Issue date : Thu 18 July, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 39 Seconds
Number of items : 43
AEMC urges change to allow users to sell power back to the grid to guarantee energy demand
ABC News
Thu 18 July, 2019
In a sign of rising pressure on power generation, the Federal Government's chief energy advisor is urging rule changes to allow large commercial and industrial users to easily reduce their demand in peak periods and sell it back into the grid.
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Technology triumphs talk in energy wars
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 18 July, 2019
It’s too tempting to define Australia’s energy market in simplistic terms, framed around the incessant political arguments known as “the energy wars”. The most common tactic is fighting over renewables verses coal-fired power as absolutes – rather than a necessary if changing combination for decades to come. It’s always more complicated.
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Australia urged to move away from oil dependency or risk fuel supply crisis
The Guardian
Thu 18 July, 2019
Australia should dramatically decrease its oil use to ward off a potential crisis by tightening fuel-efficiency standards, introducing electric vehicle targets and increasing public transport use, the Australia Institute has warned.
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Taller, faster, better, stronger: wind towers are only getting bigger
The Conversation
Thu 18 July, 2019
Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown made headlines this week after he objected to a proposed wind farm on Tasmania’s Robbins Island. The development would see 200 towers built, each standing 270 metres from base to the tip of their blades.
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Ecotourism may threaten predators and boost rodents
Cosmos
Thu 18 July, 2019
The mere sound of the human voice in the wild will send large and medium-sized carnivores into hiding and encourage rodents to prosper, according to new research.
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Dog owners could take the lead on dingo conservation with a ‘Fido fund’
The Conversation
Thu 18 July, 2019
Humans and dogs go way back. From wolf totems to the big bad wolf of fact and fairy tale, through sheepdogs, lap dogs, and labradoodles, our relationships with these animals are complex, emotionally charged and sometimes contradictory.
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Double trouble for invasive mosquitoes
Cosmos
Thu 18 July, 2019
More than 90% of disease-carrying mosquitoes have been eliminated in a field trial in China by combining two techniques that have thus far been of limited value on their own.
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The southern marsupial mole is preposterous, even by Australian standards
Australian Geographic
Thu 18 July, 2019
The southern marsupial mole is the animal version of getting dressed in the dark. It’s the no eyes. The comically large claws. The barely-there tail. The luxurious golden coat. It looks like a half-finished Beanie Baby that someone pulled out of the trash and weaponised. A Jim Henson puppet gone wrong.
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Is it time to create artificial blizzards in Antarctica?
Cosmos
Thu 18 July, 2019
In a plan that sounds more like science fiction than something you’d expect in a major scientific journal, researchers from Germany are proposing that one solution for rising sea levels might be to create artificial blizzards in Antarctica.
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'Clean beauty' is on the rise
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 18 July, 2019
April Gargiolo didn't have a beauty background when, in 2014, she created what has since become one of the "clean beauty" movement's most raved-about products, Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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More councils declare a climate emergency
9 News
Wed 17 July, 2019
Close to three million Australians are living in a declared "climate emergency", as more local councils take a stand and demand urgent action.
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7 News
Perthnow
SBS World News Australia
The Advertiser
The Newcastle Herald
The West Australian
Yahoo News
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China firm faces WA land clearing sanction
7 News
Wed 17 July, 2019
The WA government is considering prosecuting a Chinese company over unauthorised land clearing at a pastoral station in the state's north as shocked traditional owners say important flora including boab trees have been ripped up.
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The West Australian
Yahoo News
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Inquiry to examine NSW's energy future
News.com.au
Wed 17 July, 2019
The future of energy supply in NSW will be the subject of a parliamentary inquiry which will examine the state's transition from coal to renewable energy.
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7 News
The Canberra Times
The Daily Telegraph
Yahoo News
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Climate change threatens human rights and democracy, UN official warns
The Canberra Times
Wed 17 July, 2019
It reads like the pages of a dystopian novel - a world stuck in a "climate apartheid" where only the rich can escape the worst of global warming while hundreds of millions battle disease, food insecurity, forced migration and monster storms.
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Australia’s strategic thinkers can’t continue to ignore climate change
The Strategist
Wed 17 July, 2019
Hugh White’s latest book, How to defend Australia, has attracted much attention. As the book’s back cover rightly claims, White is ‘Australia’s most provocative, revelatory and realistic commentator on defence’. But, as he himself might say, this is both good news and bad news.
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Adani has set a dangerous precedent in requesting scientists’ names
The Conversation
Wed 17 July, 2019
A freedom of information request has revealed Adani sought the names of CSIRO and Geoscience Australia scientists involved in reviewing groundwater management plans related to its proposed Carmichael mine.
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Are nature documentaries the greatest art of our time?
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 17 July, 2019
The dentist I went to as a child had posters of Impressionist paintings on the ceiling. I remember lying back and gazing through my discomfort and pain at a thronging lunch party by Renoir, a Degas ballerina, and a sunlit field of poppies by Monet.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Moving from a***hole investing to investing
ProBono Australia News
Wed 17 July, 2019
Daniel Madhavan, the CEO of Impact Investment Group, shares three things he doesn’t like about setting an allocation for impact investment and why it’s useless to put “impact” into a single unified bucket of delicious goodness.
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$100m 'green' loan for Gold Coast Airport
7 News
Wed 17 July, 2019
The operator of Gold Coast Airport will be encouraged to reduce carbon emissions through $100 million in "green" loans from Commonwealth Bank and Westpac.
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Busting the myth on energy returns: Renewables to beat fossil fuels
Reneweconomy
Wed 17 July, 2019
New research published in the journal Nature Energy has warned that society may be heading towards a ‘net energy cliff’ unless it undertakes a rapid shift to renewables, as fossil fuels become increasingly harder to access.
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Investors asked to support accelerated retirement of AGL’s coal fleet
Reneweconomy
Wed 17 July, 2019
The lobbying and activist group Market Forces has filed a shareholder resolution on behalf of over 100 AGL shareholders, calling on the energy giant to accelerate the closure of two of its largest coal power stations, Bayswater and Loy Yang A.
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The Australian
AGL pressed to speed up coal power plant closures
The Australian Financial Review
AGL faces renewed heat over plant shutdown
Sustainable designer William Chan makes Forbes ’30 Under 30’
Architecture and Design
Wed 17 July, 2019
Australian sustainable designer HY William Chan has been dubbed “a game-changing business and industry leader” in sustainable architecture, earning him a spot in Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list.
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Environment groups tell shoppers to reject return of plastic Little Shop
ProBono Australia News
Wed 17 July, 2019
Conservation groups are urging consumers to fight back against the relaunch of a Coles promotion which saw millions of small plastic toys given away for free.
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Two climate change activists glue themselves to Brisbane intersection
The Brisbane Times
Wed 17 July, 2019
Nine climate change activists have been arrested, including two who glued themselves to the road and blocked an intersection, during this week's final "swarming" protest in Brisbane.
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