Issue date : Tue 5 December, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 49 Seconds
Number of items : 45
UN assembly starts drafting plan for 'pollution-free planet'
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 5 December, 2017
Nairobi (AFP) - Humans are poisoning their environment and themselves at an alarming rate, with pollution of the oceans, soil and air now the biggest killer, a UN conference heard Monday.
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Engie plans to go green via biogas and renewable hydrogen
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 5 December, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - French utility Engie plans to switch all of its gas operations to biogas and renewable hydrogen by 2050, making it 100 percent green, its chief executive said on Monday.
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The extreme weather bulletin
The Australian
Tue 5 December, 2017
It was to be Victoria’s life-threatening, Titanic-sinking superstorm. Asked on Thursday to rate the coming cataclysm out of 10, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Scott Williams said: “I’ll take the punt and say it’s a 10 for Victoria. It is an event that poses a threat to life, there will be a massive amount of lightning, there will be roads cut, flood waters. Half the inhabitants of Melbourne have never ever seen anything like this.” Premier Daniel Andrews urged workers to rush home early on Friday, and officials cancelled major events and lectured business on flood preparation.
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Weatherill’s green power push leaves SA in the dark
The Australian
Tue 5 December, 2017
Jay Weatherill switched on the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery last week, the showpiece in his $500 million plan to keep the lights on until next year’s election.
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Yes, SA’s battery is a massive battery, but it can do much more besides
The Conversation
Tue 5 December, 2017
Last Friday, the “world’s largest” lithium-ion battery was officially opened in South Australia. Tesla’s much anticipated “mega-battery” made the “100 days or it’s free” deadline, after a week of testing and commissioning.
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Solar unlimited: How to use inverters to get past export limits
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 December, 2017
Modern inverters, such as those made by Fronius, SMA, Enphase and Solar Edge, now have an excellent new feature that allows you to throttle back your grid exports to a pre-set limit (i.e. 5kW or 10kW) or whatever your local grid export limit is.
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Extreme weather conference to target government users
Government News
Tue 5 December, 2017
The impact of climate change on infrastructure and government will be one of the key themes of Australia’s first Xtreme Weather Conference, to be held at the Sofitel Brisbane on 20 March 2018.
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Burning chillies and dung could help stop elephants damaging farmers’ crops
The Conversation
Tue 5 December, 2017
The elephant is fighting for its survival. Many of these animals are now contained in national parks and other protected areas across Africa and Asia, but these are simply not big enough to support isolated populations of elephants. So they are often forced to go out to look for food and water ever closer to human settlements. And this is when the interaction between people and elephants can develop into conflict.
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Nations put brakes on Arctic commercial fishing
NT News
Tue 5 December, 2017
ARCTIC and major fishing nations, including China, have announced that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible.
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You should never drive into floodwater – some roads are more deadly than others
The Conversation
Tue 5 December, 2017
The floods that deluged parts of Victoria over the weekend are the latest in the state’s long history of flooding, following on from major floods in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. In all such events, emergency services are on standby to rescue motorists who drive into floodwaters and get stuck or washed away – with potentially fatal consequences.
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Sewage spill major blow for Pittwater oyster growers
The Mercury
Tue 5 December, 2017
A SEWAGE spill at Pittwater over the weekend could impact some oyster farms, with one grower concerned the incident will affect his Christmas sales.
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News.com.au
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Beach closures amid high surf, pollution threat after heavy rain
The Daily Telegraph
Tue 5 December, 2017
DANGEROUS surf and the added threat of water pollution has led to a large number of beaches being declared no-go zones in Sydney and the central and south coasts today.
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The Herald Sun
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NSW container deposit scheme offers council windfall
The Australian
Tue 5 December, 2017
NSW councils are set to collect money from cans and bottles put in yellow recycling bins under the state government’s container deposit scheme — and there is no requirement for them to return that money in terms of reduced council rates.
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Wild wet weather hits New South Wales
Sky News Australia
Tue 5 December, 2017
Parts of NSW have been warned to brace for more rain and severe thunderstorms as an east coast low makes its way down the coast.
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WA rivers losing climate change battle
News.com.au
Mon 4 December, 2017
Rivers in the southwest region of WA are struggling to cope with the impact of climate change despite average winter rainfalls returning to the area.
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The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
Yahoo!7 News
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United Nations praises Hunter research into risk reduction
The Newcastle Herald
Mon 4 December, 2017
HUNTER research into minimising the risk of man-made or natural disasters is being used to assist communities across the globe, according to United Nations Assistant Secretary General Nikhil Seth.v
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Australia’s coal-fired diplomacy burns Pacific friends
The Interpreter
Mon 4 December, 2017
Australia likes to pride itself as a Pacific power, one that shares common values with Pacific island neighbours to work towards what the new Foreign Policy White Paper calls 'a shared agenda for security and prosperity'. But Australia's pursuit of its own prosperity through the promotion of coal exports directly undermines the security of Pacific island countries.
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AMP Capital’s ‘overwhelmingly positive’ ESG journey
Investment Magazine
Mon 4 December, 2017
In March 2017, AMP Capital adopted an ethical decision-making framework across its entire portfolio and became one of the largest fund managers in Australia to divest from companies that manufacture tobacco and controversial weapons.
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Warwick McKibbin's 'hybrid' climate solution that helps the RBA
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 4 December, 2017
Warwick McKibbin has re-entered the climate wars, arguing for a solution based on a "hybrid" with a carbon tax and trading system that he says would make it easier for central banks to manage economic shocks caused by abatement.
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Green home loans
Choice
Mon 4 December, 2017
If you're after an energy and water-efficient house or want to add some sustainable features to your home, then consider a green home loan. Only a handful of lending institutions offer these, but they can come with discounted interest rates and they're a lot cheaper than personal loans.
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Toyota to build world first hydrogen and renewables plant
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 4 December, 2017
Toyota will build the first megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel and renewable generation plant, setting a new energy benchmark that experts hope with pave the way for Australia's hydrogen industry.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Get ready for a summer of spite over energy supplies
Reneweconomy
Mon 4 December, 2017
The lights went out in our neighbourhood in coal-dependent NSW on Sunday afternoon. For about three hours, just as I was settling in to watch an A-League game on my iPad.
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Australia breaks record again for rooftop solar installs in November
Reneweconomy
Mon 4 December, 2017
Back in April this year Green Energy Markets noted that the rooftop solar sector was staging what looked to be a second boom for 2017. Since then installation numbers each month continued at a solid pace but were still below the all time records set in mid 2012.
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NSW government releases solar energy draft guidelines
Architecture and Design
Mon 4 December, 2017
The NSW government has published an energy guideline document for large-scale solar projects in order to provide the community, industry, and regulators with guidance on the planning framework for the assessment and approval of large-scale solar energy development proposals.
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Provide subsidies for battery storage in Australia, says Schneider Electric
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 4 December, 2017
The Australian head of global energy management company Schneider Electric said state and federal governments should consider subsidies to encourage households to adopt home-battery storage units, similar to those used for roof-top solar systems.
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States and cities sign up for electric vehicle fleets
Government News
Mon 4 December, 2017
Widespread public sector usage of electric vehicles (EVs) has moved a step closer after members of the Climate Action Roundtable signed an agreement to accelerate their implementation in government agencies.
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Vicious, people-hating wombat has reign of terror ended
News.com.au
Mon 4 December, 2017
A WOMBAT’S reign of terror on a small Tasmanian town has come to a bitter end after being captured and euthanised by wildlife authorities.
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The Daily Telegraph
The Gold Coast Bulletin
Sea turtles' sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 4 December, 2017
Watamu (Kenya) (AFP) - Gently, Kenzo the sea turtle is lowered onto a beach where a scattering of bottle caps, candy wrappers, yoghurt cups and discarded flipflops scar an otherwise idyllic setting.
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Flying fox deaths in fruit netting
The Herald Sun
Mon 4 December, 2017
VICTORIAN residents have been urged to reconsider fruit tree netting, which is killing Australian wildlife.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Perth girls filmed slapping dog with rubber thong 'ashamed and embarrassed'
WAToday
Mon 4 December, 2017
Two young girls who filmed themselves hitting a dog in the face with a rubber thong say they are "extremely remorseful, ashamed and embarrassed" after an RSPCA WA inspector tracked them down via a video the pair posted on social media.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world
The Conversation
Mon 4 December, 2017
Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical land – an idea reinforced by tales of heroism and adventure from the Edwardian golden age of “heroic exploration” and pioneers such as Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton.
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Victoria in attempt to rescue embattled river
NT News
Mon 4 December, 2017
MORE than $2 million will be spent on trying to improve the health of the stressed Moorabool River in Victoria.
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Cars pass power plants as top source of US carbon emissions
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 4 December, 2017
For the first time in 40 years, power plants are no longer the biggest source of US greenhouse gas pollution. That dubious distinction now belongs to the transport sector: cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats.
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