The federal government has directed $7million from the national groundwater action plan to groundwater projects. The funding is expected to improve the management of groundwater systems and to promote groundwater research.
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An Alaskan town is lodging a lawsuit against 24 energy companies for possible damages from their greenhouse gas emissions. Protected by sea ice against the storms, the town is a â€œdiscretely identifiable victimâ€ of global warming. The accused companies have not yet commented on the lawsuit but some highlighted their efforts in reducing emissions.
Tasmanian conservationists on the east coast have opposed the council’s approval of urban rezoning at Scamander. The necessity of this urban development is questioned, as there are excessive vacant residential blocks and urban-zoned land that has not been subdivided. The council defended the development as carefully planned in favour of the residents’ long-term benefits.
Seed preservation chambers have been built hundreds of feet inside a frozen mountain in Svalbard, Norway to prepare for future disasters. Ten tonnes of seeds from various crop species were first deposited in the vault, and will be followed by thousands more species, which are yet to be collected and sampled.
A National Water Quality Research Centre is to be established in Adelaide and is expected to operate from September 2009. The research studies will cover quality improvement of drinking water, sewage treatment and control of algal blooms. A learning hub funded by State Government is also to be set up for education on water use.