Issue date : Mon 8 January, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 05 Min 21 Seconds
Number of items : 63
Dozens missing as China eco disaster looms
SBS World News Australia
Mon 8 January, 2018
Tens of thousands of gallons of oil have either been burned or poured into the sea after a collision between ships off China left more than 30 people missing.
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Business leaders aren’t backing up their promises on sustainable development goals
The Conversation
Mon 8 January, 2018
It seems there is a gap between what Australian companies publicly state they are doing with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what they are actually doing. Our research found that companies are still not meaningfully disclosing the way these goals are measured and reporting their contributions.
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Heat is on Labor to explain its energy policy as temperatures rise
The Australian
Mon 8 January, 2018
As the mercury soared above 40C in the eastern states on Saturday afternoon, I clicked on to the Australian Energy Market Operator website. The good news is that the grid was stable and wholesale ­prices were hovering about $100 a megawatt hour, which is not unreasonable for high-demand days. It wasn’t the first and it certainly won’t be the last time our energy system is tested this summer.
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Cooking the books on climate change policy
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 January, 2018
Two reports released on the same day, from the same government department with two very different sets of findings.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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Tim Blair: Warmists’ snow job on climate change makes no sense
The Daily Telegraph
Mon 8 January, 2018
Back in July 2007, a near-naked climate activist named Josh Brown rushed at John Howard during the then-prime minister’s election campaign visit to Bega on the NSW south coast.
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Olam signs long term renewable corporate PPA with Flow Power
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Mon 8 January, 2018
Flow Power, has announced that it has entered into a large-scale renewable corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Olam Orchards Australia Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olam International Limited (Olam).
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Victoria commits to Neoen wind-and-battery project
Ecogeneration
Mon 8 January, 2018
French renewable energy company Neoen has secured a support agreement with the Victorian Government which will see it provide an integrated wind farm and battery storage facility, the Bulgana Green Power Hub (BGPH).
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The bilby is making a comeback in outback NSW
Australian Geographic
Mon 8 January, 2018
Our native Easter symbol is making a comeback in outback NSW thanks to a new bilby sanctuary at Dubbo’s zoo.
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Murray-Darling basin: agriculture booming for major river system irrigators
The Australian
Mon 8 January, 2018
Irrigated agriculture in the Murray and Murrumbidgee food bowl of southern Australia is quietly booming, despite political debate and interstate bickering about water loss, river health and the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
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Innovative minds to solve Brisbane's future water challenges
The Brisbane Times
Mon 8 January, 2018
Can the internet control Brisbane's water or can sewerage services be paid for in bitcoin? Australia’s first utility-led water hackathon will be held in Brisbane this year and the results could unlock a new plan for the city’s water supply.
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The Canberra Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Sydney clocks the hottest place on Earth as hot weather continues
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 January, 2018
It was a hot and humid evening in Sydney overnight as high temperatures met with high humidity to create an unpleasant night's sleep for some.
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Duncan Lay: Power hogs to get just deserts
The Daily Telegraph
Sun 7 January, 2018
SO, apparently a quarter of our planet — including a large chunk of Australia — will turn into a desert unless we can keep global warming below two degrees centigrade.
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300 firefighters called in to tackle Carrum Downs blaze
9 News
Sun 7 January, 2018
Fire crews have worked through the night to bring the raging bushfire at Carrum Downs under control, with more than 300 firefighters brought in to battle the blaze in Melbourne's south-east.
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Not a record, but mighty hot: Sydney weather reaches 47 degrees
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 7 January, 2018
In the end, it didn't quite break the record for Sydney's hottest day, but that was hardly cool comfort for Penrith residents who sweltered through 47.3-degree temperatures on Sunday.
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How hot was your suburb? Sydney's scorching Sunday
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sun 7 January, 2018
Sydney has sweltered through its second hottest day on record as the mercury reached more than 47 degrees in Penrith.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
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South Australia hot weather and bushfire roundup
The Advertiser
Sun 7 January, 2018
AN “extremely dangerous” bushfire which was threatening farms in the state’s South-East on Saturday has been contained after fire crews battled the out-of-control blaze overnight.
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Plans for Tassie’s frozen future
The Mercury
Sat 6 January, 2018
TASMANIA would be the world’s Antarctic gateway of choice under the State Government’s first ever strategic plan for the state’s Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector.
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Trump’s offshore oil drilling plans ignore the lessons of BP Deepwater Horizon
The Conversation
Sat 6 January, 2018
The Trump Administration is proposing to ease regulations that were adopted to make offshore oil and gas drilling operations safer after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. This event was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven workers died in the explosion and sinking of the oil rig, and more than 4 million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have estimated that the spill caused more than US$17 billion in damages to natural resources.
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Committed to keeping industry afloat
The Mercury
Sat 6 January, 2018
TWO of Tasmania’s biggest aquaculture firms remain committed to taking fish farms offshore, investing hundreds of millions in research and infrastructure to ensure the industry’s future and limit its environmental impact.
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Commercial fishers slam shark report as a ‘whitewash’
The West Australian
Sat 6 January, 2018
Commercial fishermen have criticised a review into whether the Perth shark fishery should be re-opened as a whitewash as they warn restrictions will force operators to the wall.
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Winds of change: Britain now generates twice as much electricity from wind as coal
The Conversation
Sat 6 January, 2018
Just six years ago, more than 40% of Britain’s electricity was generated by burning coal. Today, that figure is just 7%. Yet if the story of 2016 was the dramatic demise of coal and its replacement by natural gas, then 2017 was most definitely about the growth of wind power.
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Endangered parrots in captivity may not mean more in the bush
The Australian
Sat 6 January, 2018
As the sun sets over Cape Arid National Park on the rugged south coast of Western Australia, the silence is broken by a flutelike cadence. A bird on the brink of extinction welcomes the night with a song of rare purity floating above an expanse of knee-high heath ablaze with wildflowers. Not at all parrot-like, this is the call of the western ground parrot, with a total world population occurring nowhere but within the boundaries of this remote national park.
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RSPCA gives abandoned horses a second chance at life
The Daily Telegraph
Sat 6 January, 2018
FORMER thoroughbred racehorse Zac was being fattened up in a paddock at the dog meat factory when he was rescued. Today he is a happy trail horse who gambols along the fence line in excitement every time his new owner drives up.
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The Mercury
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Ice cores key to solving climate change puzzle
The Mercury
Sat 6 January, 2018
Australia’s work in the Antarctic over the next 20 years will focus on drilling for million-year-old ice cores to better understand global climate change.
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The Herald Sun
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Warning to winemakers: grow new grapes or perish
Cosmos
Sat 6 January, 2018
Climate change is creating myriad challenges for the world’s farmers, including wine-grape growers. Vignerons may be able to overcome some obstacles by planting grape varieties that are better suited to altered vineyard conditions but, before this can happen, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change, scientists and winemakers alike need to better understand the wide diversity of grapes and their suitability to different climates.
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Technology set to revolutionise farming
The Mercury
Sat 6 January, 2018
A “REVOLUTION” from simple farming techniques to new technologies and knowledge can be expected in coming years, University of Tasmania Institute of Agriculture director Holger Meinke says.
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Fragile masculinity is harming the planet
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sat 6 January, 2018
It's official. The apparent need of too many men to demonstrate their manly status to the world and continuously reassure themselves that they are not little girly-girls, is harming the planet.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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THE HERALD'S OPINION: PFOS phase-out report shows PFOS still in use for fire-fighting
The Newcastle Herald
Sat 6 January, 2018
A RECOMMENDATION that Australia would join another 171 nations by phasing out the chemical blighting the life of Williamtown, Salt Ash and Fullerton Cove residents is the latest step in this country’s slow bureaucratic response to what is clearly a pressing social and financial problem, as well as a worryingly uncertain health risk.
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Homeless at risk after 'weather bomb' slams eastern Canada
Yahoo!7 News
Sat 6 January, 2018
TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - Canada's largest city, Toronto, scrambled to find emergency shelter for the homeless as temperatures dropped to record lows after a "weather bomb" knocked out power to tens of thousands in eastern provinces and destroyed coastal roads.
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Vic and SA welcome ‘arctic’ cool change’s calming impact on fires
The New Daily
Sat 6 January, 2018
Australians in the southern part of the country breathed a sigh of relief as the temperature dropped about 15 degrees in just a couple of hours in Melbourne after sweltering temperatures and out of control fires on Saturday.
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Push for tougher laws to protect rivers of the west
The Age
Fri 5 January, 2018
Rivers and creeks in Melbourne's west deserve the sort of planning and environmental protections given to the Yarra, a campaign launched by environmental, legal and local river groups says.
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Britain outlines plans for 2025 coal-power phase out
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 5 January, 2018
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will set an emission limit on coal-fired power generators from Oct. 1, 2025, forcing them to close unless they are fitted with carbon capture technology, the government said on Friday.
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Vale: Mr South Australia, Ross Swayne OAM, leaves KESAB Tidy Towns program in great shape
The Advertiser
Fri 5 January, 2018
THE Tidy Town program has captured imaginations, caused friendly rivalries and created pride in rural communities from Ceduna to Mount Gambier — but the popular awards, hosted by Keep South Australia Beautiful (KESAB), lost their greatest advocate and supporter last week with the unexpected death of Ross Swayne, OAM.
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The Herald Sun
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'World's ugliest pig' spotted in Indonesia
Yahoo!7 News
Fri 5 January, 2018
Jakarta (AFP) - Rare images of the "world's ugliest pig" have been captured in Indonesia, researchers said Friday, offering a window into a little-known species believed to be on the brink of extinction.
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Snakes and ladders trump sharks on summer's deadly list
ABC News
Fri 5 January, 2018
Sharks capture our imagination like almost no other animal. In cinemas they stalk their hyperventilating human prey with callous indifference, sometimes onto land. Via tornadoes*.
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