Issue date : Thu 19 September, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
Heat on councils as bushfire season looms
Government News
Thu 19 September, 2019
The frighteningly early start to the bushfire season has highlighted the crucial role councils play in keeping their communities safe, informed and reassured.
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No point building new dams, says minister
The Australian
Thu 19 September, 2019
The Victorian government has ruled out new dams, saying climate change means not enough water would flow into them to make them worthwhile.
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UN bars coal nations from stage at global emissions conference
The Australian
Thu 19 September, 2019
Australia has been barred from speaking at a UN climate summit in New York next week, where China and India will call for ­trillions of dollars more in climate funding from the developed world.
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Listen to scientists: Thunberg to Congress
News.com.au
Thu 19 September, 2019
Greta Thunberg has submitted a UN climate report in place of giving a speech to the US Congress as she urged lawmakers to listen to scientists, not her.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
The Canberra Times
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
The New Daily
Our super funds can help sway climate-change targets
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 19 September, 2019
It was one of the loudest signals yet that Australian superannuation funds wanted strong action on climate change. Ahead of this year’s G20 meeting in Japan, the likes of AustralianSuper, Cbus, Colonial First State, First State Super, HESTA, LUCRF, Mercer, VicSuper and Vision Super were among 476 investors representing more than US$34 trillion in assets worldwide to have joined the Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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ACT upstages the federal government with low-cost carbon policy
The Canberra Times
Thu 19 September, 2019
While our representatives on Capital Hill dither, fail to address and flat out lie about Australia's increasing carbon emissions, exactly three kilometers away, the quiet achievers in ACT's Legislative Assembly are a beacon of success.
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‘This situation brings me to despair’: two reef scientists share their climate grief
The Conversation
Thu 19 September, 2019
As I write this, much of inland eastern Australia is enduring what is likely to be the worst drought ever recorded. Bushfires are devastating parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland, tearing through rainforest that should not be dry enough to burn. Major towns will probably soon run out of water. The condition of the vital Murray-Darling river system is dire.
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A coal-fired nation in transition
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 19 September, 2019
In October the former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, might have wondered what he had ever done to offend us. He was dining in Canberra when — according to several sources — then environment minister Melissa Price blasted him: "I know why you are here. It is for the cash."
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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University's zero-carbon energy venture aims at replacing fossil fuels
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 19 September, 2019
Australia's rich renewable energy resources gives it the potential to develop a zero-carbon export industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year and generate jobs to replace those dislodged in the fossil-fuel sector.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
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Elephant seals rely on supermums
Cosmos
Thu 19 September, 2019
Motherhood is a tough gig for elephant seals, with just a few females doing most of the work.
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Cable ties probably won’t stop magpie attacks – here are a few things to try instead
The Conversation
Thu 19 September, 2019
Every spring in Australia is heralded by reports of magpies swooping at people. While it is of little comfort to those at the receiving end of a surprise attack, such events are actually quite rare when one considers the number of magpies across Australia, and the fact that they love to share our urban habitat with us.
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Emissions a threat to ancient rock art
The Australian
Thu 19 September, 2019
Further steps are being taken to protect ancient rock art on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, with a call by the state’s Environmental Protection Authority to reduce emissions at a nearby industrial plant.
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'If you are not addressing climate change, you will be irrelevant'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 19 September, 2019
It's not often that a chat with a fashion designer begins with a dissertation about the plight of the world's bee population. But Kit Willow, of KitX, sees herself as more of a "creative activist".
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Massive Bylong valley coalmine in NSW blocked on environmental grounds
The Guardian
Wed 18 September, 2019
The New South Wales Independent Planning Commission has rejected the development of a coalmine near Mudgee because of significant concerns about environmental impacts, including on climate change, and the costs to future generations.
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Mining industry lashes out as NSW blocks Bylong coal project
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 18 September, 2019
The NSW Minerals Council says the state is in danger of becoming an international investment laughing stock after the Independent Planning Commission blocked development of a major coal mine.
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WA opens $10m hydrogen fund to boost renewable gas production and exports
Reneweconomy
Wed 18 September, 2019
The Western Australian government has opened its $10 million Renewable Hydrogen Fund to applications, as the state seeks to seize the opportunity to expand its resources heavy economy into the export of clean fuels.
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Queensland forced to stop marine park shark cull for now, but Government wants laws changed
ABC News
Wed 18 September, 2019
Drum lines used to kill sharks will be removed in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park after the State Government lost a challenge in the Federal Court to continue its culling program in the protected area.
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'Rainforest mafias' are killing Brazil's indigenous people: report
The Age
Wed 18 September, 2019
The fires raging in the Amazon forest in the past few weeks have turned deadly not only for the "lungs of the world", but also for those living within it and those trying to defend it.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Why attending a climate strike can change minds (most importantly your own)
The Conversation
Wed 18 September, 2019
This Friday in the lead-up to the United Nations climate summit, children and adults worldwide will go on strike for stronger action on climate change. However, you may ask, is striking effective? What can it really hope to achieve?
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Super can be good for members and a 'force for good'
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 18 September, 2019
Superannuation funds can meet the twin objectives of earning the best possible returns for members and being a “force for good”, says First State Super chief executive Deanne Stewart, who will soon be responsible for the nation's second-largest retirement savings pool.
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Australia’s capital to be first city outside Europe to transition to 100% renewables
Reneweconomy
Wed 18 September, 2019
While Federal parliament enters yet another phase of confusing discourse on energy and climate change policy, and the ruling government buries itself deeper and deeper into climate and energy denial, the capital city in which parliament sits is poised to enter a select club of world-leading jurisdictions successfully making the switch to 100% renewable electricity.
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A day in 2030 in your sustainable home
The Fifth Estate
Wed 18 September, 2019
Here’s what life will look like in 2030 if Australian governments adopt best practice energy standards that are currently on the table for our homes and appliances.
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Painstaking mission to save critically endangered orchid
The Courier Mail
Wed 18 September, 2019
A critically endangered orchid rescued from its final remaining habits has been painstakingly relocated in a last ditched bid to bring it back to life.
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The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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'Where's the squelch?': Coal mine drying out Greater Sydney catchment
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 18 September, 2019
Coal mining under Sydney's drinking water catchment is drying up sensitive swamps and creeks, and draining groundwater, with more damage likely if a planned expansion allowing mining until 2048 wins approval.
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Recycled plastic hits the road in St Kilda
The Age
Wed 18 September, 2019
The path to a solution for Victoria’s recycling crisis could be paved with plastic after one council resurfaced a suburban street using hundreds of kilograms of discarded auto car parts.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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