Issue date : Thu 9 November, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 50 Seconds
Number of items : 57
Australia lagging in climate change battle
SBS World News Australia
Thu 9 November, 2017
Experts warn Australia is known as a "climate laggard" and is falling behind the rest of the world in tackling climate change as the window for action closes.
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Emerging nations urge rich to kick-start climate pact before 2020
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 9 November, 2017
BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Emerging nations pressed developed countries on Wednesday to step up cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 to kick-start the Paris climate agreement, saying the rich were wrongly focused on 2030 goals.
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Greens launch Great Forest National Park campaign
The Weekly Times
Thu 9 November, 2017
VICTORIAN politicians could be forced to vote on a proposal that would end native logging, when the Greens introduce a bill to establish the Great Forest National Park next year.
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Green is the new black in fashion industry
SBS World News Australia
Thu 9 November, 2017
The fashion industry is slowly moving to more sustainable practices but major companies say there needs to be more support from customers and policymakers.
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CSIRO launch program to make Australia hydrogen fuel leader
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 November, 2017
The CSIRO has launched new Future Science Platforms to make Australia a renewable energy exporter and hydrogen fuel hotspot.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Gas is the future of energy, World Oil report says
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 November, 2017
Renewable energy will have enormous growth but gas – and shale oil – will be the power source of the future, the latest World Oil Outlook report states.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Over 255 billion euros needed yearly in water infrastructure until 2030
Inside Waste
Thu 9 November, 2017
The World Water Council (WWC) is urging governments, investment banks and funds worldwide to prioritise financing for adapting and mitigating water infrastructure to increase resilience to climate change effects.
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Delhi schools shut for rest of week as toxic smog thickens, chokes
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 9 November, 2017
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Delhi's government on Wednesday ordered schools shut for the rest of the week as air pollution worsened and criticism mounted over the failure of Indian authorities to tackle the public health crisis.
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Thick haze causes mass crash on Indian highway
9 News
Thu 9 November, 2017
Panicked commuters have been left stranded on a highway in India after a thick haze caused a mass crash involving at least 13 vehicles.
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Anger seethes on margins of historic clean-up in Nigeria's Delta
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 9 November, 2017
PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive clean-up has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region.
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Life’s about to change for the Pintupi — the last desert mob
The Australian
Thu 9 November, 2017
The surviving members of the ­Pintupi Nine — the last nomadic indigenous people to abandon ­traditional desert life — have signed their first native title mining agreement, paving the way for a $350 million development that promises to transform this most remote part of Australia.
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Why wearing a Rolex when you travel can actually make you safer
The Australian Financial Review
Thu 9 November, 2017
Explorer and conservationist Philippe Cousteau is the grandson of ocean-mapping legend Jacques. Co-founder of EarthEcho International, an environmental nonprofit aimed at inspiring young people to work on sustainability, he travels the world filming documentaries from Sumatra to South Africa.
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Fiji duo take home truths to climate talks
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
The influence of Fiji's presidency permeates the UN climate conference in many ways - the canoe in the foyer, the kava ceremony at the opening, the efforts to build open debate in the Pacific's Talanoa spirit.
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Australia wins early Fossil award as Syria leaves US alone on climate
Reneweconomy
Wed 8 November, 2017
The one achievement the Australian government can claim since the election of the Coalition government in 2013 is a virtual mortgage of the Fossil of the Day awards at the annual UN-sponsored climate talks.
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Solar Citizens say LNP should back Queensland renewable energy
Energy Matters
Wed 8 November, 2017
Solar advocacy group Solar Citizens has stated in a media release that if the Queensland LNP really wants to reduce power prices, it should back Queensland renewable energy rather than coal.
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Australia might water down illegal logging laws – here’s why it’s a bad idea
The Conversation
Wed 8 November, 2017
Illegal logging is an immensely profitable global activity, linked to corruption, human rights abuses, criminal networks, and environmental destruction. A 2017 study by the Global Financial Integrity ranked illegal logging as the third largest global crime in value, after counterfeiting and drug trafficking.
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The climate science report Trump hoped to ignore will resonate outside of Washington, DC
The Conversation
Wed 8 November, 2017
Last week, without comment, the White House published a study officially titled the Climate Science Special Report. Contrary to many statements and positions articulated by President Trump, members of his Cabinet, his surrogates and his supporters, the report clearly states that Earth’s climate is changing, and “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”
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Business group pushes for U.S. flood insurance reform as December deadline looms
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest attempt to overhaul the U.S. federal flood insurance program hit a stumbling block, but a coalition of business and environmental groups renewed their push on Wednesday for lawmakers to enact an overhaul before the program expires on Dec. 8.
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The world is in economic, political and environmental gridlock – here’s why
The Conversation
Wed 8 November, 2017
The crisis of contemporary democracy has become a major subject of political science in recent years. Despite this, the symptoms of this crisis – the vote for Brexit and Trump, among others – were not foreseen. Nor were the underlying causes of this new constellation of politics.
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China’s clean leap forward
Ecogeneration
Wed 8 November, 2017
The Eco Expo Asia 2017 conference in Hong Kong offered a window into an industrial giant’s efforts to cut pollution and continue growth, writes Ian Brooks.
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Fracking report delay kicks investment into the long grass
The Australian
Wed 8 November, 2017
Multi-million dollar investments that could help boost the flagging Northern Territory economy look set to be delayed by at least another year after bungled consultations forced an independent fracking inquiry to push back its reporting date by three months.
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France to take a decade longer to reduced reliance on nuclear: minister
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - French environment minister Nicolas Hulot said on Wednesday that reducing the share of nuclear energy in France's power mix to 50 percent from 75 percent will probably take until 2030-35 instead of 2025.
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Flinders Island makes switch to renewables, with solar, wind and energy storage Hub
Reneweconomy
Wed 8 November, 2017
The off-grid Tasmanian community of Flinders Island will see out 2017 with a mostly renewable energy powered grid, as it completes the switch from its 100 per cent diesel fuelled power system to a cleaner, cheaper mix including solar, wind and energy storage.
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Peak oil? Majors aren't buying into the threat from renewables
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Two decades ago, BP set out to transcend oil, adopting a sunburst logo to convey its plans to pour $8 billion over a decade into renewable technologies, even promising to power its gas stations with the sun.
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Oz could be electric car 'world leader'
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
Australia has the resources and expertise to be a world leader in producing electric car batteries, but was not being taken seriously by the international community because of its lack of commitment to the industry, a Victorian parliamentary committee has heard.
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NSW simplifies and updates environmental planning rules
Architecture and Design
Wed 8 November, 2017
The NSW government has consolidated the planning rules that manage the environment so while now simpler, these rules will still be robust enough to protect the state’s water catchments, urban bushland, world heritage areas and waterways.
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Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide rank among the world’s smartest cities
Domain
Wed 8 November, 2017
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide were named in the Smart Cities Index, which looked at factors including transport, internet access, sustainability, governance and innovation. The study, by parking app company Easy Park, compared 500 cities with high and medium levels of development using data from local statistics, the United Nations, the Global Innovation Index and other sources relevant to each category.
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Architecture and Design
Two Australian cities among world’s ‘smartest’
GBCA lauds Victoria over Fishermans Bend draft sustainability plans
Architecture and Design
Wed 8 November, 2017
Romilly Madew, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), has congratulated Victoria’s Andrews state government and the Fishermans Bend Taskforce for what she called their “vision and leadership.”
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Time running out for central desert malas
The West Australian
Wed 8 November, 2017
Traditional owners and conservationists in Australia's red centre are urgently working to save the Northern Territory's endangered malas from becoming extinct.
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Aurora Australis captured by Canberra photographer Ian Williams near Tuggeranong
The Canberra Times
Wed 8 November, 2017
While most were recovering from Melbourne Cup festivities or still celebrating their winnings, Canberra photographer Ian Williams was searching for the perfect spot to capture the Aurora Australis on Tuesday night.
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The Brisbane Times
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WAToday
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Summerhill tip to accept Pasminco toxic lead soil
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 8 November, 2017
IT'S the environmental nightmare that no one wants to own – what to do with tonnes of toxic lead-contaminated soil spread over three suburbs in north Lake Macquarie.
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France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
Paris (AFP) - France will oppose a European Commission proposal to renew authorisation for controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years instead of 10, saying Wednesday the new cutoff should be three years.
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China's Hebei says has met five-year pollution targets
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 8 November, 2017
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei has fulfilled its 2013-2017 targets to cut pollution, coal consumption and steel capacity, the local government said on Wednesday.
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