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Australia: Senators dump emissions scheme

The New Zealand Herald, 14 Aug 2009 CANBERRA – The Australian Government’s grand plan to tackle climate change – an emissions trading scheme – has been voted down by the Senate. After a rowdy debate, all non-government senators voted against the scheme yesterday. There was a resounding cry of “hear hear” from Opposition senators as…

Australian Town Bans Bottled Water

From Inhabitat, 9 July 2009 The small Australian town of Bundanoon just set a new standard for sustainability by voting to do what no community has ever done before: ban bottled water! The measure was founded over concerns about the tremendous amount of resources used to extract, package, and transport bottled water, and it passed…