Issue date : Wed 3 June, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Australian content must be a major part of a clean energy-led economic recovery
The Guardian
Wed 3 June, 2020
From the World Bank and the International Energy Agency to Australia’s own Reserve Bank and a host of national industry bodies the message is clear, our path out of the great economic collapse triggered by Covid 19-must put renewable energy and a decarbonised society at its centre.
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What does choosing an impact investment mean for returns?
Money Management
Wed 3 June, 2020
The average annualised return for impact investment products was 5.3% during 2018-19, according to a report by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).
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Climate explained: could the world stop using fossil fuels today?
The Conversation
Wed 3 June, 2020
It is not feasible to immediately stop extracting and using fossil fuels. The global economy, human health and livelihoods currently depend heavily on oil, coal and gas. But over time, we need to displace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewable energy sources.
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Solar and wind’s stunning cost advantage sparks call for mass coal closure
Reneweconomy
Wed 3 June, 2020
A new global study has highlighted the growing advantage of wind and solar costs over new and even existing coal generators, so much so that a decision to replace 500GW of old coal plant with new renewables would deliver annual savings of $23 billion ($A34 billion) and a timely $A1.4 trillion economic boost.
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Australia’s biggest wind farm starts sending power to the grid
Reneweconomy
Wed 3 June, 2020
Goldwind Australia’s 530MW Stockyard Hill wind farm has begun sending power to the grid, after the first of what will be a total of 149 wind turbines was connected to the Victorian transmission network on Tuesday.
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For the evolution of smarts, parents matter
Cosmos
Wed 3 June, 2020
Humans are not the only species that enjoy prolonged childhoods: elephants, whales, dolphins and some bats and birds do also.
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Morrison’s building boost must target efficient, sustainable housing, experts say
Reneweconomy
Tue 2 June, 2020
Building industry and sustainability experts have called on the federal government to seize the Covid-moment and tie a proposed construction sector stimulus to greener building practices, such as requirements for higher energy and thermal efficiency standards for new homes.
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Electric incentives could cut need for more gas drilling, report finds
The Age
Tue 2 June, 2020
Banning gas installation in new buildings and subsidising Victorians to switch to electrical heating and hot water systems would ease the threat of a gas shortage and eliminate the need to drill onshore.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Greens to move against lifting Victorian gas moratorium
Reneweconomy
Tue 2 June, 2020
The Victorian Greens will vote against proposed legislation that would lift the state’s moratorium on new gas exploration, labelling the plan a “climate disaster”.
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Victoria invests half a million in brown coal
Energy Magazine
Tue 2 June, 2020
Off the back of announcing a $15 million emissions reduction package, the Victorian Government has invested a further $600,000 in brown coal technologies.
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The pandemic we have to have
ProBono Australia News
Tue 2 June, 2020
The current coronavirus pandemic poses a frightening health risk, the parameters of which are still nebulous and unknowable. And we are already seeing the associated costs to global and national economies; to communities and to individuals. The crisis has and will touch even those of us who avoid infection. None of us are immune. Politicians are resisting the term “recession”, but commentators agree on its imminence: the urgency with which we need to reform our economy and business structures is clear.
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Big banks join forces on climate risk
Investor Daily
Tue 2 June, 2020
NAB, Westpac, CBA have come together with a number of other institutions and leading scientists and researchers to develop standards for climate physical risk projections – the “Climate Measurement Standards Initiative” (CSMI).
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Newmont on track to reach 2020 emissions targets
Australian Mining
Tue 2 June, 2020
Newmont has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions across its operations, with the company’s 2019 sustainability report showing that it has almost fulfilled this year’s targets.
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Impact investing set to skyrocket: Research
Financial Standard
Tue 2 June, 2020
Australia's appetite for impact investing is set to skyrocket over the coming years, with new research predicting the market will reach $100 billion by 2025.
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Australia’s largest renewables employment study released
Energy Magazine
Tue 2 June, 2020
The Clean Energy Council’s latest report has found that the renewables sector could potentially employ 44,000 Australians by 2025, with the majority of these jobs in regional areas.
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Power purchase agreement whiz Jackie McKeon joins Renewable Energy Hub
The Fifth Estate
Tue 2 June, 2020
Jackie McKeon, who has just taken on a new role as director, energy services at Renewable Energy Hub, knows a thing or two about renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) and says now is the perfect time to make the switch – even if it may not look like it.
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Dead wombats found in shocking animal cruelty case
The Herald Sun
Tue 2 June, 2020
In a shocking case of animal cruelty, four wombats have been shot dead and dumped on the side a road in the Macedon Ranges. Wildlife carers who have been devastated by the heinous crime are now pleading for the public’s help to find those responsible.
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The Weekly Times
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The next global health pandemic could easily erupt in your backyard
The Conversation
Tue 2 June, 2020
We know the virus that causes COVID-19 is linked to very similar viruses in bats, possibly passed to humans via an intermediate species such as pangolins. The chance of a similar pandemic breaking out in Australia might seem far-fetched. But in fact, we tick all the boxes.
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Football pitch-sized area of tropical rainforest lost every six seconds
The Guardian
Tue 2 June, 2020
The amount of pristine tropical rainforest lost across the globe increased last year, as the equivalent of a football pitch disappeared every six seconds, a satellite-based analysis has found.
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Destruction of Juukan Gorge: we need to know the history of artefacts, but it is more important to keep them in place
The Conversation
Tue 2 June, 2020
A day before Reconciliation Week and the day Australia was meant to be acknowledging and remembering the Stolen Generations, news came of something that seemed to put Australia back a few decades in their journey towards “Reconciliation”. Rio Tinto had detonated a 46,000 year old site known as Juukan Gorge.
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'Wasted opportunity': US heritage expert slams Rio Tinto's sacred site blast
WAToday
Tue 2 June, 2020
A Chicago-based heritage protection organisation has added its voice to national and international outrage over mining giant Rio Tinto blowing up a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site in Western Australia.
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Teenage climate-change campaigner Daisy Jeffrey on what it’s really like to be a young activist
Vogue Australia
Tue 2 June, 2020
Teenage climate-change activist Daisy Jeffrey has been praised as the voice of a generation and is the latest Australian to have contributed to the On ... series of small books, designed to pair leading thinkers with complex themes. Her new release, On Hope, explores the hectic juggle of balancing activism with high school and the ongoing mission to be heard.
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Mumbai bracing for the 'first cyclone in years'
Yahoo News
Tue 2 June, 2020
"The sea was brought into the city by the wind; the waves roared fearfully; the tops of the churches were blown off and the immense stones were driven to vast distances; two thousand persons were killed."
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