One for the statisticians

A statistician looking at her computer screen full of numbers

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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Are you ready to handle the heat?

Man looking into camera, sweat beading on his face

Now that the weather is heating up is it time to rethink your potential risk of heat stress? Anyone with workers in the outdoor environment could potentially be putting workers at risk of heat stress and/or heat related illnesses, such as heat rash, headache, nausea, fainting, and in extreme cases heat stroke. It is important…

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Cooling off CBD peak demand ~ Industry breakfast: Nov 12, 2014

photo of Brisbane river

Examining Innovation in Energy Systems What will our energy system look like in 50 years, 20 years or even 5 years from now? In terms of electricity – will it look much the same as it does today, or will it be a diverse mix of centralised and distributed generation plants? Energy efficiency across the…

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Katestone hosts AAQ NEPM seminar and workshop

image of clouds NEPM

In September, Katestone hosted a series of events to help our clients understand the proposed changes to the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure (AAQ NEPM) air quality standards. Participants heard the background and rationale for change, how the changes might impact on their businesses and how they might make a submission. The events were well…

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What does Katestone and a Nintendo Game Boy have in common?

We are both celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. Come with us on a journey back in time to see who else shares 1989 as their founding year.   Nintendo Game Boy The Game Boy was a range of battery-powered handheld game consoles developed by Nintendo in 1989. It is one of the world’s best-selling…

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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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25th Birthday Celebrations

Katestone's 25th birthday

Some photos from our recent 25th Birthday celebration! Big thanks to all who attended, especially to Dr Stefan Hajkowicz from the CSIRO who presented ‘Future Trends – Global megatrends that will change the way we live’.          

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Seminar: ‘Residential Development? Not in my backyard!’

Are anti-encroachment laws just an excuse for poor environmental performance of industries or are they necessary to protect their future viability? Aerosols, fumes, odour, particles and smoke can be a nuisance to residents and reduce amenity. Odour and dust are often the subject of resident complaints about industry and a range of factors, some out…

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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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