Environment (2307 Stories)

Time to shine climate nuts! Mayor Rattenbury opens the gates of hell!

By 17 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

As if the whole city wasn’t irritable enough as the bricks of our homes start to glow from the accumulated heat.
Now Shane Rattenbury has been unable to restrain himself and has linked the heatwave to carbon emissions thereby kicking off the most annoying argument known to man.
As Canberra faces its third consecutive day of extreme [...]

1,539 tonnes of e-waste in 2013

By 14 January 2014

Shane Rattenbury is putting a brave face on a mountain of outdated tech and tvs thrown out last year:
Over 1,500 tonnes of e-waste was recycled in 2013, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced today.
“From 1 January to 31 December 2013, the Canberra community handed over 1,539 tonnes of televisions and computers [...]

Ginninderra Creek run dry

By 14 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from Owen:
The Drought !
Here is a view looking downstream of the stepping stones across Ginninderra Creek. (See Google maps, -35.215528,149.027915 )
I’ve never seen it like that before, and will be interesting to see what things are like at the end of the week.
Get the impression they are not releasing any water out [...]

Extreme Heat Warning now stretching from Tuesday to Saturday

By 13 January 2014

This just up on the Public Health Alerts:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today warned Canberrans that prolonged extreme heat conditions are forecast for the ACT this week from Tuesday 14 January until Saturday 18 January.
“We are all susceptible to heat-related stress and illness, which [...]

The koalas keep flowing in to Tidbinbilla!

By 10 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The grey tide rolls on with TAMS reporting on the six latest arrivals:
Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has recently welcomed another six new koalas from the Otway Ranges in Victoria.
“Three female koalas and their three joeys (two females and one male) have joined [...]

Snakes and kids

By 10 January 2014

So, hands up who thinks it’s a good idea to allow a 5-6 foot snake to wrap itself around a small child’s head?
[Canberra Times Missing Snake story]

Peace in our time on Green Square?

By 9 January 2014

After some argie bargy through the week Mayor Rattenbury has made a joint statement with the Kingston Traders on the vexed issue of returning the green grass to Green Square despite the best efforts of some in the bureaucracy to throw spanners in the works:
A meeting between ACT Government officials and representatives from the Kingston [...]

Piss successfully taken in Civic

By 9 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra CBD is celebrating an estimated 3,000 public urinators being diverted from the walls of our fair town to their pissoirs over the festive period:
A second round of urinal trials in Canberra CBD late-night hot spots during the Christmas, New Years Eve and Summernats period has finished with successful results once again.
Data collected recorded an [...]

Extreme weed control

By 7 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are getting it out there just how far they’ll go to nasty with the prickly pears in the Molonglo Gorge:
Abseiling, normally a recreational activity, was today employed for a different purpose. A team of specialised contractors abseiled down the Molonglo Gorge in the fight against one of the region’s highly invasive weeds, Prickly Pear, [...]

Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

By 3 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I have lived in share houses with six people and gotten by with just the normal two wheely bins.
My nuclear family of 4 managed fine with the usual compliment of bins.
Living with Goosepig, however, I found we were in a constant battle with overflowing bins necessitating time consuming trips to the tip.
My initial reaction was, [...]

UC breeding earless dragons

By 3 January 2014

No we’re not talking about certain election night pundits supplied by that august seat of learning, rather the ABC has news on a breeding program for some cute little lizards:
At just 6 centimetres in length and less than a month old, tiny grassland earless dragons are partial to a few insects at meal time.
“We [...]

ANU opening up their Kioloa Coastal Campus

By 2 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 3 January 2014 to 6 January 2014. ]

If you’re down at the coast or heading that way you might be interested in four days of access to the ANU’s Kioloa Campus:

The Australian National University is inviting people to walk in the shoes of a scientist when it opens its Kioloa Coastal Campus to the public in January.

The campus is on 348 hectares [...]

Corin Forest rises again

By 23 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Word reaches us of new management taking over at Corin Forest with the big slide running from boxing day:
Corin Forest Mountain Resort will reopen on Boxing Day (26th Dec) with new management. After closing last winter due to a large rockslide on the Corin Dam Road, the timing seemed appropriate for a change.
The new management [...]

Canberra, you is hot hot hot

By 20 December 2013

Will you look at that. Hottest capital city in the whole wide brown land.
Take a bow Canberra!
And January still to come!

Filthy smokers sparking up the city

By 20 December 2013

TAMS and the ESA are pleading with Canberra’s smokers to stop starting fires:
With the warm weather upon us, the ACT Government has today reminded motorists not to drop cigarette butts out the window of their vehicle. In the ACT this year there has been at least 12 fires that have started due to cigarette butts [...]

Going to be a scorcher!!

By 20 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

8.00 am at the Pinnacle, and it’s already bloomin hot!!
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Woden Recycling Depot FAIL

By 19 December 2013

I pulled up at the Woden Recycling Depot this afternoon to be met by an overflow of cardboard and waste paper.  Just what a pyromaniac would delight in.
Why can’t the contractors get it right? Oh that’s right they’re contractors – as little as possible and what they can get away with.

Horrible Mitchell chemical fire handled well by Government, so sayeth Simon

By 19 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced a review of the Government responses to the Mitchell PCB fire have come up looking good:
An independent review of the ACT Government’s testing and analysis of a fire, which destroyed a business in Mitchell found that the government response was generally well managed, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon [...]

Hot dry summer tipped

By 18 December 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its rainfall and temperature outlooks.
It’s all on probabilities of course, but they’re predicting hotter and drier than average (which is pretty hot and dry at the best of times).

Shopping Trolley crackdown!

By 18 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are once again wagging their bony fingers on the subject of shopping trolleys:
In the lead up to the busy Christmas period, 113 abandoned shopping trolleys have been collected in three separate blitzes in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.
The blitzes took place in Tuggeranong [...]

Director-General of ESD to the Climate Change Council!

By 17 December 2013

Simon Corbell has the intriguing news of this appointments to the ACT Climate Change Council:
The ACT Government is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the ACT Climate Change Council.
“I am delighted to announce that Toby Roxburgh and Dorte Ekelund will be taking up positions on an expanded Climate Change Council,” [...]

ACT Region Environment Awards

By 16 December 2013

Nominate your environmental heroes. Those people that work tirelessly to protect our wild places, campaign for better environmental protections and empower and inspire others.
Awards categories are:
Young Environmentalist
Nominate by the 28 February 2014 at
Recipients will be awarded at the ACT Region Environment Awards Evening in March 2014.

Bats. I’ve got bats.

By 16 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The tree across my lane way in Scullin has recently provided host to a colony of fruit bats.
I wish it was not true, but here they are.
What is TAMS doing about removing colonies of bats?  
I would be grateful for any information.
[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

Three new power plants for you

By 13 December 2013

Photon Energy are planning to build three mid-sized solar power plants in the ACT, because they realise we’re already living in the future and thatit’s insane that we don’t have solar power plants everywhere.
Sometimes it feels like I’m the only person who payed attention to Sim City 2000.
Only days after launching its Australian unit [...]

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]

Cue the cute! A new joey at Tidbinbilla!

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are celebrating their newest addition at Tidbinbilla:
Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has welcomed a very special addition to its Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population.
“Since 2010, 53 Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies have been bred at Tidbinbilla’s Animal Breeding Centre, but none quite like the little joey recently [...]

Murray cod season opens at midnight

By 30 November 2013

For the hunter gatherers among you:
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate would like to advise anglers that the Murray Cod fishing season re-opens at midnight on Saturday, 30th November 2013.
“In order to maintain our Murray Cod stocks and allow the fish to spawn, the ACT season closed on 31 August 2013 for a three month [...]

Hot summer on the way

By 27 November 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology is giving notice that we can expect to have the fan running at night this summer:
The chances of the summer maximum temperature exceeding the long-term median maximum temperature are greater than 60% over eastern NSW, most of Tasmania and coastal areas of SA (see map above).

Landfill expanding on Mugga Lane

By 26 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Is it too late to keep chuckling about NoWaste2010?
Simon Corbell has announced changes to the Territory Plan so we can keep piling our garbage up:
Changes to the Territory Plan allowing expansion of the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre have been approved by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell today.
The draft [...]

Climate Change deniers take note. You’re in a very small minority

By 22 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has released the results of the climate change survey and it’s not pretty reading for the nutty retards who think Gina Rinehart has their best interests at heart:
The majority of residents (88%) believe that climate change is a genuine problem for the future.
Respondents accept their own lifestyles contribute [...]

Glossy Black-Cockatoos and friends getting help

By 18 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Alan Traves announced today that four threatened special will be receiving some much needed help due to the finalisation of the Government’s action plans.
Four threatened species will get extra protection from today with the finalisation of action plans for their continued conservation, Conservator of Flora and Fauna, Alan Traves, announced today.
“Action plans for the Glossy [...]

For Gawd’s Sake! lets bring in rego for bikes

By 17 November 2013

I am aware this will become a bike vs car thread. So be it.

This past week, during my usual bicycle commutes to and from work, I had three separate but related incidents with cars.
1. Riding along Dudley St, Yarralumla, car swings wide to overtake me with a blind crest ahead, gets surprised when oncoming traffic [...]

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