Residents win tens of millions in compensation after Cranbourne methane gas leak fiasco. Pipes syphon off gas at the Cranbourne estate in 2009.
Source: HWT Image Library THE council forced into paying millions in compensation for a gas fiasco says the deal is a "good outcome". Residents will share $17.25m compo for the Cranbourne gas leak fiasco after compensation lawyers Slater & Gordon took at least $6m in fees. The massive class action over Cranbourne's methane gas fiasco was settled this morning, with 771 residents winning compensation.
The Cranbourne Leader reports the settlement is set to be $23.5 million, including $13.5m from Casey Council coffers and $10m to be paid by the EPA. Residents will share $17.25m after a $6m payment for the court costs and fees for law firm Slater and Gordon. The lawyers may earn even more for the case, with their fees only covering their work until the end of February. 4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, Jan 2010. This document was added 02/05/2010.
CLIMATE CHANGE IN AUSTRALIAWhat is climate change? Australia's greenhouse gas emissionsReducing our greenhouse gas emissionsImpacts and adaptationSummaryEndnotes Climate change is a global problem with global consequences. Methane in Landfills- Jess. Global methane emissions from landfill are estimated to be between 30 and 70 million tonnes each year.
Most of this landfill methane currently comes from developed countries, where the levels of waste tend to be highest. Landfills provide ideal conditions for methanogenesis, with lots of organic material and anaerobic conditions prevalent. The huge amounts of waste that are buried in landfill sites can mean that methane is produced for years after the site is closed, due to the waste slowly decaying under the ground. Beijing Article- Jess. By China correspondent Hui Fern Tay Updated.
Waste and climate change - Madi. Waste and climate change may seem like separate issues, but they are actually very closely linked.
Waste is a clear indicator of how much of our natural resources we’re using. Can compost kill? - madi. Before we get started, let me get this disclosure out of the way: I love compost.
From peeing on my garden mulch to composting the waste from my house move, I've written prolifically about my adventures in rotting biomass. I never fail to be amazed how nature’s regenerative powers can take dead, rotting waste, and cycle it back into life-enhancing black gold. Is compost the enemy? As an enthusiast, I've always been confused by the idea that anyone could not love compost. Gardener dies as he breathes in deadly fungus from rotted leaves on compost heap - Madi. By Fiona Macrae for the Daily Mail Updated: 23:21 GMT, 12 June 2008 Gardeners have been warned of a deadly fungus that lurks in compost heaps and piles of rotting leaves (picture posed by model) Gardeners have been put on alert for a deadly fungus that lurks in compost heaps and in piles of rotting leaves.
Doctors issued the warning after a man died from inhaling the Aspergillus fungal spores. The 47-year-old, a welder from Buckinghamshire, became ill less than 24 hours after spreading rotting tree and plant mulch, the Lancet medical journal reports. In an article entitled Gardening Can Seriously Damage Your Health, the man's doctors said that while such an extreme reaction to the fungus was rare, it could be considered an 'occupational hazard' for gardeners.
The unnamed man was admitted to Wycombe Hospital, Buckinghamshire, early last year suffering chest pain, shortness of breath, muscle pain and a cough. The problem with landfill. Landfill sites are pretty ugly.
And it’s not just the sight of increasing piles of waste that’s the problem. There are many negative issues associated with landfill. The three most important are toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases. Toxins Many materials that end up as waste contain toxic substances. Concerns over composting as study reveals health risks of recycling organic household waste. DRIVEN by government targets, commercial composting is now turning into big business as a convenient way of dealing with the millions of tonnes of organic waste produced by Scottish households and companies every year.
However, there are fears that the bioaerosols produced by such waste could be damaging to health. In Scotland, sites that deal with organic waste have multiplied in recent years with some commercial operators able to cope with up to 40,000 tonnes on sites among the largest in the world. Green waste is shredded down, laid out in open rows and turned regularly, reaching high temperatures.
Climate Change in Australia - JACINTA. Qmdc.org. Macadamia husk compost improves soil health in sub-tropical horticulture. Macadamia husk compost improves soil health in sub-tropical horticulture Justine Cox1, Lukas Van-Zwieten2, Matthew Ayres2 and Steve Morris2 Abstract The macadamia industry has acknowledged that bare soil under mature trees with mechanical harvesting from the orchard floor has resulted in soil loss from erosion.
Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group - Recycling organic waste. Recycling organic waste from your home creates a healthier, more sustainable garden and reduces waste to landfill. Using compost and mulch from council kerbside collections, home composting or worm farming improves your soil, makes your plants grow better and benefits the environment. Benefits for your garden include: Ocean Pollution. Stephen Palumbi: Following the mercury trail There's a tight and surprising link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi . He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market.
Connections between Compost, Soil Carbon and Climate Change. By Sally Brown, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor University of Washington The images that come to mind when you think about the causes of climate change are big cars and trucks and coal-fired power plants that emit carbon to the atmosphere. Although the popular press is filled with discussions on the relative merits of different sources of “green energy,” little attention is being paid to how we manage the carbon in our soils.
Soil has an important role in the carbon cycle; managing soil organic matter (SOM) can be critical in climate change and can provide a key tool for storing carbon and mitigating the impact of the changes that are likely to occur. Soil contains carbon as both a component of SOM and as inorganic carbonates, commonly known as limestone. The importance of organic matter in relation to healthy soils and supporting plant growth is well understood and recognized by soil scientists who study soils and by farmers and horticulturalists who grow plants.
Composting and Climate Change. Consumption of fossil fuels is far from the only cause of GHG emissions. Carbon released from soil exploitation has been a significant contributor to climate change. Recognizing the connection between soil and climate is key to reestablishing sustainable soil management practices. The problem with landfill. Landfill sites are pretty ugly. And it’s not just the sight of increasing piles of waste that’s the problem. There are many negative issues associated with landfill. The three most important are toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases. Toxins Many materials that end up as waste contain toxic substances. Methane and Climate Change: Scientists Struggle to Solve Four Corners Mystery. Apr 14, 2015 12:16 PM EDT. No Cookies. ABS Statistics- Jess. Methane Emissions.
Methane (CH4) is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities. Who Will Suffer Most From Climate Change. Composting loos should be the answer to the world's toilet crisis. Most people don’t know how easy it is to compost human waste. All it takes is a container with a lid, a toilet seat, and a regular supply of natural dry materials. In short, you need the humble composting toilet – a much better solution to the global sanitation crisis than installing water-flush loos for the billions of without a toilet. I started composting humanure, as human waste is often known, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. AprilBlog. History of Composting - Composting for the Homeowner - JACINTA. Occasionally, curious individuals want to know the origins of composting. It is difficult to attribute the birth of composting to a specific individual or even one society.
Recycling and landfill. Victorians are pretty enthusiastic recyclers. Over the past 20 years, we’ve really started to get our act together. Uwp8.pdf. Clean up Australia - JACINTA. Climate change is a lifestyle disease. Resource Conservation - Food Waste.