The Resources Industry and the Great Barrier Reef

There is some question as to whether or not the resources industry is to blame for destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, based in part on the recent PR campaign from the QLD Resource Council (QRC). This campaign asserts that the industry is being unfairly called out by activists and others, and provides significant research to support its claims that, in fact, no proof of the resource industry’s negative influence on the GBR exists.

The Resources Industry and the Great Barrier Reef

A Brighter Future

This has been a year of upheaval for the solar power industry. It was the year when solar panels began fast approaching grid parity, when the cost of implementing solar energy began to reach that of other generation methods. Until 2012, solar power was relatively expensive due to the high costs of photovoltaic panels, making solar prohibitive in all but a few applications without government incentives or subsidies.

Kyocera Solar

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management

Now the bad news: in several states, landfill prices are so low as to make it uneconomic to recycle effectively. “In the states where landfill is very cheap there is not much incentive not to send waste there because it is the cheapest disposal option. In New South Wales [for example] where the landfill cost is high and a levy is applied which is very high, it then starts to make resource recovery more attractive.” But there is no consistency from state to state.

Waste Management Association of Australia

Energy Generation in the Age of Carbon Pricing

The AETA was developed in close consultation with WorleyParsons, the Australian Energy Market Operator, CSIRO, and a stakeholder reference group drawn from industry and research/academic organisations with interests and expertise in a diverse range of electricity generation technologies. Under its provision of high level transparency, the AETA offers comprehensive details of its underlying methodology, assumptions, parameter values and component costs within the report and its accompanying model.

The Australia Energy Technology Assessment 2012

Achieving Closure

The environmental business is a sector in fine shape right now, as one might well imagine. Outback Ecology, an Australian consultancy based in Perth, has expertise across a full spectrum of environmental, biological, aquatic, soil sciences, and mining environmental management and has become one of the leaders in the field in Western Australia, the largest specialising in and dedicated specifically to environmental sciences.

Outback Ecology

Uranium Mining

Uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element on earth, periodic table element number 92 with an atomic weight of just over 238. It is a metal like many others, but it never really had any commercial value and was only produced as a by-product before the mid-twentieth century.

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Open Source Agriculture

By definition, ‘Open Source’ refers to a computer program whose source code is made available to anyone for modification or use as they see fit. However, it is rapidly beginning to take on a whole new meaning when it comes to fabrication. With the development of new technology comes a new type of sharing, learning and reinvention with each pass of a design from user to user.

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Clean Energy Finance Corporation

On Wednesday, 23rd May, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet announced the Parliamentary passing in Australia of legislation establishing the ten billion dollar Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), responsible for providing government investment to green projects. The announcement of the CEFC signalled the first step in initiating Australia’s Clean Energy Future plan, which aims to slash the country’s emissions by five per cent by the year 2020 and ultimately reduce emissions by eighty per cent by the year 2050.

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BHP Closes Norwich Park Mine

Following its seven week viability review of the Norwich Park mine in central Queensland which “could not establish any immediate remedies that would allow the operation to sustainably return to profitability,” BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA Asset) announced last month that the mine would cease production.

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Solar Energy Sector

For Australia’s solar hot water sector, manufacturers, Greens, environmentalists and champions of alternative sources of energy nationwide, the unexpected announcement earlier this year that applications for solar hot water system rebates would no longer be accepted came as a tremendous blow. The announcement – made in late February by Mark Dreyfus, the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency – stated that as of 30 June, applications to replace older hot water systems with newer, cleaner, and more environmentally friendly sources of energy would no longer be eligible.

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Strategic Resources

There are 17 classified rare earth elements, many of which have strategic purposes. Rare in name only, these elements are anything but scarce as they are found all over the world. The challenge rare earth elements pose is during extraction, as they exist in low concentrations and are difficult to separate from one another.

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