Issue date : Fri 1 December, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
Going underground: coal miner hopes switch will help project clear objections
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 1 December, 2017
The Berejiklian government has renewed the exploration licence to develop a coal reserve in the Hunter Valley for a site that had been knocked back four times by the independent Planning Assessment Commission.
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China's carbon intensity falls four percent in first three quarters: official
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 1 December, 2017
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's carbon intensity - the level of carbon emissions per unit of economic growth - fell about 4 percent in the first three quarters of 2017, putting the country on track to meet its five-year targets, a senior official said.
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Victorian logging could trigger ecosystem collapse, researchers say
The Guardian
Fri 1 December, 2017
Decades of unsustainable logging has created an “extinction debt” in Victoria’s central highlands that will trigger an ecosystem-wide collapse within 50 years without urgent intervention from the state government, ecologists have warned.
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German judges agree to hear Peruvian's climate case against RWE
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 1 December, 2017
Berlin (AFP) - A German court ruled Thursday that it would hear a Peruvian farmer's case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes, a decision labelled by campaigners as a "historic breakthrough".
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Why coal and gas plants should pay solar and storage for back-up
Reneweconomy
Fri 1 December, 2017
A new report from the Australia Institute’s Climate and Clean Energy Program suggests that concerns about reliability in Australia’s electricity market should be turned on its head: rather than renewables paying fossil fuel generators for back up, perhaps it should be the other way round.
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Summer has arrived, and coal-fired power won't keep us cool, report finds
The Sydney Morning Herald
Fri 1 December, 2017
Fail-prone coal and gas plants cannot be relied on to keep the lights on during heatwaves, according to a new analysis that questions the Turnbull government's promise to shore up summer energy supplies.
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In growing algae for biofuels, it matters who used the water last
The Conversation
Fri 1 December, 2017
Health food enthusiasts routinely shell out over $30 per pound of dried algae powder to whip up green smoothies to fuel their bodies. Algae can also power vehicles, but algae-based renewable fuels cost more than currently available gasoline or diesel fuel. Although biofuels made from algae provide numerous environmental benefits, they will not win market share until they can compete economically with cheap fossil fuels.
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U.S. EPA ups biofuel targets slightly, draws scorn from refiners
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 1 December, 2017
(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will require fuel companies to blend slightly more biofuels into the nation's gasoline and diesel next year, angering oil refiners who view them as a competitive threat.
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Penguins under threat from drowning in fishing nets
The Conversation
Fri 1 December, 2017
Fishing nets pose a serious risk to the survival of penguin species, according to a new global review of the toll taken by “bycatch” from commercial fishing. Fourteen of the world’s 18 penguin species have been recorded as fishing bycatch.
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Australian Geographic
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How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?
The Conversation
Fri 1 December, 2017
“The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programme reveals the wonders of many of these species, an incredible number more have never been encountered by humans at all.
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Scientists look to Bali volcano for clues to curb climate change
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 1 December, 2017
OSLO (Reuters) - Climate scientists are tracking an erupting volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for clues about a possible short-cut to curb global warming by injecting sun-dimming chemicals high above the Earth.
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Disaster zones could soon be salvaged by teams of smart devices – here’s how
The Conversation
Fri 1 December, 2017
We will remember 2017 as an appalling year for natural disasters. The US has endured its most expensive hurricane season, amounting to over $200 billion (£151 billion) of damage. Mexico City experienced a terrible earthquake that killed over 200 people, while severe tropical storms forced tens of thousands of evacuations in Macau, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
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Territorians biggest water guzzlers in the nation
NT News
Fri 1 December, 2017
The average family home in the Northern Territory is splashing out and using 349,000 litres a household a year _ a staggering 144,000 litres above the national average of 205,000 litres a year.
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The Daily Telegraph
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NSW 'cash-for-cans' rollout 'diabolical'
News.com.au
Fri 1 December, 2017
Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton admits the state government's Return and Earn container deposit scheme has had its challenges.
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Houses blacked out as storm lashes South Australia
The Advertiser
Fri 1 December, 2017
AN EXTREME weather event has struck South Australia, leaving 2400 homes in Port Augusta without power, along with hundreds of others around the state.
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Victoria weather: Storm fears grow for state's north-east, Melbourne still in firing line
ABC News
Fri 1 December, 2017
Melbourne is in the firing line for heavy rain and thunderstorm activity this afternoon before a second dump of rain overnight, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned, with the main focus of concern shifting to north-eastern Victoria.
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The Age
Melbourne weather, Victoria floods: What we know so far
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
The Herald Sun
Wild weather: Victoria bracing for severe weather event
News.com.au
Perthnow
The Daily Telegraph
EarthPower, the biogas plant that bubbled back from the brink
Ecogeneration
Thu 30 November, 2017
It’s been a bit of a battle but biogas plant EarthPower is now making money and electricity. As landfill charges rise and parts of the operation are upgraded it is well placed to power ahead.
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Finkel’s frustration: Everyone else has a strategy, but not Australia
Reneweconomy
Thu 30 November, 2017
One senses that Chief scientist Alan Finkel is just a little frustrated. The center-piece of his land-mark Finkel Review, the clean energy target, has been left in the gutter by weak-kneed politicians, and his attempts to bring perspective to the issue of storage has been branded as “eco-evangelism” by the same forces that make policy makers tremble in their bed at night.
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Vestas, CWP get serious about plan to export 3GW wind and solar to Asia
Reneweconomy
Thu 30 November, 2017
In November 2009 Prof. Mike Sandiford, the founding director of the newly established Melbourne Energy Institute, wrote a short paper introducing the idea of new energy export industry model for Australia: ELEXI, the ELectricity EXport Industry.
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South Australia funds four large-scale renewable energy projects
Energy Matters
Thu 30 November, 2017
South Australia is to provide grants for four large scale renewable energy projects. The funding is being administered through the state’s Renewable Technology Fund, an opportunity totalling $150 million launched in late August.
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Frasers scores WELL rating for new HQ
The Fifth Estate
Thu 30 November, 2017
Frasers Property Australia has been awarded WELL Gold certification for its new headquarters in Rhodes, Sydney, in a sign that sustainability and wellness are moving further out from their traditional CBD home.
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Stinky 14m dead whale to rot on Vic beach
Perthnow
Thu 30 November, 2017
Unable to budge a stinking beached whale carcass, authorities considered blowing it up before deciding to let it rot on a Melbourne beach.
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U.S. recovery plan for endangered Mexican wolf assailed by environmentalists
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 30 November, 2017
(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf, but environmentalists immediately assailed the program as so deficient it would lead to the demise of one of North America's most imperiled mammals.
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China seizes 12 tonnes of endangered pangolin scales
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 30 November, 2017
Beijing (AFP) - Nearly 12 tonnes of smuggled pangolin scales have been confiscated by Chinese officials -- the country's largest-ever seizure of the endangered mammal's prized parts as it seeks to curb illegal trafficking.
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The wisdom of rewilding the bush with wombats
ABC News
Thu 30 November, 2017
A wombat rewilding program in western Sydney is digging up huge mounds of benefits for the environment and the survival of other native wildlife.
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Parks and Wildlife investigating illegal off-road Tarkine activity
The Mercury
Thu 30 November, 2017
TASMANIA’S Parks and Wildlife Service is investigating fresh reports of illegal off-road activity in the Tarkine after receiving a series of photos from conservation groups.
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The Herald Sun
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Tamper-proof meters urgently needed to stop water theft by irrigators, report says
The Guardian
Thu 30 November, 2017
Modern water meters need to be rolled out as a matter of urgency in the Barwon-Darling river system and prosecutions launched against breaches, the man charged with fixing New South Wales’s water administration has warned.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Review of alleged water theft in NSW warns reforms could be 'watered down'
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
The Age
The Weekly Times
NSW water reforms may be watered down, Ken Matthews fears
China's ceramics capital struggles to adapt amid war on smog
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 30 November, 2017
ZIBO, China (Reuters) - The city of Zibo, China's ceramics capital, is undergoing environmental shock therapy to clear its filthy skies and transform its economy - and not everyone is happy.
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Temperature to soar to 33C on last day of spring as storms loom
The Mercury
Thu 30 November, 2017
UPDATED: MUCH of South Australia and Victoria and parts of NSW and Tasmania are bracing for flooding over the next few days as thunderstorms hit the nation’s southeast.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Walkways: a safer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly solution for remote mining
Australian Mining
Thu 30 November, 2017
The impact of the mining industry on the environment has become a major focus for many organisations. Businesses are now looking for initiatives that allow them to limit the damage to their surroundings and the environment at large. In today’s competitive market, it has also become increasingly important for organisations to introduce solutions that are low-cost and efficient.
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Fifth delay for Burrup rock art report
The West Australian
Thu 30 November, 2017
Environmental groups have expressed frustration at ongoing delays to the release of a Federal senate report into protecting Burrup Peninsula rock art after it was postponed for a fifth time.
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The millionaire inventor who drives a car run on fish and chip oil
The Brisbane Times
Thu 30 November, 2017
Despite raising a million dollars within hours of posting his invention to a crowdfunding site, Cedar Anderson’s life has remained pretty much the same.
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