Tag Archives: Australia

Activists stage rooftop protest at Qld Parliament

There has been a security breach at Parliament House in Brisbane, with protesters getting through security to unfurl a large banner from the roof. A rally organised by Friends of the Earth drew hundreds of farming families and environmentalists to

Mercury found in Queensland’s water

Video Report: Farmers in Kogan on Queensland’s Darling Downs say contamination from the coal gasification trials has spread to their waterways. Mercury is not used in the gasification process.

Australia: Scientists to track locust plague from sky

The Australian Plague Locust Commission predicts locust eggs will begin hatching in north-west Victoria from late September, causing millions of dollars of damage to crops. Sydney University’s Dr Greg Sword says by tracking swarm movement, pesticides to control them can

Australia: Water to get more scarce, more expensive

A new study says Australia’s water supply problems are only going to get worse as the population soars towards 45 million by mid-century. The report by Australia’s major water utilities estimates demand for water will increase by almost 1 trillion

Wild Storm leaves 8000 Australian homes without power

A WILD storm in southeast Queensland on Friday afternoon has left more than 8,000 homes without power. The hardest hit area was the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture/Redcliffe area where some 5000 homes were affected. More than 100 lighting strikes were

Australia: Perth wilts as mercury soars

There’s been a record drain on electricity as people in Perth tried to escape the heat today. The temperature in the city hit 42.7C about 12:40pm (AWST). Western Power says air conditioners and big-screen TVs are to blame for the

Australian government aims for 90pc car emission cuts

The Federal Government has released proposed new car emission standards which it wants to introduce from 2012. The Government says the new standards would cut pollutants from all cars in Australia by as much as 90 per cent. But the

Australia: Local population of endangered bird cut by half

Researchers say extreme heat has wiped out half a local population of endangered birds on WA’s South Coast. More than 170 birds have been found dead in Hopetoun. 150 of those are the endangered white-tailed black cockatoo, known as the

Sydney Cleans Up After Dust Storm

Video Report: Sydney cleans up after being enveloped in a starnge red dust cloud for two days.

Australian Dust storm hampers fire fighters in Queensland

A MASSIVE dust storm engulfing southern Queensland has led to health concerns, traffic and airport delays, cancelled horse racing and delivered a blow to firefighting efforts. Water-bombing helicopters were temporarily suspended this afternoon as the skies turned dusty orange. Drivers