What can the NPI tell us about air pollution?

The recent release of the 2012/13 NPI emissions and transfer data by the Department of Environment is the 15th annual dataset published by the program. For anyone who’s life doesn’t revolve around pollution and publicly available data sets, here’s a quick overview of the NPI, the last 15 years of data and a look at…

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I’ve got a good feeling about 2014!

I don’t think I’d be alone in saying that the last 12-18 months have been very tough in the environmental consulting world. Big projects have dried up and the ones that are around are slashing costs and extending timelines. We haven’t been unaffected and have had to make some changes to our growth plans, but…

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The forecaster who cried wolf?

We are constantly reminded in summer that heat stress is an issue. Drink more fluids, keep out of the sun where possible and take a break when needed. But is the message really getting through? Are current warnings reliable for workers or is it a case of “crying wolf”? Is Heat Stress Costing you? WorkCover…

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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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Thanks for contributing to our odour nuisance survey

Ozwater Respondant Location Chart

Katestone undertook a survey of wastewater treatment professionals to gauge their experiences in addressing odour nuisance issues at both the approval (planning) and operational stages of a project. The results of the survey will be presented at the upcoming Ozwater conference in Brisbane between 29 April and 1 May 2014. Katestone would like to thank all…

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Protect your business assets with KITE ~ Industry Breakfast: Mar 26 2014

Weather Intelligence KITE Weather Intelligence can give you advance warning of weather, heat and dust risk that can save your business money and time, as well as improving your operation’s overall productivity. See your next 7 days weather risk at a glance, from whichever device you prefer. All you need is an internet connection. [button-medium…

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Independent statistical review backs Katestone report

ARTC Coal Transport

Simon Welchman responded to the release of EPA’s independent analysis of Katestone’s study of particulate emissions from coal trains. Katestone conducted a monitoring study for ARTC that began in late 2012 and was completed by May 2013 with the submission of the final monitoring report to the EPA.  The study was commissioned in response to…

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Odour Nuisance Survey – Wastewater Industry Professionals

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Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure Planning, Development and Operation Katestone is undertaking a survey of wastewater treatment professionals to gauge their experiences in addressing odour nuisance issues at both the approval (planning) and operational stages of a project. There are two surveys to cover industry experiences with either: Planning and development stage of infrastructure (i.e. assessing odour…

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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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It’s official – 2013 was the hottest year on record

Last week the Bureau of Meteorology released their 2013 climate summary. It was no surprise that Australia experienced its warmest year since 1910, when records began. Globally 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. The annual global mean temperature has not been below average since 1985. Continuous periods of hotter than average days signified the year, even…

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