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The New South Wales State Government has stepped in to support mining giant Rio Tinto’s appeal against a court decision preventing further expansion of its Warkworth mine in the Hunter Valley. The state’s Land and Environment Court ruled against the proposed expansion last month, due to social and environmental impact concerns.
Inaudible sound from turbines operating on wind farms does not affect human health, according to a recent review by the Victorian Department of Health. The review found that typical sound pressure for people living less than a kilometre from a wind turbine is actually lower than many other common environmental noises.
The health of the Great Barrier Reef is at risk due to excessive coastal development, according to a new UNESCO report on the World Heritage listed area. “Wetlands along the coast are vital to the survival of the Great Barrier Reef region,” says University of York Researcher, Callum Roberts, who worries the reef will be ruined if port development and dredging proceed without proper caution.
Plans to upgrade electricity transmission infrastructure between South Australia and Victoria will allow South Australia to export more excess wind power and help Victoria decrease its dependence on fossil fuel. The $108 million upgrade will increase transmission capacity by approximately 40 per cent and is scheduled to be completed by 2016.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has made an undisclosed investment in one of it’s long time targets, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. PETA says it hopes to use its position as an investor to “educate stockholders about how marine parks tear orcas and dolphins away from their homes and families and imprison them in minuscule concrete tanks, where they suffer from captivity-induced stress and illness.”
Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian Greens have initiated a senate inquiry into the potential health impacts of air pollution from sources such as coal mining and power stations. A submission from the Australian Medical Association warns that ultrafine particles in the atmosphere pose a serious threat to human health.
Australia’s challenge to Japan’s so called “scientific” whaling programme in Antarctica will be heard at the United Nation’s International Court of Justice in The Hague in June. Japan continues to claim its annual whale hunt is for research purposes, and, therefore, exempt from the worldwide commercial whaling ban.
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