The Courier Mail
April 29, 2016
LOW levels of potentially toxic gases are still being detected around the Linc Energy site at Hopeland, near Chinchilla, but are unlikely to be a threat to health, according to the State Government.
The caution zone is also being maintained in the region, preventing farmers from any excavation work without government clearance.
Air samples taken over a two-week period in December show contamination in the area still exists, with the Government claiming it is from Linc’s underground coal gasification plant.
Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/linc-energy-potentially-toxic-gases-unlikely-to-be-a-threat-to-health–queensland-government-says/news-story/01ee196a48b4d1566effc955918093b6
ABC News Dan Conifer 28 April 2016
A Senate committee has slammed poor regulation and incompetence within the mining industry for the re-emergence of a deadly condition in coal miners.
Black lung disease is sustained by inhaling coal dust and was thought to have been eradicated about three decades ago.
But eight Queensland miners have been diagnosed with the condition over the past year.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-28/re-emergence-of-black-lung-due-to-poor-regulation-says-committee/7366782
Link to Fifth Interim Report: Black Lung: “It has buggered my life”
28 April 2016 Senate Select Committee on Health
ABC News 23 April 2016
Part of a Queensland river bubbling with methane gas has burst into flames after being ignited by a Greens MP, who blames nearby coal seam gas (CSG) operations for the “tragedy in the Murray-Darling Basin”.
New South Wales Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham has released vision of himself on a boat sparking a kitchen lighter above the Condamine River.
ABC News 26 April 2016
An extra $50 million will be spent on new projects to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.
ABC News 26 April 2016
The CSIRO will set up a national climate research centre based in Hobart for 40 full-time scientists, but more than 275 jobs will be cut from the organisation.
20 April 2016
German scientists have developed a smart way to investigate the emissions coming out of vehicles on the road.
The Volkswagen scandal underlined the inadequacy of standard lab tests which do not reflect the exhausts produced when driving in the real world.
But the University of Heidelberg team is now getting more reliable data by following behind city cars and buses to “sniff” their tailpipe gases.
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36088598
Link to Meeting abstract: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/EGU2016-10084.pdf