Issue date : Fri 3 April, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 02 Min 43 Seconds
Number of items : 32
Decision to renew Victorian logging agreements criticised after summer bushfires
The Guardian
Fri 3 April, 2020
A federal and Victorian government decision to extend agreements that exempt the logging industry from conservation laws has sparked calls for the state to explain how it will boost wildlife protection in the wake of the summer’s devastating bushfires.
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Farming and conservation groups call for $4b post-pandemic jobs boost
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 3 April, 2020
A coalition of more than 80 landcare, environmental, farming and conservation groups has written to state and federal governments proposing the creation of 24,000 jobs in land rehabilitation as part of a post-pandemic stimulus package.
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Nickel back on track for a green mining future
Australian Mining
Fri 3 April, 2020
As social conversations surround the future of mining, with focus on climate change, green batteries, electric vehicles and decarbonising operations, nickel is making a comeback.
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Food manufacturers saving with solar
Food Processing
Fri 3 April, 2020
Food manufacturing is a power-hungry business and the rising cost of electricity is presenting challenges for the industry. In response, some manufacturers — both big and small — are choosing to switch to solar, resulting in significant energy savings along with reductions in carbon emissions.
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'It looks terrible': Scores of dead fish in 'soapy' Melbourne creek
The Age
Fri 3 April, 2020
An unknown "soapy substance" combined with warm weather and low water levels is believed to be behind the death of scores of fish in a creek in Melbourne's south-east.
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UK using 1.2 billion tonnes of material a year
Yahoo News
Fri 3 April, 2020
The UK is using 1.2 billion tonnes of materials a year – that’s the equivalent of 18.5 tonnes of material for every person in the country.
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Ambitious climate action a 'double win' for economy in coronavirus recovery
The Age
Thu 2 April, 2020
Industry groups and climate change experts are calling on the government to use the economic recovery effort after the disruption from the global coronavirus pandemic to generate jobs and economic growth by rolling out low-emissions technologies.
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Finally, Australia’s energy network planning will include climate policies
Reneweconomy
Thu 2 April, 2020
The Energy Security Board has laid the way for climate and renewables targets to be included in future energy system planning, as governments move to put the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) Integrated System Plans into practice.
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Glasgow climate talks postponed, but NGOs say it’s no excuse for go slow on action
Reneweconomy
Thu 2 April, 2020
The UK Government and the United Nations climate body, the UNFCCC, have announced that the next round of UN climate talks, COP26, that was due to be held in Glasgow in November have been delayed to allow governments to focus efforts on the immediate response to Covid-19.
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2020: When the great disruption began
Reneweconomy
Thu 2 April, 2020
It was always going to come to this. Whether it was a pandemic triggering a shutdown, a climate emergency bursting the carbon bubble, a populist backlash against inequality, wars over water or countless other possible triggers, this moment has long been inevitable.
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Corporate sustainability and ESG: counting on accountants
In the Black
Thu 2 April, 2020
Accountants play a key role in assessing and disclosing climate risks as part of corporate sustainability reporting, and are becoming important players in the business response to climate change.
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ALS refers fake coal analysis claims to police
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 2 April, 2020
Testing giant ALS is going to the police about allegations of potentially serious offences, following an internal probe into claims coal-quality results were artificially boosted.
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'Remarkable' jump in solar PV installations even as power prices eased
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 2 April, 2020
Australians installed solar panels on their roofs at a record rate last month, soaring almost half as much again as in March a year earlier, before the coronavirus began affecting supply and demand.
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The Brisbane Times
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By 2050, hydrogen can cut emissions by 34%: BNEF
Ecogeneration
Thu 2 April, 2020
With the right policies in place, clean hydrogen could be deployed over the next 30 years to cut up to 34% of global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and industry, a new report from BloombergNEF has forecast. The falling cost of making hydrogen from wind and solar power offers a viable route to cutting emissions in fossil-fuel-dependent sectors of the economy such as steel, heavy-duty vehicles, shipping and cement, BNEF’s Hydrogen Economy Outlook concludes.
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Keeping an eye on the energy efficiency ball is crucial
The Fifth Estate
Thu 2 April, 2020
What happens to energy efficiency when people desert the CBDs because of the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home, and then send energy consumption through the roof with their domestic consumption?
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What Gen Z – and everyone – needs from the built environment
The Fifth Estate
Thu 2 April, 2020
The property industry has caught onto the benefits of social sustainability and community-focused development, but for the incoming generation, Gen Z, it’s no longer a nice-to-have – they’re going to need it.
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26 Koalas To Be Released Back Into Their Original Habitats Following NSW Bushfire Recovery
Pedestrian
Thu 2 April, 2020
Anwen, the first female koala admitted to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital amid the devastation of the NSW bushfires, has been released back into her OG habitat today. Anwen is one of 26 brave koalas from the hospital who, over the coming days, will reunite with their homes. Yes, you may cry now. I am, too. Let’s wail together.
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Calling All Armchair Scientists: It’s Time to Count Baby Seals
Broadsheet
Thu 2 April, 2020
Victoria’s online seal-spotting portal is opening early this year, which means you can spend your days counting seals, pointing out pups and helping entangled animals on Phillip Island.
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COVID-19 and wastewater dispersal – are we ignoring a problem area?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 2 April, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes part of our daily lives in Australia, attempts to mitigate the spread have been rapid and severe, but, while the “big boxes” are being ticked, other less attention grabbing areas are being ignored. One such area is domestic wastewater dispersal and the spread of COVID-19 and other waterborne and airborne diseases in Australia.
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Why Covid-19 may complicate efforts to reduce airline emissions
Reneweconomy
Thu 2 April, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to global and domestic air travel, and could result in commercial aviation emissions being cut by more than half in 2020 globally.
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The design duo behind GINGER & SMART lets Vogue inside their chic and sustainable atelier
Vogue Australia
Thu 2 April, 2020
Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, of homegrown label GINGER & SMART, have been dressing Australians in their cool and classic designs for close to two decades. The sisters started their label back in 2002 and are known for their polished, playful and fashion-forward pieces but on a recent tour of their design atelier, the sisters explained how their commitment to sustainability has emerged as one of the most important aspects of their business.
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