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Friday, April 29, 2005.

Friday, April 29, 2005. 09:05:57 AEST

Ski resort recognised for green efforts

An eastern Victorian resort claims to have become the first alpine-based tourism operator to be awarded international certification as ecologically and socially sustainable.

Friday, April 29, 2005. 09:01:44 AEST

Brigalow belt decision looms

The NSW Opposition says it has been tipped off that the State Government will make an announcement about the future of the Brigalow Belt next Tuesday.

Friday, April 29, 2005. 07:50:18 AEST

'Extinct' woodpecker sighting excites bird-watchers

The discovery of a woodpecker long feared extinct has thrown the bird-watching world into euphoria over its ability to survive, undetected, for six decades.

Friday, April 29, 2005. 07:39:48 AEST

Tree plantings plan looks to cut greenhouse gas

An energy company has agreed to plant up to 30,000 hectares of trees as part of a New South Wales Government plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Friday, April 29, 2005. 06:22:06 AEST

Fruit fly warms to climate change

Research on a little fruit fly that hangs around food has shown that rapid genetic adaptation to global warming is possible.

Thursday, April 28, 2005.

Thursday, April 28, 2005. 19:46:20 AEST

Sydney dam levels at new low

Water levels in Sydney's dams have hit record lows for the third consecutive week.

Thursday, April 28, 2005. 09:25:02 AEST

Decision looms on longwall mining green impact

After months of consideration, the New South Wales Scientific Committee will tonight decide whether to support a preliminary listing of longwall mining as a process which threatens the environment.

Thursday, April 28, 2005. 09:16:01 AEST

Desalination plant decision expected within a year

A decision on whether to build a desalination plant to provide up to a third of Sydney's drinking water will be taken within the next 12 months.

Thursday, April 28, 2005. 09:11:17 AEST

Swan River declared safe for swimming

A section of the Swan River in Perth closed to the public after a sewage spill has been reopened.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 22:53:25 AEST

Hydro says water levels won't affect power supplies

Low water levels in Tasmania's lakes are not expected to affect the state's power supply.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 13:54:55 AEST

Mine expansion dependent on reduced emissions

The Victorian Government is standing by its demand that a Latrobe Valley coal mine, in the state's south-east, cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 13:43:49 AEST

No EISs for Vic wind farms

The Victorian Planning Minister has decided that an environmental effects statement (EIS) will not be needed for proposed wind farms near Warrnambool at Drysdale and Woolsthorpe in the state's south-west.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 13:04:59 AEST

Community concerns change wind farm plans

The company planning a big wind farm development in the Snowy Mountains says it has modified the proposed layout to meet community concerns.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 12:40:12 AEST

Govt depts consider beach restoration plan

Two Western Australian Government bodies are considering a proposal to restore a stretch of eroded beach at the Port Geographe marina in the state's south-west.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 12:19:15 AEST

Govt refuses to reveal mine stance

The parliamentary secretary to the federal Environment Minister has refused to rule out giving the go-ahead to a new uranium mine in Kakadu National Park.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 12:14:14 AEST

Trespassers flatten historic land site, say land owners

The battle over the protection of historic sites on land at Recherche Bay in Tasmania's south is becoming more volatile.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 11:24:50 AEST

Warm, dry weather raises fears of El Nino

It is predicted Australia is headed towards one of its warmest April months on record.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 10:28:01 AEST

Pumping continues to recover leaked diesel in Mackay

Shell says it is confident a large diesel spill at its Mackay harbour storage site in north Queensland has not caused any long-term environmental damage.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 10:03:58 AEST

Wave energy plant set for anchoring off Port Kembla

The final touches are being made to a wave energy plant at Port Kembla Harbour on New South Wales' south coast before it is towed into position in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 09:22:00 AEST

2006 date in the wind for power project

Work on a $220 million wind farm in north-east Tasmania could start next year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 09:19:05 AEST

Environmentalists reject Perth quarry approval

A proposal by Western Australian company BGC to build a quarry east of Mundaring in the Perth Hills has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 08:27:31 AEST

Foundation casts doubt over Kangaroo Is koala numbers

The Australian Koala Foundation says the South Australian Government has grossly over-estimated the koala population on Kangaroo Island, south-west of Adelaide.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 08:23:08 AEST

Waste may prove profitable for SA farmers

A new South Australian research project aims to teach farmers how to make money from their waste.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 08:20:47 AEST

Forests under threat amid Aceh rebuild

A conservation group says rebuilding after the tsunami in the Aceh region is a threat to Indonesia's forests.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005. 07:47:55 AEST

Short life for 'Mars bars' of the reef

Marine biologists say they have found a tiny fish on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef which holds the record for the shortest lifespan of any vertebrate.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 12:47:37 AEST

Logging protest underway

Anti-logging protesters have moved into a section of the Cathcart State Forest, east of Bombala in south-eastern New South Wales, to try and stop work in an area they claim should be preserved for its icon values.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 11:37:17 AEST

Way cleared for Villawood pesticide plant clean-up

The Orica pesticides plant at Villawood in Sydney has been declared a remediation site by the New South Wales' environmental regulator.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 10:49:04 AEST

Development doesn't threaten koalas, Mayor says

The Mayor of Redland Shire, in south-east Queensland, has defended a proposal to build housing in an area considered one of Australia's best koala habitats.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 10:46:51 AEST

Council to bid for solar energy project

The Townsville City Council, in north Queensland, will meet with Federal Government representatives next month about establishing solar energy projects.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 10:42:39 AEST

Norwegian fleet kills 25 whales

Norwegian fishermen harpooned 25 whales in the first week of the country's much condemned whaling season that this year allows the biggest hunting quota for more than 10 years, a whalers' spokesman said.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 10:26:25 AEST

Shire gets more time to consider power station submissions

Chittering Shire, north of Perth, has been given extra time to sort through hundreds of public submissions on a planned chicken litter-fired power station at Muchea.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 09:31:50 AEST

Next stage of Kyoto protocol 'weak', Minister says

Federal Environment Minister Senator Ian Campbell has declared the next phase of the Kyoto protocol as weak and unrestricted.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005. 07:18:26 AEST

Green groups fight Kakadu uranium mine plan

Environmental groups have stepped up their campaign to stop the development of another uranium mine in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

Monday, April 25, 2005.

Monday, April 25, 2005. 13:40:56 AEST

Rallies to say no to toxic dump plan

The Mildura Rural City Council in north-west Victoria has sought approval and support from councils along the Calder Highway for a series of public meetings and rallies to protest against the proposed toxic waste facility south of the city.

Monday, April 25, 2005. 09:17:39 AEST

Park master plan to include tourism upgrades

The Northern Territory's Chief Minister, Clare Martin, says it is likely there will be tourism upgrades at more government-managed parks under a new parks master plan.

Monday, April 25, 2005. 09:04:40 AEST

People again warned to stay out of Swan River

The Western Australian Health Department has again warned people to stay out of a stretch of the Swan River in South Perth, as tests have found an increase in bacteria levels from last week's sewage spill.

Sunday, April 24, 2005.

Sunday, April 24, 2005. 10:45:44 AEST

Sun needed to kill off Swan River bacteria

The WA Health Department says weekend rain could delay the full reopening of a stretch of the Swan River that has been contaminated by sewage.

Sunday, April 24, 2005. 00:42:13 AEST

Govt stops hunting in game reserve

The South Australian Government has ruled out hunting in the Bool Lagoon Game Reserve this year, because a large number of protected birds are using the park as a refuge from the drought.

Saturday, April 23, 2005.

Saturday, April 23, 2005. 15:11:03 AEST

Bass keep carp under control in Penrith Lakes

Scientists conducting an annual fish survey of the Penrith Lakes system in Sydney's west have been unable to find any juvenile carp.

Saturday, April 23, 2005. 11:51:09 AEST

RSPCA welcomes duck, quail hunting ban

The RSPCA has welcomed the Queensland Government's decision to ban the 2005 duck and quail hunting season.

Saturday, April 23, 2005. 10:55:15 AEST

NT to seek cabomba weed ban

The Northern Territory Environment Department will push to have the noxious cabomba weed banned during a national weed meeting in Darwin next week.

Friday, April 22, 2005.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 16:52:29 AEST

Eucalyptus die-back puzzles botanists

There is a widespread die-back of eucalyptus trees in Tasmania's north-west.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 15:18:12 AEST

Mining process may be listed as an environmental threat

A proposal to list longwall mining as a process which threatens the environment will come before a New South Wales independent scientific committee next week.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 14:10:32 AEST

Truck firms back waste dump convoy protest

North-west Victorian trucking firms have backed plans to run a convoy of trucks from Mildura to Bendigo to draw attention to opposition about plans for a Mallee toxic waste dump.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 13:02:54 AEST

Greens seek release of DPP advice about aerial spraying case

The Tasmanian Greens want the State Government to release advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) about why legal action should not proceed in an alleged case of overspraying in Tasmania's north.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 12:52:41 AEST

Man found guilty of clearing native vegetation

A Lameroo man has been found guilty of clearing more than 1,800 bundles of protected brush from the Billiatt Conservation Park in the South Australia's east.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 12:58:17 AEST

Anderson pushes for more ethanol research

Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson says it is time for Australia to stop procrastinating about ethanol.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 11:40:35 AEST

Forest logging plans spark green group concerns

The Collie Conservation Group in southern Western Australia says it is frustrated that strong community opposition has not deterred plans to log a local forest block which contains old growth jarrah trees.

Friday, April 22, 2005. 10:41:49 AEST

Antarctic glaciers shrinking, scientists say

British scientists in the Antarctic say they now have proof of the dramatic effects of climate change.



A study shows glaciers are shrinking.

Antarctic melt

Scientists in the Antarctic say they now have proof of the dramatic effects of climate change.

Radio National

The Murray River


Alexandra de Blas presents Earthbeat, providing indepth analysis of current environmental issues.

Reports, Interviews & Analysis

Recent transcripts, audio and video from ABC News and Current Affairs.

Plant pest infestation causes conservation concerns. The World Today. (27/04/2005)

Logging to rebuild Aceh could stress local environment further. The World Today. (27/04/2005)

Antarctic Peninsula weathers severe climate changes. The World Today. (22/04/2005)

Antarctic Peninsula bears brunt of global warming. AM. (22/04/2005)

Nelson advocates nuclear energy as alternative. PM. (19/04/2005)

Mobile phone companies dismiss techno-waste fears. AM. (14/04/2005)

Environment ministers concerned over mobile phone waste. AM. (14/04/2005)

River red gums on the Murray faring badly. The World Today. (14/04/2005)

Feud continues over water. 7.30 Report. (13/04/2005)

Altered bird migration patterns a sign of climate change. AM. (11/04/2005)

Environment groups angered by funding cuts. AM. (11/04/2005)

Row over ERA's reporting of contaminated water incidents. PM. (11/04/2005)

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