Issue date : Tue 17 October, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
Government blows golden opportunity by walking away from Clean Energy Target: CEC
Ecogeneration
Tue 17 October, 2017
The Federal Government’s decision to walk away from a Clean Energy Target (CET) is likely to result in a substantial slowdown in new clean energy investment, meaning power prices will keep rising and voters will continue switching off, the Clean Energy Council said today.
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EPA head seeks to avoid settlements with green groups
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 17 October, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a directive to his agency on Monday seeking to end the practice of settling lawsuits with environmental groups behind closed doors, saying the groups have had too much influence on regulation.
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Massive US fund backs climate change at Origin
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 17 October, 2017
One of the world's largest pension funds will vote with activists against Origin's board over the company's approach to climate change risk disclosure at its looming annual meeting.
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Brambles reports FY17 sustainability progress
Logistics & Materials Handling
Tue 17 October, 2017
Global supply-chain logistics company Brambles, which operates primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands, has published its Sustainability Review for the 2017 Financial Year.
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Rabobank, U.N. launch $1 billion fund to boost sustainable farming
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 17 October, 2017
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rabobank NA [RABOVR.UL] is launching with the United Nations $1 billion in financing for farmers to transition to more sustainable practices as food companies and consumers are demanding more supply chain transparency.
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Abbott’s speech tells it like it is on global warming
The Australian
Tue 17 October, 2017
After reading the full text of what The Australian’s leading article called Tony Abbott’s “provocative” London speech, in my considered opinion it is one of the most outstanding speeches in years by any Australian politician.
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Opinion | Struggle to preserve environmental land
The Newcastle Herald
Tue 17 October, 2017
It’s no secret that the state government has targeted the Lower Hunter as a major population growth centre: no fewer than five planning strategies since 2003 clearly show this. Despite initial promises of sustainable and balanced growth, each strategy has increasingly tipped the scales in favour of the development industry, to the stage now where it is totally unbalanced, making almost inevitable the loss of large parts of our unique natural environment, along with our enviable lifestyle.
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ACCC report points to real costs of renewable energy
The Australian
Tue 17 October, 2017
There are enough complexities and a sufficient array of statistics around our National Electricity Market for special interests, activists, politicians and commentators to find something or other to support any argument. Yet, as the government prepares to finalise and announce its new climate and energy policy, there are some unambiguous facts that ought to be front and centre.
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Turnbull’s new energy policy: will this end the climate wars?
The Australian
Tue 17 October, 2017
Malcolm Turnbull has embarked on selling his new energy policy even as the Coalition Parliamentary party broke from endorsing the Cabinet compromise on greenhouse gas emissions and rising electricity costs.
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Battery startup taps carbon in race to replace lithium-ion cells
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 17 October, 2017
DETROIT (Reuters) - In an auto industry race to develop electric vehicle batteries that charge faster and are cheaper and safer than lithium-ion cells, startup Zap&Go will do all that with its carbon-ion alternative 'within a few years', a company executive said.
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Victoria’s $133m lure for utility-scale solar
Ecogeneration
Tue 17 October, 2017
As part of Victoria’s drive to attract more renewable energy resources to the area, the Victorian government has awarded a $133 million contract to UGL, a subsidiary of the engineering and construction brand CIMIC.
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Can solar on the roof really power your EV?
Reneweconomy
Tue 17 October, 2017
With China, India, Norway, UK, France and California planning to ban manufacture and sales of new internal combustion engine cars, and electric vehicles (EV) on the rise, will a solar roof become popular add-on option for plug in EV’s, and how many kilometres a day can they provide?
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Bong Su is dead, broken by cramped and impoverished zoo conditions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 17 October, 2017
Bong Su, Melbourne Zoo's beloved bull elephant, is dead. His death is a tragedy: zoo veterinarians euthanised him after an assessment that the pain he felt from "arthritis" could not be relieved. While this may be the case, Bong Su's pain was not natural. It was due to the conditions in which he was kept for many years at Melbourne Zoo. In reality, Bong Su should have been in his prime.
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WAToday
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Buddy, can you spare a bat tooth?
Cosmos
Tue 17 October, 2017
Fruit bat conservation needs special care on an island where the animals are used as money. Andrew Masterson reports.
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Shellfish pump out greenhouse gases
Cosmos
Tue 17 October, 2017
Baltic Sea study implicates invertebrates as big emitters. Andrew Masterson reports.
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Dozens dead as ferocious wildfires rip through Portugal, parts of Spain
9 News
Tue 17 October, 2017
Late season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a 1-month-old infant, authorities said Monday, making 2017 by far the deadliest year on record for forest blazes in the country.
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SBS World News Australia
'We went through absolute hell': Wildfires kill 39 in Portugal and Spain
Yahoo!7 News
Wildfires kill 39 in Portugal, Spain
News.com.au
The Australian
Mothers’ exposure to air pollution tied to cellular changes in kids
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 17 October, 2017
(Reuters Health) - Women who breathe polluted air during pregnancy have babies with greater signs of “aging” in their cells when they’re born compared to babies whose mothers breathed cleaner air, a new study finds.
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Werribee landfill operation extension to go ahead
Inside Waste
Tue 17 October, 2017
Wyndham City Council will extend its landfill operations on Wests Road, Werribee, following a grants work approval by the Victorian EPA.
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Cabinet dumps Clean Energy Target proposed by Chief Scientist for new 'affordable, reliable' power plan
ABC News
Mon 16 October, 2017
A Clean Energy Target recommended by Australia's Chief Scientist will not be adopted, with the Federal Government instead proposing a new plan to bring down electricity prices.
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The New Daily
China needs tougher clean fuel targets to meet Paris climate pact: report
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 16 October, 2017
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will have to launch more ambitious renewable energy and non-fossil fuel targets and ramp up efforts to enforce them to avoid missing global climate accord requirements, two government think tanks said on Monday.
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China dances the seven veils of decarbonization
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 October, 2017
Perhaps because of the need to make leadership look good in front of the five yearly leadership congress, China’s “deindustrialization, cleaner air, decarbonization efforts” have taken a step backwards in 2017.
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Pope implicitly criticizes U.S. for leaving Paris climate accord
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 16 October, 2017
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, praising it as a means to control the devastating effects of global warming.
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News.com.au
The Australian
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Greenpeace dumps coal on CBA HQ in climate protest
The Daily Telegraph
Mon 16 October, 2017
GREENPEACE activists have delivered more than 100 bags of coal to the doorstep of the Commonwealth Bank’s Sydney headquarters as they protest its refusal to rule out coal financing.
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The Newcastle Herald
Greenpeace protest targets Commonwealth Bank coal industry investment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Greenpeace dumps load of coal at Commonwealth Bank's Sydney headquarters
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Climate change denier Monckton accidentally proves Earth is warming
Independent Australia
Tue 17 October, 2017
As Tony Abbott tells the world climate change action is like "trying to appease volcano gods", far from proving climate science wrong, leading climate change denier Lord Christopher Monckton has proved it to be extremely accurate, finds Steve Bishop.
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How rooftop solar is saving billions on energy bills for all consumers
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 October, 2017
A major new study has underlined the crucial role played by rooftop solar in moderating energy prices: without it, the study says, the aggregate cost of electricity would have been several billion dollars higher over the past year.
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Oliver Yates teams with Simon Corbell in Clean Energy Derivates Corp
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 October, 2017
The former head of Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Oliver Yates, is teaming up with the former ACT climate and energy minister Simon Corbell in a new venture called the Clean Energy Derivatives Corporation, which is set to emerge as a major new player in renewable energy markets.
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Solar electric cars are the future – and “that future is now”
Reneweconomy
Mon 16 October, 2017
The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge came to a close last Friday, but the race to build the world’s first commercial, road-registered, consumer friendly solar passenger vehicles is only just gearing up. And Australia is looking very competitive.
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Low-cost housing, urban sprawl increasing fire risks
The Herald Sun
Mon 16 October, 2017
THE risk of serious bushfires is increasing partly because of lower-cost housing on the fringes of cities, according to an expert in the field.
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Mirvac Trials Solar Upgrade at Ascot Green Apartments
The Urban Developer
Mon 16 October, 2017
Mirvac has announced a partnership with clean energy provider, Evergen, to bring an innovative solar offer to future residents of Ascot Green, the $950 million joint development with the Brisbane Racing Club at the Eagle Farm Racecourse.
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Union wants Airservices Australia to release foam records
The Canberra Times
Mon 16 October, 2017
Federal government agency Airservices Australia has rejected calls from a key firefighters union for the release of records related to the use of foams containing toxic chemicals.
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