Natural environment

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19 Sep 2017

A community energy project is a renewable energy or energy efficiency project that a community develops, delivers and benefits from. Examples include a cooperative that raises funds to construct a small wind farm, or a community group that organises a bulk buy of solar panels for installation on...

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18 Sep 2017

Key Findings:

  • Australia had its warmest winter on record, in terms of average maximum temperatures, reaching nearly 2ºC above average.
  • More than 260 heat and low rainfall records were broken during the winter months.
  • The nation experienced its
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Draft report

15 Sep 2017

State and Territory governments are primarily responsible for the management of water resources within their jurisdictions. The Commonwealth has played a role in funding the acceleration of reform, leadership and coordination, and management of some transboundary resources where agreed by...

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Research report

12 Sep 2017

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Just over half a century ago, agricultural economist Bruce Davidson published a book entitled The Northern Myth (1966). His statement from this book that ‘Politicians, with the support of the press, have taken advantage of the peculiar fascination...

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11 Sep 2017

The Four Corners program reported on the implementation of the 2012 NSW Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling system. The Water Sharing Plan sets out the water entitlements for stakeholders (including irrigators, the environment, communities and industry). It forms the basis for individual...

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Presentation

11 Sep 2017

When the Climate Institute closed its doors, The Australia Institute was honoured to be selected to carry forward some of the institute’s work as part of our new Climate & Energy Program.

One of the important initiatives being carried forward...

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07 Sep 2017

The Bureau of Meteorology's (the Bureau) observations network is extensive. It includes 695 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) across Australia and collects over 2.5 million temperature readings each day. Data from this network underpins all of the services the Bureau delivers, enabling more than...

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Audio program

06 Sep 2017

As leaders gather for the Pacific Island Forum, concerns have been raised that Australia's continuing support of coal as a source of energy and export revenue is causing resentment in the region. Liam Fox reports.

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05 Sep 2017

This ATSE position statement argues that Australia’s mitigation and adaptation efforts will be strongly enhanced by the timely adoption and further advancement of science and technology innovations, supported by government policy settings that encourage investment in technologies already...

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31 Aug 2017

Key points:

NEM electricity generation emissions down slightly

Total emissions from electricity generation in the NEM fell quite sharply in the year to June 2017, compared with the year ending just one month earlier.

Brown coal...

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Discussion paper

31 Aug 2017

The Climate Change Authority has released this consultation paper to assist individuals and organisations to prepare submissions to inform the authority’s review of the Carbon Farming Initiative legislation and the Emissions Reduction Fund. It outlines:

· the scope of the work

·...

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Strategy

31 Aug 2017

Australia is one of the most ancient, naturally beautiful and biodiverse places on Earth. It has nineteen World Heritage properties, sixty-five Ramsar wetlands and more than one million species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else. Australia is rich in many natural and...

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Draft report

30 Aug 2017

Comments are being sought on the this draft plan, which is intended to guide how industry, government and the community will work together to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.

The plan is an update of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 and supports...

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Report

23 Aug 2017

This report is the Australian Government response to the report by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee in relation to the inquiry into oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight.  It responds to issues raised about environmental controls and consultation...

Research report

23 Aug 2017

This research, conducted for the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), looked at where, why and how much food waste is currently generated by food retail and wholesale businesses, such as supermarkets and grocers. The research report also suggests ways the NSW EPA could support industry to...

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Research report

17 Aug 2017

This paper highlights some of China’s interests and activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT), which include undeclared military activities and mineral exploration.

Such activity may be at odds with Australia’s strategic interests and potentially breach international law....

Guide

14 Aug 2017

White Spot Disease (WSD) is a viral infection caused by Whispovirus that causes death in up to 80% of affected farmed prawns. The disease begins with lack of appetite, uncoordinated movements and lethargy in affected animals, leading to death within a few days. White spots may or may...

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Journal article

14 Aug 2017

The life-supporting capacity of New Zealand’s environments has been much reduced and the pace of degradation shows little sign of abating (Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, 2015). Few countries are experiencing greater biodiversity loss, more rapid freshwater deterioration...

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Discussion paper

05 Aug 2017

Australia’s natural beauty is a key attraction for national and international visitors. Nature-based tourism is one of the fastest growing sub-sectors of the tourism sector. Indeed, growth in nature-based travel by international visitors, domestic overnight visitors and day-trippers outpaced the...

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03 Aug 2017

Climate variability and change across seasons and decades has profound consequences for primary industries, coastal and water infrastructure, the generation and delivery of energy, and transport systems in Australia and throughout the world. To the extent that this variability and change is...

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