Issue date : Wed 8 November, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 55 Seconds
Number of items : 58
China, EU step up to fill US climate gap
SBS World News Australia
Wed 8 November, 2017
The United States is becoming isolated in its opposition to international action on climate change and other countries, especially China, are stepping up to fill the gap.
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Trump not invited to Paris December climate change summit for now, says France
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who pulled his country out of the 2015 Paris climate change deal, is "for the time being" not invited to a climate change summit due to be held in the French capital in December, an official in President Emmanuel Macron's office said.
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EU at impasse before final push to clinch carbon market reform
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU negotiators are split over the uses of a new clean technology fund ahead of talks on carbon market reforms on Wednesday, with the bloc keen for a deal this week to show leadership at U.N. climate talks in Bonn.
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Nicaragua climate politics in hot water
News.com.au
Wed 8 November, 2017
Environmentalists say Nicaragua's ambitious renewable energy goals contrast with its controversial plan to carve out a shipping canal from coast to coast.
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Britain faces new legal challenge over air quality improvement plan
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - New legal proceedings have been launched against the British government by environmental law firm ClientEarth over what it says is a failure to tackle air pollution, the firm said on Tuesday.
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German minister warns EU against toughening car emissions targets
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that he is against any toughening of European car emissions targets by 2025, warning that stricter rules would cost jobs and growth.
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Wind, solar costs continue fall, and fossil fuels can’t stop them
Reneweconomy
Wed 8 November, 2017
The latest update for energy technology costs put together by global investment bank Lazard have been released and show a growing advantage for wind and solar technologies over fossil fuels such as coal, gas and nuclear.
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Let's not rush to write off government's National Energy Guarantee (NEG)
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 8 November, 2017
With help from their new Energy Security Board (ESB), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg recently proposed a solution to our energy woes: the National Energy Guarantee, or "NEG". As the NEG sales pitch gears up, including a Stakeholder Webinar this Friday, the key question is: Will it work?
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France backtracks on nuclear power reduction target
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
Paris (AFP) - The French government said Tuesday that it probably would not be able to keep its 2025 deadline for reducing the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent, an admission which angered ecologists.
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You heard right: Trump administration is bailing out coal plants
Reneweconomy
Wed 8 November, 2017
No one likes paying more on their electric bills. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what might happen if the US Department of Energy gets its way with a recent request that bails out uneconomic coal plants. UCS opposes both this and something similar under review by the West Virginia Public Service Commission.
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Millions in savings as Synergy partners with Dutch in green energy deal
The West Australian
Wed 8 November, 2017
Electricity provider Synergy is poised to partner with a Dutch investment fund to bankroll its obligations under Federal green energy laws in a move that could spare the cash-strapped State Government hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Achieving Net (or Nearly) Zero Buildings
Sourceable
Wed 8 November, 2017
How much progress has been made in achieving net zero buildings? And will this approach help us meet our Paris Climate Change Agreement commitment of net zero emissions by 2050?
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Diverse Housing Crisis Demands Diverse Solutions
Sourceable
Wed 8 November, 2017
With different groups having different needs, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to fixing Australia’s housing crisis.
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Bio-terror is a public health issue
Cosmos
Wed 8 November, 2017
Princeton University’s Laura Kahn spends her days analysing the risks of animal diseases jumping to humans – accidentally or deliberately. She talks to Andrew Masterson.
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The UK needs a new independent body to protect the environment after Brexit
The Conversation
Wed 8 November, 2017
For four decades, EU legislation and policy has profoundly shaped the protection of the UK environment. It’s hard to predict exactly what Brexit will mean for Britain’s beaches, air pollution, recycling standards or wildlife conservation – but there is no doubt it will be significant.
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Victorian Government backs Yarra Valley pipeline plan
The Shout
Wed 8 November, 2017
The Victorian Government has given its support to a proposed recycled water pipeline, which would bring water to winemakers in the Coldstream and Gruyere area, to secure their water supply and help them produce more wine.
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Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
New Delhi (AFP) - A public health emergency was declared as choking smog blanketed New Delhi on Tuesday, with authorities ordering the temporary closure of all primary schools in the world's most polluted capital city.
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Clean up order issued for Hume rubbish dump
The Canberra Times
Wed 8 November, 2017
The owner of a controversial "pop-up" tip in Hume has been ordered to reduce the amount of rubbish on the site or it could face heavy fines.
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Qld storm 'like being in a tumble drier'
The Australian
Wed 8 November, 2017
One of the worst storms in a decade has lashed the Bundaberg region, damaging homes and leaving 15,000 properties without power.
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Nations better shielded from disasters, Pacific most at risk: study
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 7 November, 2017
BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Many nations have become less vulnerable to natural disasters ranging from cyclones to earthquakes because of improved preparedness, but Pacific island states remain most at risk, a study showed on Tuesday.
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Understanding the “Emissions Gap” in 5 Charts
Reneweconomy
Tue 7 November, 2017
Every year, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) brings together scientists from around the world to measure the size of the greenhouse gas (GHG) “emissions gap,” the difference between the emissions level countries have pledged to achieve under international agreements and the level consistent with limiting warming to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F).
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War on Waste takes out the Banksias
The Fifth Estate
Tue 7 November, 2017
The ABC TV series War on Waste has won the most prestigious sustainability honour in Australia, the 2017 Gold Banksia Sustainability award.
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Study finds rich nations short-changing world on $US100b climate pledge
Architecture and Design
Tue 7 November, 2017
According to Bloomberg, the worlds’ wealthiest countries are not fulfilling their pledge to provide $US100 billion a year to developing countries for building green technologies as part of the Paris climate accord.
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Facing uncertain future, fossil fuel workers want retraining in renewables
The Conversation
Wed 8 November, 2017
A top talking point at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this month is President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. The decision follows Trump’s campaign commitment to get coal miners back to work.
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How to benefit from the global growth and harmonisation of EPDs
The Fifth Estate
Tue 7 November, 2017
The global hype around Environmental Product Declarations is gathering momentum as businesses and governments demand to understand how their procurement choices impact on the environment. Following are some of the trends surrounding EPDs and the opportunities on offer discussed during a webinar with expert Jane Anderson, principal consultant with thinkstep in the UK, Stephen Mitchell, chair of the Australasian EPD Programme and Barbara Nebel, managing director of thinkstep in Australasia.
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Susty candidates get picky and AECOM set up for Parramatta growth
The Fifth Estate
Tue 7 November, 2017
MARKET PULSE: The sustainability jobs market is robust as the end of the year approaches and companies move to finish off projects, according to Aspect Personnel consultant Carmina Navalta.
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Chile solar auction sets new record low for solar PV
Reneweconomy
Tue 7 November, 2017
The latest energy auction in Chile has set a new record low for solar PV, with one bid by the local subsidiary of Italian outfit, Enel, coming in at just $US21.48/MWh ($A28/MWh).
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See a Nature-Inspired Eco House, Built in a Laneway
Broadsheet
Tue 7 November, 2017
When you peek inside this bright and airy house, it’s hard to fathom it sits on 200 square metres in an inner-city laneway. The sense of proportion, which flows into a leafy, breezeblock-lined courtyard, gives the illusion of a much larger space.
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Crime technology tracks turtles
News.com.au
Tue 7 November, 2017
Techniques commonly suited to tracing robbers rather than reptiles are being used by British scientists investigating the movements of one of the planet's most cherished species.
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Hunt for 'super corals' aims to help Great Barrier Reef survive climate change
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 7 November, 2017
An unusual mix of researchers from Australia and abroad will set sail later this month in a bid to locate and then propagate "super corals" that appear best able to survive bleaching caused by climate change.
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Why we need a better philosophy of trees
The Conversation
Tue 7 November, 2017
On November 6 1217, Henry III’s Charter of the Forest gave ordinary English people back their traditional rights to use royal hunting grounds for livestock grazing and collecting firewood. The freedoms that were restored in the use of ancient woodland reshaped the community’s legal and political relationship with nature. But, today, this relationship has broken down. Only 2% of the UK’s ancient woodland survives; over half has been destroyed since the 1930s. Only 13% of the UK is covered with trees, compared to the European average of 37%. And so exactly 800 years on, in Lincoln Castle, home of the original charter, a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People has been launched by the Woodland Trust.
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Leading scientists urge government to protect Helena and Aurora Range
WAToday
Tue 7 November, 2017
Australia's leading environmental scientists have urged the WA government to upgrade the Helena and Aurora Range as a Class "A" National Park to protect it from mining.
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Coral spawning: a rare natural wonder
Australian Geographic
Tue 7 November, 2017
To catch the natural phenomenon of coral spawning, you need patience and just a little bit of luck.
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The power of water to cool the Earth is bigger than we think
The Fifth Estate
Tue 7 November, 2017
BATHURST BURR: “It looks like it looks at the end of summer”, the farmer said, crumbling the dry, dead tree leaves in his fingers. “Never seen trees like this die, this is their country, they’re survivors.”
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New FSC leader Sara Gipton to drive healthy forest plan
The Fifth Estate
Tue 7 November, 2017
Carbon market expert Sara Gipton has been appointed the new chief executive of Australia’s leading forest certification organisation, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Australia).
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