Issue date : Mon 13 November, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 06 Min 42 Seconds
Number of items : 79
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UN climate talks set for good ending: Fiji
SBS World News Australia
Mon 13 November, 2017
Fiji appears likely to finish the UN climate talks this week with an agreement on how a year-long discussion should take place that will convince countries to strengthen their emission targets.
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Queensland land clearing could become 'tsunami', say conservation groups
The Guardian
Mon 13 November, 2017
A dramatic land-clearing surge in Queensland could turn into a “tsunami” in the coming year, say conservationists, the rate of notifications of planned clearing rising 30% in the past year compared with the previous three-year average.
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Medibank to dump holdings in fossil fuels over climate change health fears
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 13 November, 2017
Medibank, one of Australia's biggest health insurers, has announced it will dump its holdings in fossil fuel companies amid concern over the health effects of climate change.
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The Canberra Times
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WAToday
Industry backs Queensland Labor’s commitment to clean energy
Ecogeneration
Mon 13 November, 2017
The Queensland Government’s election pledge for new renewable energy and energy storage funding on the weekend will further build on its strong record of encouraging clean energy jobs and investment in the state, Australia’s renewable energy industry said.
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Federal and State governments fiddle while koalas burn
Independent Australia
Mon 13 November, 2017
As State, Federal and Local Governments continue to sign off on corporate developments that will see koalas (and other wildlife) completely wiped out, the mainstream media look the other way and public consultation processes continue to tighten, writes Sue Arnold.
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Bylong mine proposal up against history
The Newcastle Herald
Mon 13 November, 2017
IT was coal versus foals in the battle over the Drayton South mine in Muswellbrook, and now it’s coal versus heritage in Bylong Valley between Denman and Mudgee.
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CWP proposes 250MW solar thermal + storage near Townsville
Reneweconomy
Mon 13 November, 2017
Australian renewable energy developer CWP Renewables is proposing a 250MW solar tower and storage project near Townsville, saying it could be a cost effective alternative to either a new coal generator or even battery storage proposed by wind and solar projects.
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SA wind-storage project wins $150m CEFC debt funding
Ecogeneration
Mon 13 November, 2017
The CEFC has committed $150 million in debt finance to stage one of the Lincoln Gap wind farm, in South Australia’s Port Augusta region. Part of the financing will go towards a 10MW battery energy storage system, capable of producing up to 10MWh of fast response storage capacity.
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National Energy Guarantee’s bizarre approach to reliability
Reneweconomy
Mon 13 November, 2017
It was interesting to hear Kerry Schott’s NEG webinar presentation on Friday, not so much for what was disclosed, which in the end wasn’t that much, but more because its an opportunity to go and start thinking about what actually has happened and will happen, instead of what each of us thinks “should happen”.
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Choking on democracy: Why Delhi's air worsens as Beijing's improves
ABC News
Mon 13 November, 2017
It's difficult to convey how oppressive Delhi's air pollution is.Morning visibility is a couple of hundred metres. Through the eerie filtered light, figures emerge from and disappear into the gloom.
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US people act on climate despite Trump
SBS World News Australia
Sun 12 November, 2017
American businessman Michael Bloomberg wants a climate action pledge from US states, cities and business acknowledged alongside other countries at COP23.
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U.S. to promote 'universal access' to fossil fuels at climate talks
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 12 November, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes to promote wider use of fossil fuels at a global meeting on climate change next week, a White House official said, reflecting the gaping divide between Washington and the rest of the world on the issue of global warming.
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Iran slams rich nations over climate talks
News.com.au
Sun 12 November, 2017
Iran and its fellow developing countries have accused the world's richest nations of eroding trust and trying to undermine talks about the Paris agreement.
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The Australian
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Australia questioned over coal support
SBS World News Australia
Sun 12 November, 2017
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg will arrive at the UN climate conference in Germany next week keen to tout Australia's leadership on land use and developing low-emission technologies.
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Saudi Arabia says remains committed to climate accord
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 12 November, 2017
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia remains committed to the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, the energy minister for the world's top oil exporter said on Saturday.
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Merkel tries to bridge climate gap as coalition talks heat up
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 12 November, 2017
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should lead the fight against climate change and cut emissions without destroying jobs, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, treading a fine line as she tries to clinch a coalition deal with environmentalist and pro-business parties.
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LNP tree policy a 'farce': green groups
News.com.au
Sun 12 November, 2017
Environmental groups claim the LNP's promise to plant three million trees in six years is a 'farce' as the same number are bulldozed in just three weeks.
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Labor commits more than $150 million for renewable energy
The Brisbane Times
Sun 12 November, 2017
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed more than $150 million to expand renewable energy in Queensland, including solar panels for schools and a solar thermal power plant.
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Qld Labor promises renewable energy funds
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News.com.au
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Qld Labor ups ante on renewables – more ambition, new technology
Under Trump, US to miss Paris climate targets: report
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 12 November, 2017
Paris (AFP) - The United States will fail to meet its commitments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate treaty, according to a report released Saturday at UN negotiations in Bonn.
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COPS23: BHP seeks access to international carbon credits
The Australian Financial Review
Sun 12 November, 2017
Business wants strong advocacy from the Turnbull government for a workable system of access to international carbon credits as environmental policymakers converge on Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd United Nations climate policy conference.
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Chinese farmer turned eco-warrior takes on big business
Yahoo!7 News
Sun 12 November, 2017
Yushutun (China) (AFP) - Wang Enlin, an elderly farmer who left school when he was 10 years old and taught himself law armed with a single textbook and dictionary, makes for an unlikely eco-warrior.
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Opinion | Ecosystem goods and services
The Newcastle Herald
Sun 12 November, 2017
A recent trip out west through the canola fields of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area reminded me of the flat and vast prairie lands of the US and Canada, where corn, wheat and barley stretch to the horizon. The global footprint of food production is indeed growing, and necessarily so as the population rises. However, a land dominated by these agroecosystems made up of monocultures of one plant species are also associated with loss of biodiversity, loss of native habitat, degradation of air, water and soil quality and often a decline in rural communities.
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Green incentives see rainforests felled in search for biofuel
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 12 November, 2017
What started as a way to cut Japan's dependence on imported fossil fuels has led to an unexpected surge in a different and equally controversial shipment: palm oil.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Warning on eating fish from the Shoalhaven River
Fishing World
Sun 12 November, 2017
A TOXIC chemical linked with the use of firefighting foam has been found in a major New South Wales waterway, the Shoalhaven River, prompting the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to urge caution about the consumption of local fish.
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The tricky business of defining new species
ABC News
Sun 12 November, 2017
What gives an animal — or any living organism — the uniqueness required to be classified as its own species? Scientists can't agree.
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Kato and Kaia are caracal-ing for help to save their species
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 12 November, 2017
THEY might look like merely a slightly exotic house cat — but Kato and Kaia are Australia’s only caracals, a rare African predator, and have been brought here to help save the species.
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Cacti spread becomes a prickly problem
Farm Weekly
Sun 12 November, 2017
A PRICKLY pest found throughout WA’s cropping and pastoral lands is being brought to the public’s attention this month.
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Smog-hit Delhi calls off odd-even car rationing plan
SBS World News Australia
Sun 12 November, 2017
India's smog-choked capital has called off a plan to restrict private vehicle use after the country's top environmental court ruled women, VIPs and two-wheelers could not be exempt.
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Brazil warns climate spat may derail talks
News.com.au
Sat 11 November, 2017
The UN climate negotiations are picking up pace after a sluggish start but an emerging split between developed and developing countries has some warning it could derail talks.
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Italy keeps foot on gas as it calls for early end to coal
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 11 November, 2017
ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - Italy is looking to phase out all coal power plant production by 2025 and boost the role of renewable energy as it seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, the government said on Friday.
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U.S. Justice pledges to prosecute activists who damage pipelines
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 11 November, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday pledged to prosecute protesters who damage oil pipelines and other energy infrastructure, a move that could escalate tensions between climate activists and the administration of President Donald Trump.
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Green finance? Why global banks are pledging billions to fight climate change
The Conversation
Sat 11 November, 2017
Banking giant HSBC has pledged US$100 billion (£76 billion) to “fight climate change”, to be spent on sustainable finance and investment over the next eight years. It also commits to increasing its own use of renewable energy and to reducing its funding of coal projects.
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UN chief says $100 bln climate fund far from guaranteed
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 11 November, 2017
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday said a $100 billion annual fund to help developing countries tackle climate change was crucial to achieve the goals of the Paris climate deal.
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Why is Daniel Andrews trashing Labor's legacy of national park creation?
The Age
Sat 11 November, 2017
Just a couple of weeks before the 2014 state election, Labor's then-environment spokeswoman, Lisa Neville, complained that the former Napthine government had the worst record on national park creation since Henry Bolte was premier.
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U.N. aviation agency recommends weaker rules for biofuels: sources
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 11 November, 2017
MONTREAL (Reuters) - The United Nations' aviation agency on Friday recommended scaling back criteria for biofuels used on international flights as part of a compromise with developing countries who felt the rules would be too stringent, two sources familiar with the discussions said.
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Father-son team plans Antarctic trek powered by renewable energy
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 11 November, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - With solar panels tacked to their sledges and a biofuel made from wood chips to keep them warm, a British father and son duo will attempt to reach the South Pole relying solely on green energy.
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Sustainable living a breeze for Di’s family
NT News
Sat 11 November, 2017
SUSTAINABLE living is something that many of us strive for, but how many of us actually lead an eco-friendly lifestyle?
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Sky-high beekeeping and small-scale farming no problem for inner-city Brisbane
The Brisbane Times
Sat 11 November, 2017
In the city, space is a premium - especially space that could grow a garden. But there's a growing movement of urban farmers and gardeners who want Brisbane's city dwellers to understand that any space is enough to grow vegetables and even raise bees - from backyards and verges to balconies and rooftops.
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The Canberra Times
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WAToday
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Lendlease says timber to Barangaroo South
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 11 November, 2017
Lendlease has expanded its presence in the engineered timber building sector after lodging a planning application with the Department of Planning and Environment for a second office property at Barangaroo South.
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Crayfish season closed as toxic algae confirmed
The Mercury
Sat 11 November, 2017
PARTS of Tasmania’s East Coast will be shut to recreational rock lobster fishers for more than a month, with toxic algal blooms preventing the season opening next weekend.
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Total eclipse of the shark
The Australian
Sat 11 November, 2017
So you’re lying on the seabed and the world’s biggest fish passes overhead. How does it feel?
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Wind raising glacier melt rate
The Mercury
Sat 11 November, 2017
STRENGTHENING winds in the Southern Ocean are causing the largest glacier in East Antarctica to melt quicker — a trend contributing to global sea-level rise.
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Answers to the world's 'oldest water' found in the deep blue north Pacific
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 11 November, 2017
Those trying to communicate across the seas using a message in a bottle had better hope it doesn't get caught in a patch of stagnant water in the north Pacific that could mean it takes 2000 years to resurface.
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Mysterious ‘shadow zone’ traps 2000-year-old water
The Advertiser
Fire trucks to spray Indian capital amid deepening smog emergency
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 11 November, 2017
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India plans to use fire trucks to spray water over parts of its capital to combat toxic smog and dust that has triggered a pollution emergency, with conditions expected to worsen over the weekend.
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'Not normal': Radioactive cloud over Europe may have come from Russia
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 11 November, 2017
Paris: A cloud of radioactive pollution spread over Europe after a possible "accident" at a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan, French nuclear safety officials have confirmed.
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South Asia smog disrupts travel, sickens thousands in Pakistan
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 11 November, 2017
LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two weeks of thick toxic smog has disrupted normal life in parts of Pakistan, with flights canceled, road accidents surging and nearly 15,000 people being hospitalized in and around Lahore, officials said on Friday.
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Everyone must address climate change: Ardern
Sky News Australia
Fri 10 November, 2017
New Zealand's Prime Minister has told APEC leaders that climate change is the greatest challenge facing this generation.
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Mixed environmental messages in Queensland
The Saturday Paper
Fri 10 November, 2017
On Friday, November 3, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk dropped what sounded like a bombshell. Palaszczuk, at the tail of the first week of a desperate re-election campaign, said she would veto a $1 billion loan to Adani from the federal government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)after it emerged that her partner, Shaun Drabsch, had assisted the Indian conglomerate’s application for the loan in his role as a director for PwC.
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Full launch for China nationwide carbon market now seen early 2018: govt researcher
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 10 November, 2017
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's nationwide carbon trading market likely won't be in full swing until early next year, an official at a government think tank said on Thursday, a schedule that would mean a delayed start to trading in a program originally expected to launch in first-half 2017.
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Queensland coal plant has a photo – now all it needs is a massive subsidy
Reneweconomy
Fri 10 November, 2017
The federal Coalition-backed campaign to build a tax-payer funded “high efficiency, low emissions” coal fired power plant in the north of Queensland now has its own poster child, after the release of “fresh imagery” to illustrate what this mythical beast might look like.
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Popular swimming spot shuts down
News.com.au
Fri 10 November, 2017
A TOURIST hotspot has warned swimmers to head elsewhere for a dip — “because we’ve run out of beach!”
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Dud muffins in the firing line as hotels target buffet waste
The Australian Financial Review
Fri 10 November, 2017
Step away from the buffet table. We've all been there – those large white plates loaded with crispy bacon, truffle scrambled eggs, roast tomato and oily hash browns. Then scurry back for seconds: maple syrup drenched French Toast, with a triple choc muffin chaser, chantilly cream and wedge of melon on the side.
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