Climate

Rainfall analysis

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The process of planning a water storage facility requires that several issues be addressed. Typically, this will require the design to account for the specific conditions at the chosen site. Issues to consider include the rainfall statistics for the catchment; the geography, geology and topography of the area where the dam is planned; any impacts…

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High heat stress risk for Queensland

HEATX Forecast for Milton on March 18

The Outlook Temperatures in many parts of SEQ are predicted to exceed 35°C by midday on Thursday and remain above average until Saturday. But temperature is not the whole story when assessing the risk of heat stress. Although the temperatures are probably going to be hotter on Thursday, the risk of heat stress is higher…

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Getting a handle on carbon for NGER

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NGER Reporting Can you believe that we are already more than six months into the 2015-16 NGER reporting period? To help you prepare for reporting this year, Lisa Smith has prepared this update of recent developments in reporting requirements and some suggestions to make your NGERs reporting more valuable to your organisation. Recent amendments Prior…

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One for the statisticians

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Temperatures may be predicted to peak over the long weekend in some parts of Australia, but if you believe in numbers, statistically the most lethal day is 27 January. This was the finding of a recent study (Coates et al 2014) that analysed 167 years of extreme heat events. Whether it’s because we are dehydrated from Australia Day parties…

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The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) – an overview

lowering the CO2 needle on emissions

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) has been put in place to provide incentives for emissions reduction activities across the Australian economy. It is a large part of the government’s Direct Action policy, aimed at assisting Australia to meet its emissions reduction target of five percent below 2000 levels by 2020. Below is a basic overview…

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‘Managing summer heat’ road trip

I think I have finally recovered from my mega road trip which covered over 7,500 km of travel, starting in Adelaide on August 24 and ending in Brisbane last week. Why you may well ask? Well, for over 10 years we have been working with the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) and Meat and Livestock…

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Navigating the Carbon Maze

Climbing through the carbon maze

With Australia’s carbon policy changing on what seems like a weekly basis staying up to date and identifying opportunities to get involved in voluntary programs can be frustrating as well as consuming valuable time that could be better spent elsewhere. If you need help navigating the carbon maze, read on… Current status of Australia’s carbon policy The…

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Examining safety risk management at the NSWMC H&S Conference 2014

Safety Risk Management at Mining conference

Christine‘s musings from the 2014 NSW Mineral Council Health & Safety Conference. Theme: “Learning from the Past” What have we learnt? The sky won’t fall in so why are we wearing hard hats in an open field? Has safety gone too far and are we now missing the point? These questions posed by Sidney Dekker – an amazing speaker who gave…

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Where’s that Cyclone going?

Katestone’s forecasting system K-NWS did a great job forecasting Tropical Cyclone Dylan recently. K-NWS accurately predicted its path, intensity and timing three days in advance, as shown in the animation below. The significant rain associated with most cyclones, and the tropical lows that follow, can actually cause more concern to industry (such as open cut…

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Is it too hot to work?

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With temperatures across much of southern Australia reaching heat wave conditions this week, outdoor workers are likely asking themselves; “Is it too hot to work?” We know that a healthy acclimatised worker can cope with temperatures well above the body’s normal core temperature of approximately 37°C, so long as they have the ability to sweat,…

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