* Push for 'bill of rights' approach in Victorian climate Bill * Change laws, not just light bulbs, says Gore in new video * Rudd to sign Australia up to international carbon markets partnership * New NPI boiler manual released * Tasmanian government tables water and sewerage reform bills * Garnaut deadlines loom * Moving beyond 'learn, burn and give': should MBAs involve a 'green Hippocratic oath'?
The Victorian state government will, in the next 10 days, sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clinton Initiative that will focus on carbon capture and storage and low-emission and energy efficiency technologies, Victorian Premier John Brumby has just announced.
* Move more quickly to deploy low emission technologies, say mining union and NSW minerals council * NSW releases GGAS transition consultation paper * Victoria issues ballast water protocol * WA releases urban development guide on acid sulfate soils *'Wait to see details of Australian trading scheme', industry group tells NZ parliamentary inquiry
* GM crops an export boon, says ABARE * Auto industry review seeks feedback on travel-based taxes * Deloitte to advise on NT's climate policy * South Australia to introduce new water heater standards * Victorian regulator proposes regional water price increases
* NSW court rules alienating prime farm land inconsistent with ESD principles * Industry body highlights rising energy audit charges * Help to power generators needs 'careful consideration', Climate Institute says * Company ordered to pay $50,000 after chemical fire
An OECD review of Australia's environmental performance says serious breaches are 'inadequately prosecuted' in some jurisdictions and recommends that enforcement be strengthened, especially against big polluters.
The OECD also says voluntary measures often don't have 'meaningful' monitoring and compliance mechanisms and recommends greater use of economic instruments.
Victoria’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the government fleet are being hampered by the reluctance of top public servants to wean themselves off six cylinder cars, according to the state’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.
Commissioner Ian McPhail also calls for tougher environmental criteria in government tender processes and says there has been little progress in embedding environmental considerations into policy making, with only 7% of agencies having reformed their policy development processes.
'Easy Being Green' sold to green energy retailer * WA geothermal legislation enters into force as first acreage released * EPA Victoria investigates Transpacific Cleanaway over contaminated soil stockpile * FTSE establishes environmental technology index