Issue date : Fri 16 August, 2019
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 16 Seconds
Number of items : 62
Revealed: 'fierce' Pacific forum meeting almost collapsed over climate crisis
The Guardian
Fri 16 August, 2019
Critical talks at the Pacific Islands Forum almost collapsed twice amid “fierce” clashes between the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and Tuvalu’s prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, over Australia’s “red lines” on climate change.
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Pacific leaders, Australia agree to disagree about action on climate change
ABC News
Fri 16 August, 2019
Australia has stymied efforts by small island states to get Pacific-wide consensus on their declaration for stronger action on climate change.
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2013 draft report warned that NSW towns would be left high and dry
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 16 August, 2019
The NSW government was warned by its own bureaucrats more than five years ago that reliable water supply in parts of the state could plunge by a third, with the situation now so dire that some of the largest regional towns face being left with no water within the next year.
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UK Labour promises 'green revolution'
7 News
Fri 16 August, 2019
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to tackle climate change with a "green industrial revolution" if he becomes Britain's prime minister.
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The Canberra Times
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Alan Jones continues criticism of Jacinda Ardern over climate change comments, despite rebuke from Scott Morrison
ABC News
Fri 16 August, 2019
Broadcaster Alan Jones has continued his criticism of New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, despite a rebuke from Scott Morrison.
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Sheepish virtue signalling no answer to energy needs
The Australian
Fri 16 August, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s unctuous critique of the Morrison government’s pragmatic energy policies might have boosted her status as the Pacific’s climate change pin-up.
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Top climate scientist: I put myself through hell as an IPCC convening lead author, but it was worth it
The Conversation
Fri 16 August, 2019
In my day job, I am a scientist at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland studying things such as how agriculture contributes to climate change and what we can do about it. Recently, though, I found myself in Geneva, to take part in my fourth “adoption plenary” for a report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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Keep calm and fly on … unless someone stops me
The Interpreter
Fri 16 August, 2019
Shame is a powerful emotion, but is it powerful enough to save the planet? Almost certainly not. But the question has assumed unexpected prominence as the sensitive Scandinavians and the school girl activist Greta Thunburg spearhead a campaign to encourage us to fly less, simply because it’s the right thing to do.
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An opportunistic cash grab dressed up as neighbourly concern
The Australian
Fri 16 August, 2019
If it were not for the geopolitics of the situation, I’m pretty sure Scott Morrison would be telling the leaders of the Pacific Islands to go jump as they whinge on about Australia’s supposedly inadequate climate change policies. Let’s face it, it’s just a dressed-up cash grab on the part of these leaders.
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Cyber attacks and weather among risks to power grid in the wake of SA's big blackout
ABC News
Fri 16 August, 2019
Australia's power grid operators should be given more flexibility to deal with unpredictable events including cyber attacks and extreme weather, which could affect the output of wind farms and solar panels and cause system-wide blackouts, a new report has suggested.
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Fish flashing below
Cosmos
Fri 16 August, 2019
Above is the aptly named flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron), and below is how it goes about its nocturnal business.
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Heavy congestion on Qld's humpback highway
Yahoo News
Fri 16 August, 2019
I had always imagined that watching the giants of the sea migrating from the chilly waters of Antarctica to their northern breeding grounds would be a serene experience.
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7 News
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
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Fantastic beasts
The Australian
Fri 16 August, 2019
Close encounters with the wildlife in Zambia’s national parks are hugely rewarding experiences.
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It’ll be hard, but we can feed the world with plant protein
The Conversation
Fri 16 August, 2019
A UN report released last week found a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions come from the food chain, particularly meat farming. This has prompted calls to sharply reduce emissions from agriculture and to feed the world on plant protein.
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July hottest month on record for earth
9 News
Fri 16 August, 2019
July was the hottest month measured on earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for human-made climate change.
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7 News
The Canberra Times
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Climate change forces Chile ski stations to make fake snow
Yahoo News
Fri 16 August, 2019
Once deep in powder this time of year, Chile's ski stations are fighting the ravages of climate change and pollution that have brought less and less snow to the central Andes.
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Australia tells Pacific Islands to “reflect” on climate action, dial down “crisis” talk
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 August, 2019
More detail has emerged on the embarrassing lengths being taken by Australia’s Morrison government to dial down references to a climate crisis, and “soften language” around coal, at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum to draft a regional climate communique.
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Turnbull joins Pacific climate debate
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 15 August, 2019
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has spectacularly intervened as Australia faces continued pressure on climate action in the Pacific, while New Zealand is being hailed as a champion.
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The Canberra Times
Yahoo News
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Environment minister told of SKM plan to warehouse waste two years ago
The Age
Thu 15 August, 2019
Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio was told two years ago by recycling company SKM that it was already storing thousands of tonnes of waste in warehouses across outer Melbourne.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Inquiry launched into wombat hunting by Chinese high rollers
The Age
Thu 15 August, 2019
The reported hunting of Victorian wombats by Chinese high rollers has prompted an investigation into the animal's protection.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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How we get ourselves out of energy chaos
Crikey
Thu 15 August, 2019
Enough time has been wasted. The transition to a zero-carbon energy system is not simple, but what we need to do is very clear.
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RBA issues another warning to companies to take climate risks seriously
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 August, 2019
The Reserve Bank of Australia has reiterated calls for companies to incorporate climate change into their business plans, saying that climate change poses a material long term risks to the global economy and to financial markets.
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Lynas hit with toxic tax, wins reprieve on radioactive waste
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 15 August, 2019
The Malaysian government has confirmed that Lynas Corp will not be required to export more than 450,000 tonnes of radioactive waste to keep its licence to operate in Malaysia, but the company will need to pay a levy while it continues to process the waste there.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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Adelaide University, CSIRO sink their teeth into the bug-eating business
The Advertiser
Thu 15 August, 2019
Will Australia have the stomach to take a bite out of global edible insect industry? Local researchers and bug believers say it could open a smorgasbord of business opportunities.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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SKM only the first of many companies to fall, warns Cleanaway boss
The Age
Thu 15 August, 2019
The head of Australia's largest waste disposal company has welcomed the abrupt closure of recycler SKM as "fantastic" for the waste industry, while expressing interest in buying up their facilities.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Cleanaway eyes stricken SKM Recycling in waste shake-up
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 15 August, 2019
Australia’s biggest waste management company, Cleanaway, says it is a potential acquirer of the failed SKM Recycling business in Victoria and will have a close look at the assets once a formal sale process begins.
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Lighter PV panels push flimsier rooftops under the sun
Ecogeneration
Thu 15 August, 2019
When the logic and value of solar PV are understood by property owners it’s hard for them to hold back. In Australia, more than 2 million systems up to 100kW are installed on the rooftops of homes and businesses. Commercial and industrial energy users are catching on. Last year, there were enough systems between 100kW and 5MW to make 230MW of capacity around the country.
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Newcastle LNG project awarded critical infrastructure status
Infrastructure Magazine
Thu 15 August, 2019
The NSW Government has granted the Newcastle GasDock LNG import terminal project the status of Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI), in recognition of its potential for securing the state’s economic future.
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On flight shaming and why Alan Joyce needs to chill
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 August, 2019
Climate activist Greta Thunberg set sail this week on a small boat for what’s expected to be a rough two week trip to the US from Plymouth in the UK to take part in UN climate talks.
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Architects declare and what it really means
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 August, 2019
Hundreds of architects have joined a new movement to declare that we have a climate emergency. But what does the declaration mean? Will they turn away work that damages the environment? Will they try to change the views of their clients? We ask some of Australia’s leading architects including, Caroline Pidcock, Kerry Clare, Ken Maher, Helen Lochhead, James Grose, Ray Brown, Ed Lippmann and John Andreas.
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Inside Country Road's revolutionary new store
Ragtrader
Thu 15 August, 2019
Country Road has unveiled its latest store at Chadstone Shopping Centre. The store has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star Design Review Rating, a sustainability rating system for buildings in Australia.
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Lava + Aspect Studios to design high-tech sustainable park
Architecture and Design
Thu 15 August, 2019
Australian design team Lava and Aspect Studios have won an international competition to design a new high-tech, sustainable park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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Plan to revitalise Moonee Ponds Creek with green vision
The Herald Sun
Thu 15 August, 2019
It’s a polluted, concrete eyesore that locals hate. But this amazing plan could transform it into a green oasis — if it gets the go-ahead from council.
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NT News
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QUT researchers keeping the sea safe for turtles
The Australian
Thu 15 August, 2019
Queensland University of Technology researchers have succeeded in applying statistics to the problem of preserving sea grass habitats.
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Why farming needs a regional planning approach
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 August, 2019
If we are to ensure food security in the face of a climate emergency, we need to plan the management of our regional landscapes the same way we plan city-making, according to agroecologist David Hardwick.
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Five ways hemp can help save the planet
The Fifth Estate
Thu 15 August, 2019
Last week, the Northern Territory became the final Australian jurisdiction to legalise the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering chemical compound found at high levels in marijuana.
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EU water bombers join Greek firemen to douse island wildfire
Yahoo News
Thu 15 August, 2019
Greece deployed Thursday nearly 400 firefighters backed by EU firebombers to try to put out a massive wildfire on the island of Evia burning through a pristine pine forest for a third day.
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Investigating thunderstorms to better predict when they might strike
Lens
Thu 15 August, 2019
Thunder claps, lightning bolts, wind and hail – all the opera of an ordinary thunderstorm – aren't entirely understood by climate scientists. As the planet warms, thunderstorms are expected to become more intense, but no one can say for certain how the winds will blow.
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Extinction Rebellion protesters disrupt WA Parliament, demanding climate change action
ABC News
Thu 15 August, 2019
Environmental protesters from the Extinction Rebellion movement have been dragged out of WA's Parliament after interrupting the Lower House's sitting by chanting and throwing materials.
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Ex-AGL chief Vesey lands in greener pastures at California utility
Reneweconomy
Thu 15 August, 2019
Former AGL Energy managing director and CEO, Andy Vesey, has returned to the global energy stage, to take up the role of president and chief executive officer of California’s biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric.
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Women and their role in the history of sustainability
Architecture and Design
Thu 15 August, 2019
Tone Wheeler talks (and muses via podcast) about Jane Jacobs and her activism to preserve quality of life in New York; Rachel Carson who connected the disappearance of birds to the use of DDT; Barbara Ward, the economist and her Spaceship Earth theory; and Donella Meadows, an ecologist who co-authored the book The Limits to Growth.
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