Issue date : Wed 6 December, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
Nairobi (AFP) - The UN warned Tuesday of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil.
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Foreign 'dirty dozen' named and shamed
News.com.au
Wed 6 December, 2017
Australia's leaky environmental borders have allowed a 'dirty dozen' of deadly overseas plants and animals to infiltrate the country.
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Perthnow
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
Yahoo!7 News
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China’s growing footprint on the globe threatens to trample the natural world
The Conversation
Wed 6 December, 2017
Many observers of China’s escalating global program of foreign investment and infrastructure development are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. In an ideal world, China’s unbridled ambitions will improve economic growth, food security and social development in many poor nations, as well as enriching itself.
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Differing red zone maps highlight divide between Defence, EPA on Williamtown
The Newcastle Herald
Wed 6 December, 2017
WILLIAMTOWN residents have been issued with two contradictory maps of the red zone and two different sets of precautionary guidelines, fuelling speculation of a widening gulf between authorities over the handling of the contamination crisis.
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Adani Carmichael mine: Green activists ‘hijack’ debate
The Courier Mail
Wed 6 December, 2017
GREEN activists have been accused of hijacking the debate around the Adani megamine and wanting the traditional owners to lose all opportunity.
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NT News
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
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Exxon takes climate-change probe fight to Massachusetts top court
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
BOSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change.
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Solar energy development boom sweeps across northern Victoria
The Weekly Times
Wed 6 December, 2017
A $3 billion solar development boom has swept across northern Victoria, with Australian, Thai, Chinese and French companies jostling to snap up irrigation and dryland properties to install millions of photovoltaic panels.
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Renewables help cut energy bills in half: Deloitte
Australian Mining
Wed 6 December, 2017
Miners could drive down energy costs by up to 50 per cent through the implementation of effective energy management programs, according to a Deloitte paper.
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London's iconic black cabs go electric
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
London (AFP) - London's first electric-powered black cabs hit the streets on Tuesday, the British capital's iconic taxis getting a facelift for the modern age that should help cut pollution in the city.
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GBCA launches online sustainability guide for home buyers
Architecture and Design
Wed 6 December, 2017
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has launched a new website called Living Green Star, to help home buyers find sustainable apartments, communities and retirement living villages.
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People love parklets, and businesses can help make them happen
The Conversation
Wed 6 December, 2017
As councils across Australia strive to enhance their liveability, parklets are proving popular among city communities. A poll of 300-plus citizens gathered for the inaugural Perth City Summit in August found parklets are the street activation people would most like to see. But why are they so desirable?
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Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
Paris (AFP) - For some, a new cutting-edge technology called gene drive is the silver bullet able to wipe out invasive species decimating island wildlife, and eradicate the malaria-bearing mosquitos that killed nearly half a million people last year, mostly in Africa.
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Any wildlife living in the backyard? We want to hear all about it
ABC News
Wed 6 December, 2017
You are forgiven for living in a city, going about your day-to-day business, and sometimes becoming blind to the magic that lives around you — because Brisbane is full of the magic of nature.
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Armyworm on the march as southern pastures fall prey
The Weekly Times
Wed 6 December, 2017
ARMYWORMS are attacking pastures throughout southern Victoria and Tasmania, as farmers look at the most cost- effective control option to save healthy pastures prolonged by recent rain.
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A virtual glacier
Cosmos
Wed 6 December, 2017
The Virtual Earth System Laboratory (VESL) is an online tool produced by NASA that gives access to detailed models of several Earth system processes, such as glacier evolution, ice sheet responses to climate change, and sea level rise.
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Clothing enters millennials’ throwaway habits
The Courier Mail
Wed 6 December, 2017
AUSTRALIANS would rather throw out a garment than sew on a button or fix a zip, says social demographer Mark McCrindle.
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The Advertiser
The Daily Telegraph
The Geelong Advertiser
The Mercury
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Uranium: the element of surprise
Cosmos
Wed 6 December, 2017
A chemical breakthrough offers hope of a productive role for uranium in producing plastics and pharmaceuticals, writes Joel F. Hooper.
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Don't go in the water, Environment Protection Authority warns
The Age
Tue 5 December, 2017
Don't go swimming at Melbourne's beaches today – it could make you sick. That's the message from the authorities, who are urging people to steer well clear of every Port Phillip beach as the bacteria-filled runoff from the weekend's storms pours into the bay.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
‘Sound judgment’ strips anti-wind Waubra Foundation of its low-tax status
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 5 December, 2017
A prominent anti-wind farm group has been stripped of its status as a tax-deductible charity status in a potentially landmark legal decision that could affect treatment of other groups claiming to promote health.
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Domain
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Sydney Harbour spills over into CBD due to supermoon
ABC News
Tue 5 December, 2017
A king tide prompted by a supermoon earlier this week has inundated areas around Sydney Harbour, with further record tides and flooding to come.
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Chinese money will not fund 'dirty' Adani mine, says embassy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 5 December, 2017
The controversial Adani coal mine project in Queensland will not be funded by Chinese banks, the Chinese Embassy has confirmed, with former foreign minister Bob Carr and prominent opponent of the mine Geoff Cousins claiming partial credit.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
New Guide To Accessible Ethical Investing
ProBono Australia News
Tue 5 December, 2017
Responsible investments have quadrupled in Australia in the last three years and a new guide is providing an overview of all the global ethical exchange-traded funds listed on the world’s major stock exchanges.
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BetaShares launches ethical ETF
Money Management
Tue 5 December, 2017
BetaShares has launched a new, ethical exchange traded fund (ETF), the BetaShares Australian Sustainability Leaders ETF (FAIR), which will offer investors access to a portfolio of the sustainable, ethical Australian companies in one trade.
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Investor Daily
BetaShares launches responsible ETF
Sunraysia solar + storage facility moves closer as contractor chosen
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 December, 2017
One of the largest solar farms in the development pipeline for New South Wales – the battery storage ready 250MW Sunraysia solar farm – is one step closer to being realised, after ASX-listed engineering firm Decmil Group was tapped to build the project in the state’s Riverina district.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's largest solar plant to be built in 2018
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
This 4.9MW solar farm will be South Australia’s largest, for a while
Reneweconomy
Tue 5 December, 2017
South Australia has led the world with the integration of wind and solar into the grid, but the element that has been missing is large-scale solar farms – it’s all been made up of wind farms and rooftop solar to date.
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Desal plant comes with port caveat
The West Australian
Tue 5 December, 2017
A plan to expand Kwinana’s desalination plant has been welcomed by the City of Kwinana providing the project does not clash with the proposed outer harbour.
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Environmentally friendly, cost saving hot water solutions
Food & Beverage
Tue 5 December, 2017
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia has released an innovative sanitary hot water solution that addresses two of the biggest issues facing manufacturers, sustainability and energy costs.
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Dr Phillip Roös: Melbourne’s liveability will be enhanced by biophilic metro stations
Architecture and Design
Tue 5 December, 2017
Senior lecturer in architecture at Deakin University and principal technical advisor on sustainability to the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, Dr Phillip Roös, says that when Melbourne get its new underground railway stations, they will not only be welcome additions to the city’s public transport network. They will also be first piece of Australian public infrastructure that will include this type of biophilic design, boosting Melbourne’s ecological credentials.
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'Whodunnit', as Aussie reptiles go extinct: study
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 5 December, 2017
Tokyo, Dec 5, 2017 (AFP) - - Three species of reptile on Australia's Christmas Island have been declared extinct in the wild, according to a study released on Tuesday, with scientists baffled as to the cause.
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Enviro department flips rare bird at uranium miner
The West Australian
Tue 5 December, 2017
The rediscovery of a rare bird in inland WA has contributed to a delay in a Federal decision on the environmental clearance for a controversial uranium mine in the northern Goldfields.
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Asian dolphins a step closer to extinction: group
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 5 December, 2017
TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to "endangered" from "vulnerable", meaning they are closer to extinction.
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In hot water
Particle
Tue 5 December, 2017
There are all sorts of weird things happening in the deep blue. Climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching—need we say more? Fine. Plastic pollution. There, are you happy?
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Dozens of native plant species at 'immediate risk' from fungus import: botanist
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 5 December, 2017
Bushwalkers and other travellers heading to Victoria and Tasmania over the summer are advised to take care to avoid spreading a fungus that has already placed dozens of native plant species at "immediate risk".
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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David Attenborough on plastic rubbish: ‘Future of humanity’ at stake
News.com.au
Tue 5 December, 2017
SIR David Attenborough has spent his lifetime documenting nature as well as the impact humans have had on it. But there was one scene the renowned conservationist and broadcaster simply couldn’t handle.
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The Daily Telegraph
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Mediterranean plastic pollution warning
News.com.au
Tue 5 December, 2017
The Mediterranean is already known as one of the world's most polluted seas, but the problem could get so bad that its waters might end up holding as much plastic rubbish as fish, according to a European expert.
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Sky News Australia
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
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