Posts by Katestone

New method introduced at national climate adaptation conference

aerial photo of Brisbane flood

Katestone’s Scott Losee and Andrew Wiebe shared ideas and experiences with the audience at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) conference last week in Sydney (June 25-27). Scott’s presentation, entitled “Using climatic variability and regional influences to improve risk assessment – a mine and quarry application,” identified some necessary improvements to climate risk…

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Peer review provides different opinion on method

Katestone’s Simon Welchman responded to media reports about the peer review of our report for ARTC into particulate emissions from coal trains. According to Simon, there is no major error or flaw in Katestone’s report for ARTC into particulate emissions – just a difference of opinion on method. “Dr Luke Knibbs’ ‘ideal statistical model’ for…

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Katestone responds to media commentary on its ARTC report

Katestone’s Simon Welchman issued the following statement today in response to comments in the media about our report entitled “Pollution Reduction Program 4.2: Particulate Emissions from Coal Trains” prepared for ARTC… “Katestone categorically refutes suggestions in today’s media that its report was doctored. As with all its work, Katestone provides rigorous and independent scientific analysis of…

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Katestone makes the news: Maitland Mercury

Katestone is pleased to have been awarded the contract to conduct a modelling study to help understand the issues relating to odour in the Rutherford area of NSW. The contract was awarded by NSW EPA as part of the Rutherford Air Quality Liaison Committee. The modelling project will form one part of the project, with…

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Infrastructure luminaries visit Katestone

Reknowned civil engineer, Menno Henneveld, attended his first board meeting as a director of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) here, at Katestone’s Milton offices on April 19th. Recognised as National Professional Engineer of the Year, Menno will graciously share his experience with ISCA, including his ten years as WA Commissioner of Main Roads.…

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Katestone hosts AMOS Brisbane AGM

On March 25, Katestone proudly hosted the Annual General Meeting of the Brisbane Centre of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS). AMOS is an independent society supporting and fostering interest in meteorology, oceanography and related sciences. The society provides a forum for people with a common interest and publishes research. AMOS Brisbane Regional Centre…

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No, really. It was bigger when I was a kid

In 2003, I realised my dearest ambition – to take my Australian family to my Canadian home to live and share some favourite experiences with them. As a child, our roadtrip ‘out West’ from Ontario changed my life. Travelling by orange, 1974 Volkswagen camper, with the back labelled ‘The Great Pumpkin’ by Dad, we headed…

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Enthusiastic discussion at mining sustainable development seminar

Scott Losee presenting Mining Sustainability Seminar

Last Wednesday evening, March 13, we held our first industry seminar at Marie St with excellent participation by clients and mining industry representatives. Scott Losee delivered an engaging powerpoint, connecting mining and sustainable development. He canvassed the business case, highlighted public statements by mining companies and compared guideline and rating tool approaches. Our guests were quick to…

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Seminar: Mining Sustainable Development – what have we come to?

Photo of open cut coal mine

An influential sustainability group once said, ‘In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing materials drawn from the Earth’s crust’ (TNS) – thus pinpointing an inherent incongruity between mining and sustainability. The reactions of mining companies to sustainable development have ranged from embracing it (at least publicly) to seeding scepticism. Are head…

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Crash test dummies and Gore

human crash test dummies in motion

With the slightest reluctance, I have started reading Earth in the Balance by Al Gore, republished in 2006 after the original 1992 publication. My reluctance was only that it is hard enough to find the time to keep up to date, let alone reading overview books by non-scientists written over 20 years ago. But I’m enjoying it.…

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