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Australia’s State of the Environment 2011 report issues a warning about the profound changes and significant risks to our environment from climate change, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
“The 2011 report on the state of our environment reveals significant challenges for our environment from
the impacts of climate change both now and in the future,” Chief Executive Officer Pepe Clarke said today.
It is extraordinary that even under the intense scrutiny around the start‐up of parts of Orica’s Kooragang
Island facility, about 20,000 litres of ammonium nitrate have leaked at the facility late this afternoon in the
fourth toxic incident in recent months, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
“The latest in a succession of high‐profile toxic pollution incidents at Orica’s Kooragang Island facility
reinforces widespread concern about the repeated breaches by the company, and the broader failures of
A key priority of NSW’s new top environmental pollution regulator must be deterring and reducing
toxic emissions from the coal industry, one of the state’s most polluting sectors, according to the
Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
"The re‐opening of the Orica facility responsible for toxic leaks near Newcastle does little to allay
concerns about the repeated breaches by the company, and the broader failures of industrial
pollution regulation in NSW,” Chief Executive Officer Pepe Clarke said today.
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW, National Parks Association of NSW and Colong Foundation for Wilderness have welcomed the addition of 2891 hectares of wilderness to the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, about 70km southeast of Armidale on the New England Tablelands.
The new addition links the dramatic Apsley Gorge with the rest of the 120,000 hectare World Heritage‐listed Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. It forms part of the most important stronghold for the endangered Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby.
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has welcomed today’s release of the Federal Senate Inquiry’s Interim Report on the impact of coal seam gas on the Murray Darling Basin, and calls on Federal and state governments to urgently implement its recommendations.
Environment groups have described the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan as a monumental failure for the rivers and the communities which depend on them.
Environment groups have scored the draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan against 10 key tests which the Plan should meet to ensure the long-term health of rivers and communities (see below).
In the interests of full disclosure, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW has today called on Premier Barry O’Farrell to require the full costs of coal-fired power be detailed on household power bills in addition to the cost of the carbon price and renewable energy schemes.
“Premier Barry O’Farrell should come clean and spell out on energy bills that the main driver of electricity bill increases in NSW is spending of $17.9 billion on wires and poles,” Chief Executive Officer Pepe Clarke said today.
The latest in a series of toxic leaks at the Orica’s plant near Newcastle yesterday afternoon is symptomatic of broader problems with the regulation of industrial pollution in NSW, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
“Over the past decade, industrial facilities have self‐reported thousands of breaches of pollution licences, and compliance audits conducted by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) routinely reveal unreported breaches,” Chief Executive Officer Pepe Clarke said today.
Today (08/11) the Clean Energy Future carbon price legislation has passed into law after a majority 'yes' vote in the Senate. This is a great step forward in tackling climate change.
It's not just the price on pollution that makes this a big win, it’s the $10 billion in funding to get renewable energy projects off the ground, the $1 billion for a biodiversity fund and the commitment to close 2000MW of coal-fired electricity generation, that’s up to 3 of our dirtiest power stations, that makes this legislation something special.
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