to drive the ACT economy to 90% renewable energy by the not-very-far-from-now date of 2020:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced the formal establishment in law of a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020. [...]

Need help with snakes this season? Don’t ask TAMS.

By 4 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A sunny Sunday afternoon at my place was interrupted by a baby brown snake making it’s way into my front yard – casually seeking some warmth on our concrete driveway. Having small pets, we were carefully trying to make sure it couldn’t get into our bushes where it would never be found or we couldn’t [...]

New nature conservation act tabled

By 31 October 2013

Simon Corbell today tabled a draft for the Nature Conservation Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly. Submissions will be accepted until the 13th of December.
Simon believes that this new act will be fundamental in allowing the government achieve it’s goal for a sustainable Canberra.
“This legislation follows an extensive review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 [...]

MOAR KOALAS!!!

By 30 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mayor Rattenbury has the happy news that Tidbinbilla is taking delivery of eight more koalas:
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s captive koala population has been boosted with the arrival of eight koalas from the Otway Ranges in Victoria, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“I am pleased to welcome four female koalas and [...]

Leave the baby magpies alone

By 29 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are asking you to let baby magpies be:
Echoing the recent plea from the RSPCA-ACT, Territory and Municipal Services rangers today urged the public not to mistakenly rescue baby magpies that may appear to be abandoned on the ground.
“Each year, many members of the public make the kind-hearted mistake of assuming a fledgling is [...]

Changing the guard on garbage collection

By 28 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mayor Rattenbury has announced the transition to SITA for Canberra’s garbage collections begins tomorrow:
Seven Canberra suburbs will have changes to their garbage and recycling collection days under a new residential collection contract which commences tomorrow, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“SITA takes over the regular collection of garbage and recycling [...]

New online portal to assist fire service volunteers

By 28 October 2013

A new site has been launched to help give info and access to people looking to volunteer with the ACT Rural FIre Service. If you’re interested check out www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au for info and help.
“The Emergency Volunteering Portal has been developed by Volunteering ACT as a way to volunteer with emergency service agencies as well as to [...]

Watch out for them yellowjackets

By 28 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are warning that it’s the time of year to keep your eye out for European Wasp nests:
The ACT Government is asking local residents to be on the look-out for European wasps and to report nests around their homes as soon as possible.
“Residents should watch for wasps flying in and out of walls in the [...]

Fishing Blitz! Operation White Cod!

By 26 October 2013

The Environment Directorate is celebrating some talking tos delivered as part of their “blitz” on illegal fishing:
The ‘White Cod’ operation was in response to a number of reports of illegal fishing activities in and around Canberra’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. The illegal activities reported range from people fishing with more than two rods to [...]

Possible smoke from NSW fires may impact on the Kings Highway this weekend

By 25 October 2013

From the ESA:
Motorists from the broader ACT community travelling to the Batemans Bay area this weekend are advised to use caution when driving on the Kings Highway as potential smoke from bushfires burning in the Monga, Duea and Budawang National Parks may impact visibility on the highway.
Motorists are reminded to be mindful of Emergency Service [...]

Platypode viewing pleasure!

By 25 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Tidbinbilla are offering via TAMS the chance of a Platypus Pursuit!
“People have a rather unique opportunity to see platypus in their natural environment when they visit the Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve,” Brett McNamara, Acting Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments said today.
“The platypus is one of the more iconic animals you’ll see in [...]

An average summer on the way

By 22 October 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology is giving notice there aren’t any El Nino shenanigans predicted for the coming summer:
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has remained neutral since mid-2012, with all atmospheric and oceanic indicators of ENSO presently within neutral bounds. International climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that the neutral ENSO-pattern will [...]

The Green and Yellow Bins. Time to swap collections?

By 22 October 2013

The green (landfill) bins are collected every week, and the yellow (recycling) bins once every 2 weeks.
Maybe we are unusual, but as a family of 5 including children in their teenage years, we collect maybe 2 small bags of rubbish per week, leaving our green bin 80% empty each collection day. The recycling bin however [...]

Conservation work at Mt Painter Sunday 3 November

By 21 October 2013

Hi Rioters,
In two weekends time, on Sunday 3 November, Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Mt Painter will be doing some work at Mt Painter (Cook). FoMP group have a long history of good environmental practice in restoration work in the Mount Painter Reserve, and have been working to restore the biodiversity and the native plant [...]

Shopping trolley crackdown

By 21 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are bestirring themselves on the subject of shopping trolleys:
Over 40 suburbs will be targeted in the search for abandoned shopping trolleys in an end of year crackdown, Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.
“Ten shopping trolley collections will be conducted in the lead up to Christmas to pick [...]

The ACT is celebrating 100 years of bio-diversity

By 16 October 2013

[ 25 October 2013 to 27 October 2013. ] We are all aware that bio-diversity isn’t something that started 100 years ago right?

At any rate I’m not going to complain, bio-diversity is a brilliant and important thing, well worth celebrating even if trying to tie it into the centenary seems a little forced.

From the 25th to the 27th of October, the ACT will be [...]

Sod turned for Royalla solar

By 16 October 2013

Simon Corbell has put out word that the first sod has been duly turned for Canberra’s first industrial solar farm at Royalla:
Construction of what will be Australia’s largest photovoltaic solar farm officially commenced today, when Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, turned the first sod at the site of the Royalla Solar [...]

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