Tasmanian Wilderness management commended by World Heritage Commission

Australia has been given a positive scorecard for its management of he Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, in the World Heritage Committee’s 2016 State of Conservation report.

Among measures commenced include a commitment to protecting the wilderness area from mining and the development of joint management arrangements with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community.

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Unprecedented mangrove dieback in Northern Australia

Thousands of hectares of mangroves on the Gulf of Carpentaria have suffered a severe dieback as a result of drying conditions and high temperatures.

Professor Norm Duke, spokesman for the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network, said around 7000 hectares of mangroves had been affected, which is more than nine percent of the mangroves in the area stretching 700km west from Normanton.

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Polling shows national concern for tackling climate change

Australians overwhelmingly wish to see Australia take an international leadership role in tackling climate change, a national poll has showed.

The pre-election polling, completed by the Climate Institute,  was conducted on 2-6 June 2016. The results also indicate an increase in concern about climate change and strong views among uncommitted voters.

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New steward for Australian Alps

For the next three years, the Australian Alps will be under the stewardship of the ACT Parks and Conservation Services, as part of a cross border management program.

Famous for ski fields and diverse alpine landscapes, Australia’s Alps comprise the Namadgi (ACT), Kosciuszko (NSW) and Alpine (Victoria) national parks. This unique positioning across two states and a territory led to the establishment of the internationally recognised Australian Alps National Parks Cooperative Management Program over three decades ago.

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Election 2016: Environmental policy comparison

 

With a Federal Election looming, Australia’s political parties have released details of their policies on environmental issues such as climate change, renewable energy, and protecting the Great Barrier Reef. With so much to trudge through, it can be difficult to decipher differences on important issues.

Numerous environmental and lobby groups have created their own ‘score-cards’, rating the major parties on the credibility of proposed policies. These bite-sized evaluations cast a critical eye on where the parties stand when it comes to Australia’s environmental future, and can help create clarity for voting decisions.

With such a large amount of information on hand, here is a three-stage guide to the environmental policies of the Liberal Party, Labor Party, and The Greens. Continue reading “Election 2016: Environmental policy comparison”

Australia joins world network to promote sustainable buildings

Australia’s green building council will join a network of national green building councils to promote sustainable construction practices.

The World Green Building Council (WordGBC) combines national green building councils in 74 countries. Its initiative, Advancing Net Zero, aims to see all new buildings and major renovations become ‘net zero’ by 2030.

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Abbot Point expansion faces court challenge from residents

Adani’s controversial Abbot Point coal port expansion is facing a legal challenge from Whitsunday residents, with the first directions hearing to take place in the Queensland Supreme Court today.

The expansion is located 19 kilometres from the Great Barrier Reef, and was given Environmental Authority by the Queensland Environment Department in April this year, having received Federal approval in December 2015.

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