Issue date : Thu 5 October, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 31 Seconds
Number of items : 65
Trump EPA to propose repealing Obama's climate regulation: document
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 October, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan - the Obama administration's centerpiece regulation to fight climate change - and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it, according to an EPA document seen by Reuters.
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Vic premier will blast fracking at COAG
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 October, 2017
Penalties for fracking bans and Victorian gas prices will be priority issues for Premier Daniel Andrews when he meets other leaders at the Council of Australian Governments meeting.
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U.N. chief hopes storms will sway climate skeptics like Trump
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 October, 2017
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he hoped recent devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean and southern United States would convince climate change skeptics like U.S. President Donald Trump that global warming is a "major threat."
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Here's Air New Zealand's plan to become a more sustainable airline
Business Insider Australia
Thu 5 October, 2017
It released its 105-page annual 2017 sustainability report on Wednesday, outlining its plans to reduce carbon emissions and give back to communities, all while boosting the economy.
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The oil and gas sector needs to diversify if it wants to prosper
The Conversation
Thu 5 October, 2017
One does not have to look far to see signs that the oil and gas industry has a bumpy road ahead. Demand might stay high for decades, but given the dizzying pace of technological change, who would bet on that?
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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the climate change debate
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 5 October, 2017
There is no shortage of things to talk – and worry – about this week. A glance at trending social media topics suggests "Las Vegas", "Tom Petty", potential moves for AFL players Tom Rockliff and Jake Lever and "National Boyfriend Day" are on the brain. But oddly missing from the list of talking points is the terrifying research released on Wednesday.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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The right mix: the hybrid solutions that take the element of surprise out of supply
Ecogeneration
Thu 5 October, 2017
It will take a masterful blend of renewable energy sources to slowly replace fossil fuels. Luckily, there are plenty of mature projects that show how technologies can work together to produce reliable supply. EcoGeneration looks at some recent success stories and at what’s in the pipeline, including a towering new entrant making its way to our shores.
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How solar energy saved a Puerto Rican farm from Hurricane Maria
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 October, 2017
BARRANQUITAS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - While his competitors wait for diesel to restart generators knocked out by Hurricane Maria, flower grower Hector Santiago is already back in business because of solar panels powering his 40-acre (16.2-hectare) nursery in central Puerto Rico.
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Lighting Up the City
Sourceable
Thu 5 October, 2017
While climate change abatement has generally focused on renewable energy, studies suggest that an often over-looked solution is energy efficiency. Illumination sustainability is a new strategic front for local governments.
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NT Government knows little about water fowl, hunter says
NT News
Thu 5 October, 2017
Max Congdon is 78 and has done 60 duck seasons. He says he would back his knowledge of water fowl ahead of Environment Minister Lauren Moss any day.
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The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Mercury
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UN chief to visit devastated Caribbean islands
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 October, 2017
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The world's response to the devastation from back-to-back hurricanes in the Caribbean has been poor, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday ahead of a visit to three affected islands.
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Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 5 October, 2017
Tokyo (AFP) - Tokyo Olympic organisers said Wednesday that prolonged summer rain had temporarily brought high levels of bacteria to a venue intended for triathlon and marathon swimming at the 2020 Games.
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How to feed 150 people with food waste
Hospitality Magazine
Thu 5 October, 2017
As part of Sydney’s Good Food Month, which kicks off on 5 October, OzHarvest CEO & founder Ronni Kahn will sit down with Lee Tran Lam to lead a discussion about the future of food with experts and hospitality industry professionals.
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The Myth About Coal Being Cheaper And More Reliable Than Renewables
The Huffington Post Australia
Wed 4 October, 2017
Nope, nope and nope again. There's yet more proof this Friday that coal is neither cheaper nor more reliable than renewables as an energy source, and that coal is only going to get more expensive in the future.
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Why people around the world fear climate change more than Americans do
The Conversation
Wed 4 October, 2017
When asked about major threats to their country, Europeans are more likely than Americans to cite global climate change, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Just 56 percent of Americans see climate change as a major threat, versus an average of 64 percent of Europeans surveyed.
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Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger
The Conversation
Wed 4 October, 2017
Last year about 11 per cent of the total human population (approximately 850 million people on the planet) suffered from daily hunger, according to a recent United Nations report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world.
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Hawke's blunt view on politics and climate
9 News
Wed 4 October, 2017
Former prime minister Bob Hawke has offered a bleak assessment of global politics, international security and climate change.
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Yahoo!7 News
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Nobel prize scientists fear political climate
Sky News Australia
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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Turnbull, Frydenberg can still weave a coherent energy policy
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 4 October, 2017
Australian governments need to set clear, stable energy and climate-change policy. Australia's energy industry needs to invest efficiently and serve its customers effectively. Recent examples of policy by negotiation and blame apportionment are unlikely to deliver these results.
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Philippine environment minister wins confirmation; miners optimistic
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 4 October, 2017
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine lawmakers confirmed Roy Cimatu as Environment Secretary, giving the former soldier the task of deciding whether to implement reforms spearheaded by predecessor Regina Lopez that led to mine closures - but cost her the job.
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Greens push 20GW energy storage target to shift debate from baseload
Reneweconomy
Wed 4 October, 2017
The Australian Greens have unveiled a new policy that aims for 20GW of energy storage to be installed across the nation by 2030, providing incentives for storage at household and grid level, and try to move the energy debate beyond the limited scope of baseload vs renewables.
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Mining companies' links with politicians 'susceptible to corruption' – report
The Guardian
Wed 4 October, 2017
A new report shines a critical light on the links between mining companies, lobbyists and politicians, pointing to the Indian mining giant Adani as an example of how a company with a questionable record overseas can still gain mining approval in Australia.
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Renewable energy markets un-moved by bizarre push for coal
Reneweconomy
Wed 4 October, 2017
Since the ascent of Tony Abbott to the leadership of the Coalition, the renewable energy markets have had many a forehead slapping moment. In September, the list grew with the Turnbull government’s divisions on energy and climate policy in the limelight, with scapegoating and distractions continuing to supplant policy progress. Once upon a time such a situation would have had a significant impact on the market, this time around it has been largely ignored.
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The role of companies and their boards in tackling social issues
Smart Company
Wed 4 October, 2017
Governments globally are struggling and failing to solve significant environmental and social issues, especially as more are constrained by having to form coalitions with minority parties.
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Australia’s $1 billion loan to Adani is ripe for a High Court challenge
The Conversation
Wed 4 October, 2017
Indian mining giant Adani’s proposal to build Australia’s largest coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin has been the source of sharp national controversy, because of its potential economic, health, environmental and cultural risks.
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Yale Diary: fighting climate change in the elite liberal bubble
Crikey
Wed 4 October, 2017
Almost a year after Donald Trump was elected, there’s still a tangible sense of disbelief among the American liberal elite. It’s easy to see, as an outsider thrust into the middle of the “east coast liberal bubble,” (which, even as it is used and abused ad nauseam, is most definitely a thing), that sometimes that disbelief is focused almost entirely on how vulgar, how brutish, how lacking in decorum the president is. That perhaps if he was just a little more polite, and conformed to acceptable standards of behaviour, it might be easier to understand and to cope.
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Issue-based activism is the new 'lawfare'
The Australian Financial Review
Wed 4 October, 2017
Back in August 2015, the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility suffered a defeat in the Federal Court on its attempt to push resolutions at the 2014 annual meeting of the Commonwealth Bank.
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Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?
The Conversation
Wed 4 October, 2017
Why, if Adani’s gigantic Carmichael coal project is so on-the-nose for the banks and so environmentally destructive, are the federal and Queensland governments so avid in their support of it?
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LEGO Comes Top For CSR
ProBono Australia News
Wed 4 October, 2017
The 2017 Global CSR RepTrak 100 study, released by the Reputation Institute, ranks the world’s most socially responsible, highly-regarded and familiar global companies in 15 countries based on their respective CSR performances.
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Sustainability at Pink Moon Saloon
Hospitality Magazine
Wed 4 October, 2017
Architects Sans-Arc spoke to Hospitality magazine about the inspiration for the tiny bar and the range of sustainable measures that feature throughout the space.
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How animals got their spots and stripes – according to maths
The Conversation
Wed 4 October, 2017
The natural world presents a palette of beautiful complexity. From the peacock tail and the eyespots of a butterfly, to the evolving camouflage of the chameleon, nature loves patterns.
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Sun bear attacks couple in Indonesia, killing one
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 4 October, 2017
Pekanbaru (Indonesia) (AFP) - A sun bear mauled a couple in a rare attack in Indonesia, killing the wife and seriously injuring the husband, officials said Wednesday.
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Australia's marsupial gliders
Australian Geographic
Wed 4 October, 2017
Rather than merely climb, some ingenious possums have taken to the air to swoop between the trees of Australian forests.
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EU spending big bucks on ocean conservation
NT News
Wed 4 October, 2017
THE European Union and its private sector will commit about 1 billion euros ($A1.5 billion) to better protect marine life during the global Our Ocean conference this week.
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Public Trust in Charities on the Rise
ProBono Australia News
Wed 4 October, 2017
The latest Essential Media poll into public perceptions around major institutions has seen a rise in Australians’ trust in charities since the start of 2017, with environmental groups recording an even sharper rise.
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