* Federal Court rejects EPBC Act challenge to 'preliminary works' * Queensland parliament passes recycled water bill * Queensland considers complementary measures to trading * NSW Greens MLC highlights beverage industry donations * 'Resolve key issues before including waste sector in trading regime' * Nelson's Budget reply leaves climate in the lurch, Climate Institute says
* Coalition and Greens slam solar rebate means-test * Milne tables national feed-in tariff bill * Melbourne hazardous waste landfill closes ahead of schedule * Rudd government quizzed on coal and energy * Bligh praises Queensland businesses for water conservation efforts * Garrett seeks comment on marine debris threats * NSW Parliament issues carbon capture and storage paper
The NSW government has warned the Garnaut review that emissions trading will be a highly risky "step into the unknown", in a submission that criticises professor Garnaut for not taking proper account of the need to assess and manage the economic risk.
Unless carefully designed, emissions trading, coupled with the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target scheme, could cause "costly economic dislocation and disruption to power supply", the state government's submission to Garnaut says.
* National Water Commission to scrutinise water use by mines * Federal energy program issues detailed efficiency guide * NSW issues exemptions for land-applied wastes * Shipping company fined $35,000 * Queensland council fined $40,000 * National Pollutant Inventory offers training on new reporting system * Queensland EPA offers sustainability grants * GM crops a boon for regional economies, ABARE says
* NSW government to go carbon neutral * Transport ministers to investigate mandatory vehicle CO2 standard * 20% of underground fuel tanks likely to be leaking, says Tasmanian government * Shadow environment minister calls for clean energy target * Westpac sets ground rules for suppliers
* NSW overhauls waste rules * ACCC tackles company over environmental claims * Greg Hunt calls for carbon offsets commission * Institute of Public Affairs links with university as environmental research 'conduit'
NSW today introduced a bill to establish a 'clean coal' fund that could receive hefty contributions from the coal industry. But, unlike similar Queensland legislation passed last year, it doesn't commit the state to lobby for industry contributions to be treated as offsets under an emissions trading regime.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rudd and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong announced funding for cleaner coal projects in China and for a carbon accounting pilot project to help China prepare for 'possible participation in future global carbon markets'.
* 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
* Company manager faces fine and costs totalling almost $50,000, gets dressing down from judge * NSW to tighten rules for underground fuel tanks * Climate change means rethinking conservation, CSIRO says * WA issues new licences for brickworks * Pew climate centre issues 'sectoral approaches' brief
* Turnbull warns Rudd on permit auction revenue * Australia to accept PCB-contaminated waste from Ok Tedi * Offset providers guide updated * NSW tribunal rejects bid to fold liquid waste levy into Sydney Water charges