Issue date : Wed 20 December, 2017
Estimated Reading Time : 03 Min 59 Seconds
Number of items : 47
The federal Climate Policy Review: a recipe for business as usual
The Conversation
Wed 20 December, 2017
The federal government’s newly released Climate Policy Review is hugely disappointing, but far from surprising. It does not depart from what the Turnbull government has been saying for some time: it plans to loosen compliance obligations for emissions-intensive companies even further, reintroduce international carbon offsets, and implement the planned National Energy Guarantee.
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Heavy industry the winner under new carbon trading proposal
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wed 20 December, 2017
A government proposal to allow international carbon credit trading has buoyed the Australian manufacturing industry, but may have little impact on cutting energy sector emissions.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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New native vegetation laws double standard
The Weekly Times
Wed 20 December, 2017
NATIVE vegetation clearing laws have been tightened, restricting farmers from clearing along fence lines, forcing them to lock up land and ­employ consultants before they can even think of cutting down a tree.
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Vowles backs call for independent fracking regulator
NT News
Wed 20 December, 2017
RESOURCES Minister Ken Vowles has backed the recommendation of the independent inquiry into fracking that he be relieved of the responsibility for the regulation of the gas industry.
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Perthnow
The Geelong Advertiser
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ARENA says renewables could be Australia’s next great export
Reneweconomy
Wed 20 December, 2017
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has formally announced a $20 million funding round to encourage early stage research and development into hydrogen and the export of renewable energy such as “solar fuels”.
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Green groups sue Trump administration over delay of methane rule
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 20 December, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of nearly 20 environmental and Native American tribal groups sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, challenging its delay of a rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas drilling operations on federal lands.
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Bitcoin’s energy use is out of control … but maybe that’s the point?
The Conversation
Wed 20 December, 2017
The soaring value of bitcoin is encouraging more and more companies and individuals to engage in “mining”. Mining is actually a process which secures the distributed bitcoin network, and processes all of its transactions. Historically anyone could do this using a standard PC, but these days hardware that is purpose-built for more energy-efficient mining is a necessity to mine profitably. Every ten minutes miners across the globe compete to the be the first to solve a mathematical puzzle. The winner gets the “block reward”, which is currently 12.5 bitcoins (at the time of writing worth more than US$200,000).
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The Australian Financial Review
Bitcoin craze is using up so much energy
Solar research gets $29.2m boost
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Wed 20 December, 2017
Australian solar cell research has received a $29.2 million boost from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and UNSW has 11 of the 22 projects.
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Idaho named International Dark Sky Reserve
Yahoo!7 News
Wed 20 December, 2017
A giant chunk of central Idaho with a dazzling night sky has become the nation's first International Dark Sky Reserve.
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Queensland farmer fined and ordered to restore cleared native vegetation
The Guardian
Wed 20 December, 2017
A Queensland farmer has been fined and ordered to restore native vegetation he cleared on his property, despite a significant media campaign from the farmer, lobby groups and conservative politicians, all claiming the farmer had done nothing wrong.
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At a glance: Australia's climate change policy review
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 19 December, 2017
The Turnbull government's review of climate change policies has confirmed Australia is on track to reduce emissions by 5 per cent below 2000 levels as part of the Paris agreement, but faces a tough task reaching its goal of a 26-28 per cent reduction by 2030.
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The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
Climate review: Turnbull government will allow companies to purchase foreign carbon credits
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 19 December, 2017
The Turnbull government will reverse course and allow businesses to buy overseas carbon credits to meet Australia's emissions reduction targets, a policy long questioned by climate experts and once labelled "dodgy" by Tony Abbott.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
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The Australian
Government embraces foreign carbon credits scheme
Murray-Darling Basin: SA accused of holding Murray River to ransom over future of billion-dollar plan
ABC News
Tue 19 December, 2017
South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are in a war of words after federal and state water ministers failed to agree on whether more water should be bought off farmers and set aside to improve the health of the Murray-Darling Basin.
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The Sydney Morning Herald
Victoria, NSW accuse SA of holding communities 'hostage' over Murray-Darling Basin plan
The Age
The Brisbane Times
The Canberra Times
WAToday
SA boycotts Murray water savings
9 News
Tue 19 December, 2017
South Australia has pulled the plug on a package of water saving measures along the Murry-Darling Basin after the failure of the nation's water ministers to commit to promised environmental flows down the river.
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SBS World News Australia
Sourceable
The Australian
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Exxon Mobil’s about-face on climate disclosure
The Conversation
Tue 19 December, 2017
Exxon Mobil Corp. has vowed to do a better job in disclosing the risks it faces from climate change starting “in the near future” after bucking pressure to do that for years.
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The 9 characteristics for leadership in sustainability
The Fifth Estate
Tue 19 December, 2017
Are design firms doing enough to deliver on the promise of sustainability? Is our industry losing its momentum in advancing state-of-the-art sustainable design? Will we ever meet the goals of the 2030 Challenge for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to become carbon neutral? What is the role of leaders to help overcome these challenges?
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NSW coal fleet feels the heat, with state at risk of “system black”
Reneweconomy
Tue 19 December, 2017
The New South Wales electricity grid is not well prepared for a prolonged black-out or a “system black” event, a new report has warned – despite having the highest concentration of coal-fired “baseload” power generation of any grid in Australia, and even the world.
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Electric vehicle race heats up
Prime Mover
Tue 19 December, 2017
Los Angeles-based technology company, Thor Trucks, has surprised the heavy-duty trucking community with the reveal of its own electric vehicle, the ET-One.
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Toyota to electrify all models by 2025
Drive
Tue 19 December, 2017
Toyota has announced that all of its cars will be available with either an electric, hybrid or a fuel cell drivetrain within seven years as part of a major stepping stone to achieve its Environmental Challenge 2050 announcement made two years ago.
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Endangered giant turtle found in Cambodia
The Australian
Tue 19 December, 2017
Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a sandbar along the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life were discovered in the greater Mekong region.
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The New Daily
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Oh, how cute: Tokyo crowds flock to see baby panda on first day
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 19 December, 2017
Tokyo (AFP) - Hundreds of fans flocked to a Tokyo zoo Tuesday for the first public viewing of baby panda Xiang Xiang, after winning a lucky lottery ticket that a quarter of a million applied for.
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A guide to helping our native animals with the heat this summer
Australian Geographic
Tue 19 December, 2017
While we enjoy the summer holidays— returning to our air-conditioned abodes when it gets too much— our native animals, especially our koalas and birds, can find it difficult to cope with the sweltering heat and limited water sources. Here's how you can help them out this summer.
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Starving baby elephant rescued by helicopter
News.com.au
Tue 19 December, 2017
A BABY elephant born so prematurely it couldn’t reach its mother to feed, has been rescued and transported by helicopter to a Kenyan wildlife trust.
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Don’t buy crappy plastic gifts this Christmas
The Advertiser
Tue 19 December, 2017
STOP. Put that novelty gift back on the shelf. Turn around and leave the two dollar shop.
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Perthnow
The Daily Telegraph
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Victoria weather: Buildings damaged, thousands remain without power after severe storms hit
ABC News
Tue 19 December, 2017
Victorians are cleaning up after severe thunderstorms swept across the state, bringing strong winds and rain that has damaged houses and uprooted trees.
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The New Daily