Issue date : Thu 12 October, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 20 Seconds
Number of items : 51
From thin air to stone: greenhouse gas test starts in Iceland
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 12 October, 2017
OSLO (Reuters) - A Swiss company will start to extract carbon dioxide from thin air in Iceland on Thursday, seeking to transform the gas into rock far below ground in a first test of a costly technology meant to slow climate change.
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Bloomberg's charity donates $64 million to 'war on coal'
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 12 October, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's charity gave another $64 million to a campaign that aims to slash the number of U.S. coal-fired plants by two thirds by 2020, he said on Wednesday.
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Too early to walk away from energy target: BCA
The Australian
Thu 12 October, 2017
The nation’s peak business group has rejected calls for Australia to walk away from its pledge to ­reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Analysis paralysis over the clean energy target has proved disastrous
The Canberra Times
Thu 12 October, 2017
With any hope of a rational and sustainable Australian energy policy debate receding fast, the likelihood for a coherent plan to solve the country's energy woes appears is also becoming increasingly uncertain.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Smart grid, dumb grid: Conservatives hit peak stupid over demand response
Reneweconomy
Thu 12 October, 2017
So much for a smart grid. Or a cheaper one. The technology troglodytes on conservative media have taken less than 24 hours to have a collective meltdown over “demand response” – a new initiative to encourage consumers, particularly industry, to shift their loads to help manage demand peaks and moderate prices.
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Proposals flow in for SA’s Renewable Tech Fund
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Thu 12 October, 2017
The SA state government has received 60 international proposals under its $150 million Renewable Technology Fund. The proposals included a diverse range of next generation renewable energy and energy storage technologies, including batteries, bioenergy, pumped hydro, thermal, compressed air and flywheel. The government website mentioned that successful applicants will be notified in the ensuing months.
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Qld renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage
Reneweconomy
Thu 12 October, 2017
The Queensland state government says it has received 115 proposal from 79 businesses from its “Renewables 400” program that seeks at least 400MW of large scale renewable project including 100MW of energy storage.
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Base load power: The dinosaur in the energy debate
ABC News
Thu 12 October, 2017
Base load power is a term we're hearing a lot in discussions about our energy future. But what does it mean, and is it really relevant?
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Dolphins suffer in hot weather
Cosmos
Thu 12 October, 2017
Study finds decrease in numbers and increase in illness in coastal dolphins battling El Niño and heavy rain. Andrew Masterson reports.
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GRDC research examines the feeding behaviour of millipedes
The Weekly Times
Thu 12 October, 2017
A MELBOURNE University PhD student is desperately seeking paddocks full of millipedes. Josh Douglas is in his final year of his PhD research which is seeking to work out when, and why the Portuguese millipede attacks emerging green crops.
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Botswana finds anthrax outbreak after spate of hippo deaths
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 12 October, 2017
GABORONE (Reuters) - Anthrax has been detected in dead hippos floating in the Okavango River, officials in Botswana said on Wednesday, after more than 100 of the animals were suspected to have been killed by the disease in neighboring Namibia.
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Finding Nemo may become even harder: climate study
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 12 October, 2017
Paris (AFP) - The clownfish, the colourful swimmer propelled to fame by the 2003 film "Finding Nemo", is under threat from warming ocean waters wreaking havoc with sea anemones -- the structures which serve as its home, a study has found.
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'Catastrophic': California wildfires death toll rises to 21
SBS World News Australia
Thu 12 October, 2017
More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless.
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Logging halt at Barrabup old growth
The West Australian
Thu 12 October, 2017
The State Government says it will protect old growth forest found at Barrabup near Nannup but conservationists say it needs to do more to deliver on its election promises.
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Reuse dams help reduce nutrient loss
The Weekly Times
Thu 12 October, 2017
GOVERNMENT rebates to build reuse dams were “one of the best” initiatives to help irrigation and also the health of local rivers and dams, according to one Nambrok dairy farmer.
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Water released into SA's Coorong region
News.com.au
Thu 12 October, 2017
Water from upstream will be released into the South Australia's Coorong region to help threatened species.
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The Australian
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Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 12 October, 2017
Copenhagen (AFP) - Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday.
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$2.5m available to improve landfill
Inside Waste
Thu 12 October, 2017
The NSW EPA and Environmental Trust have invited rural and regional councils to apply for a share of $2.5 million in grants to improve landfills across the state.
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Gucci Has Officially Banned Fur From Its Collections
D'Marge
Thu 12 October, 2017
Gucci has officially ruled out fur from all of its future collections. The move comes as part of the Italian luxury brand’s allegiance with the Fur Free Alliance which will see the controversial material disappear from its garments starting from its Spring/Summer 2018 portfolio.
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Liberal statesman tells Malcolm Turnbull to stand and fight Tony Abbott on climate
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 11 October, 2017
A former Liberal leader has urged Malcolm Turnbull to defy Tony Abbott in the party room over climate and energy policy, saying that by "drawing a line in the sand" he could deliver better policy and save his prime ministership.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Too much idiocy over energy, Turnbull says
The Australian
Wed 11 October, 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rejected calls from two of the nation’s most renowned economic reformers to wind back Australia’s commitment to the Paris climate accord.
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As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
Berlin (AFP) - Even if you are terrified of heights, jumping out of a plane with a makeshift parachute may begin to look like a good idea once you know the aircraft is running out of fuel.
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'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
Berlin (AFP) - Dismissed a decade ago as far-fetched and dangerous, schemes to tame global warming by engineering the climate have migrated from the margins of policy debate towards centre stage.
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Ex-auto workers could boost clean energy industry
Pursuit
Wed 11 October, 2017
Australia’s 100-year-old auto manufacturing industry will finally come to an end later this month, but workers’ skills would translate to the storable electricity industry
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Telstra unveils its big battery – it’s nearly 10 times bigger than Tesla’s
Reneweconomy
Wed 11 October, 2017
Telstra has offered another tantalising insight into its unfolding energy market strategy, with the suggestion the telco has plans to mobilise its existing battery storage fleet of more than 1GWh, to help balance supply and demand on Australia’s rapidly transforming electricity market.
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Andrew Bolt: Abuse of Tony Abbott proves a point
The Herald Sun
Wed 11 October, 2017
THE screams of abuse tell me Tony Abbott hit the target with his speech saying global warming may not be so bad.
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The Courier Mail
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Power bills: Why the Government wants to pay you to switch off this summer
ABC News
Wed 11 October, 2017
Households and businesses who turn down air conditioners during heatwaves and switch off other appliances like pool pumps would be rewarded under a scheme announced today.
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Vic lion cubs make paw-cious public debut
News.com.au
Wed 11 October, 2017
A furry foursome have made their public debut at Victoria's Werribee Open Range Zoo where the public are invited to help name the lion cubs.
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The Australian
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Scientists hot-foot for endangered species
SBS World News Australia
Wed 11 October, 2017
Researchers are combining ancient Namibian hunting skills with new technology to help save the cheetah and other endangered species.
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Urban birdwatching guide to Perth
Australian Geographic
Wed 11 October, 2017
From the ephemeral lakes to the woodlands and eastern hills, Perth abounds with birds – some 190 species in total. We spoke to expert birders Ken Glasson, Keith Wilcox, John Baas and Mike Bamford from Birdlife WA for some insider tips for finding Perth’s feathered residents. “Most of these birds can be viewed within the metro area,” our experts explained, “But some species do warrant short trips outside the city.”
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Whale carcass disposals on NSW north coast beaches by Parks Service 'reckless', Ballina councillor says
ABC News
Wed 11 October, 2017
The New South Wales Office of Environment has removed another whale carcass that was controversially buried near a shark hotspot on the north coast earlier this week.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Buried whale to be dug up from South Ballina Beach
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
News.com.au
Buried baby whale removed from NSW beach
The Australian
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China's top coke producer to curb output in pollution war
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 11 October, 2017
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top coke producer Shanxi Coking will slash output for coke and some chemical products including tar and methanol during the coming winter months as part of Beijing's campaign against air pollution.
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