Issue date : Tue 9 January, 2018
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 04 Seconds
Number of items : 48
German coalition negotiators drop 2020 carbon emissions target - sources
Yahoo!7 News
Tue 9 January, 2018
BERLIN (Reuters) - The parties that are in talks on forming a new German coalition government have given up on the country's previous target of achieving a 40 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2020, two sources told Reuters.
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Weather disasters cost the US a record $390 billion in 2017
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 9 January, 2018
Washington: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday.
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Brambles sells US business for $US115m
SBS World News Australia
Tue 9 January, 2018
Brambles says it has agreed to sell its CHEP Recycled whitewood pallet business to Grey Mountain Partners for $US115 million ($A161 million).
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Hunter Valley Operations mine wants higher production, changes to rehab plan
The Newcastle Herald
Tue 9 January, 2018
THE Department of Planning and Environment has recommended that the Hunter Valley Operations South mine near Singleton be allowed to lift its production from 16 million tonnes a year to 20 million tonnes, describing it as “a relatively minor expansion”.
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Carbon trading is the great green gamble
The Australian
Tue 9 January, 2018
It was dubbed the fraud of the century. A multi-billion-euro carbon trading sting which a French judge described as “unprecedented in the history of financial crimes”.
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Great Barrier Reef: rising temperatures turning green sea turtles female
The Guardian
Tue 9 January, 2018
Rising temperatures are turning almost all green sea turtles in a Great Barrier Reef population female, new research has found.
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“Walking nose” crabs smell predator pee
Cosmos
Tue 9 January, 2018
Mud crabs sense danger by detecting chemicals in the urine of another crab species of crab that preys on them.
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Plant and animal pest review complete
Farm Weekly
Tue 9 January, 2018
THE Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has reviewed control requirements for a range of animal and plant species to help guide efforts in protecting the State’s agricultural industries and the environment.
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Ancient air, trapped in ice
Cosmos
Tue 9 January, 2018
The layers of eternal ice trapped in the southern polar ice cap form an archive of the atmosphere, in which not only dust particles and solids but also air and other gases are trapped. In these bubbles – accessed by drilling deep core samples from the ice – one can determine the concentration of different gases.
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'Quite surprising': Near-record hot 2017, heat burst point to warming world
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 9 January, 2018
Another year of near-record global temperatures and the recent heat spike in major Australian cities should serve as warning of the vulnerability of populations to global warming, a leading climate researcher said.
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'Intense' thunderstorms strike Sydney, causing blackouts and train delays
The Sydney Morning Herald
Tue 9 January, 2018
Thunderstorms tore through Sydney on Tuesday morning, with lightning strikes causing power outages across the city.
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Sydney hit by fierce lightning storm but hot weather forecast to return to the city's west
Yahoo!7 News
NSW summer storms back for action
News.com.au
SBS World News Australia
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Shore Line: A storybook for a sustainable future
The Conversation
Tue 9 January, 2018
Imagine a future schoolyard where students arrive on bikes and assemble into a solar-powered cafeteria to share a nutritious breakfast sourced from the school garden.
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Australians Express Strong Support for CSR
ProBono Australia News
Mon 8 January, 2018
Findings from a recent YouGov Omnibus study revealed that 87 per cent of Australians strongly supported corporate social responsibility (CSR), while two-thirds said they had a more positive view of businesses that donated to charity.
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Emissions cap would empty showrooms, new-car industry warns
Wheels
Mon 8 January, 2018
AUSTRALIA will have fewer cars on sale if it rushes in stricter vehicle emissions targets that match those in Europe and the US, the industry body representing car importers has warned.
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Australia's emissions are rising. It's time for this government to quit pretending
The Guardian
Tue 9 January, 2018
In the week before Christmas the government yet again released its latest data on greenhouse gas emissions in the hope they would be missed amid other news and the nearing festivities. As we start the new year let us revisit the data and highlight just how terrible the government’s record on emission reduction has been.
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Penrith swelters while Florida freezes: climate disruption is to blame
The Sydney Morning Herald
Mon 8 January, 2018
On Sunday the temperature at Penrith hit 47.3 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place on Earth during that 24-hour period. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, extreme cold and snow penetrated deep into the south-east United States. In normally sub-tropical Florida, frozen iguanas were falling out of trees from the extreme cold. "Give us a bit of that 'global warming'," President Trump thundered sarcastically.
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Why we can't do without the power of Snowy 2.0
The Australian Financial Review
Mon 8 January, 2018
Snowy 2.0 will make renewables reliable, reduce volatility in the electricity market and help to bring down rising electricity costs.
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A simple tree is the answer to a complex problem
The Newcastle Herald
Mon 8 January, 2018
The New Year has been crackered into life, even if a trifle early in Newcastle, and we are settling into sustaining ourselves work-wise once again.
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Renewable energy to power Stawell Farm a “world’s first”
Manufacturers’ Monthly
Mon 8 January, 2018
The Victorian State government has stated that it will build a major new wind farm with battery storage in Western Victoria that will power the expansion of Stawell’s Nectar Farms.
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How blockchain can democratize green power
The Conversation
Mon 8 January, 2018
Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set.
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David Tweedie on how prefabrication is changing the building industry
Architecture and Design
Mon 8 January, 2018
Hayball director David Tweedie talks about how prefabrication and the increasing encroachment of technology is changing the way architects design and build in an environment where sustainability is a major focus.
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How to make your backyard frog friendly
Australian Geographic
Mon 8 January, 2018
AUSTRALIA'S FROGS are one of the most endangered groups of animals in the country, and so making your backyard frog friendly can help alleviate the stresses of habitat destruction, disease and pollution.
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Superfood fix for cows
The Australian
Mon 8 January, 2018
The problem with being a cow is you have to eat all the time just to stay alive. The problem with being a cow farmer is that you need a lot of land so that your cows can keep eating.
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Scientist at work: I’ve dived in hundreds of underwater caves hunting for new forms of life
The Conversation
Mon 8 January, 2018
Maybe when you picture a university professor doing research it involves test tubes and beakers, or perhaps poring over musty manuscripts in a dimly lit library, or maybe going out into the field to examine new crop-growing techniques or animal-breeding methods. All of it’s good, solid research and I commend them all.
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What to do with a dog terrified of thunderstorms
The New Daily
Mon 8 January, 2018
People who dislike Darwin’s oppressive wet season should spare a thought for Snazzy, the “cross-breed Darwin special” that the Top End summer sends into a tailspin.
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Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks
National Geographic Australia
Mon 8 January, 2018
Australia's indigenous peoples have long observed "firehawks" spreading wildfires throughout the country's tropical savannas.
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See 'Underwater Snowstorm' Of Coral Reproducing
National Geographic Australia
Mon 8 January, 2018
Under a full moon, corals release millions of tiny eggs. Whether or not those eggs fertilise is a leap of faith.
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Poisonous and running out: Pakistan's water crisis
Yahoo!7 News
Mon 8 January, 2018
Islamabad (AFP) - Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands afflicted by Pakistan's severely polluted and decreasing water supplies.
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Nearly 23 million containers collected in NSW CDS
The Shout
Mon 8 January, 2018
The New South Wales Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme has seen 22,949,000 containers collected since it kicked off on 1 December last year.
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Warmer air forecast after US cold snap breaks records
9 News
Mon 8 January, 2018
The blast of arctic air that has engulfed the US east coast has broken temperature records in several cities — although a warmer front is coming.
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