Issue date : Fri 10 November, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 21 Seconds
Number of items : 63
Edith Cowan University seaweed scientist wins $20K for world-first study
The West Australian
Fri 10 November, 2017
The potential of ground-breaking research into the effects of bacteria and temperature on seaweed has seen an Edith Cowan University PhD student named one of two recipients of the 2018 Australian Academy of Science Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award.
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Pressure on UN climate talks to deliver
The Australian
Fri 10 November, 2017
Amid the excitement of nearly 20,000 environmental campaigners gathered in one space, the world's diplomats are getting on with the job.
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SBS World News Australia
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Fiji told it must spend billions to adapt to climate change
The Guardian
Fri 10 November, 2017
To prepare for the rising temperatures, strengthening storms and higher sea levels in the coming decades, Fiji must spend an amount equivalent to its entire yearly gross domestic product over the next 10 years, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the small island nation’s vulnerability to climate change, compiled by its government with the assistance of the World Bank.
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Anti-Trump U.S. coalition tells U.N. climate talks: 'we're still in'
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
BONN (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. cities, companies and other groups said on Thursday that many in the United States remained committed to the 2015 Paris climate agreement despite plans by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out.
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Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
Paris (AFP) - The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty, a bloc of 134 developing countries, including India and China, warned Thursday at UN negotiations in Bonn.
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'Adani is a vote changer': Greens muscle in on Queensland's marginal seats
The Guardian
Fri 10 November, 2017
In Queensland, whose unicameral state parliament makes it perhaps Australia’s toughest arena for the Greens to win office, the party once had a foothold. The Labor defector Ronan Lee briefly flew the green flag in the leafy westside Brisbane electorate of Indooroopilly.
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China may delay launch of nationwide carbon market: govt. researcher
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
BEIJING (Reuters) - China may delay the launch of the country's nationwide carbon trading market until early next year, Wang Zhongying, deputy director general at the National Development and Reform Commission's Energy Research Institute, said on Thursday.
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Coal companies revealed in investor list
The Australian
Fri 10 November, 2017
A new list of companies operating across all aspects of the coal industry aims to shed light on where people wanting to make environment-based investments should - and shouldn't - send their money.
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How carbon farming can help solve climate change
The Conversation
Fri 10 November, 2017
Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
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VicForests inquiry: Timber industry transition urged
The Weekly Times
Fri 10 November, 2017
VICTORIA should prepare to transition from native logging to plantation timber, a parliamentary inquiry into VicForests has recommended.
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Let's not rush to write off government's National Energy Guarantee (NEG)
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 10 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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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Bloomberg gives $50 million to aid shift from coal worldwide
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
OSLO (Reuters) - Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is donating $50 million to help nations around the world shift from coal to combat pollution and climate change, expanding his funding outside the United States.
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Renewable energy: Yackandandah power play
The Weekly Times
Fri 10 November, 2017
Yackandandah residents are looking up. The North East Victorian community is on a quest to be using 100 per cent renewable energy by 2022, and the roofs of their homes and buildings are providing the solution.
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Power prices: Renewables cut costs, risk
The Weekly Times
Fri 10 November, 2017
VICTORIAN farm and food enterprises are switching to renewable energy to tackle big power price increases and provide backup in case the grid fails.
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Sharing economy sounds caring, but let’s put it to the ethical city test
The Conversation
Sat 11 November, 2017
More than ever, cities face multiple crises posing paradoxical opportunities. Key challenges for cities in the urban century are climate change, inequality and governance. Where are the solutions going to come from? In cities that are dominated by globalised, market-based forces, how can equity and justice be brought centre stage?
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Land-based salmon farm bid passes test
The Mercury
Fri 10 November, 2017
HUON Aquaculture’s plan for a future comprising land-based and sea-cage salmon farming has moved a step closer.
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Salmon plan flagged for King Island
The Weekly Times
Fri 10 November, 2017
TASMANIA’S biggest salmon producer is exploring the potential of farm farming off King Island and Mayor Duncan McFie is both excited and anxious about what it might mean for the community.
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Australia’s first national frog count is underway
The Daily Telegraph
Fri 10 November, 2017
AUSTRALIAN frogs face a serious risk of becoming extinct — but a new app hopes to shed light on how we can save them.
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The Advertiser
Animals aplenty, space at a premium in Africa's oldest zoo
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
Cairo (AFP) - Boba springs left and right for a Cairo zookeeper feeding him fruit, but the chimp's exuberance contrasts with the pitiful lack of space and natural habitat in Africa's oldest zoo.
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UN's number two accused in Chinese scam to import Nigerian rosewood
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed faced accusations from an advocacy group on Thursday that she granted illegal permits to Chinese firms to import endangered Nigerian timber when she was Nigeria's environment minister.
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French institute suspects nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan in September
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - A cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in recent weeks indicates that an accident has happened in a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September, French nuclear safety institute IRSN said on Thursday.
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Brisbane airport owner sues firefighting agency over toxic foam
The Guardian
Fri 10 November, 2017
The owners of Brisbane airport are suing the nation’s air services agency over the toxic firefighting foam scandal, opening up a new front of legal action against the federal government.
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'Greed trumps nature': Leaked report points to big offset savings for developers
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 November, 2017
NSW's new biodiversity offsets scheme is likely to save developers such as coal miners millions of dollars, according to a leaked report commissioned by the Berejiklian government.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Newcastle Herald
WAToday
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EU strikes deal on carbon market reform
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 9 November, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union negotiators agreed to a compromise on carbon market reforms on Thursday, with the bloc keen for a deal this week to show leadership at U.N. climate talks in Bonn.
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Koutsantonis slams NEG, says it is an attack on renewables
Reneweconomy
Thu 9 November, 2017
South Australia energy minister Tom Koutsantonis has slammed the federal government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee, saying it is nothing more than an attack on renewable energy, and cannot be supported.
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Great Barrier Reef ad campaign is LNP 'greenwashing' – Labor
The Guardian
Thu 9 November, 2017
A Liberal National party plan to spend $4m on a Great Barrier Reef marketing campaign if it takes power in Queensland has drawn fire as an attempt at “greenwashing” in a void of climate policy.
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Queensland farmer raises $25,000 to run ad opposing Adani water licence
The Guardian
Thu 9 November, 2017
A Queensland farmer has raised enough money to air an advertisement during prime-time television in the state’s regional areas calling on the government to cancel the free and unlimited water licence given to Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine for 60 years.
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Deutsche Bank maps climate change risks for investments
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 November, 2017
Deutsche Bank has developed a tool to forecast where its investments across the globe may be impacted by natural disasters brought on by climate change.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Even Conservative Queenslanders Hate The Idea Of Adani Getting Government Handouts
The Huffington Post Australia
Thu 9 November, 2017
Pay your own way, please. These, as far as we know, were not the exact words Queenslanders used when asked how they feel about $1 billion in taxpayer funds being funnelled to Adani to help the Indian resources giant build its proposed Carmichael coal mine.
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ACT on track to deliver 100 percent clean energy by 2020
Architecture and Design
Thu 9 November, 2017
A report released this week by the ACT commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment found the ACT government is on track to meet its target of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2020.
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SA Energy Summit Set on Cheap and Sustainable Power
The Urban Developer
Thu 9 November, 2017
Former Clean Energy Finance Corporation boss Oliver Yates, Nick Xenophon, South Australian Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis spoke at the conference with representatives from leading renewable energy companies Zen Energy, Solar Reserve, DP Energy, Redback Technologies, Solar Analytics and AES Energy Storage in attendance.
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Why solar ‘microgrids’ are not a cure-all for Puerto Rico’s power woes
The Conversation
Thu 9 November, 2017
In addition to its many other devastating human consequences, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico with its power grid in ruins. Power was knocked out throughout the island, with an estimated 80 percent of its transmission and distribution wires incapacitated. When hospitals and other critical users could not get backup power and water supplies ran low, an extended outage became a humanitarian crisis that has yet to be resolved.
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Renewable energy for industry next big thing for Australia, says IEA
Reneweconomy
Thu 9 November, 2017
A new report from the International Energy Agency has confirmed what is becoming increasingly obvious to many in the Australian market: that the business case for substituting grid electricity with self-generated renewable power is proving more and more persuasive – not just for home owners and businesses, but for major industrial energy users.
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Why carbon neutral makes sense for Frasers
The Fifth Estate
Thu 9 November, 2017
Carbon neutral energy for residential developments is the backbone that kickstarted Frasers Property Australia’s recent certification as a carbon neutral organisation under the federal government National Carbon Offset Standard scheme.
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Going green enters “no brainer” territory for strata sector
The Fifth Estate
Thu 9 November, 2017
There’s a new level of awareness about sustainability in the strata sector, and solar energy and electric vehicle charging are the hot emerging trends, according to Green Strata president Christine Byrne.
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Negative charge: why is Australia so slow at adopting electric cars?
The Conversation
Thu 9 November, 2017
In the race to adopt electric vehicles, Australia is sputtering along in the slow lane. Rather than growing, Australian sales of electric cars are actually in decline. In 2016 they represented just 0.02% of new car sales – even lower than in 2013.
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How do we turn a drain into valued green space? First, ask the residents
The Fifth Estate
Thu 9 November, 2017
The green infrastructure of our cities includes both publicly owned, designed and delineated areas and less formal, unplanned areas of vegetation — informal green spaces. These spaces account for a large proportion of urban green areas. However, they are often among the most overlooked and neglected urban spaces, which contributes to negative perceptions, a recent study has found.
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'Mockery': Josh Frydenberg extends NSW shark net waiver for two years
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 9 November, 2017
A trial of shark nets off the north coast of NSW could last for another two years after the Turnbull government waived environment protections despite its own departmental advice.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Dreamworld explains why tiger slapped in video
News.com.au
Thu 9 November, 2017
EMBATTLED Dreamworld has responded after a video taken by a parkgoer appears to show a tiger handler striking one of the animals.
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From racehorses to bananas: The importance of biosecurity
Pursuit
Thu 9 November, 2017
Australia’s commitment to biosecurity makes us one of the few countries to remain free from the world’s most severe pests, weeds and diseases. But the price we pay is eternal vigilance
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Rehabilitation works for Macquarie River, NSW
Fishing World
Thu 9 November, 2017
THE Sofala Branch of the Central Acclimatisation Society (CAS) have been awarded a Habitat Action Grant by the Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) to enhance and rehabilitate degraded recreational fish habitat along the Macquarie River, through a project entitled “Recovery of the Mac”. Funding and assistance for the project is provided from the Freshwater Fishing Trust via the sale of Recreational Fishing Licences, Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance, Bathurst Regional Council, and Oz Fish Unlimited.
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Unless we regain our historic awe of the deep ocean, it will be plundered
The Conversation
Thu 9 November, 2017
In the memorable second instalment of Blue Planet II, we are offered glimpses of an unfamiliar world – the deep ocean. The episode places an unusual emphasis on its own construction: glimpses of the deep sea and its inhabitants are interspersed with shots of the technology – a manned submersible – that brought us these astonishing images. It is very unusual and extremely challenging, we are given to understand, for a human to enter and interact with this unfamiliar world.
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No water fee for Northern Territory industry usage
NT News
Thu 9 November, 2017
NORTHERN Territory industry will not be charged for the water it uses despite concerns being raised about potential onshore gas developers getting theirs for free.
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The Herald Sun
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Wastewater project nears completion
The West Australian
Thu 9 November, 2017
A $6.2 million project involving the sinking of a 3.3km wastewater pipeline in Broome is ahead of schedule and due for completion by this month.
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Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller
SBS World News Australia
Thu 9 November, 2017
A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said on Thursday.
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The Australian
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Dumped tyres pose risk
The West Australian
Thu 9 November, 2017
Urgent action needs to be taken to address the tyre stockpile at the landfill site in South Hedland, according to Tyrecycle chief executive Jim Fairweather.
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Mindful choices a key food driver for 2018
Food & Beverage
Thu 9 November, 2017
The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products.
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