Issue date : Wed 11 October, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 06 Min 37 Seconds
Number of items : 78
U.S. formally proposes scrapping Obama's carbon-cutting plan
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed on Tuesday to scrap the agency's Obama-era plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, as the Trump administration seeks to slash fossil fuel regulation.
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'Well, climate change is real': Josh Frydenberg reminds Tony Abbott he signed Paris deal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 11 October, 2017
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has pointedly reminded Tony Abbott that "climate change is real", and that it was the former prime minister's decision to sign Australia up to the Paris climate change deal.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Labor states go it alone on energy target
The Australian
Wed 11 October, 2017
Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the ACT will push ahead with the design of a clean energy target despite the Turnbull government’s signal it will retreat from the proposal, as the Coalition faces the prospect of an election showdown on climate policy.
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Australia to see more M&A in the energy space: survey
The Age
Wed 11 October, 2017
Australia will be one of the top five countries for energy investment and M&A, a new survey has found.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Position now for the ‘sustainable’ revolution
Investor Daily
Wed 11 October, 2017
The next industrial transition will present challenges for traditional industries but opportunities for emerging low-carbon sectors, says WHEB Asset Management.
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Scale back Paris emissions commitment: Banks, Hilmer
The Australian
Wed 11 October, 2017
Two of Australia’s most respected economic reformers have urged the government to scale back its commitment to the Paris emissions-reduction agreement and revive a market-based mechanism to curb greenhouse gases, suggesting the renewable energy target is damaging the country’s competitiveness.
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Waste sector's remarkable run comes to an end
Inside Waste
Wed 11 October, 2017
Despite holding steady at the top of the CleanTech Index for a few months earlier this year, the Australian CleanTech Index (ACT) has reported that the worst performing sub-index for the quarter was the Australian Waste Index.
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Climate evangelists reduce debate to a binary farce
The Australian
Wed 11 October, 2017
The response to former prime minister Tony Abbott’s provocative London speech on climate change has exposed the superficial approach to this crucial issue in our national debate. While Australia’s climate and energy policy will have clear and unavoidable impacts on our economy, it is arguable whether it will have any environmental effect.
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French lawmakers back oil, gas production ban by 2040
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
Paris (AFP) - France's lower house of parliament gave its overwhelming backing Tuesday to a ban on producing oil and gas on French territory by 2040.
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Extending Liddell could be more expensive than solar plus storage
Reneweconomy
Wed 11 October, 2017
A new report by energy industry analyst RepuTex says investing to extend the life of the ageing Liddell coal plant would likely result in higher costs than a new large scale solar project with battery storage.
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The Guardian
Liddell extension would push up power prices, analysts' report says
The Australian Financial Review
Pumped hydro set to replace gas as a transition fuel: RepuTex
SBS World News Australia
Hydro could push down power prices: study
The West Australian
Yahoo!7 News
Get smart: AEMO unveils 200MW “virtual power plant”
Reneweconomy
Wed 11 October, 2017
The Australian Energy Market Operator has signed up for 200MW of demand desponse capacity, creating a “virtual power plant” twice the size of the Tesla Big battery to deal with heatwaves and supply failures – and prevent blackouts – in the heat of summer.
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End of the road for traditional vehicles? Here are the facts
The Conversation
Wed 11 October, 2017
New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK, which has since been joined by France. Sweden and Scotland will impose the ban by 2032, and Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the carcinogenic effects of diesel emissions, the Volkswagen defeat device scandal, and the link between diesel particulates and Alzheimer’s, focus has turned again to electric cars.
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Exclusive: EU plans carbon credits, not quotas, for electric vehicles
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Union proposal to promote electric cars will shy away from quotas and instead include carbon credits that carmakers can use to offset emissions targets, EU sources told Reuters.
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Housing: Tackling homelessness one tiny house at a time
The Weekly Times
Wed 11 October, 2017
Tasmanian Bill Mollison co-created the agricultural system with David Holmgren by drawing on indigenous cultures and traditional farming practices as well as new technologies, and it was underpinned by a basic philosophy to work with, not against nature.
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Pacific Highway koala holocaust
Independent Australia
Wed 11 October, 2017
The NSW Government is ignoring its own guidelines to build a Highway upgrade through nationally important population of koalas. Sue Arnold reports.
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Cronulla real estate agent throws Port Jackson shark out of ocean pool
ABC News
Wed 11 October, 2017
A Sydney real estate agent has become a social media star after footage of her picking up a shark in one of the city's beloved ocean pools and throwing it back into the sea went viral.
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Coastal protection on the edge: The challenge of preserving California’s legacy
The Conversation
Wed 11 October, 2017
The California coast is an edge. It’s the place where 1,100 miles of shoreline meets the largest ocean on the planet. Many different forces collide there, and a lot of exciting things happen. The coast is a geological edge, zippered to North America by 800 miles of the San Andreas Fault and battered by the Pacific Ocean.
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What a lark: bird collections reflect air pollution
Cosmos
Wed 11 October, 2017
Birds lodged at museums for more than a century are providing insights to soot levels in America’s industrial heartland. Jeff Glorfeld reports.
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Hazardous Vic tyre stockpile dismantled
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
One million tyres have been removed from a stockpile in Victoria's west after the site's owners refused to remove them ahead of the fire season.
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Beaches to get a clean-up
The West Australian
Wed 11 October, 2017
Beach-lovers are being called to help clean up their favourite locations as part of the WA Beach Clean-Up initiative.
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Would you like a recycled snack on your next international flight?
Food Processing
Wed 11 October, 2017
Sealed beverages and unopened snacks are just two of the in-flight products that will be reclassified so they can be re-used on future Air New Zealand flights as part of the company’s drive to reduce inflight waste from its international services arriving in Auckland.
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Woolworths named first CDS retail partner
The Shout
Wed 11 October, 2017
Tomra Cleanaway has announced Woolworths as its first retail refund partner for the Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), which launches 1 December.
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Weather causes 'lowest' European wine output since WWII
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
Brussels (AFP) - Europe's wine production has dropped to levels unseen since World War II as extreme weather battered top producers Italy, France, Spain and Germany, the main farmers' union said Tuesday.
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Severe weather warnings in place across swathes of southern Australia
News.com.au
Wed 11 October, 2017
STORMS, damaging winds and heavy rain could sweep across southern Australia on Wednesday with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing severe weather warnings for both South Australia and Victoria.
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The Advertiser
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Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward
The Guardian
Tue 10 October, 2017
Tony Abbott titled his London speech on climate change “Daring to Doubt” – a challenge, if you will, to reject mountains of evidence and instead lick your fingers and shove them into the plug socket of denial.
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The Huffington Post Australia
The Saddest, Wrongest 'Fact' In Tony Abbott's Climate Speech
The Sydney Morning Herald
Five charts that show Tony Abbott is the one who has lost sight of the science
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
ABC News
Tony Abbott's climate change claims just don't stack up
Tony Abbott's climate frolic is strange and sad – and all about politics
The Guardian
Tue 10 October, 2017
It would be tempting to laugh at Tony Abbott’s feelings about how carbon dioxide is secretly good for humanity, and his insights into the goat sacrificing habits of primitives subduing volcano gods – except it isn’t that funny.
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Why Tony Abbott looks forward to global warming: more beach days
The Age
Tue 10 October, 2017
"Climate change itself is probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm [and] .. a gradual lift in global temperatures ... might even be beneficial": Tony Abbott.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Coalition will cut emissions: minister
News.com.au
Tue 10 October, 2017
While Tony Abbott has likened climate change policy advocates to primitive people who used to sacrifice goats, his coalition colleagues disagree.
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The Australian
Yahoo!7 News
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Coalition's climate credibility strained by Tony Abbott's frolic
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 10 October, 2017
Has the Coalition really changed since Tony Abbott's day? As frontbencher Dan Tehan was asked at the National Press Club on Tuesday, "is this a different party now or is it just a party with a different leader?"
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Policy will be a mess until Turnbull sacrifices Coalition’s climate goat
Reneweconomy
Tue 10 October, 2017
It is now abundantly clear what Malcolm Turnbull signed up for when he vowed to leave Tony Abbott’s climate and clean energy policies untouched when negotiating his ascension to the prime minister’s office in 2015: it was for a complete and utter repudiation of everything about climate he once said he stood for.
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Tony Abbott's climate change speech 'loopy', says Labor
The Guardian
Tue 10 October, 2017
Tony Abbott has “left the realm of the merely destructive and entered the realm of the loopy”, Labor says, after his provocative speech arguing climate change was “probably doing good”.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Tony Abbott speech: Allies go to ground and Labor lashes 'loopy' ex-PM over climate change views
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The Australian Financial Review
Tony Abbott has 'entered the realm of the loopy'
Money can’t buy me love, but you can put a price on a tree
The Conversation
Wed 11 October, 2017
What is something worth? How do you put a dollar value on something like a river, a forest or a reef? When one report announces that the Great Barrier Reef is worth A$56 billion, and another that it’s effectively priceless, what does it mean and can they be reconciled?
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Australia needs a clean energy target, not Coalition paralysis
The Age
Tue 10 October, 2017
"If you're cold, put on a jumper. If you're too hot, play under the hose." These have long been stock phrases for cost-conscious parents confronted with a complaining child wanting the heater turned up or the air-conditioning switched on (at least, in the latter case, until water restrictions started to bite). But now, it seems, they have become the de facto national energy policies of a government too paralysed by ideology and infighting to give the country what it needs: a secure road from the power generation of the past to the power generation of the future.
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Why we need a Clean Energy Target
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 10 October, 2017
The National Electricity Market started as one electricity system. It ran on a combination of coal, gas and hydro. More recently, solar and wind have replaced some coal. But still, coal, gas and hydro make the system balance on really hot and cold days.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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'The war on coal is over': US a step closer to rolling back clean energy target
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 10 October, 2017
Washington: The Trump administration has announced formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama's signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of the United States' efforts to tackle global warming.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Adani strikes solar energy retail deal
Sky News Australia
Tue 10 October, 2017
Indian energy giant Adani says it has found a retailer to sell energy generated by its new central Queensland solar plant.
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News.com.au
The Australian
Yahoo!7 News
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Hydrogen touted as fuel of the future
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 10 October, 2017
Hydrogen will transform the transport industry and could eventually replace natural gas, Arup's environment and resources leader Mike Straughton says.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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AEMO: Shift to renewables is going to happen anyway
Reneweconomy
Tue 10 October, 2017
Audrey Zibelman, the head of the Australian Energy Market Operator, has made a call for some sort of policy certainty, and new market mechanisms, repeating her view that the shift to renewable energy is unstoppable, but needs to be managed.
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“Slush fund for fossil fuels”: First NAIF loan deal slammed by green groups
Reneweconomy
Tue 10 October, 2017
Green groups have reacted angrily to the news that the federal government’s $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, or NAIF, has agreed to issue its first loan to a WA shipping base that will service the oil and gas industry.
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NABERS may have to add more stars to its ratings
Architecture and Design
Tue 10 October, 2017
When it comes to commercial building energy ratings, its seems five stars just isn’t enough these days, with the NABERS energy targets needing to add another star after the number of 6 star (without the need for GreenPower) rated buildings doubles over the past 12 months.
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Old Prison Redeveloped into New Eco City in Amsterdam
The Urban Developer
Tue 10 October, 2017
The former Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam, a prison complex in the South-East of the city built in the 1970s, will be redeveloped into a car-free, mixed-use district that focuses on community, recycling and reuse.
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Frasers nabs first 6 Star industrial rating
The Fifth Estate
Tue 10 October, 2017
Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.
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Whale find sparks climate change warning
The West Australian
Tue 10 October, 2017
Discoveries by Australian scientists about a rarely seen and unusual type of whale have sparked fresh warnings about the effects climate change could have in the world's oceans.
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It’s The Habitat Destruction, Stupid
New Matilda
Tue 10 October, 2017
The Federal Government’s Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, told ABC Radio last Friday that wide-scale destruction of habitat isn’t a ‘key’ threat to our wildlife. The science says he’s demonstrably, dangerously wrong, writes Suzanne Milthorpe.
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Wood calls for rural area management plan
NT News
Tue 10 October, 2017
INDEPENDENT Member for Nelson Gerry Wood is pushing for the Gunner Government and the NT Land Corporation to sit down and develop a management plan to protect the environment and reduce anti-social behaviour in the rural area.
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BOM tracks severe storms as large hail hits south-east Queensland
ABC News
Tue 10 October, 2017
Golf ball-sized hail has lashed parts of south-east Queensland on Tuesday afternoon, as the Bureau of Meteorology tracks a number of storms across the region.
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The Courier Mail
Queensland weather: Heatwave information service launches early
News.com.au
The Brisbane Times
Golf-ball-sized hail falls near Logan, roof ripped off near Maryborough
The Age
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
All The Meathead Excuses I've Heard From Non-Vegans
The Huffington Post Australia
Tue 10 October, 2017
From "vegans have weak bones" to "you kill ants when you walk", there's no shortage of crazy when someone spots you eating your fried mushroom burger.
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