Issue date : Thu 26 November, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
'Tech loving geeks' confused by Victoria's electric vehicle tax
The Age
Thu 26 November, 2020
Sarah Moran and her colleagues run Girl Geek Academy, which teaches women and girls how to use tech, develop games and become expert at 3D printing and robotics.
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'Fish massacre': Fisheries staff feared easing of marine park controls
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 26 November, 2020
NSW fisheries officers were stunned by the Berejiklian government's decision to roll back marine park protections in the Batemans Bay area, with one of them predicting a "fish massacre" would result.
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NSW renewable energy bill 'actually a carbon tax': Joyce
Sky News Australia
Thu 26 November, 2020
The Berejikjlian government’s renewable energy bill – which has passed through the upper house – is a carbon tax, according to Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce.
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Think taxing electric vehicle use is a backward step? Here’s why it’s an important policy advance
The Conversation
Thu 26 November, 2020
The South Australian and Victorian governments have announced, and New South Wales is considering, road user charges on electric vehicles. This policy has drawn scorn from environmental advocates and motor vehicle lobbyists who fear it will slow the uptake of less-polluting vehicles. But, from a longer-term transport policy perspective, a distance-based road user charge on electric vehicles is an important step forward.
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Investors battle with fund managers behaving badly
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 26 November, 2020
Super funds are demanding companies to align with their members values. They will now be under more intense pressure that applies to the fund managers they hire.
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Pandemic a real-time experiment on ESG investing
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 26 November, 2020
This year provided a real-time laboratory to test the effectiveness of ethical investing and for many investors the results confirmed their original beliefs.
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QBE raises funds for bird conservation initiative
Insurance Business
Thu 26 November, 2020
QBE Australia has raised a total of $12,173.95 through its annual Birds for Good campaign, which will benefit the wildlife conservation efforts of its partner, Taronga Conservation Society Australia.
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Producing hydrogen, not oxygen
Cosmos
Thu 26 November, 2020
The search for alternative energy sources is as wide-ranging as it is important.
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Battery life: the race to find a green energy storage solution
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 26 November, 2020
From a windswept sea wall on England’s north Kent coast, Marie King points to miles of empty marshy farmland where there will soon be thousands of solar panels and one of the country’s largest battery installations.
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Benefits of hybrid booms for Australian industry
Energy Magazine
Thu 26 November, 2020
For many companies, “going green” and the reduction of carbon emissions continues to be at the forefront of their future goals. As such, hire companies are taking the initiative and investing in hybrid equipment, including booms. So, what is a hybrid boom and how does it benefit businesses?
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The evolution of an aggressive tumour
Cosmos
Thu 26 November, 2020
Australia’s iconic Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is particularly prone to a cancer that spreads through biting, causes large welts on the marsupial’s face, and eventually leads to death.
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Denmark's culled minks rise from mass grave
Yahoo News
Thu 26 November, 2020
A rushed cull of Denmark's minks over concerns about a coronavirus mutation has left the country facing a new horror, as cadavers of the animals re-emerge from the earth.
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Green front gardens reduce physiological and psychological stress
The Mandarin
Thu 26 November, 2020
There is growing evidence that being in natural spaces – whether while gardening or listening to bird song – has a positive effect on mental health. Being in nature is also linked to improved cognitive function, greater relaxation, coping with trauma, and alleviating certain attention deficit disorder symptoms in children.
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Victoria announces $1.6 billion clean energy investment
Energy Magazine
Wed 25 November, 2020
The Victorian Government has unveiled in its 2020/21 Budget a $1.6 billion clean energy investment – the largest investment of its kind in Australia.
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Fracking hell: Gas and coal projects march on across Australia
Reneweconomy
Wed 25 November, 2020
While state governments have been enjoying praise for their leadership and their support of a clean energy transformation, recent announcements have masked a flurry of fossil fuel project approvals, that could undermine the environmental benefits of ambitious clean energy policies.
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Mathias Cormann talks up 'green recovery' in OECD pitch, despite record in office
The Guardian
Wed 25 November, 2020
Australia’s former finance minister Mathias Cormann is continuing to talk up the importance of a “collective green recovery” on the campaign trail to be the next secretary general of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Our investments should not drive the problems we ask grantees to solve
ProBono Australia News
Wed 25 November, 2020
Many foundations have realised that they do not need to sacrifice returns to multiply impact and as a result are deploying their investments as another tool in service of their mission, write Ellen Dorsey and Dan Chu.
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Top CEOs form exclusive climate change club
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 25 November, 2020
The CEOs of 22 of Australia's biggest companies, including BHP, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, AGL, Rio Tinto and Wesfarmers, have joined forces to collaborate on ways to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
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Big bosses join to beat climate change
Aware Super nearly halves emissions in mass divestment
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 25 November, 2020
Superannuation mega-fund Aware Super says it has used a novel technique of its own invention to slash the carbon footprint of its equities holdings by 40 per cent virtually overnight.
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Renewables sector rides through pandemic, rooftop solar market stronger than ever
Reneweconomy
Wed 25 November, 2020
Australia’s renewable energy sector has ridden through the Covid-19 pandemic largely unscathed, and the rooftop solar market may even emerge stronger, as Australians take the opportunity to renovate their homes and working-from-home arrangements and become more conscious of their day time energy needs, according to the latest quarterly Carbon Markets Report published by the Clean Energy Regulator.
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Sky's the limit for flying electric car
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 25 November, 2020
The most efficient electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft in the world could put Australia at the forefront of a revolution in air travel.
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GRESB 2020 real estate top performers revealed
The Fifth Estate
Wed 25 November, 2020
Multinational construction company Lendlease topped the GRESB 2020 Real Estate Results this week, as participation in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark leapt 22 per cent.
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