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News in brief, July 1, 2008

* EEO changes kick in, as new reporting scheme kicks off
* Rudd and Turnbull spar on trading
* Less than 4% of energy R&D directed to energy efficiency
* Coles, Woolworths and IGA to trial voluntary plastic bag scheme
* Environment groups launch ‘low carbon’ website, Greenpeace releases Hunter Valley report
* SA EPA audit finds poor compliance in surface coatings sector

Garnaut to hold town hall meetings; SA bag ban bill tabled; and more

* Garnaut to hold town hall meetings
* SA bag-banning bill goes before Parliament
* Garrett tweaks impact assessment process for Great Barrier Reef
* EPA Victoria issues greenhouse inventory
* NSW seeks nominations to chair environmental education council

SA to review environment law; and more

* SA to review environment law, falls far short on Whyalla dust, Budget reveals
* Greens, Coalition react to Wong speech
* NT climate strategy must suit us, says chief minister
* Garrett launches ANU climate law centre
* Productivity Commission says 'green car' scheme off-track

Lawyer warns on Federal and SA assessment deal

An agreement between the Federal and South Australian governments – already signed by Peter Garrett – could provide federal endorsement of the state's 'wholly inadequate' assessment laws and make a mockery of claims that the EPBC Act would raise the bar for environmental assessment in Australia, a leading environmental lawyer has warned.

SA endorses first industry climate change agreement; and more

* South Australia endorses first industry greenhouse agreement
* Gorgon expansion to undergo EPBC Act scrutiny
* Governments seek advice on merits of mandatory VOC limits
* Wong announces forests grants
* 'Leadership and funding' the main challenge facing CCS

News in brief, April 24, 2008

* Australia to fund PNG forest carbon monitoring
* Capital cities set to cooperate on national green CBDs scheme
* Victorian climate adaptation advisory council holds inaugural meeting
* EPA Victoria inks sustainability covenant with Carbon Disclosure Project
* South Australia proposes landfill guidelines, Victoria issues landfill guide
* 'Keep thinking outside the bauxite', Pew climate chief tells aluminium industry

Good corporate character not enough, judge rules; plus more

* Good 'corporate character' fails to convince judge not to record conviction

* Productivity Commission quibbles with, but praises, Stern

* Property Council pushes for Adelaide CBD cooling towers to use recycled water

* TEC, EnergyAustralia disagree on coupling 'smart meters' with in-home displays

* EPA Victoria issues HazWaste Fund guide

Wong, Garrett and Garnaut head to PNG; and more

* Travelling north: Wong, Garrett and Garnaut head to PNG
* Federal government seeks advice on renewables target scheme revamp
* Productivity Commission to investigate 'regulatory burden' on upstream oil and gas
* G8 business groups set out climate policy expectations; IEA chief urges action; APP to meet again
* EPA Victoria issues urban design water guide, SA EPA issues wastewater irrigation guide

Ministers fail to agree on plastic bag ban or levy; but proceed with CDL inquiry

Environment ministers today failed to reach agreement on a national ban or levy for plastic bags, prompting South Australia to vow to go ahead with a state ban.

But they committed to an investigation into the merits of a national container deposit scheme and flagged that e-waste would be high on the agenda at its November meeting.

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