Environment

Let's hope the Vic EPA gets to keep its teeth

Victorian EPA finally gets some teeth

The Environment Protection Authority Victoria now has more clout to prevent environmental pollution rather than respond to it – and it’s getting $45.5 million over the next two years to…

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Policy gap thwarting the shift to green cities

A lack of both federal policy and explicit support from rating tools like NABERS and NatHERS are two of the biggest obstacles to increasing the level of greening in urban…

The Rock Island Bend image used in advertising against the Franklin Dam's construction. Environmentalists say this site would be a dam today if not for peaceful protest, now under threat. Image: Peter Dombrovskis

Environmental advocacy in the firing line

Advocacy for energy efficiency and community renewable energy precincts could become casualties if the federal government adopts key recommendations from an Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Groups.

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Naturally hard-working infrastructure

There are multiple urban ecosystem services and built environment benefits provided by vegetation, particularly when it can replace or reduce investments in traditional infrastructure such as storm water systems.

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Tackling transport emissions will benefit human health

Increasing Australia’s lax regulations around vehicle emissions could improve human health while helping to tackle climate change, experts at the inaugural National Air Quality and Health Meeting have heard.

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In a heatwave, the leafy suburbs are even more advantaged

Summer brings out the heliophobe in many of us. It’s manageable if you live in a house that stays cool when shut up tight. It helps if you’re physically capable…