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Environment

Oct 06, 2020
Peculiar plants at the root of copper study

Peculiar plants at the root of copper study

If you are seeking copper in North-West Queensland, an orderly row of Polycarpaea spirostylis may be a great guide. The flowering plant is among four copper metallophytes in the Roseby Corridor near Cloncurry at the centre of a biogeochemical study. These plants thrive in areas with high copper concentrations in surface soils where other species… ...

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Sep 30, 2020
NT review on seabed mining open for feedback

NT review on seabed mining open for feedback

A review which may see the Northern Territory Government lift its ban on seabed mining is now open for public comment. A draft report lists the likely target resources as including aggregate sands or gravels, mineral sands containing gold, diamonds and rare earth minerals, offshore salt deposits, and mineral deposits (manganese, phosphate, bauxite) that are… ...

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Sep 25, 2020
Partnership extended to safeguard marine health

Partnership extended to safeguard marine health

James Cook University has entered a new five-year partnership with North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) to help safeguard the marine environment. The $5 million agreement expands the current three-year partnership JCU has to track the health of the marine environment around NQBP’s ports at Mackay, Hay Point, Abbot Point and Weipa and will enable… ...

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Sep 02, 2020
FNQ jobs sprout from land restoration scheme

FNQ jobs sprout from land restoration scheme

The first round of projects under the $500 million Land Restoration Fund has been announced – including work tipped to create 400 jobs in Far North Queensland. The initiative will deliver regional jobs, skills and infrastructure, reduced carbon emissions, healthier waterways and more habitat for threatened species, the State Government says. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said… ...

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Aug 11, 2020
Bill paves way for first rehabilitation commissioner

Bill paves way for first rehabilitation commissioner

Legislation has passed to establish Queensland’s first mining industry rehabilitation commissioner. The measure was part of the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (EPOLA Bill), which the State Government says will further improve Queensland’s mine rehabilitation framework and improve financial assurance outcomes for the State’s resources sector. “This Bill is the ne...

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Aug 06, 2020
Fitzroy Basin scores a ‘B’ for waterway health

Fitzroy Basin scores a ‘B’ for waterway health

The ecological health of the waterways of the Fitzroy Basin has received a ‘B’ on its latest report card. The catchment area is home to scores of coal mines as well as farming interests. According to the annual Fitzroy Partnership for River Health Report Card, the ecological health of the waterways improved in the 2018-19… ...

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Aug 06, 2020
New protocols to tackle tailings risks

New protocols to tackle tailings risks

A newly released Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management will help support the safe management of tailings facilities around the world, says the Minerals Council of Australia. The new industry protocols come 18 months after the tailings dam disaster at the Corrego do Feijão mine in Brazil that killed 270 people. They were developed through… ...

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Aug 05, 2020
Satellite access to improve environmental monitoring

Satellite access to improve environmental monitoring

An app selected for a $4.2 million Google Earth program will enable citizen scientists to use satellite data to monitor environmental change.   An online remote sensing application developed by James Cook University’s Dr Nicholas Murray was selected to join the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO) – Google Earth Engine (GEE) partnership to improve access… ...

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Jul 27, 2020
Scheme to tackle emission reduction in supply chains

Scheme to tackle emission reduction in supply chains

Major mining and gas players are among the Australian industry heavyweights signing up to scheme to work towards net zero emissions in supply chains. BHP, Woodside, BlueScope Steel, BP Australia, Orica, APA Group, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers – which together represent 14 per cent of Australian industrial emissions –… ...

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