Natural environment

Research report

13 Jun 2017

On 2 February 2016, the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry:

The risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes, including:

(a) the...

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Commentary

10 Jun 2017

Chief scientist, Alan Finkel, got a lot of people very excited when he released his draft report into Australia energy security last December, less than three months after the September blackout put conservatives into a flap over wind and solar.

We were in the midst of an unstoppable...

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Policy report

08 Jun 2017

One Planet Living is an initiative of Bioregional Australia and its partners to make truly sustainable living a reality.

The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) has been a leader in considering environmental sustainability and community wellbeing in its own operations and the broader community...

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Report

08 Jun 2017

Tasmania’s link to the National Electricity Market (NEM) is subjecting the state to increasing uncertainty when it comes to electricity prices including large and sudden price shifts. The state should take back control and become a self-reliant exporter of clean energy.

Tasmania should...

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Report

08 Jun 2017

The inquiry into the Environment Protection Amendment (Banning Plastic Bags, Packaging and Microbeads) Bill 2016 is a legislation inquiry. This means that the Committee’s focus for the inquiry is on the specifics of the Bill rather than a broader review of issues that may relate to the Bill, but...

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Commentary

08 Jun 2017

The main job of the Finkel Review, to be released this week, is to set out ways to reform the National Electricity Market (NEM) to ensure it delivers reliable and affordable power in the transition to low-carbon energy. Yet most of the attention has been focused on what type of carbon-reduction...

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Book

07 Jun 2017

"This is a book for the record of a specific time, essentially 1983-1991, when I was an Australian Government Minister for Primary Industry and then Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, but with some relevant commentary before and after this period. It is designed as a source document...

Research report

04 Jun 2017

An assessment of the current status of Australia's Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) paints a grim picture for threatened birds. In 2017, 19 KBAs have been declared as 'in danger' of losing the environmental values that make them important. These KBAs require urgent action to arrest their decline....

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Guide

01 Jun 2017

This guidance supports local authorities to give effect to evidence and monitoring requirements in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity.

This guidance was developed jointly with the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

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Report

01 Jun 2017

The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, asked the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority to jointly provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices consistent with achieving...

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Research report

31 May 2017

This investigation is aimed at shining a light on the state of New Zealand’s native bird populations, the challenges they face, and what it might take to restore them in large numbers back on to the mainland.

The report is structured as follows.

  • Chapter 1 is an Introduction
  • ...
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Discussion paper

30 May 2017

Over the past two decades, successive federal and state Australian governments from both major parties have held up carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the future for the coal industry in a world that is tackling climate change. In CCS, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from an industrial source,...

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Research report

29 May 2017

This report details the outcomes from consultation with Australia’s health stakeholders, including professional health and hospital groups, health leaders, academics, scientists, parliamentarians and policymakers during 2016 regarding a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for...

Policy report

27 May 2017

Following past over-fishing, Australian governments have applied policies that generally have improved sustainability. Only 6 per cent of stocks are today overfished.

But policy settings are not maximising the value of fisheries to the community. In particular: – most commercial fisheries...

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Report

24 May 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million...

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Discussion paper

24 May 2017

This paper provides a high-level but comprehensive review of the status, as of mid-2016, of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM, or sometimes AASM) industry in post-conflict Bougainville, drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted during 2014–16. It focuses on the location of ASM activity...

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Technical report

23 May 2017

The purpose of this Commission is to explore explicit carbon-pricing options and levels that would induce the change in behaviors— particularly in those driving the investments in infrastructure, technology, and equipment—needed to deliver on the temperature objective of the Paris Agreement, in...

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Research report

22 May 2017

The report is a one stop shop for learning about key developments and prospects of existing and emerging carbon initiatives. A challenging international carbon market has not stopped the development of domestic carbon pricing initiatives. Today, about 40 national and over 20 sub-national...

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Report

18 May 2017

With the publication of the 9th March 2017 Gas Statement of Opportunities (GSOO), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) cautioned that within 18 months, “shortfalls” of gas supply could lead to shortfalls in the supply of electricity generated by burning gas. AEMO suggested solutions to...

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18 May 2017

The Carmichael mine will be Australia’s largest coalmine with a potential lifetime of up to 60 years. Australia has very large coal deposits, but for Australia to play its role in tackling climate change, over 90% of Australia’s existing thermal coal reserves must be left in the ground unburned...

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