Issue date : Fri 18 August, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 39 Seconds
Number of items : 43
Finkel Report: Built Environment to Recharge Australia’s Energy Dialogue
Sourceable
Fri 18 August, 2017
Australia is in the midst of an energy crisis. Costs are growing for both homes and businesses. At the same time, our energy infrastructure is ageing, meaning more costs are looming to replace power stations and wires already past their sell-by date. And we’re having trouble coping with peaks and troughs in demand brought about by extreme weather. With climate change starting to bite, we’re under pressure to reduce our emissions.
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Departments claw at crayfish trade
PS News
Fri 18 August, 2017
The Department of Environment and Energy recently joined forces with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources with the support of the aquarium industry, to close down the trade of Cajun dwarf crayfish in Australia.
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Sea ice a ‘handbrake on global warming’
The Australian
Fri 18 August, 2017
Melting sea ice could help cool the planet by flooding the atmosphere with particles that deflect sunlight.
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Incinerator boss Ian Malouf defends pollution record
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 18 August, 2017
The controversial waste management magnate behind plans to build a massive "energy-from-waste incinerator" near homes in western Sydney defended his environmental track record before a fiery parliamentary inquiry into the safety of the proposal on Thursday.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Packaging as part of the food waste solution
Food & Beverage
Fri 18 August, 2017
While there are clear humanitarian, environmental and economic reasons to reduce food waste, the solutions to the problem are not as clear. We spoke to Karl Deily, President of Sealed Air Food Care to hear his views on how to best address this problem.
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Aqualove alkaline water
Food & Beverage
Fri 18 August, 2017
Aqualove, a new alkaline and eco-friendly water product intended to meet the growing demand for products that assist with neutralising the body’s PH balance has been released.
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Press Council Adjudication: BirdLife Australia
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 17 August, 2017
The Press Council has considered a complaint from BirdLife Australia about an article published in The Daily Telegraph on 6 December 2016, headed “ENVIRO-MENTAL STATE FUNDS FOR GREEN MOANERS” in print and “Environmental protesters receiving state and federal grants even as they disrupt major projects” online. The print article began on page one, headed “EXCLUSIVE: Taxpayers’ funding for Gang Green”.
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Tasmania talks up renewables, ignores battery storage, gets stuck on gas
Reneweconomy
Thu 17 August, 2017
The Tasmanian government has recommitted to plans to add up to 1000GWh of new renewable generation to the state’s power mix, making it “energy self-sufficient” by 2022, in response to the final report from the state’s Energy Security Taskforce.
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Of renewables, Robocops and risky business
The Conversation
Thu 17 August, 2017
A while ago I asked what types of people will lead our great energy transition. Well, some of them seem to be living in North Melbourne. Earlier this month I watched as Victoria’s Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced A$1 million for a hydrogen refuelling station to power zero-emission local government vehicles. The money, from the New Energy Jobs Fund, will sit alongside A$1.5 million that Moreland Council is investing over three years.
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Victorian Councils to Offer Finance to Help Businesses Save on Energy
The Urban Developer
Thu 17 August, 2017
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today expanded its partnership with Sustainable Melbourne Fund, boosting momentum for investment in renewable energy across Victorian councils and small businesses.
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Grants to help gardens grow
PS News
Thu 17 August, 2017
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has announced that the ACT Community Gardens grants program is open for 2017.
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Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 August, 2017
Cement creates more carbon emissions than every car in the world combined, but Beyond Zero Emissions has cooked up a plan for Australia to lead the world with a zero carbon cement industry. And one that could help reverse job losses through the closure of coal plants.
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The pros and cons of building upgrade grants
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 August, 2017
There’s an old question about grants. Some funding is great but is it ever enough? The issue recently rose to the fore with the recent announcement from Sustainability Victoria that had a new program of grants for energy efficiency, called Better Commercial Buildings. While some sources grumbled that the money was too little to achieve much and that waiting around for grants could delay action, SV has pointed out that funding is just part of the story. More important and probably more valuable is end-to-end support to get an upgrade program going.
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Community effort needed to capture pest birds
Farm Weekly
Thu 17 August, 2017
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has called on Geraldton residents and birdwatchers to help locate 16 escaped Indian ringneck parakeets which could prove a major pest in the wild.
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Small technology promises to clean huge volumes of wastewater
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Thu 17 August, 2017
Researchers from Edith Cowan University have developed a way to modify the atomic structure of iron to create a metal that can strip impurities from water in just a few minutes.
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It’s time to start thinking about our digital carbon footprint
The Conversation
Thu 17 August, 2017
The media is at the forefront of generating awareness over environmental issues. It is easy to name influential films like An Inconvenient Truth or note advances made by The Guardian’s environmental reporting. But what is often missing from this discussion is the environmental costs of producing media in the first place.
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End of carb​ie 2-strokes
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 17 August, 2017
THANKFULLY it didn’t require a postal plebiscite for Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg to table a Bill in Federal Parliament that will bring Australia in line with world emission standards for marine engines.
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Inside the EPA's mammoth effort to remove Stawell's toxic tyre mountain
The Age
Thu 17 August, 2017
Victoria's Environmental Protection Authority is tackling the removal of a toxic mountain of tyres from a site in western Victoria like a military operation.
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The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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The war on coffee cups – and how to win
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 August, 2017
Staff are the primary generators of operational waste in an office building. They produce an average of 118 kg of waste per person each year. Much of this is avoidable items such as coffee cups, disposable lunch and beverage containers, paper towels and office paper. Now CitySwitch’s Choose.Reuse. campaign encourages employees to think about their waste practices, take actions to avoid and reduce waste, and improve recycling and stream contamination rates.
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Australia's abnormally warm winter will extend through spring
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 17 August, 2017
Most of Australia can expect a hotter-than-average spring driven in part by unusually warm waters off the east coast, increasing the chances of an early and active fire season in the south-east.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
WAToday