Issue date : Thu 7 December, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 40 Seconds
Number of items : 55
La Nina moves insurance stocks
The Australian
Thu 7 December, 2017
Investors have begun to trade insurance stocks in tandem with global weather patterns, which could “reflect a new way of thinking” from money managers about the way La Nina whips up cyclones and hail storms in Australia over the summer months.
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Automation to drive demand for metals in 2018
Investor Daily
Thu 7 December, 2017
The rise in the production of new technologies such as batteries, automated cars and solar panels will see an appetite for rare metals, while traditional commodities such as gold remain flat for next year, says ETF Securities.
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Far too soon to trash container deposits
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 7 December, 2017
State governments routinely churn out glossy documents revealing broad plans and priorities. These documents set ambitious targets on key indicators. The targets are rarely met, but by the time anybody notices, it's all been superseded by a new plan anyway. Back in 2015, when former premier Mike Baird announced a bold litter reduction target of 40 per cent by 2020, it looked like another case of too much talk, not enough action. On this, at least, the government has backed up its words with deeds. A new container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, began last Friday. After just five days, more than 1.3 million empty drink containers have passed through the system, each one earning the customer a 10 cent refund.
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Hydrogen plant plan for Burrup Peninsula
The West Australian
Thu 7 December, 2017
In what promises to be a fantastic boost to our local economy in the long term, Yara Pilbara intends to construct a renewable hydrogen plant at its ammonia production facility on the Burrup Peninsular.
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Climate change: can hummingbirds take the heat?
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 7 December, 2017
Paris (AFP) - Extreme heat sometimes forces hummingbirds to seek shade instead of foraging for food, researchers said Wednesday, warning that global warming could test the tiny birds' capacity to adapt.
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Air-eating bacteria found in Antarctica
Cosmos
Thu 7 December, 2017
Scientists have found bacteria in the frozen wastes of Antarctica that can survive on air alone without the sunlight or geothermal energy that powers all other known ecosystems. The discovery may change our ideas when pondering the forms extra-terrestrial life might take.
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Ningaloo whale swim trial to run for third year
The West Australian
Thu 7 December, 2017
Exmouth’s humpback whale swim trial has been extended following the completion of the second year of the trial.
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Lack of genetic diversity means mangroves could struggle with climate change
Fishing World
Thu 7 December, 2017
MANGROVES support coastal ecosystems around the world. In the tropics and subtropics, they rim coastlines and estuaries in thick green bands, providing shelter for everything from monkeys to Bengal tigers...not to mentaion myriad fish species. Considering their wide range and unique adaptations to saltwater environments, mangroves seem like an evolutionary success story.
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Four fires rage across southern California
News.com.au
Thu 7 December, 2017
FIRE has engulfed homes in one of Los Angeles’ richest neighbourhoods, threatening multimillion-dollar mansions, shutting down a freeway and forcing thousands to flee.
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Drought on the Murray River harms ocean life too
The Conversation
Thu 7 December, 2017
Drought in the Murray River doesn’t just affect the river itself – it also affects the ecosystems that live in the ocean beyond.
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China fines for environmental violations up 48 percent from Jan-Oct: ministry
Yahoo!7 News
Thu 7 December, 2017
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China firms accused of violating environmental regulations paid fines totaling 1.02 billion yuan ($154 million) in the first 10 months of 2017, up 48 percent from a year earlier, the environment ministry said on Wednesday.
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The Lost Species review: Christopher Kemp and the mystery of the unnamed
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 7 December, 2017
Christopher Kemp, a natural scientist, thinks of all living species on earth as a symphony, each one a note. But of the estimated 10 million species (from vertebrates to insects and plants) only about 2 million have been named.
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Turnbull government drops plans to curb green groups but doubts remain
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 December, 2017
Environment groups have welcomed the Turnbull government's retreat from plans to curb environmental advocacy but concerns remain about other proposals to restrict the charity sector.
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Philippines a global hotspot for environmental murders
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
El Nido (Philippines) (AFP) - Environmental activists are being killed in record numbers around the world, with the corruption-plagued Philippines one of the most dangerous countries, according to watchdog Global Witness.
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NSW Greens MPs arrested at Adani protest
9 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
NSW Greens MPs Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker have been arrested at a blockade in Queensland protesting the Adani Carmichael coal mine.
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NSW Greens MPs arrested at Adani blockade in central Queensland
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NSW Greens MPs arrested in Queensland coal mine protest
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BetaShares launches Australian ESG fund
Financial Standard
Wed 6 December, 2017
Following on from its global offering, BetaShares has launched an exchange-traded fund targeting ASX companies meeting specific sustainability criteria.
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Australia’s first offshore wind farm wins international funding
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 6 December, 2017
Australia's first offshore wind farm, an $8 billion 2000 megawatt project, has secured financial backing from a major international green energy investment fund.
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Turning poop into power in Kenya
News.com.au
Wed 6 December, 2017
Millions of Kenyans, without toilets in their homes, are forced to endure their neighbours' unsavoury smells and habits in a shared pit in the ground or nearby fields.
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5B plans module pre-fab facility in Adelaide, “gigafactory” in Asia
Reneweconomy
Wed 6 December, 2017
5B – the Australian solar plant innovators who are revolutionising the way the solar industry thinks about PV installations – has announced plans to set up a production facility in Adelaide, and is even looking at a “gigawatt” production line in Asia.
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Materials of the future – they’re here
The Fifth Estate
Wed 6 December, 2017
Technology and human ingenuity have brought us new construction materials that a decade ago seemed inconceivable – well to the average person at least. Researchers and scientists have been aware for decades of the potential for new materials to dramatically improve building performance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Just like climate change these materials are not of the future – they are here now. And their development must be accelerated if we want to reach zero carbon or better.
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London's iconic black cabs go electric
9 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
Big Ben, double decker busses and black cabs. They’re some of London’s most distinctive sights.
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U.S. rejects federal protection for white-tailed prairie dogs
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The white-tailed prairie dog will not be declared an endangered or threatened species after the U.S. government deemed on Tuesday there was no danger despite declines in its population from human development and disease.
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Two kiwi species moved off red list
News.com.au
Wed 6 December, 2017
New Zealand's conservation efforts have been praised after two species of the country's iconic kiwi bird were removed from an international red list of threatened animals.
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Perth Zoo born numbats to be released into wild with radio collars
Perthnow
Wed 6 December, 2017
PERTH Fashion Festival came late for ten numbats who were fitted with radio collars on Saturday – the must-have marsupial accessory of 2017 – ahead of their release at Mt. Gibson Sanctuary this week.
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Coral at the centre of Pilbara climate study
The West Australian
Wed 6 December, 2017
Researchers have begun studying the impact of climate change and other influences on water quality and sea surface temperatures off the Onslow coast and Exmouth Gulf.
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India stumped in efforts to clear toxic smog as cricketers throw up
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's state-run NTPC is launching bids for clean technology for two coal-fired power plants near New Delhi, officials said, as criticism mounts over the country's failure to end a toxic smog which strikes the capital every winter.
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A controversial weedkiller has won a new five-year lease in Europe, but citizens are fighting back
The Conversation
Wed 6 December, 2017
The controversial pesticide Glyphosate – which is the key ingredient in one of the world’s bestselling weedkillers – has recently had its license renewed by the EU for another five years. This means it will continue to be used by both farmers and homeowners, and will be available for sale across Europe. This is despite ongoing debates about how safe the pesticide actually is.
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China's smog-plagued Hebei draws up environmental tax plan
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei has drawn up plans to launch a comprehensive environmental protection tax starting in the new year that will give more incentives for local polluters to clean up, it said on Wednesday.
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Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 6 December, 2017
New Delhi (AFP) - As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies' developing brains.
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Vic council cracks down on dog poo pick up
News.com.au
Wed 6 December, 2017
A Melbourne council's "number one" priority is cracking down on dog walkers who don't carry plastic bags to pick up their pooches' number twos.
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