Issue date : Tue 10 October, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 06 Min 02 Seconds
Number of items : 71
Tony Abbott says climate change action is like trying to 'appease the volcano gods'
ABC News
Tue 10 October, 2017
Policy to deal with climate change is like primitive people killing goats to appease volcano gods, former prime minister Tony Abbott has told an audience in Britain overnight.
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NT Chief Minister urges calm over PFAS fears in Katherine
NT News
Tue 10 October, 2017
CHIEF MINISTER Michael Gunner has moved to head off a boycott of Katherine and its agricultural sector by tourists and businesses in the wake of Monday night’s Four Corners report into Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination.
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The Courier Mail
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Herald Sun
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PFAS contamination: Katherine mango farmer seeks compensation from Defence
ABC News
Tue 10 October, 2017
A Northern Territory mango farmer is one of hundreds of Australians seeking compensation from the Defence Department after learning chemical contamination in his water supply is almost 66 times over the deemed safe limit for drinking water.
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Trump administration moves to kill Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal power plants
News.com.au
Tue 10 October, 2017
A COALITION of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration’s move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
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SA Libs propose $100m home battery plan
9 News
Tue 10 October, 2017
Around 40,000 South Australian households with solar panels will have access to a $100 million fund subsidising home batteries under a Liberal Party plan to alleviate the state's energy problems.
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SBS World News Australia
The Australian
Yahoo!7 News
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Origin CEO demands policy certainty for energy industry
The Australian
Tue 10 October, 2017
Origin Energy chief executive Frank Calabria says the clean energy target is not the best or only solution to Australia’s energy woes but should be backed by the federal government because it is “better than no solution at all”.
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Responsible investment now a major global force
The Fifth Estate
Tue 10 October, 2017
The theme of this year’s Ethical Investment Week is aptly titled Make an Impact. For many Australians, conscientious decisions are made on a daily basis about the food we eat and what products we buy to bring into our homes. Paradoxically, the collective societal and environmental impacts that our superannuation and other investment accounts might have is often overlooked.
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How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change
The Conversation
Tue 10 October, 2017
Coffee demand around the world is shifting. Europe still accounts for almost one third of the coffee consumed worldwide, but China has doubled its consumption in just the last five years.
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Microsoft inks massive renewables deal with GE in Ireland
The Australian
Tue 10 October, 2017
Microsoft has signed a massive wind energy deal in Ireland for 37-megawatts of energy for 15 years that continues the tech sector’s multi-billion dollar investment in renewable energy.
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Once bitten, twice shy: why Malcolm Turnbull is cornered on climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 10 October, 2017
On energy policy, Malcolm Turnbull is cornered. In 2009 the green-tinged Liberal saw the leadership torn from his grasp over his defiant support for an emissions trading scheme.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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A clean break on policy that would fail
The Australian
Tue 10 October, 2017
There is a hard political calculation in the Turnbull government’s move away from a clean energy target.
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Renewable energy: wind, solar generators ‘don’t need subsidies’
The Australian
Tue 10 October, 2017
The Turnbull government is telling solar and wind power generators to “stand on their own two feet” as it gains swift support from backbenchers for a cut to renewable subsidies, deepening the divide with Labor over whether to embrace a clean energy target.
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Land council calls for fracking ‘exclusion zones’
NT News
Tue 10 October, 2017
THE Northern Land Council has called on the Territory Government to exclude all Aboriginal “communities, homelands and other residential areas” from onshore petroleum exploration if a fracking moratorium is lifted.
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The Advertiser
The Courier Mail
The Geelong Advertiser
The Gold Coast Bulletin
The Mercury
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Carnegie secures debt finance for 10MW Northam solar farm in WA
Reneweconomy
Tue 10 October, 2017
ASX listed renewables developer Carnegie Clean Energy is getting set to build its battery-ready 10MW solar farm in Northam, Western Australia, after securing $7.5 million in debt finance for the project this week.
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Elecnor gets approval to add 50MW to Queensland’s first solar farm
Reneweconomy
Tue 10 October, 2017
Spanish-based renewable energy development company Elecnor says it has won approval for the second stage of its Barcaldine solar farm, adding 50MW (DC) and possibly storage to what is currently Queensland’s first and biggest large scale solar farm.
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Deep green in the deep south: The Commons heads to Hobart
Architecture and Design
Tue 10 October, 2017
Four years ago, a residential housing project in the youthful Melbourne suburb of Brunswick took the country by storm. Designed by Breathe Architecture and developed by Small Giants Developments, The Commons was hailed as a radical new approach to sustainability.
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How greenwashing threatens environmental practice
Architecture and Design
Tue 10 October, 2017
Environmentally conscious development is on the rise across the Australian construction industry. This has occurred as the result of increasing awareness within the industry about the risks that climate change poses, and increasing expectations from consumers to combat those risks.
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Whale find sparks climate change warning
News.com.au
Tue 10 October, 2017
Australian scientists think they have solved a mystery about how remains of a rare whale spotted only in the southern hemisphere were found across the equator.
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The Australian
Yahoo!7 News
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World’s reptiles mapped for the first time
Cosmos
Tue 10 October, 2017
A comprehensive survey of snakes and lizards completes the long-awaited “atlas of life”. Andrew Masterson reports.
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Can Britain make an ivory ban work? Only if it learns from America’s experience
The Conversation
Tue 10 October, 2017
Sales of ivory within the UK could soon be banned, if the government gets its way. British environment minister Michael Gove has launched a 12-week consultation exercise on a policy which, if implemented, would also ban all ivory imports and exports to the country.
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Anthrax may have killed 100 hippos in Namibia
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 10 October, 2017
Windhoek (AFP) - Over 100 hippos have died in Namibia in a remote national park in the past week, the country's environment minister said on Monday, warning that anthrax could be to blame.
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Homes destroyed, residents killed as explosive wildfires burn California wine country
News.com.au
Tue 10 October, 2017
AT least 10 people are dead after more than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country.
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Into the fascist forest – a real Italian controversy
The Conversation
Tue 10 October, 2017
Can a forest be fascist? This may seem a facetious question, but it is one that Italians have been discussing of late due to a fire that occurred at the end of August.
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Indian court bans firecracker sales in Delhi ahead of peak pollution season
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 10 October, 2017
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top court on Monday temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in and around the capital ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, as it looks to prevent a repeat of severe air pollution that forced school closures last year.
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News.com.au
Firework sales banned in Delhi for Diwali
The Australian
The Sydney Morning Herald
Diwali festival without fireworks? Supreme Court says yes
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Brisbane weather: Hail, wind and rain tipped for south-east Queensland
The Brisbane Times
Tue 10 October, 2017
Thunderstorms are forecast to bring heavy rain, large hail and powerful winds on Tuesday, rolling east in a band stretching from Toowoomba to the Sunshine Coast.
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The Age
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Ethical cocktails
Hospitality Magazine
Tue 10 October, 2017
Knowing where the food on your plate comes from is fast becoming the norm for savvy diners. So is it only a matter of time before the same applies to cocktails?
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Government may abandon clean-energy target as renewables become more affordable
SBS World News Australia
Mon 9 October, 2017
The government has adopted 49 of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel's 50 recommendations, but it's the last one that has become the sticking point.
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Coal is not the answer to energy crisis, says Chief Scientist
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 9 October, 2017
Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has vigorously defended his energy review, saying the crisis can be solved within three years and that going back to coal is not the answer.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
WAToday
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Chief Scientist Alan Finkel makes last ditch plea for clean energy target
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 9 October, 2017
Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has made a last-ditch plea to save the proposed clean energy target, even as the Turnbull government signalled it will reject the proposal by the end of the year.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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NSW to approve coalmine blocked by courts for polluting Sydney's drinking water
The Guardian
Mon 9 October, 2017
The New South Wales government will introduce legislation to approve an underground coalmine that was blocked by the courts because it was polluting Sydney’s drinking water.
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Community exposed to water laced with toxins for three years before Defence came clean
News.com.au
Mon 9 October, 2017
FAMILIES living near several Australian Army bases unknowingly exposed themselves to potentially cancer-causing chemicals for years after it leaked into the local water supply and the Department of Defence kept the public in the dark, an investigation has revealed.
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The Herald Sun
Coalition pledge to turn on the gas could imperil Australia's climate target
The Age
Mon 9 October, 2017
Any move to boost gas production in Victoria by drilling onshore threatens to undermine Australia's commitment to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, energy experts warn.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
AGL Energy 'self-medicates' on carbon transition as policy lags behind
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 9 October, 2017
AGL Energy chief executive Andy Vesey has compared the utility's decision to set dates for the closure of its three huge coal-fired power plants and move towards lower-carbon supply as "self-medicating" in the absence of energy policy to drive the transition.
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Tony Abbott, once the ‘climate weathervane’, has long since rusted stuck
The Conversation
Mon 9 October, 2017
Tonight former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be in London to give a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, titled “Daring to Doubt”, in which he will reportedly argue that climate policy is “shutting down industries”. (It’s not clear if he’s bought carbon offsets for the 10 tonnes of carbon that a return flight to the UK will release into the atmosphere.)
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Coalition wrestles with internal demons on clean energy target
Reneweconomy
Mon 9 October, 2017
Remember Gollum from Lord of the Rings? The Australian federal government is doing a pretty good impersonation of the twisted fictional character, as it wrestles with its own internal demons in trying to put together a credible energy policy, and possibly a clean energy target.
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Expert views make way for political expediency in climate debate
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 9 October, 2017
The patient's vital signs are not good. Power prices are high, and emissions haemorrhaging. Reliability and security of supply are in doubt. We need a treatment plan, and fast.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Green light for mine proposal
The West Australian
Mon 9 October, 2017
A proposal to mine mineral sands on the Dampier Peninsula between Broome and Derby has been recommended for approval by the Environmental Protection Authority - subject to conditions.
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Volvo trucks to run on LNG
ATN
Mon 9 October, 2017
Liquid natural gas and biogas is being introduced to the latest Volvo trucks in order to bring them into line with Euro 6 compliance standards.
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Artificial Nests Airlifted To Tasmania's Vulnerable Shy Albatross
The Huffington Post Australia
Mon 9 October, 2017
Set among the waters separating mainland Australia and Tasmania lies a remote island that's not very well known to most, but it's home to 10,000 residents that are in desperate need of a helping hand to keep their numbers from dwindling.
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Big battle ends for Melbourne Zoo elephant
News.com.au
Mon 9 October, 2017
Melbourne Zoo's beloved Asian elephant bull Bong Su has died after a lengthy battle with a degenerative joint disease.
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The Australian
The New Daily
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Almost a third of Brisbane's ibises have gone and we don't know why
The Brisbane Times
Mon 9 October, 2017
Brisbane’s ibis population has dropped more than 30 per cent in the past financial year but it is unclear what has happened to them or whether they will be back.
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The Age
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Up to 13 cyclones expected this season with about four to make landfall, BOM says
ABC News
Mon 9 October, 2017
Up to 13 tropical cyclones are expected to form around the country over the coming six months, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) annual outlook.
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South West old growth forests 'redefined' to allow more logging
WAToday
Mon 9 October, 2017
Conservation groups have rubbished moves to protect a portion of old growth forest in WA's South West, claiming the rules defining what's to be saved from logging have been "quietly changed" to allow more felling to take place.
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India’s ambitious plans to achieve sanitation for all must look beyond building individual toilets
The Conversation
Mon 9 October, 2017
“Lovers built the Taj Mahal for their love. But I couldn’t build a loo.” So says Keshav, the lead character of a new Bollywood movie, after his wife leaves him for failing to build a toilet in their home. The film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, is a commercial film in support of governmental campaigns to improve sanitation in India.
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Cars Are The Problem, And The Solution, To Our Highest Emissions Level Ever
The Huffington Post Australia
Mon 9 October, 2017
Australia's annual emissions from energy use have increased to their highest-ever level according to the recent report by respected energy expert Hugh Saddler. This finding is disturbing, and points to a failure by government to address climate change across all sectors.
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Woolworths to host can collection points
News.com.au
Mon 9 October, 2017
Supermarket giant Woolworths will provide up to 180 collections points in metro and regional areas of NSW for the state government's can deposit scheme.
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The Australian
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Why are Australians holding onto their e-waste?
Sustainability Matters
Mon 9 October, 2017
E-waste recycling service TechCollect is calling on Australians to consider the environmental impact of not recycling their electronic waste (e-waste), with a new survey commissioned by the company finding that one in five people (22%) consider themselves hoarders of old electronic devices.
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