Issue date : Wed 4 October, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 11 Seconds
Number of items : 61
Sydney, Melbourne urged to prepare for 50C days by end of century
ABC News
Wed 4 October, 2017
Sydney and Melbourne have been warned to prepare for scorcher days reaching 50 degrees Celsius by the end of the century — even if global warming is contained to the Paris Agreement target of a 2C increase.
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Great Forest National Park not so Great, say Nationals
The Weekly Times
Wed 4 October, 2017
THE Great Forest National Park will not go ahead if the Victorian Coalition is elected next year, Nationals leader Peter Walsh has declared.
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Greens plan for $2.2b national battery storage scheme
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 4 October, 2017
The Greens have called for the establishment of a national large-scale energy storage scheme, managed by the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Clean Energy Regulator, and supported by $2.2 billion in funding over a four-year period to build energy storage at grid level.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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The Guardian
Greens propose new energy storage target to drive switch to renewables
SBS World News Australia
Greens push for new energy storage target
9 News
Yahoo!7 News
NSW government spends $5m advertising fuel 'no one wants'
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 4 October, 2017
Almost $5 million is being spent on advertising to encourage NSW motorists to use the E10 ethanol blend, despite warnings that a state government scheme that forces petrol stations to sell the biofuel increases prices.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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QBE warns of blowout in provisions against disasters
The Australian
Wed 4 October, 2017
Sydney-based insurer QBE has warned that 2017 could be “the costliest year in the history of the global insurance industry” and would push the company into the red following “extreme global ­catastrophe” losses this year.
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Energy prices: Power bills pay for $600m green fund
The Daily Telegraph
Wed 4 October, 2017
A $600 MILLION climate change “slush fund” driving up NSW power prices is being used to stage talkfests on solar energy, fund studies into the environmental impacts of “lighter coloured” roads and even pay for bureaucrats to ­attend energy forums.
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The Herald Sun
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Help for investors to gauge food diversity
News.com.au
Wed 4 October, 2017
An EU-funded index measuring biodiversity in food production is expected to be launched 2018, giving investors a benchmark for assessing how companies and governments are making food systems more resilient to climate change.
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Talking Point: Danger in taking food for granted
The Mercury
Wed 4 October, 2017
Food is a fundamental requirement for survival. When it becomes scarce, people will fight for it, yet when it is abundant, we often waste it. The transition from abundance to scarcity can happen rapidly. A major drought, a natural disaster or war, can suddenly plunge a community into famine. While the transition to hunger can be rapid, escape can be slow, painful and difficult.
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Time for some leadership on renewable energy
The Weekly Times
Wed 4 October, 2017
AS A dairy farmer I am pretty good at rolling with the punches — improvising and innovating to keep things running.
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Solar cells on windows: perovskites open the way
The Australian
Wed 4 October, 2017
Imagine transparent solar cells painted on to windows, brightly coloured cells wrapping around a building wall or installed snugly in all manner of devices.
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Scottish government says 'no' to fracking
9 News
Wed 4 October, 2017
The Scottish government will not support the development of fracking after a public consultation found overwhelming opposition to the practice, the energy minister says.
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Greece overcomes forestry setback to develop Athens coastal resort
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 4 October, 2017
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece has won an appeal over objections from forestry officials to a major tourism project in Athens that forms part of its third international bailout, overcoming one of the obstacles to turning the site into one of Europe's biggest coastal resorts.
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Central Indian floods have tripled: study
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 4 October, 2017
Paris (AFP) - Violent floods in central India have tripled since 1950, according to researchers who warned Tuesday of worse to come while offering hope for predicting them better in future.
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Bulk Up Your Hotel’s Recycling with Nespresso
Transport & Logistic News
Wed 4 October, 2017
In a time of climate change and diminishing natural resources, consumers are becoming ever more aware of their environmental responsibility and the sustainable impact of the businesses and brands they align themselves with. People are looking for hotels that share their respect for the environment.
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Respect of science under threat in US
9 News
Wed 4 October, 2017
Two of the US scientists awarded the Nobel prize for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves hope the attention will make Americans less inclined to dismiss scientific consensus in favour of politics.
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SBS World News Australia
The Australian
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Renewable energy salary survey
Ecogeneration
Wed 4 October, 2017
It’s a boom year for renewables but are pay packets managing to keep pace? Australia’s first national renewable energy salary survey takes a look at conditions across the industry.
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Trump gives Turnbull blueprint to defend coal and “fight the future”
Reneweconomy
Tue 3 October, 2017
He may have already had one, but Australia prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has just been given a blueprint by the Trump administration in the US on how to protect dirty “baseload” coal, and extend his fight against the energy future.
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First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 3 October, 2017
Stockholm (AFP) - Indigenous peoples could soon regain some control of their native forests with the creation of a new global institution dedicated to securing their land rights.
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The Simple Reason Why Annastacia Palaszczuk Can't Get Enough Of Adani
The Huffington Post Australia
Tue 3 October, 2017
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's Labor government is in trouble. The state election must be held before May 5, 2018, and there's increasing speculation it will be called any day now. Like any election, this one is going to be all about jobs.
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Rio Tinto backs China ETS; Josh Frydenberg says it won't affect policy
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 3 October, 2017
China's adoption of a national emissions trading scheme (ETS) should give others confidence to take stronger action on climate change, according to a senior Rio Tinto executive, who said the world needed to move more quickly away from coal.
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Gov’t introduces new initiative for Australian farmers, fishers to ‘farm smarter’
International Business Times
Tue 3 October, 2017
A new program under the next phase of the Coalition government’s $1 billion National Landcare Program is introduced, which will allow fishers, farmers and community groups to “farm smarter.” It seeks to support additional development of sustainable farming practices.
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Price still up in the air as gas producers sign supply deal
The Conversation
Tue 3 October, 2017
East coast gas exporters on Tuesday signed a formal agreement with the government to offer enough gas to meet to an expected shortfall for next year and 2019 “and any emerging additional shortfall”.
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The stormy outlook for insurance-linked securities
The Conversation
Tue 3 October, 2017
The world has witnessed a shocking series of disastrous events in the past several weeks. Devastating hurricanes and Mexico’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake are just some of the latest catastrophes to captivate our collective attention.
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Talking Point: Climate hacks write up a storm
The Mercury
Tue 3 October, 2017
IT all started with some good news a fortnight ago, that a UK-based study had found the Paris “aspirational” climate goal of a 1.5C warming limit might be achievable.
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There's no avoiding a price on carbon
The Australian Financial Review
Tue 3 October, 2017
Dare we hope that Malcolm Turnbull and his parliamentary colleagues will finally emerge from the current energy-policy chaos with a more coherent and less costly plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions?
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Coal loses as Pearson leaves Minerals Council
The Australian
Wed 4 October, 2017
We lost a valuable voice last week when Brendan Pearson was effectively shoved out of his job as boss of the Minerals Council of Australia by those who prefer feel-good corporate bromides and green myths over energy facts and figures.
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The Pears Report: Only asset write downs will fix network costs
Reneweconomy
Tue 3 October, 2017
Electricity network operators have over- invested to maximise profit. They have been able to overrule the weak Australian Energy Regulator in the courts, adding billions to consumer costs.
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Clean energy, cloudy communication
Ecogeneration
Tue 3 October, 2017
We can do better than using engineers as front line “experts” when it comes to converting communities to the benefits of renewable energy, writes Clean Energy Council media manager Mark Bretherton.
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CEFC provides $98.5m debt finance to Victoria solar farm
Reneweconomy
Tue 3 October, 2017
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) says it has agreed to provide all the debt finance needs for what will be Victoria’s largest solar farm in a bid to accelerate the project, which it says will help bring stability and diversity to the state’s energy supply.
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Detroit goes electric as fossil-fuelled vehicles fade
The Australian
Tue 3 October, 2017
Detroit’s carmakers have ramped up plans for electric vehicles in coming years, the latest push from traditional car companies to respond to tougher emissions regulations and the prospect that some markets across the globe could ban internal combustion engines powered with fossil fuels.
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Tesla's 100 Days To Fix SA's Power Actually Started Last Friday
Gizmodo Australia
Tue 3 October, 2017
Remember when Elon Musk gave South Australia a "100 days or your money back" guarantee that he could fix the state's power issues? Well, it turns out that 100 days only started... three days ago. And the battery's already half-built, so Tesla has a definite early lead in its 100-day countdown.
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Energy efficient public buildings get a boost in Europe
The Fifth Estate
Tue 3 October, 2017
Upgrading Europe’s school, hospitals and other public buildings will now become easier following the Europe Commission’s change to energy performance contract (EPC) rules.
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Three tiny house design apps to get you designing your own miniature home
Architecture and Design
Tue 3 October, 2017
Ever dreamed of designing your very own tiny house? With the digital age having seen a proliferation in apps and software to facilitate DIY projects of all scales, it’s easier than ever to design your own tiny house online.
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Melbourne trams get a push as CEFC finances Victoria’s largest solar farm
Ecogeneration
Tue 3 October, 2017
Clean Energy Finance Corporation finance for Victoria’s largest solar farm will help bring stability and diversity to the state’s energy supply, demonstrating solar’s increasing cost competitiveness, while supporting a low emissions transport future.
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Scientists join forces to save Puerto Rico’s ‘Monkey Island’
The Conversation
Tue 3 October, 2017
“00O made it!” There was some news to celebrate on Sept. 28 in the email chain of scientists who work at the Cayo Santiago Field Station. Cayo Santiago is a 38-acre tropical island off the coast of Puerto Rico and home to approximately 1,500 rhesus monkeys, earning it the local nickname “Monkey Island.”
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Magpies can form friendships with people – here’s how
The Conversation
Tue 3 October, 2017
Can one form a friendship with a magpie? –even when adult males are protecting their nests during the swooping season? The short answer is:“ Yes, one can” - although science has just begun to provide feasible explanations for friendship in animals, let alone for cross-species friendships between humans and wild birds.
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The science of spider paws
Cosmos
Tue 3 October, 2017
Hairy feet help hefty spiders climb walls with the aid of van der Waals force, writes Tim Wallace.
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Town vents fury over toxic waste "debacle"
The Newcastle Herald
Tue 3 October, 2017
COMMUNITY activists say they predicted more than two years ago a “strong probability” of a “major debacle” over authorities’ “inaction” on lead contamination in north Lake Macquarie.
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National Recycling Week set for busy November
Stationery News
Tue 3 October, 2017
Environment group Planet Ark has lined up a series of programs to mark this year's National Recycling Week, to be held 13-19 November.
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Tassie shivers in coldest Sept since '03
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 3 October, 2017
While parts of mainland Australia sweltered through record high temperatures, Tasmania has had its coldest September in nearly 15 years.
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News.com.au
The Australian
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