The Bullroarer - Thursday 29th November 2007

Food miles can mislead

The average Australian basket of food has travelled over 70,000 kilometres from producer to consumer, suggests the first study of its kind.

But experts say in some cases it's how your food is produced, rather than how far it has travelled, that's more important if you're considering energy use.

Download the CERES Press Release and Full Report.

Red-hot Australia just the spot for solar energy projects

AUSTRALIA gleams a bright red in a map that paints a vibrant picture of how solar energy reaches different parts of the world.

America's space agency, NASA, has pinpointed the world's sunniest spots by studying maps compiled by US and European satellites.

New Zealand oil project nears completion

New Zealand Oil's Tui project is nearing its target production, the company said.

In the Taranaki region on the northwest coast, the oil field is increasing its production rate and has neared its target of maintaining production at 50,000 barrels a day, the New Zealand Times reported. Production at the offshore field averaged 49,302 barrels a day last week, since production began at the end of July.

Beach Petroleum Finds New Oil Field In South Australia

Adelaide, Australia (AHN) - Adelaide, Australia-based Beach Petroleum has found a new oil field in a less-explored area of South Australia.

The Parsons field containing an estimated one million barrels of oil is located on the western edge of the Cooper Basin, close to Beach Petroleum's Callawonga field. The area in central Australia is known as the West Patchawarra Flank.

Australia risks breaching Kyoto

SYDNEY (AFP) — Australia's new government must move quickly to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions after ratifying the Kyoto Protocol or risk breaching the pact, an expert warned Wednesday.


Outgoing conservative prime minister John Howard had refused to ratify the landmark pact but had insisted Australia would meet its Kyoto target anyway.

But Clive Hamilton, founder of the public policy think-tank Australia Institute, said the country's emissions were heading above the Kyoto Protocol target of 108 percent of 1990 levels by 2012.

"Our emissions are growing at about 1.5 to 2.0 percent a year -- you can see that between now and 2012 it's going to reach 130 percent," he told AFP.

Car dealers' opposition to emission rules attacked

Two public health organisations and the Sustainable Energy Forum have attacked car dealers for opposing the Government's move to lower exhaust emissions.

New Zealand's record imports cause higher than expected trade deficit

WELLINGTON (Thomson Financial) - Record New Zealand exports of dairy products and crude oil in October were not enough to offset the highest ever monthly import bill, official figures showed Monday.

New Zealand Oil & Gas gets lift from Tui oil reserves upgrade

WELLINGTON (MarketWatch) -- New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd. (NZO.NZ) said Thursday oil reserves at the Tui oil project have been revised up sharply by 30% to 41.7 million barrels, setting up a potentially big cash windfall for the company and its project partners.


Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Plc has agreed to co-invest with US and Australian companies to explore natural gas resources in offshore Australia.

Check my maths but if Patchawarra is 0.005 mbpd and Australia consumes 0.75 mbpd (half imported) then we need 150 such discoveries for long term self sufficiency.

Personally I think Australia's 108% of 1990 emissions by 2012 is shameful. 80% or 90% would be better, without a land clearing fudge. As a previous poster pointed out, Rudd's 20% RE by 2020 doesn't necessarily mean less coal as they could grow in tandem. Rudd should set a much tougher target of say 100 Mt reduction in CO2e by 2020 plus a cap/depletion protocol on exports of coal and LNG.

I agree that the concept of obtaining credit for emissions avoided is flawed. As I understand it Australia was credited with some percentage of its emissions for ceasing certain land clearing activities.

Where is the flaw in this? The per capita Australian emission is say 30 tonnes p.a. One hundred thousand people from country X where per capita emissions are 1 tonne p.a. wish to emigrate here. We refuse their admittance and claim 2,900,000 tonnes p.a. emissions avoided.

Similarly every female of breeding age who does not have a baby in a given year can claim credit for 30 tonnes emissions avoided each year.

One from Steve Biddulph in the SMH (who I would have wildly incorrectly guessed was quite conservative based on his parenting books) :

The party's over and Liberals will soon be history

Phil, could you find a link to the original version of the sunshine map, please?

The sunshine map above is from the SMH article it accompanies.

The original source is presumably the NASA study.

There is a little collection of solar maps here :

Thanks. Actually I was looking for the original NASA source. Like looking for a needle in a haystack on their site :( Biff