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Up to 10 out of 30 landowners in the Tamar Valley affected by the Gunns limited pulp mill are refusing the company access to their land, vital for the project’s pipeline. If the local opposition to the pulp mill continue to refuse access, Gunns $2 billion dollar project would be unable to go ahead. However, Gunns are confident that an agreement would be reached and the mill, which needs 26 billion litres of water a year from Launceston’s Trevallyn Dam, will be able to function. The pulp mill will discharge up to 64,000 tonnes of effluent into the Bass Strait everyday.
Brazil’s national parks are home to a huge percentage of the world’s biodiversity however they are severley mismanaged, underfunded and routinely raided says Brazil’s environment minister. Of the 299 reserves, 57% have no permanent law enforcement officials, 76% have no management plan and nearly one-third have no manager. This means that the ‘protected’ areas are barely ‘protected’ at all and are under real threat from illegal loggers, miners and ranchers.
Professor Garnaut says the G8 summit in Japan is on the right track in tackling climate change. The G8 countries have agreed to aim for a 50% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal intended for the world as a whole not just the G8 member countries. Some critics have responded with doubt, observing a lack of committment in the agreement but Garnaut insists it shows real progress.
Susan Jeanes, a former federal liberal MP in South Australia and adviser to the former environment minister Robert Hill, believes the Opposition’s decision to oppose an Emissions Trading Scheme is unwise. Brendan Nelson believes Australia should not commit to an ETS without the support of India, China and the US. Jeanes supports Garnaut and believes that delying the scheme is not in our national interest and the coalition should work to shape the AETS not oppose it.
Professor Ross Garnaut of the Australian National University (ANU) will release his blueprint of the national emissions trading scheme (NETS) tomorrow, providing a plan for how emissions trading could operate. Yesterday, experts close to Garnaut pronounced that the scheme plan will automatically include fuel and within a short period, agriculture as well. In the 1980s and 90s, Garnaut was an economic adviser to the Hawke labour government and drove radical reforms that liberalised trade and floated the Australian dollar currency.
At the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting today, Prime Minister Rudd is said to approve a multi-billion dollar deal to save the Murray-Darling basin and is determined to get approvals from all states. Rudd says he will not accept delays such as those made by the Victorian state government who are resisting to sign up to the emergency rescue package. Rudd says the Murray-Darling is a long-term problem and thus needs a long-term solution which he is determined to provide.
Environmental News Network
European scientists are coming closer to producing an alloy-based fridge that runs on 50% less energy. The fridge will be powered by 100% alloy instead of the harmful refrigerant chemical, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The researchers have found that by using electromagnetic fields to power a fridge, households can significantly reduce their energy bills. The technology will most probably be applicable to air conditioners, central heating systems and computers as well.
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