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Clean Fuel from Tequila Plants in Queensland

Posted by Peter, on July 18, 2017

Queensland’s MSF Sugar has plans to plant 4,000 hectares agave plants on the Atherton Tablelands to produce part of the feedstock for a $60 million biomass refinery to operate alongside a green energy power station and a distillery at its Walkamin sugar mill.  Continue reading »

CSIRO Seaweed Could Eliminate 99% of Cow Methane

Posted by Peter, on November 1, 2016

The CSIRO has identified a strain of seaweed that can reduce bovine methane emissions by more than 99 percent if added to cow feed in small amounts.  Continue reading »

Sundrop Farms to Expand

Posted by Peter, on December 20, 2014

Sundrop Farms, which is using seawater to grow crops in greenhouses on arid land near Port Augusta, has entered into a partnership with the global investment company, KKR. The deal will allow it expand its current pilot greenhouse into a 20 hectare commercial facility able to produce 15,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables annually. The company […]  Continue reading »

Grow It Local

Posted by Peter, on April 17, 2013

Grow it Local was launched in March 2012 as a pilot project with Waverley Council in Sydney to encourage backyard, balcony, community and windowsill food farming.  They ask people to register their gardens on an interactive map and to share their tips and tricks on a Facebook community page. Currently, more than 700 gardens, comprising […]  Continue reading »

First Australian “Carbon Farm” Approved

Posted by Peter, on December 17, 2012

A project by SelectCarbon, in partnership with a landowner near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, south-west of Cairns, has become the first of its kind to be approved for carbon farming by the Australian Government. The first plantings of about 20 hectares of native conifers for carbon credits should happen in about 12 months. Native […]  Continue reading »

Using Seawater to Grow Crops in the Desert

Posted by Peter, on November 25, 2012

In 1991, Charlie Paton, a British lighting engineer and inventor established a company called Seawater Greenhouse with the idea of using only seawater and sunlight to grow crops in greenhouses. In 2010, Seawater Greenhouse build one of his greenhouses on arid land near Port Augusta in South Australia for another company, called Sundrop Farms. Sundrop […]  Continue reading »

Soil Carbon Measurement Breakthrough

Posted by Peter, on July 19, 2012

Terry McCosker, an agricultural consultant with Resource Consulting Services believes that, with assistance from the CSIRO, he has succeded in developing a technique for accurately measuring the carbon content of soil. If farmers can get a baseline measurement on how much carbon is in their soil and then work to increase that amount, they could […]  Continue reading »

Government Funding for Biochar Projects

Posted by Peter, on April 27, 2012

Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig, has announced five research projects which will share in $2 million of funding to investigate ways farmers can participate in the Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative using biochar to reduce their carbon emissions. The successful applicants are: James Cook University which will investigate the relationship between common biochar feedstock types and pyrolysis […]  Continue reading »

Carbon Trading Guidelines for Aussie Farmers

Posted by Peter, on November 23, 2010

Australian Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, has issued the first guidelines for the Carbon Farming Initiative, designed to facilitate the sale of carbon credits on the domestic and international market. Under the Carbon Farming Initiative, farmers and landholders will earn carbon credits that can be sold on a voluntary market to companies wanting to offset […]  Continue reading »

Climate Causing Australian Fish Species to Move

Posted by Peter, on September 29, 2010

CSIRO scientists have reported significant changes in the distribution of coastal fish species which they say is, at least partly, due to climate change. The scientists have identified 43 species, representing about 30 percent of the inshore fish families occurring in Australia’s southeast coastal waters, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related. These include species […]  Continue reading »

Culling Feral Animals to Cut Emissions

Posted by Peter, on July 15, 2010

According to a study commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group, Australia could cut its greenhouse emissions by 5% by better management of the outback. The study found that 9.7 billion tonnes of carbon is stored in the forests, grasslands and woodlands of Australia’s outback but if those environments were improved, 1.3 […]  Continue reading »

Climate Change Threatening Wine Regions

Posted by Peter, on February 19, 2010

Brian Walsh, director of winemaking at Yalumba, has told business leaders in Adelaide that a rise in temperatures could prevent the growth of some cooler grape varieties, such as shiraz and riesling, for which South Australia’s Barossa Valley is famous. ”Basically, the Barossa will disappear,” he said. A similar observation has been made by viticulturist, […]  Continue reading »

Soil Improvement from Tractor Exhaust

Posted by Peter, on November 1, 2009

A Canadian farmer, Gary Lewis, has developed a system that pipes tractor exhaust emissions through a condenser and into the pneumatic system of air seeders, which then injects the carbon and nitrogen-rich emissions into the ground along with the seed. The exhaust gases stimulate microbial activity and root growth, allowing the plants to more efficiently […]  Continue reading »

NZ Fisheries Management Leads World

Posted by Peter, on July 31, 2009

The journal Science has published a paper in Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on a two-year study of fisheries by scientists in North and South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, which reports progress towards recovery of fish stocks in several regions. In 2006, Dr Worm predicted total global collapse […]  Continue reading »

Australian Government to Fund Biochar Research

Posted by Peter, on May 21, 2009

The Australian Government has announced $1.4 million in funding for research into  biochar – a form of charcoal that can store carbon in the soil for an average of 5,000 years. The three-year programme, to be co-ordinated by the CSIRO, will be one of the largest such investigations in the world. Agriculture Minister Tony Burke, […]  Continue reading »

Government to Study Emissions from Cattle

Posted by Peter, on February 25, 2009

The Australian Government has announced that it will invest more than $20 million in research and development aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock. According to a United Nations report, cattle are "responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together." The reasons why […]  Continue reading »

Biosequestration: the Key to Climate Policy

Posted by Peter, on January 24, 2009

Australian Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled a three-part climate change policy which aims to achieve annual reductions of carbon pollution of equivalent of at least 150 million tonnes by 2020. Launching the new policy at a Young Liberals convention on Saturday, Mr Turnbull said that the Liberal Party’s plan would include measures to […]  Continue reading »

Kangaroo Farming to Reduce Global Warming

Posted by Peter, on August 9, 2008

A new study by the University of New South Wales has found that farming kangaroos instead of sheep and cattle in Australia could cut the greenhouse gases produced by grazing livestock by almost a quarter.  Methane from the foregut of cattle and sheep constitutes 11 percent of Australia’s total greenhouse emissions but kangaroos produce negligible […]  Continue reading »

The Pubs with No Beer?

Posted by Peter, on April 16, 2008

Jim Salinger, a climate scientist at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, has warned that Australia and New Zealand may face shortages of beer because of climate change. He said that climate change likely will cause a decline in the production of malting barley in parts of New Zealand and particularly in […]  Continue reading »

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