Issue date : Mon 9 October, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 06 Min 17 Seconds
Number of items : 74
Slow progress on key $12 million Queensland climate change policy
The Brisbane Times
Mon 9 October, 2017
Progress appears slow on one of Labor’s key climate change policies to encourage coastal Queensland councils to formally adopt a 0.8-metre higher sea level to combat beach erosion and storm surge problems.
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Clock ticking on energy problem: minister
9 News
Mon 9 October, 2017
The federal energy minister is acutely aware the clock is ticking for finding a solution to rising electricity prices and dropping reliability.
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Josh Frydenberg hints the government could back away from clean energy target
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 9 October, 2017
The Turnbull government is hinting that the rapidly declining cost of renewable energy is undermining the case for further clean-energy subsidies, as it maintains it will make a decision on a clean energy target in coming months.
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The Australian Financial Review
Coalition rethinks need for clean energy target as renewable cost plunges
Sky News Australia
Bill Shorten pledges overhaul of energy market and renewable investment rules
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 9 October, 2017
A Labor government would overhaul National Energy Market rules to better serve consumers and relax renewable energy investment thresholds to get more capital flowing into electricity storage projects.
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Industry pushes for clean energy target
The Australian
Mon 9 October, 2017
Businesses are maintaining pressure on the federal government to adopt the clean energy target recommended in the Finkel Review after news last week that China planned to introduce an emissions-trading scheme highlighted gathering momentum on climate change policy.
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Why Rick Perry’s proposed subsidies for coal fail Economics 101
The Conversation
Mon 9 October, 2017
In a controversial proposal, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has asked federal regulators to effectively subsidize coal and nuclear power plants at ratepayers’ expense. Under Perry’s proposal, plants that operate in deregulated electricity markets – where generators normally compete to provide power at the lowest cost – would be guaranteed positive profits so long as they stockpile 90 days’ worth of fuel on site.
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Holding out for renewables policy
The Mercury
Mon 9 October, 2017
IT’S been nearly a decade of watching the conservatives in politics tear themselves apart over renewable energy, but recently it became absolute madness.
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Malcolm Turnbull should restrict gas exports today, Labor will support him
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 9 October, 2017
It's extraordinary to think that a decade ago, there was a bipartisan consensus on the challenge of climate change, and the solutions needed to tackle it. The argument back then was over which political party was doing more to tackle climate change, not less.
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World Solar Challenge is an adventure in engineering and endurance
Reneweconomy
Mon 9 October, 2017
One of the world’s greatest engineering adventures began last weekend when more than 40 solar cars brave the Australian Outback on a 3000-kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide, South Australia.
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Black rhino to return to Chad after South Africa deal
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 9 October, 2017
Johannesburg (AFP) - South Africa and Chad on Sunday signed an agreement that will see the re-introduction next year of critically endangered black rhino to the central African country, decades after it was last seen there.
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New drumline shark management technology expanded along NSW coast
ABC News
Mon 9 October, 2017
State-of-the-art drumline technology to steer sharks away from popular holiday beaches has been extended along the New South Wales coast as scientists aim for a solution that is both effective and humane.
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States clash over Murray’s environmental releases
The Australian
Mon 9 October, 2017
The NSW government has savaged South Australia over a leaked letter showing the state withheld sending 45 gigalitres of water needed to protect parts of the Murray-Darling Basin despite warnings from the commonwealth it would put the environment at risk.
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Defence admits three-year delay in warning people about toxic foam danger
ABC News
Mon 9 October, 2017
The Department of Defence has admitted it should have warned the public about a chemical contamination scandal three years earlier than it did — and says the cost to taxpayers to clean up the problem nationwide will mount into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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The new plastic economy
Ecogeneration
Mon 9 October, 2017
A future without plastics may be a nice thought for some but it’s not going to happen, writes UK sustainable plastics expert Dr John Williams.
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Kathmandu world first is 70% down to plastic bottles
Ragtrader
Mon 9 October, 2017
Kathmandu has launched the world's most sustainably designed hoodie, with each garment made from recycled, traceable materials and dyed with agricultural waste.
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Thunderstorms, rain forecast after two-month Sydney dry spell
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 9 October, 2017
Sydney residents had to dust off their umbrellas on Monday morning as the city experienced its first decent rainfall in two months.
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Partisan politics to blame for the energy mess: survey
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 8 October, 2017
Almost nine out of 10 business leaders say partisan politics is to blame for the energy crisis and that the Coalition and Labor need to find a way to end a decade of inaction on climate policy, according to a survey by The Australian Financial Review.
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Nearly 70% of Australians oppose government loan for Adani mine – poll
The Guardian
Sun 8 October, 2017
Polling released on Sunday shows Australians are mostly opposed to Adani’s Carmichael coalmine, and even more strongly opposed to it getting any government assistance.
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Australia's leaders ignore eminent Ocean Elders' warnings about
Independent Australia
Sun 8 October, 2017
When Malcolm Turnbull, Julie Bishop and Annastacia Palaszczuk ignore grave letters of concern about the Adani Carmichael mine from the Ocean Elders, one of the most prestigious marine organisations in the world, Australians have a right to be outraged.
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How to tell if a company is really doing good
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 8 October, 2017
One of the most significant recent trends is the desire of consumers and investors to achieve social good with their money.
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World Solar Challenge off to a bumpy start as teams run into trouble
ABC News
Sun 8 October, 2017
It was a bumpy start for at least seven teams this morning as the 30th World Solar Challenge began from Darwin.
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The New Daily
Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 8 October, 2017
Milan (AFP) - As balconies bristle with tree branches and sunshine dapples the leaves of thousands of plants, two apartment buildings in the heart of Milan have almost disappeared under lush forest.
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'Bold' conservation move to halt the decline of Australia's shy albatross
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 8 October, 2017
Declining breeding rates of the shy albatross, Australia's only endemic species of the spectacular bird, have prompted conservationists to make an unusual intervention.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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NSW's Wilton Logging convicted of breaches on Brown Mountain
The Canberra Times
Sun 8 October, 2017
A New South Wales logging company has been convicted of breaches at a site in Glenbog State Forest on top of Brown Mountain.
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Tasmanian Abalone Council questions Tassal Macquarie Harbour proposal
The Mercury
Sat 7 October, 2017
THE Tasmanian Abalone Council is questioning what impact a proposal to release at least six million litres of effluent from Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour pens near Hells Gates would have on nearby abalone habitat.
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Gas trucks boom in China as government curbs diesel in war on smog
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 8 October, 2017
YUTIAN, China (Reuters) - On a recent morning in Yutian, a dusty town bisected by the highway that connects Beijing to the sea, Su Meiquan strolled into a dealership packed with hulking trucks and prepared to drive off with a brand new rig.
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The real price of gold in Lombok: Indonesian women with toxic mercury levels
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 8 October, 2017
Sekotong, Lombok: Elawati blames herself for what happened to her son. Rizki Ashadi is five and still wears a nappy. He sits on a rug on the porch, dribbling and contorting his limbs. The front of his sky-blue top is wet with drool and one of his beautiful liquid brown eyes points inwards.
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Eastern Australia's tinder dry spring is about to come to an end
News.com.au
Sun 8 October, 2017
IT’S probably been so long since you used one that you may have forgotten where you stashed it all those months ago. But it’s time to fish out the umbrella because rain is on the way.
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EPA may not replace Obama-era climate rule on repeal: draft
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 7 October, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not decided whether it will replace the Clean Power Plan - the centerpiece Obama-era climate change regulation - after it moves to repeal it, according to a draft of the proposal seen by Reuters on Friday.
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Obama makes impassioned plea for clean energy in Argentina
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 7 October, 2017
Córdoba (Argentina) (AFP) - Former US president Barack Obama made an impassioned plea on Friday for the world to embrace clean energy and overcome climate change at a gathering of experts in Argentina.
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Thousands protest across the country against proposed Adani coal mine
The New Daily
Sat 7 October, 2017
Thousands of people have turned out across the country to call on the Queensland and Commonwealth governments to stop the proposed Adani coal mine.
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The Australian
Thousands protest against Adani coal mine in national day of action
News.com.au
Thousands take part in anti-Adani rallies
NT News
9 News
The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Australian
The Herald Sun
The Mercury
Yahoo!7 News
SBS World News Australia
Queenslanders join Stop Adani protest day
SBS World News Australia
Queenslanders join Stop Adani protest day
News.com.au
The Australian
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
The Sydney Morning Herald
Australians opposed to Adani coal mine and $1 billion government loan: poll
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The Newcastle Herald
EU split on carbon market reform ahead of U.N. climate talks
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 8 October, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Splits among European Union policymakers over carbon market reforms could foil attempts next week to reach a deal ahead of United Nations climate talks in November, EU sources said.
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Business urged to take govt role in clean energy quest
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 7 October, 2017
Córdoba (Argentina) (AFP) - The global fight for clean energy rests with businesses and ordinary people as governments lag behind, experts told an environmental conference in Argentina Friday ahead of a keynote speech by former US president Barack Obama.
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Energy prices top risk for Australian business, says global survey
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 7 October, 2017
Australia was the only country to rank energy price as its major concern, and the only other nation apart from Canada to include adapting to climate change within its top five risks.
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How a billion-dollar insurance industry protects Florida’s risky real estate game – for now
The Conversation
Sat 7 October, 2017
After dodging the worst of Hurricane Irma, Florida’s coastal real estate boom shows no signs of slowing. In Miami and nearby waterfront cities, a survey of local records show that more than 90 luxury high-rise apartment blocks are under construction or have been completed since 2015, increasingly financed by overseas investors looking for “safe” opportunities in a turbulent global economy.
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Expanded bluefin tuna quotas could reverse recovery: scientists
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 7 October, 2017
Paris (AFP) - Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna's spectacular recovery will be reversed if the region's 51-nation fisheries management body embraces quota recommendations finalised late Friday by its scientific advisory panel, scientists at the meeting warned.
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Meeting raises $US7b for marine protection
News.com.au
Sat 7 October, 2017
A global conference to better protect marine life has raised more than $US7 billion ($A9 billion) and won commitments to protect huge swathes of the earth's oceans.
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The Advertiser
The Australian
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Hurricane Nate: US states on alert after storm leaves trail of destruction in Central America
ABC News
Sat 7 October, 2017
Tropical Storm Nate has strengthened into a category one hurricane and is speeding towards the United States after killing at least 21 people in Central America.
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Hurricane Nate threatens US Gulf Coast
SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Herald Sun
Sky News Australia
Hurricane Nate makes second landfall
The Sydney Morning Herald
Hurricane Nate makes landfall on US coast as residents brace for storm
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
News.com.au
Hurricane Nate strengthens as US prepares for storm to make landfall
9 News
Hurricane Nate makes landfall in US
Drop in the barrel? Norway agonises over oil
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 6 October, 2017
What is 47 billion barrels in oil and gas really worth in an age where renewable sources are increasingly filling the world's energy needs?
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It's time to end the carbon wars
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 6 October, 2017
Australia has most known forms of energy – coal, gas, oil, sun, wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal, uranium and perhaps a few more. The country entered its modern era of resources-driven prosperity with cheap electricity as one of its big competitive advantages.
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Telstra Energy: 'We can't just wait around for the government to solve the problem'
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 6 October, 2017
With a growing number of businesses installing their own energy sources or buying it directly from renewables projects to deal with double-digit price hikes, Telstra Energy executive director Ben Burge said companies had no choice but to take matters into their own hands.
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You could soon build a wind farm without subsidy
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 6 October, 2017
The Turnbull government is at war over proposed Clean Energy Target but the rapidly falling cost of wind and solar energy could mean developers can do without such targets and their rich subsidies as soon as the early 2020s.
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The reality of living with 50℃ temperatures in our major cities
The Conversation
Fri 6 October, 2017
Australia is hot. But future extreme hot weather will be worse still, with new research predicting that Sydney and Melbourne are on course for 50℃ summer days by the 2040s if high greenhouse emissions continue. That means that places such as Perth, Adelaide and various regional towns could conceivably hit that mark even sooner.
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Britain announces plan to ban antique ivory trade
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 6 October, 2017
London (AFP) - Britain on Friday outlined plans for a near-total ban on trade in antique ivory, bowing to pressure from campaigners who say that poachers are exploiting loopholes in the current regulations.
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Old-growth confirmed at Barrabup forest
The West Australian
Fri 6 October, 2017
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions today released its assessment report into a harvest coupe within the Barrabup forest, confirming old-growth forest in the area.
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The El Niño weather event and its effects on water management in mining
Australian Mining
Fri 6 October, 2017
With our country experiencing another cyclic El Niño weather event, water use, water management and the competition for water will no doubt be brought in the minds of the public. Current conflict over state water licences within the Murray Darling basin will become more acerbic in its nature and mining will be pitted against agriculture as protagonists in the fight for water and its use.
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Can a river have legal rights? I visited the jungles of Colombia to find out
The Conversation
Fri 6 October, 2017
Fundamental human rights are now recognised across much of the world. Humans, however, cannot exist without the natural world. So should we also award rights to environmental entities? The idea has gained traction in recent years – and it is rivers that have found themselves at the vanguard of landmark legal developments.
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Revenge served cold: was Scott of the Antarctic sabotaged by his angry deputy?
The Conversation
Fri 6 October, 2017
On February 11, 1913, the world woke to the headline “Death of Captain Scott. Lost with four comrades. The Pole reached. Disaster on the return”. A keenly anticipated, privately funded scientific venture “off the map” had turned to tragedy.
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