Readings

This page is for further readings about the subject matter of this website.

 

Queensland Conservation: Water

Queensland Conservation, one of the leading environmental groups in the state, has a page on their website dedicated to the environmental implications that pollution and infrastructure have on the state of Queensland’s rivers.  This website provides an overreaching summary of the problems concerning water management and its effects on nationally significant waterways, wild rivers, and floodplains.

 

Managing Water for Australia: The Social and Institutional Challenges

This book is a collection of papers that were unveiled during the conference “Delivering the National Water Initiative: Understanding the social and industry dimensions” in Australia which took place in 2006.  This is significant because of the multiple problems plaguing Australia’s water system: such as climate change, drought, and technological advances.  The country has committed itself to water reform.  This book is not limited to the state of Queensland, but instead provides details about the water situation of the entire country of Australia.

 

Dry Days Down Under: Australia and the World Water Crisis 

An article published by Ohio State University’s department of history in April 2010 (and then updated in January 2011) discusses the prolonged drought throughout Australia; although it has been at its worst in the southern and eastern states, Queensland included. The article discusses the impact of the drought on the people of Australia, especially the urban populations and farmers.  It also analyzes the history of water in Australia and how its infrastructure and water issues of the country have came to be.

 

Queensland’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Strategy 2010-2020

This is the ten year plan created by Queensland’s Department of the Environment and Resource Management that outlines the waste and recycling goals set forward by the government. It includes many charts, graphs, and visuals that illustrate how waste and recycling works in the present and the projected impact of the plan in the future. By 2020, Queensland wishes to reduce its waste that makes it to the landfill by 50%. They would also like to recover and recycle 75% of construction and demolition waste, 65% of municipal solid waste, and 60% of commercial and industrial waste. These are ambitious goals, but they seem all the more possible mapped out for the public in this extensive ten year plan.

 

Driving the Sustainable Waste Management Agenda in Queensland

This article describes the 2013 Waste & Recycling Industry Queensland (WRIQ) conference, in which men and women from different UK countries met to discuss new and improved waste management techniques, and waste trends over the past decades. The main idea however is the push for Energy from Waste (EfM), and from this meeting of the minds came many proposed solutions and ideas for Queensland’s waste. However there are several issues with implementing these plans, one of the biggest being that Queensland is on average about 15 years behind other UK countries, and 5 years behind Victoria and NSW, in the realm of technology used for these processes. Still it is entirely possible that those government officials in attendance heard about these new ideas and will do something about it to better their environmental practices.

 

Mining’s Dirty Secret

Following cyclone Oswald (which dumped 700mm of water upon the Mount Morgan mine area) it was discovered the Dee River had become immensely toxic. The mine had overflowed spilling acidic compounds and heavy metals into the river cause large amounts of pollution, changing the color to an unnatural blue-green, and killing fish and waterfowl along its length. The damage can be seen more than 55 km downstream and has residents and farmers of the affected area worried. This incident has revealed that 15000 abandoned mines in the state of Queensland are defective in some way and pose a risk of polluting the environment beyond what has been observed in the Mount Morgan incident. Sadly the clean up/fixing of Mount Morgan is estimated to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and is something that the Queensland government(s) has steered clear of for many years.

 

New Mining Boom Delivers Record Production but No Profit as Commodity Prices Plunge

While coal production is a large industry in Queensland and mining has only become more efficient, profits are down. In fact, many companies are not even making a profit. This article contains analysis of the some of the current economic hardships, mostly due to commodity prices, for the Queensland mining industry.

 

Man Dies in Queensland Mine Shaft Accident

Often times, mining involves danger and injury. This article discusses the unfortunate death of a 27 year old miner. This miner is a worker at Mt Isa, a mine which is discussed in further detail on the “Mining” page of this website. The man slipped and fell from the mine shaft, an unfortunate example of some of the dangers of the mining industry.

 

Forecasting the Future Risk of Barmah Forest Virus Disease under Climate Change Scenarios in Queensland, Australia

This article outlines the possible risk of the Barmah Forest Virus Disease and how climate change can and will affect this danger. The primary finding of this study is that the potential risk of the BFV disease will vary across the regions of Queensland, which is helpful in that it provides medical care providers a decent model of the virus and how it will affect their region.

Local Adaption Responses in Climate Change Planning in Costal Queensland

This article describes the primary climate change plans present by the various regions of Queensland, and how they would influence the community and environment that surrounds them. Some climate change plans for coastal areas included actions for shoreline erosion, coastal inundation, and storm surges, but only two addressed sea level rise impacts. It is the rise of the sea level that will have the greatest effect on the state of Queensland since it will cause large amounts of land to disappear from the coast.

Assessing the Vulnerability of an Assemblage of Subtropical Rainforest Vertebrate Species to Climate Change in South-East Queensland

Australia is one the most biodiverse continents in the world, and Queensland has parts of the sub-tropical rainforest located in the south-east region, much of which has undergone large scale clearing. The remaining forest is at risk of losing even more with the predicted climate change, which has scientists believing that frogs are at the most risk, followed by reptiles, birds, and then mammals. This study has provided the answer to this problem which is to prioritize the adaptation strategy of each phylum in turn. However it all starts with the reconstruction of the forest, which needs to happen soon if scientists/governments want to beat the predicted climate change.