Issue date : Fri 18 September, 2020
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
Energy plan will weaken renewables agency, experts warn
The Canberra Times
Fri 18 September, 2020
The government's plan to expand the remit of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to include carbon capture and use, carbon sequestration and hydrogen has been met with suspicion in some quarters, with the Greens promising to block the legislation in the Senate.
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The Coalition should take its carbon credits where they're due, then earn some more
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 18 September, 2020
On September 7, for the first time in Australia’s history, renewable energy was generating more power than coal. For solar, wind and other renewables to reach more than 50 per cent of supply is pretty astounding given the calamitous rhetoric around Australia’s supposed failures in renewable energy.
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Morrison thinks gas is the new coal, and it’s just as big a climate threat
Reneweconomy
Fri 18 September, 2020
It has been an unusually dense week of climate and energy policy announcements in Australia. Some, such as help for new interconnectors that ease the integration of wind and solar, make sense. Some, such as reducing funding for government research agencies and changing their mandate to include support for fossil fuels are the realisation of long-held efforts to erode government support for zero emissions technologies. Others, such as a ‘hydrogen hub‘, could go well, if fuelled by renewables, and terribly, if fuelled by fossils.
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Zurich rolls out climate change resilience service
Insurance Business
Fri 18 September, 2020
As the impacts of climate change worsen year after year, businesses are seeking more ways to prepare for the challenges caused by natural hazards – and Zurich might have found the best way to address them.
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Members show greatest concern for climate change risk: NGS Super
Money Management
Fri 18 September, 2020
Climate change is the biggest environmental, social and governance (ESG) concern for NGS Super members with the firm saying 90% of the ESG enquiries it received related to this issue.
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Flight of the sniffer bees
Cosmos
Fri 18 September, 2020
Honeybees continue to cause quite a buzz with their smarts. Previous studies have found that not only can they understand basic maths, they can also connect symbols to numbers and transfer information about an object from one sense to another.
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Environmental tick for Lake Wells project
Farm Weekly
Fri 18 September, 2020
A PROPOSAL to produce Sulphate of Potash (SoP) fertiliser from hypersaline brine at Lake Wells, a remote WA salt lake, has been approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
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'Gas is a distraction': Environment group 'deeply concerned' by renewables plan
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 17 September, 2020
One of Australia's leading environmental groups has called the federal government's inclusion of gas in its renewable energy agencies' mandate "deeply concerning", and said a focused approach on new energy technologies would create three times as many jobs as fossil fuel investment in the future.
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Scott Morrison to announce $70 million hydrogen export hub and SA ‘in the running’ to host
News.com.au
Thu 17 September, 2020
South Australia is “leading the nation” when it comes to hydrogen. putting the state in the running to house a $70m hydrogen export hub.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
Councils step up fight against West Gate Tunnel soil dump
The Age
Thu 17 September, 2020
Councils are engaging lawyers to fight the Andrews government's West Gate Tunnel soil dump, as the state's environmental watchdog approves landfill expansions that would never be allowed under the current permit system.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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On why we still want to pull up stumps and move to New Zealand
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 September, 2020
The release of Australia’s “gas-fired recovery” plans this week – topped off with new rules to allow government clean energy finance to flow towards carbon capture and storage –should hardly come as a surprise.
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For Anthony Albanese, gas is the new Adani
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 17 September, 2020
Labor found out the hard way at the last election that it cannot be all things to all people when the country splits on whether to dig more coal out of the ground.
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A million jobs
The Monthly
Thu 17 September, 2020
A plan to tackle unemployment and climate change is staring the government in the face
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You WILL Have Trees and They WILL be Eight Metres High
The Daily Telegraph
Thu 17 September, 2020
Every residential lot in a major urban growth area of Sydney will be required to have at least one eight-metre-high tree in the backyard and one five-metre tree in the front yard.
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Human or octopus? It matters for the future of rooftop solar and batteries
Reneweconomy
Thu 17 September, 2020
Consider the octopus – although you may never eat those chewy little suckers again. Only 600 million years or so ago, the story goes, the evolutionary tree branched in two directions. While ours, the vertebrates, developed a single brain and central nervous system, invertebrate mollusks like octopi went in a different direction.
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Beware the booming industrial sector and its poor carbon profile
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 September, 2020
The booming industrial sector is going great guns under Covid with people shopping more online and forcing up demand for more logistics space, but will the low carbon profile of many of these buildings as flagged by the Green Building councils of Australia and New Zealand potentially lead to unintended consequences.
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Here’s our chance to relieve energy poverty through post COVID stimulus
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 September, 2020
A shocking number of Australians experience energy poverty and its only expected to get worse post-Covid as people spend more time at home. But there’s tried and tested tactics to alleviate energy poverty and boost the economy at the same time.
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Coal’s deadly legacy in Australia and the US
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 September, 2020
Australia, like the US is trying to stick to the coal agenda despite cleaner sources of energy making the fossil fuel irrelevant to our futures.
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Back alleys become green oases for pandemic-weary Montreal
Yahoo News
Thu 17 September, 2020
Hundreds of back alleys in Montreal have been turned into community gardens and parks, creating safe meeting places for pandemic-weary city dwellers eager for fresh air and greenery after months of isolation at home.
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How about a European Bauhaus for co-creating a renovation wave?
The Fifth Estate
Thu 17 September, 2020
Europe’s president Ursula von der Leyen has called for “NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our union a leader in the circular economy”.
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Climate change a threat to Komodo dragons
7 News
Thu 17 September, 2020
The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, could be driven to extinction by climate change, a new study has found.
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Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Environment groups accuse VicForests of illegal logging
The Age
Thu 17 September, 2020
Victoria’s state logging agency faces another possible court case, with three community environment groups accusing it of illegal logging in the Central Highlands.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Chile court shuts gold mine over environmental fears
Yahoo News
Thu 17 September, 2020
Chile's environmental court confirmed Thursday a final order to close Canadian company Barrick Gold's huge Pascua Lama mining project, on hold since 2013 over environmental concerns.
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Permafrost thaw to put Yukon fish at risk
7 News
Thu 17 September, 2020
If carbon emissions continue at current rates, so much mercury will leach from thawing permafrost that fish in the Yukon River could become dangerous to eat within a few decades, researchers say.
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The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
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EPA recruiting agents to 'bug' and raid suspected polluters
The Age
Thu 17 September, 2020
The environment regulator is hiring dozens of surveillance experts, intelligence analysts and forensic accountants to staff a special taskforce for cracking down on polluters and rogue operators in the waste industry.
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The Brisbane Times
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