Mining in Tasmania raises water pollution concerns to a new high

February 14, 2019 by  
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Tasmania’s water pollution is becoming a major problem for local residents and wildlife. A new study discovered that metal contamination in the state’s lakes are about as high as they get, raising concerns about the quality of water and food obtained from the region. The majority of the contamination can be traced to historic mining operations in Rosebery and Queenstown. The new study, which was conducted by the Australian National University, looked at six lakes in Tasmania, including Perched Lake, Lake Cygnus, Lake Dobson and Dove Lake, and found levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and copper. Basin Lake and Owen Tarn had the highest levels of water pollution. The levels of contamination are bad enough to equal some of the highest contaminated waterways in the world, including Iran’s Shur River and Pakistan’s Kurang River. “The levels of contamination are really, really high,” the lead scientist on the study, Larissa Schneider. “They need to do research to know what is happening to the fish and if it’s really high… people should not be eating it.” Schneider compared the level of water pollution to what the United States has encountered in some areas of the country. In those cases, local fish populations were severely harmed by the pollutants, which is a major concern because the contamination levels in Tasmania are much higher. Related: California teen finds golf balls are a major source of plastic waste in our oceans Scientists, for example, discovered an alarming amount of lead contamination in Dove Lake, which could affect native organisms. The new research argues that the contaminates were spread via atmospheric transport. Mining operations in the 1930s used open cut mining, a popular practice until it was outlawed by the Environmental Protection Act in the 1970s. Metal contaminates were discovered over 80 miles away from old mining locations, and some of the lakes are in mountainous regions. This suggests that they reached these bodies of water by passing through the air. Will Hodgman, the premier of Tasmania, discussed the new findings and suggested a form of remediation on the part of government and private industries. The entity that looks after waterways, the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment , has not commented on Tasmania’s water pollution levels. Via The Guardian Image via Wikipedia Commons  

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Stellar views and a small footprint defines this Tasmanian timber cabin

April 12, 2018 by  
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A small abode perched high on the eastern slopes of Tasmania’s Mount Wellington offers spectacular landscape views. Room11 Architects designed the boxy dwelling with a deliberately compact footprint as an “intensely private” retreat that keeps the focus on outdoor views framed by large windows. In addition to enviable views, natural cross ventilation and a wood-burning stove help keep the home, called Little Big House, attuned to nature. Located high above Hobart, Little Big House is an escape from the city set in a forested landscape. The simple residence is clad in vertical unfinished timber in a nod to the local vernacular construction styles of Southern Tasmania. “A small home with big volumes, the house is a bespoke building in a cool climate,” wrote the architects. “Eschewing many of the traditions of Australian architecture , this house is distinctly Tasmanian.” Related: Historic train shed transformed into Tasmanian School for Architecture Polycarbonate cladding on the east and west facades bring additional light to the minimalist interior without compromising privacy. White walls and tall ceilings create a bright and airy atmosphere indoors; the entry, kitchen, and bathroom spaces are finished in black to provide visual contrast. The focus is kept on the double-height living room set next to a long strip of glazing, while the bedroom is tucked above on the mezzanine level. + Room11 Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Ben Hosking

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Marvelous modular retreat goes off-grid in untamed Tasmania

November 13, 2015 by  
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Naval camouflage enlivens the bioclimatic solar-powered Southern Outlet House

September 28, 2015 by  
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Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools

June 15, 2015 by  
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Who knew tree stumps could have so many uses! Tasmanian furniture designer Duncan Meerding transformed ordinary tree stumps into gorgeous, weather-resistant lamps that can double as indoor and outdoor tables and stools,. The cracks in the timber of the Log Light illuminate an entire area with shards of light coming from warm LED strip lights fitted into the volume. Read the rest of Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cracked Log Lamp , Duncan Meerding , furniture design , green lighting , lamp design , LED lights , reclaimed timber , sustainable design , tasmania

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Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

June 1, 2015 by  
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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

December 29, 2014 by  
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Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

December 29, 2014 by  
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The city government of Madrid plans to upgrade every single one of their streetlights to Philips ’ energy-efficient bulbs. Philips, the world’s leader in lighting, will finance the project at no additional cost to the citizens of Madrid. Existing lights on streets, at historic monuments, and in public parks will be replaced with energy-efficient LED lighting provided by Philips. The project targets a total of 225,000 lights, making this the world’s largest street lighting upgrade. Read the rest of Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , city planning , eco-friendly lighting , energy efficient , LED lighting , lightbulbs , madrid , Philips , recycling , reducing energy costs , Spain , technology upgrade

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

June 25, 2014 by  
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Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) must be giving a huge sigh of relief today, because the UN has rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s rainforest. Australia wants to start logging in one of the last temperate rain forests on the planet, known as the Tasmanian Wilderness, which was added to the World Heritage List over 30 years ago. But the UN, after hearing arguments from both sides, unanimously decided to protect the fragile ecosystem. Read the rest of Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australian Heritage Site , Australian Rainforest , Australian Wilderness , Heritage Protected Site , Protecting Tasmanian Heritage Site , Protecting Tasmanian Wilderness , tasmania , Tasmania Heritage Protected Site , Tasmanian rainforest , Tasmanian Wilderness , UN Heritage Site , UN Protects Australian Rainforest , UN protects rainforest , UN protects Tasmanian Rainforest , UN Rainforest

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Camera-Wearing Elephant Seals Aid Antarctic Climate Change Study

February 27, 2013 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock Scientists studying climate change in the Antarctic recruited some unlikely allies for their research. The Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem CRC in Tasmania has revealed that they equipped elephant seals with sensors and cameras to get a glimpse into life deep beneath the ice in the hopes of better understanding its role in the world’s climate. Read the rest of Camera-Wearing Elephant Seals Aid Antarctic Climate Change Study Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ACE CRC , Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem CRC , antarctica , antarctica ice , antarctica sensors , cameras , Climate Change , elephant seals , global warming , ocean currents , seals , tasmania

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