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A leaked scientific report on the Murray-Darling basin says that parts of the basin may be beyond recovery by October unless urgent action is taken. The report was presented to the Murray-Darling Ministerial Council in May, but consideration of the report has been deferred to a November Council meeting. The report warns that without sufficient water, the ecosystem may take years to decade to recover, and the unique ecology of the lower Murray will be irreversibly lost.
Climate change is moving towards becoming irreversible as global temperatures increase at a rate much faster than previously predicted. Speaking at a Canberra conference “Imagining the Real: Life on a Greenhouse Earth”, a range of scientists cautioned that even the highest international greenhouse gas reduction targets may not prevent an increase in temperatures. The current amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere has already overtaken the worst-case scenario predicted last year, and climate change events forecast for the end of the 21st century are already occurring.
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
A community program exploring how low-income households can become more sustainable will be a highlight of Australia’s sixth and latest Solar Cities project. Environment Minister Peter Garrett today announced $4.9 million in federal government funding for the Coburg addition to the national Solar Cities initiative.
Car manufacturer Holden has said that it will offer more fuel-efficient motor vehicles before the end of the year. A Holden spokesman said that the company is looking at a range of alternative vehicles with better fuel efficiency.
Minister for Climate Change and Water
The Australian Government will provide $1 million to help developing countries take part in climate change talks. The Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, announced the contribution to the Trust Fund for Participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The funding will help ensure that developing countries can fully participate in negotiating the Bali Road Map over the next two years.
A leaked report from the Iemma Government’s Department of Environment and Climate Change details the need to confront the coal industry over its resulting land subsidence and greenhouse gas emissions. The report argues that the department has a leading role in the approval process and environmental assessment of new mines in the state.
A delegation from the solar power industry is travelling to Canberra try to meet with Ministers to discuss the government decision to means test the $8000 solar panel rebate. Under budget changes, households earning more than $100,000 a year will no longer be eligible for the rebate.
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