There has been both welcoming and rejection of Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s ‘water trigger’ for the approval of large coal mining and coal seam gas projects.

One council has taken on the challenge of ridding itself of strangulation by plastic shopping bags.

A class action continues in the Victorian Supreme Court, where a group of 88 members of the abalone farming industry are suing the State Government.

The government body that has been left holding the bag on Victoria’s $2 billion irrigation project says it has dropped behind schedule.

A massive 3-D survey of the Great Barrier Reef last year continues to have benefits for the endangered natural wonder, and will now be expanded to other reefs.

A regional council is trying to encourage residents not to build houses, shacks or shanties too close to frequently-flooding river edges.

Preliminary drilling will begin on the possible sites of eight new coal seam gas wells in New South Wales, with a water treatment plant to deal with the damage not yet completed.

The International Transport Federation wants to see a mandatory weight limit for shipping containers criss-crossing the world’s oceans, warning of vast dangers posed by unweighed or mis-declared loads.

The new federal Environment Minister has begun tackling the ‘green tape’ he sees as strangling progress – hunting up 50 gas and energy projects left in limbo.

Australian engineers are bringing back the steam engine, revamped as a cheap storage medium for solar power.

A new report says millions of litres of water are at risk from proposed coal mines in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

Community members in Far North Queensland are waiting to see what fate will be bestowed on them by the Queensland Government, with the state’s Deputy Premier saying he will all but disregard environmental authorities in favour of regional development.

In the same week that international scientists publish clearer evidence of humanity’s influence on climate change, the Australian government is reducing its focus on pollution, the environment and science itself.

A groundwater monitoring group wants to take a real assay of bore water levels and pressure near coal seam gas operations – calling for 1000 landholders to take part.

Members of South Australia’s state government environmental departments have set out the criteria for irrigation funding.

The Water Sharing plans for several rivers in New South Wales are under review, but the state’s Primary Industries Minister assures it is likely that little will be changed.

Insiders are waiting to see whether changes will be made to a ban imposed by the former Environment Minister on trawling activities around Tasmania.

Court proceedings have begun today in Queensland’s Land Court, with several groups trying to stop the Alpha Coal Project in the state’s central west.

An astounding discovery has shown massive underground water supplies beneath a remote region of Kenya, normally plagued by drought.

One regional council in New South Wales has deferred back to general scientific consensus, voting to undo a previous ban and start adding fluoride to its water.

The resource sharks are circling a proposed offshore petrochemical plant near the Northern Territory.

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