BP to pay out a further $US17.5 billion for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

A few days ago the US Federal Court endorsed a settlement agreement between the US government and five Gulf Coast States. The multi-national oil giant BP has been ordered to pay a total of $US 17.5 billion in fines and compensation for natural resource damage and economic losses incurred as…

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Crocodile Safari Hunting in the Northern Territory: is it Moral?

This week Nigel Scullion, Senator for NT and the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs re-opened the controversy over safari hunting when he opined that safari hunting of crocodiles in the Northern Territory could be taking place within a year. As fast bowler Glen McGrath found out to his detriment when…

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Progress on Climate Change – Some Good News (if you are an optimistic person)!

  Conservationists can be a dreary bunch of people; good news is in short supply there is always a looming “environmental crisis” or species facing extinction that they want to bring to the public’s attention. However a couple of stories from last week, the G7 Declaration and news on China’s…

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Renewable Energy Target: Changes for the Better?

The government  introduced a Bill into parliament last week to amend the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The Bill, if it passes the Senate will to reduce the amount of electricity that must come from renewable sources by 2020 from 41,000 GWh to 33,000 GWh. The change is being proposed by…

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UNESCO: the Great Barrier Reef is not “In Danger”

UNESCO, the UN agency charged with environment conservation, has completed its investigations and hearings into the health and management of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) World Heritage Area and released its “Draft Decision”.  The Report does not recommend including the GBR on the list of “World Heritage in Danger”. Instead…

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Can you see a difference between environmental and sustainability management?

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I have a question: what is the point of difference, if there is one, between an environmental professional/consultant and a sustainability professional/consultant? The reason I am asking is because the terms seem to be used interchangeably. Even government departments have changed back and forth between ‘environment’ and ‘sustainable’ in their titles. Wikipedia…

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Anti-whaling trio: Heroes, criminals or terrorists?

Shaky footage from a night vision camera shown on the breakfast news this morning showed three self-described environmental activists clambering aboard a Japanese government ship off the Western Australian coastline. As a former clearance diver I admired the success of the covert operation, but from an environmental law perspective it…

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